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The Big Book of Maker Skills: tools and techniques for building great tech projects

I know Chris Hackett from my days as editor-in-chief of MAKE. This guy knows his stuff.

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Making, gender, and doing

Deb Chachra, a brilliant engineer, teacher and thinker, explains why she doesn't identify as a "maker" -- because when we elevate "makers" over maintainers, carers, and do-ers, we carry on the tradition of elevating traditionally male work over traditionally female work.

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Shuriken multitool


@fuwa has developed a shuriken multitool, to let you hack like a ninja, and has promised to start selling them once they've gotten 2,000 retweets.

X-Wing fighter rocker


Steve Coupe, a woodworker in New Zealand, created this wonderful children's rocker in the shape of an X-Wing fighter, complete with an R2-D2, working for about 40 hours to complete the piece for a charity auction to benefit a children's hospital.

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Apollo 11 tracksuit


Thoren's $140 (+$65 SH) Apollo 11 sweatsuit is modelled on the A7-L Pressure Suit, and features fantastic levels of gorgeous, 1969-vintage detail. (via Bonnie Burton)

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Bridging gongkai and free/open source


Bunnie Huang and his team have set out to fully reverse-engineer and document a cheap Chinese Mediatek MT6260. mobile-phone board -- licensed in the complex, informal regime of "gongkai," through which lots of theoretically confidential information is published, but some critical pieces are withheld.

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Embroidered anatomical notebooks


Chara from Athens, Greece operates an amazing Etsy store full of hand-embroidered notebooks featuring anatomical, natural and historical themes: the circulatory system, the heart, a spider, Leonardo da Vinci's Apostle James, blood circulation of the head and many more. (via Geeky Merch)

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3D printed prosthetic leg


William Root's "Exo-Prosthetic" is a 3D printed artificial leg made from laser-sintered titanium, which uses a 3D scan of the wearer's truncated limb for fit, and a 3D scan of the intact limb for form.

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Eerie Christmas concert on world's loudest acoustic instrument

Shane Speal says:

Chasing Steam is a documentary about a strange Christmas concert in York PA, performed on a 100 year old factory steam whistle. The eerie, out-of-tune sounds project 134 decibels and can be heard up to 12 miles away. I trace the concert;s history from a musician's point of view, interviews the current performer... and in a DIY twist, builds a homemade version with musical instrument inventor, Ben "Gitty" Baker.

The documentary was filmed for York PA's community access station and is now available on Youtube. (Note: The link has the video starting at 13:54. This is intentional to bypass a featurette that precedes the documentary.)

Star Wars and Bat-signal crayons


Crayontastik melts down "reputable brand crayons" and recasts them in new forms, like this Star Wars set and these Bat-signal crayons.

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WATCH: profile of guitar maker Creston Lea

Burlington, Vermont luthier, Creston Lea, builds hand-made electric guitars and basses in a classic American style. This film explores Lea's particular design aesthetic and place in the boutique electric instrument world, as well as his long-time collaboration with artist, Sarah Ryan.

MAKE: dollar-store ninja Xmas tree ornaments


Here's a great tutorial for using ribbon, baubles, and googly eyes to honor the Christmas Spirit intrinsic in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with your festive Krampusbush.

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Dollar Store Dungeons!


Rachel sends us "a series of posts about all the cool ways to use dollar store finds in tabletop RPGs. There is an amazing variety of useful things there, from things that could easily work as miniatures, to white boards for sketching maps or tracking initiative, to the cheapest source I've yet found for glass beads."

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Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Doctor Who scarves and skirts


Etsy seller Rooby Lane makes great, nerdy textiles, sporting designs from sf/f TV and movies, like the Lord of the Rings and Marauders' Map map scarves and the Tardis skirt. (via Geeky Merch)

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Outfit a game-designer's toolkit for < $20


Game designer Rick Marazzani did an under-$20 raid on his local dollar store and built himself an incredible game-designer's toolkit with everything he needs to create an infinite variety of games in just as many styles; his reasoning for each piece is an especially telling glimpse of the game-designer's mindset:

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Maker-themed "Few of my favorite things" remix

Legendary maker Becky Sterns is in top form as she waltzes around the Adafruit offices singing about her favorite things in this holiday video.

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Pancake safari


The latest from Saipancakes: a beautiful assortment of African animals in carbohydrate form.