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 -
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 -
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 -
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
, but not that
posted by nomad
on Apr 20, 2006 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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
posted by jessamyn
on Nov 18, 2005 -
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 -
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
posted by Mitheral
on Sep 9, 2005 -
Photographing flying insects.
Most of the pages are devoted to a very detailed tutorial, but pages 2, 4, 9 & 10 show the results of the various setups. Some spectacular hi-speed (bee wings frozen in mid buzz) stuff in here.
posted by jonson
on Aug 19, 2005 -
Roll your own air-conditioning. I'm a student, with limited funds and a cheap house without air conditioning. To avoid dying this summer, I've built a primitive air conditioner. It's a basic heat pump, using water as the medium. You'll probably need to fiddle a bit with the dimensions of the supplies based on your resources and preferences.
Not sure I'd do this but hey, when you're sweltering hot, anything is worth a try.
posted by KevinSkomsvold
on Jun 15, 2005 -