"Looptaggr drive-by stenciling technology is infinite fun. Create your own Looptaggr today!"
For those days when the thought of traditional tagging wears you out, there's Looptaggr
from F.A.T. Lab
, the team that brought you Notorious R&D. Now out: the Charlie Sheen Browser Blocker
. [more inside]
is a DIY biohacker
(a.k.a. a grinder
) who, with vodka, scalpels, an anatomy book, and a spotter if she passes out, inserts tings like RFID chips, compass chips, and nedymium discs into her body in order to expand her senses
Parents are a pain. Kids are a pain. But kids have their uses
--and sometimes, parents do too.
They can build things like a marble track around your room
. Or just hire someone to design a pirate ship bedroom
for you. Maybe teach you the alphabet in Star Wars
. Build a mini catapult for your toys
. Turn you into Robocop for Halloween
(or the Death Star
). Cut snowflakes
with you in the winter. If they get tired of pulling you and your sled up that hill, they can rig an engine
to do it for them. And who knows, they might inspire you
to start building your own projects. [more inside]
The Tatara Project
: Learn how to make your own Japanese tanto knives from homemade steel; just follow these explicit directions and 125 photos
Vimeo pros and seasoned amateurs are developing the ongoing and rapidly growing project Quick Tüts
, short video tutorials that usually focus on one specific skill or technique and last no more than a minute. Oftentimes Quick Tüts
show you how to use readily available items
in lieu of more expensive equipment, so for video creators operating on a low budget
, they are especially useful. A good way to think of them is as little tricks of the trade
Filed under strangely fascinating: Popin' Cookin', powdered miniature sushi that one makes oneself and eats as a candy
. Wait for the salmon roe at the end. There is a type of sweet in Japan that’s sold under the category of "intellectual education candy". These are sweets you must make yourself using the ingredients contained in the box. This way, children can enjoy the process of making candy, which allows them to develop their creativity.
The non-edible version, Konapun
. [more inside]
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.
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]
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
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]
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
"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]
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!
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]
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.
Strange CW Keys
, a collection of interesting and totally unique Morse Code keys made by Jari Vainio, OH6DC in Finland.
Holey sweater? Fixed!
Use a piece of foam, some wool and a felt needle. No knitting skills required.
- 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]
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
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]
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]
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. "
"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."
Tired of that NES controller digging into your palms? How about playing with your face?
(SLYT) [more inside]
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
DIY medicine on YouTube:
A G&M article with plenty of links that I could click on. [more inside]
Mike Walters is at it again with an amazing tape-based drum machine
. Full details
are to be found on his website. [previously
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.
"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]
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.
A Pencil that Lets You Draw Music
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
) 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]
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...