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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

Bicycle Bricolage

Bicycle Bricolage Bicycles built from found items.
posted by mecran01 on Aug 20, 2005 - 20 comments

un BEE lievable. Get it?

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 - 31 comments

The only way to travel

Build your own Rocket Belt (Jet Pack)! Jealous of 007 in Thunderball? Missed that eBay rocket belt sale a few years ago? Have a lust to fly like a bird (sort of) with a real rocket belt? Then build your own rocket belt just like Stuart Ross. Watch out for stuck throttles (avi file) though.
posted by caddis on Aug 15, 2005 - 28 comments

The future of single-wheeled transportation!

The Electric Unicycle makes transportation a breeze: "You lean forward to accelerate, lean backwards to brake, and gyrate your arms wildly to turn." (Invented by the man who thought his own homemade Segway had one wheel too many)
posted by Robot Johnny on Jul 7, 2005 - 14 comments

You know you like to tinker

First came the O'Reilly hacks series. There there was Make magazine, which claims to be the first magazine devoted to digital projects, hardware hacks, and DIY inspiration. Now a niche publication for Lego geeks who want to know everything about wee plastic bricks.
posted by Fozzie on Jun 24, 2005 - 1 comment

Woah, cool!

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 - 48 comments

24

The NYC Midnight Run is happening right now! Today, dozens of teams are hard at work writing, scripting, recording, and editing a film which must be complete twentifour hours from the time they were given the subject and genre. But we in Greater New York are not alone. There are 24 hour film festivals cropping up all over. Why?

(Disclosure: Though I will be participating in the festival, I am not in any way an organizer or affiliated with the organization itself. This should be viewed as the equivalent of someone who uses a search engine pointing out a cool point about search engines).
posted by Eideteker on May 14, 2005 - 12 comments

Bamboo bike

Bicycle enthusiast Brano Meres constructed this bike frame from bamboo. I'm not sure how well it would hold up, but it looks pretty sweet. [via coolhunting]
posted by btwillig on May 12, 2005 - 15 comments

girlzone!

This ain't your grandma's DIY crafting. (most links NSFW)
posted by heatherann on Apr 29, 2005 - 30 comments

Creating an organizational system

How do you make a “trusted system”? A planning and organisational system which can be relied upon to contain your events, tasks, projects and thoughts?... One of the biggest obstacles for many people is how to create a system that is always there, at the ready, and worthy of your trust.
posted by ColdChef on Apr 11, 2005 - 18 comments

Make fake stakes? Rake lake snakes? Brake, flake.

Make is a new mook (magazine/book) from O'Reilly "devoted to digital projects, hardware hacks, and D.I.Y. inspiration.". The first issue should be shipped by February 28th and contains articles from Yak Shaving (not literally) to a $14 video camera stabilizer to a DIY gauss rifle and lots of stuff in between. A section called MakeShift requests readers to send in their solutions to a difficult scenario. It's quarterly, around 200 pages, apparently in 9x7 format and a yearly subscription is $35 while single issues are $15 (cover price). Each project has a page for commentary as well as RSS/Atom feeds and MAKE:audio is coming soon.
posted by nTeleKy on Feb 24, 2005 - 16 comments

Do you be havin' cards?

Organizing the Hipster PDA has become even greater. Following up on his initial post on the matter, Merlin Mann has produced an extension of the Hipster PDA based on the knowledge he's gained in the past year. (via bOING bOING)
posted by Captaintripps on Jan 8, 2005 - 48 comments

Have you driven a couch lately?

Brent and Eivind's Couchbike Adventure. "In 2002, two intrepid cyclists rode a human powered couch through Maritime Canada." Via Gadling.
posted by mcwetboy on Dec 11, 2004 - 11 comments

Extreme Origami

I enjoy some basic origami birds that can flap their wings as much as the next guy, but check out this how-to origami gallery of insane projects. The Sea Urchin?! The Octopus?! The Rickshaw?! I have no idea how they did half of these. [via red ferret]
posted by mathowie on Nov 11, 2004 - 15 comments

... because what every man really wants is A JET TO FLY

Build your own ramjet for under $60.
posted by clockwork on Oct 1, 2004 - 8 comments

Just a little off the top, please

SmartKlamp "Do it Yourself" home circumcision.
posted by ColdChef on Sep 24, 2004 - 17 comments

More than a tweak.

Music & photography. How to soup up that digital camera.(via coolios)
posted by johnny7 on Sep 16, 2004 - 13 comments

I can see for megabytes

Do your windows overlook scenes of inspiration? Do you even have windows? Why not choose your view?
posted by sharpener on Sep 14, 2004 - 23 comments

Give me the Oscillation Overthruster!

How to build yourself a Glow Discharge Panel. No, really. Woah, that's freakin' cool. UFO stuff, I think to myself. Heh. Oh.. Oh holy crap!
posted by loquacious on Aug 30, 2004 - 4 comments

The Frugal Frankenstien

How to Build Your Own Scientific Laboratory For Free: Parts One, Two, 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 - 2 comments

dream machine

dream machine The dream machine is a creation of Brion Gysin, a Canadian-English expatriate colleague of William S. Burroughs and Paul Bowles. Timothy Leary called this device "the most sophisticated neuro-phenomenological device ever designed." A dream machine is being exhibited this week in San Francisco. If you can't make it there, you can perhaps build your own.
posted by F4B2 on Aug 4, 2004 - 20 comments

VIrooooom!

l33t on wheels Guy takes 'mobile computing' to a new level. via Blue's News. Also, a wave to the TLD owner, he's a friend.
posted by WolfDaddy on Jul 12, 2004 - 10 comments

I'll start with corky

Make your own classic pleasure boat.
posted by magullo on Jun 22, 2004 - 13 comments

Fold your own double CD case

Burning discs for a friend? Fold your own double CD case to put 'em in. Several other templates previously discussed here. [via TRFJ]
posted by scarabic on Jun 19, 2004 - 9 comments

They make my head hurt.

Impossible Objects
via del.icio.us
posted by thatwhichfalls on May 22, 2004 - 20 comments

Bzzzzt... thank you for flying!

Reach Out and Zap Someone. Bruce Schneier points out a link on how to turn a normal everyday disposable camera into a stun gun in his most recent Crypto-Gram. Honestly Mr. DHS it's to take pictures of the kids...
posted by togdon on May 17, 2004 - 21 comments

Build your own wokfi system!

USB adaptors & a Spider Skimmer = Poor Man's Wifi!
posted by X-00 on May 16, 2004 - 7 comments

Raster up yourself

Rasterbator
posted by marvin on Mar 10, 2004 - 14 comments

Bush/Cheney Poster Creator

Bush/Cheney Poster Creator
Best use of web resources to reach the masses, or easiest.culture-jam.ever? You be the judge.
posted by plemeljr on Mar 10, 2004 - 58 comments

DIY Black Album Remix

The Jay-Z Construction Set : Make your own Black Album remix.
posted by me3dia on Mar 3, 2004 - 19 comments

Must. hover. over, rice. paddies. must...

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 - 38 comments

Start your own Net radio with peerCast

Good weekend project: start your own Internet radio station with peerCast. Mentioned here, very cool.
posted by tranquileye on Feb 6, 2004 - 4 comments

Craft Templates

Templates that you can use to make custom cards, envelopes, and boxes, requires only minor paper folding skill to make one of a kind gift holders/presenters. I like the take out box and the trapezoid box for some reason.
posted by jonah on Jan 21, 2004 - 12 comments

Do it yourself art projects (by Yoko Ono, Bruce Nauman, Gilbert & George, Nam June Paik Natthew Barney and more)

Do it yourself art projects – a how-to manual (by Yoko Ono, Bruce Nauman, Gilbert & George, Nam June Paik, Matthew Barney and more). I can't wait to try and turn my washing machine into a pinhole camera, to create a photo "in the time it takes to bake a cake". (warning: Quicktime)
posted by hypnorich on Jan 11, 2004 - 5 comments

Build your own radio.

Build 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 - 5 comments

Bzzzt

Mike's Electric Stuff
Glass tubes and high voltages galore. Of particular interest, tesla coils, and how to build a clock using nixie tubes, the prettiest display devices ever invented. If you can't build your own, other people will do it for you.
posted by Mwongozi on Oct 26, 2003 - 7 comments

The great comic Red Meat.

The great comic Red Meat. Here's how to make your own Red Meat Comic. Here's the one I made.
posted by basilwhite on Sep 9, 2003 - 47 comments

Acoustic Jazz & Swing: Jug & String Band 101

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: Payday 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 - 17 comments

There goes my entire posting wad.

Let's say you're MacGyver and you were stuck in a room with 3 Bar Stools and the only way out is through a ceiling window. What would you do? Well... that's certainly an option I suppose. There's plenty of other useful tips for the cunning do-it-yourselfer at Homemade Sex Toys. I assume it would be a smart idea to have some Boy Butter on hand before you try the one with the PVC Pipe. It's all possibly easier than the real thing, which seems unecessarily loud and complicated. All Links NSFW
posted by Stan Chin on Sep 2, 2003 - 15 comments

Science toys

Self-built science toys. Too much fun with the world around you. I'm making the Binaca cannon first thing tomorrow.
posted by skyscraper on Jul 12, 2003 - 14 comments

Our friend, the Stirling engine.

Are you familiar with the Stirling engine? The Stirling engine creates a rotational force from the expansion and contraction of air heated by an external heat source. Due to the external, controlled nature of combustion they have potential application in eco-friendly power or where silent operation is desirable. Best of all, Stirling engines are simple to construct and can be pieced together from common household goods. If you're looking for something a bit more attractive, there are plenty of kits and preassembled units available. Thanks, Reverend Stirling!
posted by jammer on Jun 26, 2003 - 19 comments

Dude, you're getting an iMike!

Hot modders 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 - 28 comments

Show us what your hole can do.

Today is World Pinhole Photography Day. You can make some fascinating, evocative, and compelling images with lensless cameras. (Lomophiles, eat your heart out!) What is pinhole photography? Simply put, it's photography using a tiny aperture instead of a lens to focus the light rays on the film. You can make your own camera out of anything from an oatmeal can to a camping trailer. Get shooting!
posted by Vidiot on Apr 27, 2003 - 10 comments

Thing in a Jar

One jar; check. One liter formaldehyde agent; check. Thing proxy; check. Bottle and enjoy.
posted by pedantic on Feb 28, 2003 - 29 comments

At age 15, it didnt occur to Karl Stanley that there was any reason he couldn't build his own personal submarine -- so he transformed a ten-foot steel pipe into one of the most innovative subs in the world. You too can build your own submarine out of an empty propone tank. Or from an industrial buoy. Or this one for $400. Or this one in the garage. More DIY submarine ideas and discussions at psubs.org
posted by stbalbach on Oct 28, 2002 - 18 comments

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