"[T]here are some interesting differences in the psychologies of making vs. fixing. I've found it's easier to be daring with fixer projects, because the emotional cost of failure is lower. If I've got a busted laptop, why not crack it open? What's the worst I can do? Break it? It's already broken! There's also a sort of puzzle-solving pleasure in fixing, a sense of grappling with complexity. You encounter a lot of mystery that you'll never solve and just have to live with, which is what makes repair a philosophically powerful activity. You learn humbleness in the face of intransigent reality."
Core77 presents a photo gallery of social-distancing-friendly candy-delivery tubes to ensure that children get enough sugar this Halloween. READ THE REST
Adam Savage bought a giant Swiss Army knife replica, the kind that stores put in the window for advertisement purposes. The cool thing about the knife is that it contains an electromechanical mechanism that makes the blades open and close. In this video, Adam takes apart his replica to show how it works. He also… READ THE REST
David Lynch made a sculpture from metal, plywood, and a light. He he is showing it on YouTube. READ THE REST
We spend most of our days staring at screens. Either a laptop, or a phone, or a tablet. But while we spend so much time reading or working or watching all the varied screens in our life, it's strange how often they just aren't enough. They aren't clear enough, they aren't big enough, they aren't… READ THE REST
Mid October is too early for us to start in on holiday shopping suggestions. Oh, you'll get 'em all soon enough, trust us…but with more than two months before Santa rolls into town, we're not gonna hard sell you about the holidays. However…if your shopping list may eventually include an artsy teen who's obsessed with… READ THE REST
Fidget toys are made for relieving anxiety and stress, but there's a very ephemeral quality to finding fidget toys that actually do the job. Many are just clutter on your desk or can even be just kind of annoying. But the best ones slip into your hand almost unconsciously, providing a very soothing tactility and… READ THE REST