- Pop Sonnets (also available in book form).
- Highly satisfactory video of a fiberglass braiding machine.
- Adorably Cute Xenomorphs, the book.
- Lego models of Minimoog synths
- Sundial gnomon design with digital readout shadow
- Designing and prototyping a resin-molded wallet
- German school kids sing We are the Robots (youtube)
- Mega-Processor (as opposed to Microprocessor)
- TIFU by using Math.random()
- The Jitterbox (youtube), an example of an auxetic metamaterial: when you pull on it, it expands in all directions.
- The Tamagotchi Singularity. Related: View the Tama-hive
- Ken Shirriff’s great teardown of an Apple laptop charger
- Mechanical Techno Demonstration (youtube)
- MAME for Vectrex, by Trammell Hudson. (Also: Tennis For Two.)
You’re invited to our annual open house!
When: Thursday, November 19, 5 pm − 9 pm
Where: Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
175 San Lazaro Ave, Suite 150
Sunnyvale, CA, 94086
- Video: How Moroccan Zellij tile mosaics are made.
- avrgirl-arduino: Upload code to Arduino boards with NodeJS.
- Plaid fruit leather.
- A maglev toy train – fine, fast, and floating
- MeowCAD: Open source, online EDA tool for designing circuit boards
- Doc Pop’s Glitch Socks.
- Glitch Architecture (via Rusty Blazenhoff)
- Glitch Furniture (via Doc Pop)
- Mechanical Hummingbird (via @Grathio) More info here.
- Photos from inside an abandoned Soviet Buran space shuttle hanger. [Translated link via Google.] More about Buran here.
- Radio astronomy and Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album cover: Part 1 (the origin story) and Part 2 (the science story).
- EMV (“Chip and pin”) smart cards: Not as secure as one might hope.
- An Interview with Fran Blanche of Frantone Electronics.
- A new species of Galapagos Tortoise has been discovered.
- CatsISUOTTATFO: Videos of cats inadvertently swatting unknown objects towards themselves and then freaking out (Reddit).
- Masterlist: A curated gallery of McMaster-Carr products (Via Core77).
…all about taking creativity to the next level, bridging the gap between art and technology, supporting education, and inspiring new minds to transform themselves…
- 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.