How to Build Your Own Scientific Laboratory For Free: Parts One
, and Three
. (Though I suppose if you have a bit of cash and happen to live in Boston, you can always check out the MIT Swap Meet to pick up those endless piles of oscillators or half-functioning VAX computers you almost certainly need...)
posted by kaibutsu
on Aug 23, 2004 -
Police seize Vietnamese farmer's unlicensed, homebuilt helicopter
This NYT/AP report convinced me that globalization truly dooms that American middle class pitted against such dedication. Yankee tinkering once provided a foundation for the North American industrial revolution. But now:' The farmer said he won't give up, vowing to sell his house or 25 acres of land if that's what it takes to get the license. "If I cannot do it, my children or my grandchildren will do it,'' he said. '
posted by troutfishing
on Feb 16, 2004 -
your own radio
. . . Or anything
else, for that matter. Go ahead, release the hidden scientist in you and enjoy discovering and creating.
posted by ashbury
on Dec 30, 2003 -
How To Be A Jug or String Band MVP
- starting with guitar: It's all in tablature
, by the way, something easy enough to understand. Three finger fingerpicking guitar is easy to learn--start with Mississippi John Hurt
was the first song I ever learned. Of course, it's a cinch, being in Open D--but open tunings
are a cinch, too. With open tunings, how about learning some slide guitar
? Beyond John Hurt, slide or not, open or standard, , there are the ever expanding Fahey Tablatures
at John Fahey.com, where Melissa keeps the flame burning ever brightly. There's Much More Within...
posted by y2karl
on Sep 5, 2003 -
is a term I propose to apply to those people who pump up and modify their computers until they're no longer recognizable as a drab metal box and drab monitor, similar to hot rodders
and their cars. Here's a guy who's turned a gutted 17 inch monitor case into a fully functional PC and has provided a pretty good description of how he did it, with lots of pictures. I'd buy one. Plus, for no reason, there's kitties! (via my friend Hurin at Dor-Lomin via Blue's News)
posted by WolfDaddy
on Jun 5, 2003 -
Hmmm. Duct tape seems to be a fix for everything, even curing warts. Err...don't try this on the genital kind, I guess.
posted by bivouac
on Oct 14, 2002 -
Since Genetically Modified Organisms are a big no-no in Europe, some scientists
are now focusing their efforts on TILLING (Targeting Induced Local Lesions in Genomes), a novel technology for rapid selection of a mutation in any gene from mutant plant, through the use of a mutagen, Ethyl Methanesulfonate (EMS)
Will this method be seen as less dangerous than Genetic Engineering à la Monsanto?
During my search on this topic, I stumbled on this entertaining story about DIY genegeneering
posted by titboy
on Oct 9, 2002 -
Churning out code all day is all well and good but for a feeling of a job well done nothing can take the place of making something with your own hands. Dave Gingery
will show you how to build a foundry
to cast parts for a lathe
which you can use to make a shaper
which you need to build the milling machine
etc etc :)
Also worth a mention is Ron Reil
who knows a thing or two about propane burners
(last link has a very cool pic).
posted by zeoslap
on Sep 9, 2002 -
What happens when you combine plywood, 1200 pounds of concrete, and 500 pounds of steel? How about a MadCat BattleMech at 38% scale of a real one?
These lucky kids get their father to build them their own BattleMech.
posted by TuxHeDoh
on Jul 30, 2002 -
Download a Dinosaur
- just print it out and get yourself some glue and scissors (careful with the scissors) and you got your very own dinosaur. Hours of fun!
posted by semper
on Nov 22, 2001 -
Roll Your Own DSL
"But why would you even want to do such a thing? Well maybe DSL isn't available in your area. Maybe you want a significantly cheaper alternative to a T-1 line. Or just maybe you and the kid down the block want to play networked games at warp speed."
posted by frykitty
on Aug 28, 2001 -
Lost or broken CD case? Ripped a disc and now it's just floating around on your desk? Freewheeling College students
to the rescue
! You give 'em the lowdown and you get a formatted paper CD case as a .pdf file. Input your own song titles or run an album search
through their DB. They even archive
mixes for you to share with others.
posted by donkeysuck
on May 11, 2001 -
of The Anarchist Cookbook
wants is to go out of print, but his publisher owns the copyright and keeps pumping them out. I had always heard the CIA published it, and filled it with faulty recipies designed to kill anybody messing with bomb materials.
Might be another twist on recent copyright discussions, but what do I know, I paid for my copy of Steal This Book.
posted by thirteen
on Sep 19, 2000 -