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Plush Minecraft blocks


The 20cm^3 plush Minecraft TNT block is covered in suede-effect polyester and stuffed with soft foam; for something less explosive, try the Chest or the Log (or get the 10cm set with Grass, TNT, Diamond and Creeper blocks).

(via Geeky Merch)

Mesmerizing rebuild of a mechanical Fourier calculator

Albert Michelson's harmonic analyzer -- a 19th century mechanical calculator that can do Fourier analysis with just gears, springs and levers -- was found at the University of Illinois, and then lovingly restored by a trio of makers who lavishly documented it in a book (free PDF/paperback/hardcover) and a mesmerizing video series.

Albert Michelson's Harmonic Analyzer: A Visual Tour of a Nineteenth Century Machine that Performs Fourier Analysis [Book]

Albert Michelson's Harmonic Analyzer [Youtube]

Albert Michelson's Harmonic Analyzer (book details) [Free PDF]

(via JWZ)

Wasp crackers

It's pretty predictable that a list of the world's "100 strangest" foods would be mostly entrails and arthropods, but the digger wasp-crackers of Omachi, Japan are curiously appetizing (YMMV).

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Plush undersea creatures


Parisian crafter Big Stuffed makes beautiful, cuddly, handmade undersea creatures -- the big ones are huge, like the 90 cm whale made from fun-fur and jersey. (via Crazy Abalone)

Ceramic, handmade Tardis soup-mug, saucer and spoon


The whole set is $50 from Barbarah Robertson, a potter in Virginia -- microwave and dishwasher safe, and can be ordered in time for Christmas delivery.

Hackney hackathon in London this weekend


Christian writes, "Come and participate in 24 hours to hack for Hackney: we will be doing the first Hack-ney-thon to try and improve how the council works and life in the borough. To help with this the council has started a Github account.

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Creative Commons and Aaronsw's sweet hack


All over the world today, people are having hackathons in memory of Aaron Swartz, and Creative Commons co-founder Lisa Rein talks about Aaron's role in hacking the law with the Creative Commons licenses.

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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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Anatomical diagram cushion-covers



These vintage anatomical diagram cushion covers are $25/each from Manchester's My Wife Your Wife: there's the finger cross-section, the hair follicle, and the throat and mouth cavity.

(via Geeky Merch)

Prince Robot IV cosplayer spotted again!


Today at New York Comic-Con I ran into David Atkinson, aka our favorite cosplayer from Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples's Saga: Atkinson was out promoting Gathering the Debris, a site of entertainment news and reviews.

Melting zombie candles (and other delights)


Etsy-based mold-maker Stexe has a store that's a delight -- from the Melting Mandle (a melting zombie candle) to a black lagoonite, to a tar-zombie to a chainsaw-wielding pig, to runny glow-in-the-dark zombies, and a gnarly cthulhoid.

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Castelvania casemod


Vadu Amka gave his old-school SNES a stunning Castelvania casemod makeover, with an attention to detail that demands our respect and admiration.

SNES Castlevania - Dracula's castle Edition (via Kotaku)

Kickstarting The Origami, a new kind of portable laser-cutter

Created by a team from Pittsburgh's Techshop makerspace, the Origami uses a novel, fold-out arm that lets you laser-etch and -cut much larger designs than you could get into a normal, enclosed cutter.

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Zombie pancakes!


Nathan "Saipancakes" Shields has made some zombie pancakes: "I make a lot of pancakes for kids, but these I made for myself."

Kickstarting Yogajoes: green army men in yoga poses


They're from the creator of "Brogamats," a line of yoga stuff for dudes, and intended to inspire veterans and people who like the military to try out a little yoga.

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