8th grader fundraises for school trip with minicomics instead of hustling chocolate bars


Erik writes, "My daughter is raising money to go on her school's 8th grade trip to DC. She tried doing the school-sponsored chocolate thing, butit's lot of work for a little pay-off, so now she's creating minicomics and presidential portraits on Etsy and an Indiegogo campaign...and having way more success."

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My Maker Dad book is $2 on Kindle

My book, Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects is just $2 as a Kindle right now.

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Book of seashell scans bound in a seashell


Lauren Bishop made an "artist's book" of scans of seashells she found in Florida, bound inside a scallop shell. It's beautiful. (via Ellen Kushner)

Brazil's amazing, underground hot-air balloon subculture


An exquisitely researched and endlessly fascinating long article tells the history of Brazil's centuries-old baloeiro craft, whereby painstakingly handmade paper balloons are lofted trailing ladders of pyrotechnics and long banners, powered by melted-down candle-stubs from churches and graveyards, cheered on by sometimes violent gangs who labor over them for months before releasing them.

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The Raven's Chamber: a mad scientist's apparatus


Art Donovan (previously) created this amazing, mixed-media sculpture as a commission, called The Raven's Chamber, resembling some arcane astronomical instrument from a mad alchemist's lab.

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Geared necklace from the geared ring people

Brother-and-sister designers Rachel and Glen Liberman, creators of the amazing Kinekt gear-ring, have created a matching stainless steel geared necklace whose chain passes through a set of meshing gears, spinning them round and round.

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HOWTO make a low-poly Kim Jong Un Hallowe'en head


Tim writes, "I made a giant wearable low-polygon Kim Jong Un head for Halloween, and you should too!"

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Dead technology jack-o-lanterns

Tech Cemetery features downloadable jack-o-lantern templates for carving momentos mori for your dead and lamented technologies of yesteryear. (Thanks, Justin!)

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Jaws skirt and other delights


Nerd Alert in Jacksonville, FL, makes these great Jaws skirts to order for $45; also noteworthy are the Wonder Woman aprons, Robin aprons, Captain America scarf and Super Mario scarf (all made to order -- scarves come in straight or infinity).

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Make your own geometrical papercraft mask


Wintercroft's Etsy storefront is full of beautiful, downloadable plans for making geometrical animal- and horror-masks from recycled cardboard boxes. It's a great, simple way to make the perfect Hallowe'en costume.

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San Francisco: Tested, the theatrical experience

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Our pals at Tested -- Adam Savage, Will Smith, Norman Chan, and Jamie Hyneman -- are bringing their site to the stage for Tested: The Show on Saturday, October 25, at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre.

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"Tie the knot" wedding invites that include a self-tying knot


Designer Cristina Moraleja created these clever 2011 wedding invitations for her clients Lois and Cris.

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HOWTO make a "cyber tank girl" Hallowe'en costume

Becky Stern's created a totally awesome "cyber tank girl" costume based on electronics components from Adafruit, centered around a flexible, LED-lit 3D printed bandoleer. I saw much of her costume in person in NYC this week and it looks this good in person.

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Dronecode: Open, community-maintained firmware for UAVs


Dronecode started as 3D Robotics' free/open codebase for UAVs, and it has grown to the point where it has flown off on its own, with a formal, community-run board and an ambitious roadmap for the future.

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Great makerish Hallowe'en projects from Evil Mad Scientist Labs


The nicest mad scientists on the net have collected years' worth of projects into four categories: costumes, pumpkins, decor and food.

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