Then, all of sudden, I saw a hand holding a piece of chalk and writing on a black-board something like a mathematical formula. The vision was very clear, but it stayed only for few seconds and disappeared again.
The Internet is abound with a new, simple technique for at-home DIY multimodal (vision, sound) Ganzfeld Hallucinations (previously)
. [more inside]
posted by tybeet
on Nov 20, 2008 -
I first heard of a 'Paraset'
when I saw a message on the QRP-L
reflector announcing an upcoming 'June 6th Paraset D-Day
' activity. A search for more information soon revealed that the Paraset was a small vacuum-tube transmitter-receiver unit built during WWII in the UK at the Whaddon Hall
headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service Communications Unit. Known officially as the 'Whaddon Mark VII
', the units were either air-dropped by parachute or carried, by the jumpers themselves, into many of the occupied countries of western Europe. . .
posted by jackspace
on Nov 5, 2008 -
While you may not be the shoe hoarder some people are
, you have shoes in your closet you never wear and you'd like to know what to do with them. Are they just boring? In that case you could just experiment with new ways to lace them
, or find a way to make them light up
when you walk into a room. Or you could draw on the shoes with markers
. You could also paint them
, going with the theme of your choice: Art Nouveau
, Day of the Dead
, or any of the ideas here
. You could cut motifs from fabric and glue them on to your lace-ups
, cover your flats with new fabric
, bling up a pair of strappy shoes with glitter
, or embellish your flip-flops with some yarn
. Is the old upper worn out? Knit
or crochet a new one
. Want to get where you're going faster? Make custom roller skates
, or modify your bicycle
. Do your shoes hurt your feet? Put them on your face instead as a wrestling mask
, or turn them into an iPod case
. Your shoes could also become a birdhouse
, a planter
, a centrepiece
, or an integral part of a coat rack
or leg lamp
. If you're really not up to crafting, here are 11 non-crafty ways to recycle old shoes
. But what fun is that?!?
posted by orange swan
on Oct 29, 2008 -
[Warning: Not Safe For the Squeamish] "An Illustrated History of Trepanation"
: Although the reasons for trepanning and the instruments used for the procedure differ with time and from culture to culture, the result is always the same: a hole in the head, usually made when the individual was fully conscious and, often, unanaesthetized.
• • From an interview with Heather Perry, who trepanned herself
: "I used a hand trepan initially, but that wasn't proving to be terribly successful. Then there was a problem with the people who owned the property we were staying in, so we decided we'd have to just leave it. I wrapped my head up in a towel and we got out of there. A couple of days later, we had another go. We abandoned the hand trepan and got an electric drill instead." • • And, of course, the home version of the game. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display
on Oct 16, 2008 -
is a wonderful and remarkably complete resource to learn about the systems that keep our body running, including the skeletal
and even urinary
systems. What's more amazing is that it's all created by one man in his spare time and for no gain of his own. Read his mission statement here.
posted by ignorantguru
on Sep 17, 2008 -
The Futility of Flogging Music
"I was pondering the other day whether I actually have a field of expertise. I thought for ages, and couldn't come up with anything, and then in a blinding flash I realised, with a slight sense of despondency, what it might be: being in bands that people have never heard of." Actually you may have heard of Rhodri Marsden
if you're caught the current Scritti Politti line-up in action, if you've ever followed the broadcasts of the late DJ John Peel, or if you've read Rhodri's technology column in UK newspaper the Independent. This week, in a speech to the Oxford Geek Night
, Marsden shared his caustic yet heartfelt observations on DIY music from the early 90s through to the digital age, sighing "I can think of nothing more soul destroying" than social networking and quoting post-punk icon of Pere Ubu as saying musicians should "screw the audience".
posted by skylar
on Aug 29, 2008 -
Although celtic-punk groups like the Pogues, Flogging Molly, and the Dropkick Murphys may have been the first bands to combine punk rock with folk music, other groups have been crossing over folk music and punk rock for some time now. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc
on Jul 29, 2008 -
: Alan has deliberately 'beefed up' the dome. From a child's eye view it looks like half an inch thick battle armour but the dome is really only four millimetres in thickness. This looks more substantial when viewed from underneath - an angle from which children often see Daleks. [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo
on Jun 20, 2008 -
Do You Want To Know RIGHT NOW How You Can Drive Around Using WATER as FUEL
and Laugh At Rising Gas Costs, While Reducing Emissions and Preventing Global Warming?
posted by jonson
on May 13, 2008 -
Do-it-yourself film manufacturing.
"Can't buy the film you want any more? Just make the stuff!
In this set you will find random photos and information on a project a friend has undertaken - a machine to make his own camera film.
Plastic and goop go in one end, and camera film comes out the other end. This is not a trivial undertaking."
posted by ethel
on May 9, 2008 -
is a perennial survival kit favorite, but why carry a boring ol' hank of it when you can get crafty
? Parachute cord lanyards
, and other braided items are surprisingly easy and fun to make
by following some simple instructions
. But they're just the beginning! From water bottle carriers
and camera tripods
to knife handles
, Khukri conversions
, flashlight & stick wraps
, pace beads
, magazine pulls
, rifle wraps
and rifle slings
, there are tons of useful things you can make out of paracord! [more inside]
posted by vorfeed
on Apr 28, 2008 -
Housing, preserving, and providing access to these small-scale, homemade
rags that document some corner of [often do-it-yourself and punk rock]
culture, zine archives can be found via independently operated centers in Georgia (physical library in construction), New Orleans (myspace link, www address out-of-commission), Florida
Denver, Cambridge, Olympia, Chicago, Seattle
and... [more inside]
posted by ethel
on Jan 19, 2008 -
Surely this must be a double, right? I mean, you've got this great and strange program, Addi's Inflatable Minute, and this incredibly strange but somewhat haunting instrument and its all in one You Tube Link
? People don't actually make this sort of content in real life, do they?
posted by Ogre Lawless
on Jan 11, 2008 -
Make your own attack ad.
The Democratic party is uploading all its "tracker" videos of the top Republican candidates out on the campaign trail, for use by anyone for anything. "The party hopes that thousands of eyes might find something the mainstream media has missed, or that a new way of juxtaposing the video with something else will be revealing about the candidates," says the NYT
. Gimmick or political sea change?
posted by CunningLinguist
on Nov 28, 2007 -
I have to assume the only reason you're reading this right now and not busy home curing & eating bacon is because nobody has shown you how. Let's fix that
posted by jonson
on Aug 9, 2007 -
In an attempt to curb the production of crystal meth, more than 30 states have now outlawed or require registration for common lab equipment. In Texas, you need to register the purchase of Erlenmeyer flasks or three-necked beakers. The same state where I do not have to register a handgun, forces me to register a glass beaker.
America's War on Science: Chemistry sets
and model rockets
, the staples of any geeky childhood, have essentially become a thing of the past.Wired
has more on how a security obsessed society is robbing both children and adults of the opportunity to discover science for themelves.
posted by [expletive deleted]
on Jun 17, 2007 -