Bicycle defense kit fits in Altoids tin


Luke Iseman sells a Bicycle Defense Kit for $19.90.

The Bicycle Defense Kit (BDK) offers options for dealing with aggressive motorists. Contained within an altoids tin, the 8 tools vary in detectability, potential to cause damage, and legality.

Specifically, cyclists can:

• Issue "citizen citations" with official-ish tickets.

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USB 9-volt charger kit in an Altoids tin

Aaron Dunlap is selling these excellent USB 9-Volt charger kits in an Altoids tin for the ridiculously low price of $9.50. I can't think of a better stocking stuffer.

Update: Aaron Dunlap says: "I should point out that what I have for sale is kits to build your own charger in an Altoids tin or whatever you want. — Read the rest

MP3 music box in a cigar box


In the DIY world cigarboxes have replaced the OATH (Obligatory Altoids Tin Hack). Here, Matt Richardson shows how to make an MP3 music box from a cigar box.

I decided I wanted to do a modern-day maker's riff on the old mechanical music box.

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80-port USB charger board

Building a PC? Why not throw in one of these 80 port USB charger-boards, so you can charge everygoddamnedthing you own? No data throughput, and it wants its own power supply (duh!).


(via OhGizmo!)

Steve Lodefink guestblogging Dinosaurs and Robots


Steve Lodefink (left) is guestblogging at Dinosaurs and Robots, a new blog about extraordinary objects that Mister Jalopy and I started.

An inveterate tinkerer and "broad-spectrum hobbyist," Steve just can't say no to a cool project. At 3, he was already reverse-engineering the peanut butter and jelly sandwich: "I figured out where all of the parts were, found a good tool, and built one.

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Altoids contest for tin-modders

John Duffell sez, "Altoids tins are too cool for the trash bin; many of us like to re-use our tins for various uses, and the fine folks behind the Altoid will be rewarding the most innovative ideas with cash prizes. Entries should consist of a brief description (no more than 100 words) accompanied by a digital photo." — Read the rest