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- Little Planet Factory: 3D printed models of planets and other bodies in our solar system
- Why you should use a resistor with your LEDs
- Smoke & Flame: Finely-crafted artisanal firewood.
- To Scale: The Solar System
- Twitter feed devoted to John Conway’s Game of Life
- Turtlestitch: A block-based (scratch-like) educational programming language for embroidery machines.
- Cookies too big for milk glass? No problem (to a machinist). (YouTube)
- A modern serially controlled 64 bit magnetic core memory
- Netflix goes DIY with “The Switch“
- More from OSHWA about OSHW certification
- A touch-activated blinky badge “how to solder” project
- “That time we almost nuked North Carolina” (Goldsboro, 1961)
- Vintage Computer Inspired Soaps
- Vintage Computer Soap
- Don’t worry, it’s just ESD! (Electrostatic Discharge) (YouTube)
- CNC Toolkit: Free CAM tools for 5-axis machining
- Dear guy who just made my burrito (warning: contains strong language)
- Old-school Scientific Pen Plotter Teardown
- Inside a vintage core memory module
- Here is that noodle-slicing robot army you’ve always wanted.
- Easy woodworking puzzle to make: Golf ball in a block of wood.
Updated 9/2 to add language warning.
There is, of course, only one appropriate way to respond in a situation like this: with another comic.
Back in 2011, I wrote an era-appropriate semi-autobiographical rage comic, that I could use as a standard response when people sent me that comic.
Joking aside, we really do spend a lot of our time engineering— and many of our friends and colleagues are bona fide engineers. On the other hand, I love to cook, but that doesn’t make me a chef either.
Our co-founder Windell Oskay is the guest on Cool Tools this week, and talks about some of his favorite tools, ranging from pencils to soldering irons. You can read about them or listen to the full podcast.
- 10 Cuts: How to make wooden pliers (YouTube, embedded above)
- Inside the TWA terminal at JFK, a “time capsule from 1962.”
- Emu vs Weasel Ball (YouTube)
- How does pumping a swing work?
- Historic spacecraft illustrations, CC-licensed.
- Echochamber.js — a brilliantly cynical approach to blog comments (via Scanner)
- Wintogreen Lifesaver Flash (YouTube, via @xek)
- Super-K neutrino detector news: EGADS! GADZOOKS!
- The Straight Dope on pronunciation of ancient languages
- Computer-generated handwriting: Paper (arxiv.org), online examples
- Aldrovanda vesiculos: An aquatic carnivorous plant
- Receiving weather satellite data on your computer
- A filmmaker debunks the moon landing hoax
- MatterHackers Punch-Out: The Best 3D Print Ejector Ever (YouTube, via Make)
- The 11,000 marble marble machine
- Red Hot Nickel Ball (RHNB) vs Jawbreaker (YouTube)
- After Dark (Classic Mac Screensavers) in CSS
- 3D printed sink faucets by American Standard
- The Amazing Do-Nothing Machine at the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum (YouTube)
- Building enclosures from circuit boards @ Hackaday
- Elsa M. Garmire, laser art pioneer
- Resonant Frequency of Googly Eyes from Rob Cruickshank (Vimeo)
- Painting clean lines with painter’s tape @ Popular Mechanics
- svgerber: a browser based Gerber to SVG converter, for previewing circuit board designs
- The chalk that the mathematicians are hoarding
- Cat video: Kitty hitches a ride in the wing of an ultralight aircraft.
I was invited to post over at Medium from my perspective as a woman maker and entrepreneur. I wrote a bit on Flourishing in the Maker Community.
As a woman, I am often called to tell what it it is like to be a woman in my field, or to provide advice on how to get young women interested in technology. I’d much rather share the amazing things people are doing with our products. I’d much rather help someone learning about electronics to get over a hurdle to the point they are successful with a project. And I’d much rather spend my time working on projects that in their own way, help young women and men to flourish and learn.
- DIY alarm clock with a cast “transparent” display
- A quick step on lava: YouTube or GIF. Bonus: Lava vs Coca-Cola.
- Waves and water spouts generated in a circular tank. (via Laughing Squid)
- A panoramic view inside the Eagle lunar lander module
- Chain reaction Hermit Crab House Swap
- “World’s Tiniest” Lego-compatible Light Up Bricks @ kickstarter
- Automatic Hershey Text replacement (in French; translation here.)
- Apple watch: MacOS 7 edition
- Mining internet photos to build time lapse sequences
- Death Star Piñata
- Fixing Computer Space, the 1971 arcade game
- Ethanol-shaped bottle opener @ Shapeways
- Lunar Lava Tubes: Nice place for a moon base!
- Modern alternatives to the HTML <blink> tag.
- Word vs LaTeX: Which is more productive? (It depends, of course.)
- Paper: Source of perytons identified. (“Perytons” being millisecond-duration transients of terrestrial origin.)
- Real Vegan Cheese: A cool project from our friends at Bio-hackerspace Counter Culture Labs.
- A layered-fabric 3D printer for soft objects: Link (pdf)
- Dark matter may feel dark forces.
- Biosphere 2: The planetary makerspace
- Open Source Software for Quantum Information, Developed in partnership with NIST
- APOD: All the nebulas in Orion.