New FAA rules class toy UAVs as illegal drones


The latest FAA rules on UAVs are so broad that they class adorable toy quadcopters as drones and require special permits to operate them. Meanwhile, hot air balloons and unpiloted model aircraft are fair game for unlicensed play. The drone hobbyists are pissed:

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Steampunk spring-heeled jack stiltwalker


Spotted yesterday at the Swecon Steampunkfestival in Gavle, Sweden: a magnificent steampunk spring-heeled jack cosplayer whose stilts were the hit of the show.

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3D printed Princess Bubblegum crown


The Princess Bubblegum Crown, $30 from Etsy's Carry The What, is a pretty sweet fashion accessory for the Adventure Time fan who's got everything. You can download and print your own, if you've got a 3D printer.

Bffbot1 loves you as only an algorithmic entity can


@bffbot1 is the latest weird-ass crazy awesome Twitterbot from Shardcore.

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Prince Robot IV cosplayer with working TV head


Shawn Scott Smith (@luckycreature) snapped a picture of this astounding Prince Robot IV cosplayer (with working TV head!) at Heroescon (the character is one of the villains of Saga, the new comic-book series that has most impressed and delighted me).

(via Super Punch)

Astounding steampunk leatherwork bags and books


Russian leatherworker and throat-singer SergueŃ— Kooc produced this beautiful steampunk briefcase in 2013. It's just one of the many versatile and wonderful pieces he's posted to his Livejournal:

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The stupendous hand-painted signs of Carter's travelling Steam Fair


The Better Letters tumblr has posted a massive gallery of the hand-lettered signs from Carter's Steam Fair, a touring vintage fair that stopped last weekend in Clissold Park in Stoke-Newington, London. Carter's is a family business, and it's a magnificent affair, even down to the gleaming, streamlined family trailers parked around the perimeter. Joby Carter, the fair's signpainter, is the son of the founder, John Carter, and he is part of a five-generation tradition of handpainted signs. My wife and I took our daughter and a friend to the fair yesterday and were amazed, thrilled and delighted by every single detail, from Voltini's Electrocution sideshow to the penny arcade where we gambled recklessly with enormous, Georgian pennies to the many rides and funhouses (and don't forget the steampunk QR code!). As my daughter's six-year-old friend said while we left, "This was the best day of my life!"

I took some pictures, but Better Letters had the run of the place at a pre-opening tour and is in any event a much better photographer than I'll ever be, so look at those pics, too.

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Stretch limo made from three bodged-together Deloreans


Redditor Viking 187 posted this image of a stretch Delorean made from three deloreansworth of parts -- Marsandtherealgirl has context for it:

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Microbe cross-stitches for germy decor and hobbyists


Alicia Watkins's Microbe cross-stitches are an absolute treat (and part of a deep and impressive collection of nerdy cross-stitches running the gamut from The Princess Bride to Star Trek). You can get them in five-packs, as well as in patterns you can complete yourself.

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Gloriously complexified necktie-tying machine

Seth Goldstein's Why Not machine is a glorious Rube Goldberg device that can tie (and untie) a necktie. It's a kinetic sculpture, slow and beautiful and inefficient in a way that can only be called artistic. It's headed for exhibition at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. Its inventor, a retired engineer, revels in its unuselessness: "That's not something you can economically justify, but if you're a retiree, you don't have to worry about that anymore. I'm free!"

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President Obama gives a shout-out to Make founder Dale Dougherty

[Video Link] After making a few jokes about the "e" in Maker Faire, President Obama asked MAKE and Maker Faire founder Dale Dougherty (who put the "e" in Maker Faire) to stand up and be recognized at the first White House Maker Faire.

See also: Tinkerers take over at White House Maker Faire

Kokuyo Roll Table: Roll of drawing paper wrapped around a cube


The Kokuyo Roll Table is a clever alternative from Kobe Ishou Sourenjo is a very clever way to package and dispense rolls of kids' drawing paper. It seems like it would be tedious to re-fill, though -- but if you're game for it, it should be simple to make your own for your playroom with four pieces of MDF (or pine, if you're fancy!) and some screws.

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Haunted organist automata with Pepper's ghost effect

Thomas Kuntz made this clever, Haunted Mansion-inspired organist automata with its own tiny Pepper's ghost illusion, as well as a music-box and multiple animated figures. (Thanks, Dan!)

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Persistence-of-vision holotank "mirror"

Brady Marks exhibited his We Are with You, Mirror at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire; it uses spinning light-up persistence-of-vision pixelboards to create a low-rez holo-tank mirror.

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