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I, for one, welcome our new hamster robot overlords.

Princess the Hamster gets a robot walking suit. (SLYT)
posted by loquacious on Feb 7, 2011 - 90 comments

 

Everything you always wanted to know about making music on the Ipad

Getting your music out of an Ipad. A fairly thorough overview of connecting an Ipad to external gear, covering input and output, as well as midi and audio.
posted by not_that_epiphanius on Feb 3, 2011 - 14 comments

No ham radio for old men...

Amateur radio gets stick for being home to a lot of reactionary weird old buffers. How true. Many are put off by this. And that's a crying shame... [more inside]
posted by Devonian on Jan 29, 2011 - 61 comments

Shmowzow!

Based on a quirky animated short that charmed MeFi four years ago, Pendleton Ward's Adventure Time is arguably the most delightful thing in animation right now. Following the surreal adventures of 12-year-old Finn and his magical dog Jake in the fantastical post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, the series has breezed through two seasons and secured a third -- while generating a devoted fandom along the way (partially through savvy callbacks to things like 4chan's Courage Wolf meme and Kate Beaton's pudgy Shetland pony). There's an exhaustive wiki, an active discussion board, oodles of fan-art, and AdventureTi.me, a fan-made repository of previous episodes (complete with a mobile version) that makes catching up a cinch. Want more? Then check out the show's bountiful production diaries, its equally in-depth blog at Frederator Studios, catch some official clips, follow Pen Ward on Twitter, or buy or make your own awesome Finn hat (though not necessarily what lies beneath). Oh, and a new episode is airing... oh, right now. Totally math! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jan 24, 2011 - 54 comments

All Apple is doing is slowing people down and aggravating them.

All Apple is doing is slowing people down and aggravating them.
posted by Chuckles on Jan 21, 2011 - 260 comments

Four ways to make plastic from household items, such as potatoes or milk with vinegar

How To Make Stuff has four ways to make plastic at home, from stryofoam with acetone, potatoes with vinegar and glycerin, milk with vinegar, and cream with lemon juice. Instructables has similar recipes with visuals (styrofoam plastic, potato or corn starch plastic, and milk and vinegar plastic).
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 13, 2011 - 30 comments

An elegant weapon for a more civilized age.

"I see you have constructed a new lightsaber. Your skills are complete. Indeed, you are powerful, as the Emperor has foreseen." The lightsaber prop to own all lightsaber props, complete with crystal chamber and a blade bright enough to blind with the lights switched on. TL;DR? YouTube vids - with the blade attached; the crystal chamber. [via Geekdad, via Make]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Jan 3, 2011 - 42 comments

Make some music!

Bram Bos, maker of easy-to-use programs for making electronic music, has released all his old software for free download. Get some free VST instruments and samples from KVR Audio and make some music, or at least download Hammerhead and make some beats!
posted by Pope Guilty on Jan 3, 2011 - 24 comments

"There was no face, merely a gaunt human skull staring out from beneath the towel." Happy Holidays!

It's holiday time! Perhaps you'd like to add some DIY decoration to your gifts. Let's make some "Literary Leaf Gift Tags." Which book should you make them from? Oh, any old book will do—say, this one looks splendid. Et voila! Gift tags that are perfect for the literate aesthete, complete with mentions of "gaunt human skulls" and "slave labor camps." [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 20, 2010 - 8 comments

top 10s of 2010

Top 10s of 2010. Each Saturday, we pore through our favorite tips and tricks to find 10 great hacks surrounding any subject, from food and thumb drives to browsers and Wi-Fi. Here are our most popular Top 10s of 2010.
posted by nickyskye on Dec 9, 2010 - 15 comments

Strange CW Keys, a collection of interesting and totally unique Morse Code keys made by Jari Vainio, OH6DC in Finland.

Strange CW Keys, a collection of interesting and totally unique Morse Code keys made by Jari Vainio, OH6DC in Finland.
posted by jackspace on Dec 3, 2010 - 10 comments

Holey sweater? Fixed!

Holey sweater? Fixed! Use a piece of foam, some wool and a felt needle. No knitting skills required.
posted by ouke on Dec 1, 2010 - 63 comments

Playing with Food; Home Edition

Molecular gastronomy - the use of industrial and scientific processes in the culinary arts - has been discussed before, but in the last few years a number of tools and techniques have appeared that make some of the fancy pantsy schmanzy creations of molecular gastronomy possible for the home cook... [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet on Nov 7, 2010 - 26 comments

The Automatypwriter

The Automatypewriter is a typewriter that can type by itself.
posted by empath on Nov 2, 2010 - 15 comments

Homemade SLR

Homemade SLR
posted by plinth on Oct 25, 2010 - 30 comments

Last.fm Listing History via LastGraph As Wall Decoration

Last.fm Listing History via LastGraph As Wall Decoration - Andy took his LastFM listening history, rendered it via LastGraph as PDF document and created some stunishing simple and yet beautiful wall decoration for his home. [original text is german - read a google translated version here]
posted by misterhonk on Oct 17, 2010 - 19 comments

Homemade strength training equipment

Homemade strength training and other gym equipment. [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Oct 15, 2010 - 18 comments

"I'm doing this for my pride. I'm doing it for the principle of the matter. I'm also doing it because it's going to be awesome to have a robot pony bicycle when this all ends."

"The Home Owner's Association at my building has been leaving me notes asking me to clean up my parking spaces in the garage...Apparently, the rules say that only bicycles are allowed to be stored in these spaces. In the spaces I have: 2 bicycles...and one mechanical pony..." [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Sep 27, 2010 - 77 comments

DIY Outlet Shopping at Akihabara

Insiders Tour of Akihabara. The guys over at toykohackerspace provide us with a guide to the ultimate in geek shopping; whether it's custom CNC'ed radio enclosures, every tweezer imaginable, or you just want to buy a robot, Akihabara is the place to be. [via /.] [more inside]
posted by Mach5 on Sep 26, 2010 - 20 comments

Be the envy (and the fear) of all your friends with DIY glow sticks!

Make your own glow sticks! No, not like that! With complete chemical recipes for different colors, information on how fluorescent dyes work, and bonus fun camera light balance behavior. [via]
posted by phunniemee on Aug 25, 2010 - 11 comments

danyk's Electromagnetic Shenanigans

(MLYT) Danyk666 and his microwave oven, danyk and his unshielded Source, danyk's little jacob's ladder, danyk heats water, zaps a CD, uses wrong AC power. Also hairspray high-volt abuse, his flyback transformer no workee (wait for it), carbon scoring on your droids? And danyk's small shaded-pole motor ...OF DEATH!!! [more inside]
posted by billb on Aug 25, 2010 - 35 comments

One giant leap for goonkind.

Some people make DIY drones. Some people build WiFi-hacking UAVs. Somethingawful members build their own submarines, floating launch-platforms, and tow their own manned spacecraft out to sea.
posted by fake on Aug 22, 2010 - 34 comments

What a shame

An oral history of DIY pioneers CRASS - with details about the court battle that may soon mar 30+ years of advocacy for anarchism, permaculture, workers' rights, and free thinking. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 22, 2010 - 39 comments

I Call it Catsup. You Call it Ketchup

Got a lot of tomatoes? Looking for some thing different to DIY? How about DIY ketchup? "Whether it's pickles or preserves, DIY food is all the rage. But when I told a group of food-loving friends that I was planning to make my own ketchup, their response was muted. First, there was an awkward pause. Then, one piped up with the question that everyone must have been thinking: Why? Ketchup, apparently, is an exception to the everything-is-better-if-you-make-it-yourself ethos. "
posted by Xurando on Aug 11, 2010 - 61 comments

Successful fundraising with Kickstarter

"In April 2010, Ashley Rawlings and I used community fundraising to raise nearly $24,000 to breathe new life into our book, Art Space Tokyo. My goal [in this blog post] is to outline what we did and why we did it, with the hope of inspiring anyone with an itch, gumption and a good narrative, to do the same. To bring beautiful, well-considered things into the world."
posted by dobbs on Aug 8, 2010 - 9 comments

Super Face-io Brothers

Tired of that NES controller digging into your palms? How about playing with your face? (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 5, 2010 - 9 comments

course, you won't be able to water the lawn with it...

So, you always wanted to be a musician, but your pops wouldn't send you to music school? And you can't afford a decent instrument? Aw, quit yer whining and go get a garden hose.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 30, 2010 - 25 comments

sometimes humans are wonderful

Imitating a xylophone.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 29, 2010 - 28 comments

It’s not a how-to, people!

DIY medicine on YouTube: A G&M article with plenty of links that I could click on. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Jul 18, 2010 - 33 comments

Drumssette

Mike Walters is at it again with an amazing tape-based drum machine. Full details are to be found on his website. [previously]
posted by mhjb on Jul 13, 2010 - 11 comments

$3 DIY game console

RBox: A $3 DIY video game console. [more inside]
posted by twirlip on Jun 14, 2010 - 21 comments

Bonkers Bunkers

A man in East Austin, Tx was removed from his home after it was discovered that he had been digging bunkers under his home, some which were 35ft at the deepest, and included two sub-levels tall enough for adults to stand in comfortably. Though his motives are unknown, many handguns and rifles were also removed from the home, and he as been very cooperative with city investigators.
posted by fontophilic on May 13, 2010 - 124 comments

This is not your father's shack.

"We’re living in a disposable world. It’s just not worth it to repair things; it’s not worth it to build things from scratch. The magic of that seems to have passed.” The death of Radio Shack. [more inside]
posted by woodjockey on May 10, 2010 - 123 comments

Rough Trade

Do It Yourself: The Story of Rough Trade (goog vid, BBC, 1:28) The history of the legendary indie label/shop, home to such bands as Scritti Politti, The Smiths, The Fall, Cabaret Voltaire, The Feelies, Robert Wyatt, The Slits, and many more.
posted by puny human on May 4, 2010 - 11 comments

Make your own Pop Tarts!

Make your own pop tarts! Make your own Reese's! Make your own Snickers! Make your own Egg McMuffin!
posted by mccarty.tim on May 1, 2010 - 43 comments

Read-Write-Erase

A Turing Machine [SLYT]. [more inside]
posted by daniel_charms on Apr 24, 2010 - 41 comments

Turn Almost Anything into a "Theremin"

Drawdio: A Pencil that Lets You Draw Music
posted by brundlefly on Apr 17, 2010 - 29 comments

Local Commercials GONE WILD

Rhett and Link love local commercials, and, with a sponsorship by MicroBilt, they want to visit your town to make one! Don't worry [NSFW], they've had experience doing this kind of thing in the past. • Rhett and Link's website and YouTube channel are chock full of fun stuff besides commercials--why, they even helped me learn all about regional variations of southern BBQ![ many previous appearances ]
posted by not_on_display on Apr 16, 2010 - 6 comments

$20, less than in town

How to build an outdoor pizza oven for around $20.
posted by mudpuppie on Apr 8, 2010 - 83 comments

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day: Apr. 25th

You have less than three weeks to get ready to participate in Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. More great pinhole galleries here and Flickr groups devoted to pinhole photography (1 & 2) and the myriad ways to construct pinhole cameras including: Paint Can, Coffee Can, Oatmeal Boxes, Foam Core, and ready-to-fold paper/card stock (that last link is the most popular pinhole-related bookmark on the interweb). You'd expect MAKE magazine to address the topic in fine fashion. And what post would be complete without a YouTube link: THIRTEEN PART tutorial on building a 4x5 Pinhole Camera. Drilling your own precision pinholes: A f295.org forum thread. Making your own camera not DIY enough for you? How about concocting your own developer with instant coffee and vitamin C? Don't want to use film, Bunky? Then discover paper negatives for your pinhole cam! The wonderful world of lens-less photography awaits you. [more inside]
posted by spock on Apr 7, 2010 - 17 comments

Like the one from the beginning of Back to the Future

Troels Gravesen shows how to make your own loudspeakers. via
posted by klangklangston on Mar 30, 2010 - 16 comments

To Produce The Impossible Product

On sale now: new film for Polaroid cameras. PX 100 Silver Shade / First Flush (for SX-70). Courtesy of The Impossible Project. (prev 1 2 3) [more inside]
posted by msalt on Mar 26, 2010 - 25 comments

A cool place to play

I have been working on and off for about 2 years building our "D&D ROOM" to hold most of our collection and give us a cool place to play...
posted by Joe Beese on Feb 24, 2010 - 61 comments

Apartment Therapy Home Hacks 2010

Apartment Therapy, the multi-city shelter blog, generally seems to have an audience that's more Martha Stewart Living than Make. But their Home Hacks 2010 collects lots of little HOWTOs that are totally geek friendly, from "How to Build an Indoor Fort" and "How to Deduct Your Electronic Gear from Your Taxes" to "How to Clean Your Jeans Without Water." (Sure, that last one is meant for designer jeans, but who says you can't use it for your Levi's?)
posted by ocherdraco on Feb 23, 2010 - 28 comments

Low-end of 3D Printing gets a little lower

Saw on Gizmodo today a DIY 3D Printer, based on an open source design, that prints ceramic structures ready for firing. 3D printing has been around for years, but the low-end of this technology fascinates me. Once these machines get more widely into the hands of non-engineers, how many Bathsheba Grossmans out there will emerge with ready-to-print designs for craftsmen around the world to tweak and innovate? Twinkling of a peer-to-peer manufacturing revolution?
posted by cross_impact on Feb 23, 2010 - 30 comments

Make Your Own Star Trek Phaser, just In Case the Romulans Attack.

Make Your Own Star Trek Phaser [more inside]
posted by Olive Oil on Jan 18, 2010 - 37 comments

Window Farmers

Window Farms is a DIY urban agriculture project started in New York. It's not just about changing the way we think about plants in urban contexts — it's also about creating a kind of "open-source" approach to solving eco-urban challenges. (Treehugger has some more context.)

The folks behind Window Farms are now trying to take it to the next level using everyone's favorite new funding platform, Kickstarter. (Including a cute intro video which is worth checking out.)

And if window farming ain't your thing, maybe one of their other DIY projects is more up your alley...
posted by chasing on Dec 5, 2009 - 14 comments

Got a push broom? Here's some Beethoven.

Atrapa-sons, an amusing and educational television show from TV3 Catalonia in Spain, entertains you with musical numbers creatively composed using ordinary household objects, including rakes, potatoes, surgical gloves, forearm crutches, and brooms. Grab some pots and spoons and join in!
posted by jeanmari on Nov 26, 2009 - 6 comments

Changing your change

Turn a silver coin into a ring with a hammer, an anvil (or something similar), and a drill.
posted by quin on Nov 23, 2009 - 40 comments

Roll your own Solar Cell

Make your own solar cell out of powdered donuts, Everclear, Tazo Passion tea, and other common ingredients. (slyt) [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Nov 22, 2009 - 19 comments

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