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Free Online Film School

TakeZer0 is a weekly videoblog by two young filmmakers aiming to be a free basic film school for anyone interested, with lessons so far on shot composition, lighting, camera stabilization & the overall process.
posted by jonson on Jun 6, 2007 - 12 comments

Carbon fiber - not just for your bike anymore.

Build your own ultra-lightweight kite, for zero-to-low wind conditions. (In action.)
posted by kaibutsu on Jun 2, 2007 - 10 comments

Urban Lumberjacks Building Steam-Powered Tree

Chop it down and steam it up! (work in progress)
posted by ...possums on May 25, 2007 - 2 comments

Curiously Recycling

Things you can do with empty Altoids tins. People are spending a lot of time coming up with uses for Altoids tins. You don't have to buy the mints. Pinhole camera. Photos taken with that camera. Key for practicing Morse Code. Another one. Religious shrines. Postage assistant. Miniature luggage and furniture. Quilted. Etched and plated. Ipod speakers. Ipod case. Previously mentioned on MeFi: Ipod battery pack; survival kit. Of course, you could stash your drugs in one - but maybe you shouldn't.
posted by Kirth Gerson on May 23, 2007 - 31 comments

Great Guitar Education site

Guitarweek is quite easily one of the best, if not the best, guitar education websites on the web. Check out the Chord worksheets. The load of free lessons, plus some members-only flash lessons. It's a real labor of love by a pretty interesting guy, who like a lot of people who work more for a passion than money, appears to have trouble making ends meet on it. Membership is amazingly cheap to boot.
posted by bluevelvetelvis on May 22, 2007 - 9 comments

Ocarina Time!

Want to make your own ocarina? Fair enough; a bit of clay goes a long way. But the legends say that only a true master can construct them out of broccoli or carrots.
posted by Greg Nog on May 21, 2007 - 25 comments

Nothing, simply nothing...

It's spring; build a boat, therefore.
posted by OmieWise on Apr 2, 2007 - 25 comments

Hot Summer Days and Cosmic Rays: Skyfish Revealed

Skyfish have been well documented on the interweb. Want to capture your own as a pet? Lure them into your home by replicating their natural environment. Warning: three Youtube links and only the third is really cool, but at least they're all pretty short. Related.
posted by Area Control on Feb 22, 2007 - 24 comments

Second Aid?

Beyond First Aid: How to handle being pepper sprayed, How to help a woman who is giving birth, How to suture, How to survive a gunshot wound, etc.
posted by serazin on Feb 14, 2007 - 11 comments

Da-Doo Ron RONJA

RONJA is an optical networking device that can be built by nearly everyone, using readily available components and using only free software.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Feb 7, 2007 - 23 comments

BYOB - build your own bike

Custom motorcycles aren't just for cruising. The art of small-run or one-off custom motorcycle construction isn't limited to choppers and cruisers. Racers and constructors like Dr. Rob Tuluie and Michael Czysz are a different breed. On or off-road, they keep the tradition of constructors like Vincent alive. Want to build your own? With a little help and some information, anything is possible.
posted by hackwolf on Feb 6, 2007 - 23 comments

DIY Pong Watch

DIY Pong Watch - A most excellent homebrew OLED Pong Watch, with an excellent, well documented archive of the design and build process.
posted by loquacious on Jan 5, 2007 - 4 comments

D.I.Y. Wacom Cintiq

Like many who spend their days manipulating pixels on their computers I have drooled over the Wacom Cintiq but the price tag can be disconcerting. One enterprising person decided to build his own.
posted by Tenuki on Dec 28, 2006 - 21 comments

Paper TGV

Paper models of the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) free for download. Complete with a finished model gallery.
posted by Mitheral on Dec 20, 2006 - 6 comments

DIY Diamond Mining

Crater of Diamonds State Park Interested in obtaining diamonds but feeling troubled by the diamond business? Head over to Arkansas and dig your own damned diamonds.
posted by Burhanistan on Dec 11, 2006 - 24 comments

Three trees, one stool.

Grow your own. Furniture that is. Christopher Cattle has pictures and basic instructions on growing a three legged stool. Similiar previously here, here, and here.
posted by Mitheral on Dec 10, 2006 - 12 comments

The Toriton Plus - Water and light music interface.

The Toriton Plus A new electronic music interface using water and light. (YouTube). Make your own. From Little-Scale, which is chock-full of cool and wonderous stuff.
posted by loquacious on Nov 11, 2006 - 8 comments

Playable PacMan Arcade Cabinet Costume

In honor of Halloween, the greatest costume ever: a playable Pac Man arcade cabinet.
posted by jonson on Oct 31, 2006 - 24 comments

Clockwork tiger.

Clockwork steampunk rideable tiger. (via YouTube.) Flickr photos here. Artist's site here.
posted by loquacious on Oct 21, 2006 - 23 comments

Make your own pipe organ

Roses on a piano, tulips on an organ (as mentioned here), but who knew that there are so many people who make their own pipe organs or illustrate how to make pipes (simple or complex).
posted by plinth on Oct 15, 2006 - 3 comments

clouds without dust!

The cloud chamber may no longer the particle detector of choice (that would be the bubble chamber) but easy to build yourself (in modern or vintage style) and watch cosmic rays in the comfort of your own home.
posted by jessamyn on Oct 1, 2006 - 12 comments

Better Than Linguo

Tabblo looks pretty cool. It will integrate with Flickr photos (or upload your own) and let you make a collage-style poster that can be had for $20. Very web 2.0-ish, but seems to be well executed. This could be an easy way to make a poster of album art? (via Lifehacker, via Techcrunch).
posted by rossination on Sep 15, 2006 - 20 comments

$15,000 vs. $12.99 for a 12-pack of 2-ply.

The 2006 Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest Winner Is...
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Sep 15, 2006 - 44 comments

Here's an FYI - You're All Gonna Die Screaming

Re Your Brains is the music video to a great song (a memo between two businessmen, detailing the fact that one of them is now a zombie and intends to eat the other one's brains) by the much mefi'd Jonathan Coulton; apparently inspired by his "Flickr: the Video", fans are making DIY videos for several of his songs over at the JoCoPro (Jonathan Coulton Project). Two of my favorite non-zombie related ones are The Presidents, a mnemonic for memorizing every U.S. President in order & at least one fact about each, and Code Monkey, detailing the warm secret heart of a Frito loving coder.
posted by jonson on Sep 11, 2006 - 17 comments

C86, 20 Years On

C86: Side A and Side B.
posted by jack_mo on Aug 24, 2006 - 29 comments

That's not a hack; THIS is a hack

Afrigadget Life hacks from the Dark Continent. Similar idea to better-known hacks here and here.
posted by klangklangston on Jul 20, 2006 - 13 comments

I, For One, Welcome Our New D*I*Y Overlords

D*I*Y Planner : Tired of all those pricey organizers of dubious usefulness being sold by overpriced retailers? Why not roll your own with Douglas Johnson's DIY Planner?
posted by rossination on Jul 18, 2006 - 22 comments

I want to be/under the sea . . .

“If you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it.” Buying a megayacht is soooo 1998. Today’s hip gazillionaire knows that the future of disgustingly conspicuous consumption lies beneath the waves. Advances in technology (and corresponding concentrations of wealth) have made the personal submarine a reality for the super-rich. And what about the rest of us, who do have to ask how much it costs? For us, the plebeian majority, there’s a website devoted to rolling your own.
posted by jason's_planet on Jul 17, 2006 - 36 comments

Legislatures in 14 states have considered or are considering almost complete bans on abortion.

The Supreme Court is increasingly anti-abortion, and they have already agreed that next year they will be deciding on so-called partial birth abortion bans. Given this context, you might need to learn how to do it yourself. (Here's more on some useful equipment.) Also see more inside.
posted by serazin on Jul 14, 2006 - 90 comments

Finally, a decent use for silicone.

How to copy records.
posted by 31d1 on May 17, 2006 - 25 comments

You're with the band

DIY Instruments: Guitar, Bass, A Drum, Yokobue, Pipes, analog synth sound effects. And for those of you who don't want to build anything - you can play the spoons.
posted by bigmusic on May 16, 2006 - 8 comments

I take my coffee black and white.

Developing black and white film at home just got much cheaper. It's possible to develop film using tea, coffee, or even vitamin C. To avoid being called a fustian photography nerd, call it caffenol (or caffeinol, but not that caffeinol).
posted by nomad on Apr 20, 2006 - 20 comments

Pimp My Snack

Finally, some pimping I can endorse. It started with cars, but the concept of "pimping" has quickly become passe. Until I saw this. Via Monkeyfilter
posted by kimdog on Apr 11, 2006 - 61 comments

DIY subcutaneous RFID tagging

People are tagging themselves, with microchips. [via] [previous]
posted by airguitar on Mar 25, 2006 - 11 comments

RoombaFrogger: Game of the Future

RoombaFrogger. At SXSW, DIY hackers took an innocent Roomba, modded it and used it to play real-life Frogger on the streets of Austin.
posted by scalefree on Mar 16, 2006 - 21 comments

Do-it-yourself funerals

Home funerals Think the cost of funerals is out of control? Do it yourself!
posted by annieb on Mar 12, 2006 - 79 comments

DIY fireflies

LED Throwies (QT) A simple combination of lithium battery, diffused LED, strong magnet and a little tape. Developed by the Graffiti Research Lab division of the Eyebeam R&D OpenLab, full instructions are posted and take only a few minutes to follow.
posted by cali on Feb 16, 2006 - 53 comments

Cardboard domes

Cardboard Geodesic Dome. A how-to on building a geodesic dome out of cardboard, a bit of wood, some duct tape and paint. Plus some rebar if you don't want the finished dome to fly like a kite. If you like the concept but not the size calculate your own then apply the concept.
posted by Mitheral on Feb 13, 2006 - 14 comments

Death (?) of a Small-Press Legend

Death (?) of a Small-Press Legend The link points to a page dedicated to Bill-Dale Marcinko, one-time gonzo Rutgers University newspaper editor, small press publisher and a character it seems no one who knew could ever stop thinking about. Marcinko, who had been supporting himself selling CDs on eBay, apparently died in a house fire when firemen were held back by cardboard boxes full of his collections. Still, he did fake his death several times before. His friends, most of whom haven't spoken to him in years, are hoping this is just a more elaborate prank. Clifford Meth's tribute page celebrates Bill-Dale and his work, including AFTA zine, described as perhaps "the first comics 'zine distributed to book and comic shops that combined comedy, politics and reviews on books, films, and comics. It was very much an underground version of Crawdaddy, though with vastly personal content." (via Mike Appelstein, a contributor to the Rutgers Livingston Medium)
posted by Scram on Dec 9, 2005 - 1 comment

Another Synth Guru Has Left Our Presence

John "Paia" Simonton died late last week. His company, PAiA is one of the grandfathers of the DIY synth scene. I have one of his modular synths half-constructed in my garage. He helped create an American buzz for electronic music and DIY music gear in the 70s, and was highly influential till his passing away.
posted by blackvectrex on Nov 29, 2005 - 10 comments

Own an iPod/Nano? These uber-kool mittens rock!!!

Own an iPod/Nano? These uber-kool mittens rock!!! Cozy and stylish! I want a pair... and I don't even own an iPod! heh! Comes with knitting instructions [PDF]! Su-weeet!
posted by mrhappysad on Nov 22, 2005 - 34 comments

Conquer the world with greenhouses, one plant at a time

Huge "Do it with friends" Greenhouse, Medium DIY PVC Greenhouse[pdf], Small DIY PVC Greenhouse. Now make some money with that greenhouse.
posted by bigmusic on Nov 22, 2005 - 11 comments

I've always wondered how to make a fart machine....

Instructables for showing what you make and how to make it. Not just any DIY site, the creator Saul Griffith has an impressive pedigree. The site comes with all the things you'd expect from a new collaborative widget including Creative Commons licensing options and of course tags. From the about page: "We like to think about the physical world as something that is programmable. We like to think of objects or stuff you make as 'code'. In other words, we are approaching the physical world as something that is describable and replicable." Dive in and learn how to make a pimped out megaphone helmet, Hungarian bookshelves or canned applesauce. (via)
posted by jessamyn on Nov 18, 2005 - 14 comments

Asphalt art

Asphalt mosaics: Forget spraypaint, a DIY to a more permanent form of public art.
posted by edgeways on Nov 17, 2005 - 15 comments

Oolsi

"We believe everything should be free!" Oolsi is a new zine about free tools, self-learning and living free. Won't somebody just make a new Whole Earth Catalog already?
posted by mingusmingus on Oct 25, 2005 - 31 comments

Discover the goodness that is Hack A Day

Discover the goodness that is Hack A Day -- DIY geekery of all sorts awaits you: vacuum forming • Infrared web cams and digital camsrobotic helicopterTelemarketer Interception SystemJacob's LadderDobsonian telescope [pdf] • prison tatoo gunTIG welderparallel and serial port sound • LCD projectorFM transmitter [tripod] • computer-controlled gliderjet-powered beer coolerretro wooden laptopWhite Trash hoverboardrefrigerator speaker cabinettornado machine [pdf] • fog machineLED Pimp Bedseismometerpersistence-of-vision game systemwebcam telescoperacing game controllersSegwaylaser projectorsflamethrowerbagpipes and hours upon hours of time wasting others.
posted by Ogre Lawless on Oct 25, 2005 - 20 comments

Meet The Melloman

"What did you do to my Intelligent Synthesizer?" Wonderful collection of DIY sound gizmos from Mike Walters at Mystery Circuits. Includes the Pena-Tron, the Electronic Earthball and detailed instructions for the Moog Source Membrane Switch Cure. Most recent: The Melloman, a hilariously elliptical DIY Mellotron. [note: 3rd, 4th and 8th links are mp3s] [via]
posted by mediareport on Oct 17, 2005 - 7 comments

The Pixel Reanimator

Bring dead LCD pixels back to life! Did you know you can often fix dead LCD pixels by forcing them to rapidly cycle through red, green, and blue? Neither did I, but the video linked here worked on one of my older screens after a few hours of looped playback. YMMV, but what have you got to lose?
posted by pmbuko on Sep 19, 2005 - 32 comments

french fried vehicles

Biodiesel could be one way out of high fuel costs and foreign oil dependency. Fuel efficient vehicles are on my mind lately. Will we ever be driving vehicles like this DIY special? or even this one?
posted by pekar wood on Sep 11, 2005 - 50 comments

How grampa might have done it.

Vintage Projects do it yourself plans, vintage reprints and building ideas from the 40's, 50's and 60's for farm, workshop, woodshop, machineshop, kids and camping. Includes plans for a pop-up camper, toy excavator, snow blower, and concrete block machine.
posted by Mitheral on Sep 9, 2005 - 18 comments

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