Jef Raskin (RIP) was the creator of the Macintosh project at Apple. I got to know him pretty well in the last five years or so of his life. He was a delightful curmudgeon, and very creative. He wrote a column for the print edition of bOING bOING about pranks and scams, under the moniker "El Jefe." (I'll get around to posting them one day.)
Jef was also good at shooting flies with rubber bands. I have tried shooting flies like Jef for years. It's hard, but I score a hit occasionally. I once hit a fly in mid-flight! But when the fly problem gets serious, rubber bands don't do the trick. I just ordered this Air Venturi Fly Shooter ($(removed)). It's basically a projectile fly swatter that you launch from a pistol. I'll let you know how it works.
I’m not really interested in catching mice, but I like learning how different kinds of no kill mousetraps work. This simple but ingenious trap attaches to a 2-liter soda bottle. The mouse crawls through an opening and has to push a plastic ball up to get into the bottle. One it gets past the ball, […]
Looking for a career in music behind the boards, either as a music producer or DJ? It’s a good bet that you’re going to be working with Ableton Live. Each new iteration of this powerful workstation gives the user more tools to create, and it’s just as well suited for the task of meticulous track […]
The graveyard of failed startups is littered with concepts that just got lost in translation. At its core, that’s what great front-end design is about: Making an app or website usable, translating its best ideas smoothly to the user. It’s a skill so broad there might be no one book or course that covers it […]
Robotics: It’s a field that used to exist only as science fiction. Now it’s science fact, and it’s not just a playground for MIT prodigies. Thanks to the ROS (Robot Operating System) framework, anyone willing to learn robotics can practice robotics. And the easiest way to learn ROS? The Complete Robotics eBook Bundle. Combined, the […]