Hacker School grants for women, people of color, other people under-represented in tech

Nicholas writes, "Hacker School is a three-month, free-for-everyone programming retreat for experienced and new programmers alike, now offering need-based living expense grants to women, black people, Latino/as, and people from many other groups traditionally underrepresented in programming.

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HOWTO make a packing tape ghost


Make rounds up a bunch of great tutorials for making humaniform ghosts out of packing tape, in both adult (dress form-molded) and child (baby doll-molded) sizes, perfect for your haunt this year (show here, Cynthia Abernathy's glowing ghost).

How-To: Packing Tape Ghost Sculptures [Agnes Niewiadomski/Make]

Oregon's Davis Graveyard: local haunters who go all out

Dan from the Journal of Ride Theory writes, "The semi-pro Hallowe'en display in my neighborhood just gets better every year. I'm sure you'll spot the Haunted Mansion references."

Make an under-desk tool drawer

Designer and model maker Jude Pullen calls his nifty under-desk tool drawer a "Modeller's Delight." It's made from $8 worth of materials, including "scavenged kitchen-unit runners, some wood - and no need for serious tools/workshop."

David Cameron raps the Tories' nasty party manifesto

Casetteboy's "Cameron's Conference Rap" is a spectacular piece of work -- virtuoso mashupry worthy of Cecil B DeVil.

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Darth Vader plushies

Texas Roll Mafia makes these 9.5" tall Darth Vader plushies to order for $25, hand stitching them from felt and finishing them with acrylic and fabric paint. (via Geeky Merch)

LEDs on pentagonal tiles for creating dynamic light sculptures

Matt Mets has a Kickstarter for something he calls BlinkyTile.

It's a fun little set of pentagonal LED circuit board tiles that you can solder together to make geometric shapes, and then program to make dazzling light shows. It's unique because the LEDs are all connected in parallel, but each one has it's own address, so you can make any kind of structural topology and still control each light individually. I would of course appreciate any attention I could get for it!

Open source hardware pumpkin-puppet

David writes, "A year ago I pledged to make a fully interactive version of my augmented jack-O-lantern, Gourdy; I've finally gotten around to doing it, and I'm releasing him free for anyone to use.

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Painted Doctor Who high heels


Arteclair is an Etsy shoepainter with some wonderful pieces, notably these Doctor Who high-heels, which sell for $132 and are made to order. (via Geekymerch)

Adjustable Pac Man and ghost ring


Silverholic's adjustable Pac Man rings come in silver- or gold-plated brass for $11 (price includes gift-box). (via Geeky Merch)

Hand-painted custom Walking Dead shoes


Etsy-based shoepainter Beressy Art will make you custom Walking Dead shoes for $126.05, including the shoes -- you get to specify the design and characters (also available: My Little Pony, Nightmare Before Christmas, and more!). (via Geeky Merch)

Build your own working tabletop V8 engine


The Haynes Build Your Own V8 Engine ($65.62) sounds fantastic -- the lengthy selection of positive reviews confirm the manufacturer's claim that a "talented 10 year old" could assemble it, and it can be disassembled and reassembled, which makes it great for classrooms, camps and studios. (via Red Ferret)

Game controller silicone molds for chocolate, candy & ice


Thinkgeek's silicone game controller molds are $10, and feature six controllers per food-/dishwasher-safe tray (Playstation, NES and Sega) -- perfect for candy, chocolate or icemaking.

3D printed book of bas relief from Art Institute of Chicago


Tom Burtonwood sez, "I have just published Folium, a 3D printed book of bas relief from the Art Institute of Chicago; it's posted to thingiverse for download: 12 pages, 9 scans featuring works of art spanning over 2000 years, from the Ancient Egyptians to Louis Sullivan department store decorations."

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Multi-layered, laser-cut art and jewelry


Mtomsky's laser-cut art runs a gamut, from sweet, modest brooches like the $20.70 woodland squirrel to larger, more ambitious sculptural pieces from the wonderful mounted fish ($290); to massive spectacular pieces like the Warm Welcome ($580) and the hugely ambitious Deep Slumber ($4041).

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