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Aug 24, 2011

How To: Make a DIY R2D2 Scooter or Bike Helmet

The simple, giant Tic-Tac with arms shape of everyone's favorite astromech droid, R2D2, is ripe for translating the bleepblooper's visage onto all sorts of similarly shaped objects, such as desk lamps, pumpkins, and mailboxes.

But, my favorite, by far, is this clever (and safe!) R2D2 treatment of a scooter helmet. Like the best craft projects, it looks way more complicated than it is: some clever taping and spraypaint, and just a single addition of PVC pipe. Genius, right?

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Jul 18, 2011

The Evolution of the Geek

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Sure, when thinking of the word "geek," it's easy to conjure up images of less-than-attractive guys, obsessed with technology or role playing games or fantasy novels. But, I believe that anyone who's passionate about stuff is gonna be a geek about something, whether sports, celebrity gossip, music, or even design.

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Jul 12, 2011

How to: Build a Water Rocket from Plastic Bottles

As a kid, my favorite checkout line toy was always the water rocket. You know, that egge shaped thing you'd fill with water, then attach to the little tube, and pump the plunger to force air into it so it'd shoot up crazy high and fast? My sister always liked the Silly Putty, and we both enjoyed the sidewalk chalk and a good, old fashioned squirt gun fight, but the water rocket? That made an impact. It shot up in the air with surprise. And, you could show off how strong you were by putting some muscle into that pressure buildup!  

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Jul 01, 2011

LEGO Breakfast Robot Makes Tasty Pancakes!

If you thought PeeWee Herman's Rube Goldberg breakfast machine was impressive, check this thing out.

The Pancake Bot is built from LEGO bricks and gears, and uses air pressure to deliver pancake batter to the griddle in all kinds of designs.

See it in action in this video:        

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Jun 21, 2011

Diagram of Geek Culture

Regarding passions, hobbies, preferences, etc, I've come to believe one thing: everybody's a geek about something. It's just that some areas, like sports, fashion, cars, celebrities, are more socially acceptable. But, knowing a lot about the things you're passionate about is awesome, and I'm glad folks get excited.

So, while I think it's only fair that most informed people own the geek title, I still think Julianna's concept map is tops.

Click here to see it in all its high-resolution glory:  

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Jun 08, 2011

How To: Make DIY Magentic Silly Putty

What's more fun than stretching an egg of silly putty, forming all kinds of weird orbs, cracking bubbles, and squishy shapes?

Goofing around with DIY magnetic silly putty, and encouraging it to behave all crazylike by pushing and stretching it with the power of the poles!  

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May 18, 2011

Super Mario Bros. Comes to Life on the Street (Video)

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German artist and techmeister Andreas Heikaus created the best undergraduate thesis project ever: multiple levels of the original Super Mario Bros. coming to life atop the urban landscape. 

Watch the top video first, then check out the one below to see how he pulled it off.  

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May 18, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: May 18, 2011

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Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

created at: 05/18/2011

Lexadecimal defines words made from hexadecimal color codes. I know, it's hard to explain, but just go there and check it out.

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May 16, 2011

How To: Make an Earbud Holder from a Credit Card

When it comes to poor headphone storage habits, I'm the guiltiest of guilties. There are currently two strands intertwined in the bottom of my bag, one all tangled up with my phone in my pocket, and at least three pairs snagged on various USB cables, adapters and plugs, and power supplies in the bottom drawer of my desk back at home.

With this clever and easy DIY storage solution, I have no more excuses.    

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May 16, 2011

How To: Make Geektastic Pendant Lights from Circuit Boards

If you've hung around the DIY blogosphere for any amount of time, you most likely learned one thing above all others: anything can be made into a lamp.

That, of course, doesn't mean you should turn everything into a lamp...I once saw one created from an old 1970s teddy bear that was so awful I actually had a nightmare about it. Literally, this thing haunted my dreams.

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May 10, 2011

Death to All Humans! Robots Violating their Orders (Video)

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Popular culture is filled with killer robots, most famously The Terminator. Unpopular culture, science fiction novels, are filled with all sorts of robots.

Isaac Asimov, in his years of writing science fiction, wrote a lot about robots. He wrote so much about robots he ended up having a series of laws about how robots should and would function. They go a little something like this:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Not too bad. I would have put in a fourth law about robots needing to look super cool, and always have guns for arms, but what do I know? I will say this. So far, deep into the future years of the 2000s, i have not seen one frightening robot... until today.  

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May 03, 2011

10 Amazing iPad Case Mods

No, I don't have one yet, but buddy, if I did, I'd be finding all sorts of cool and crazy places to install an iPad. And for inspiration? Why, I'd turn to these clever mods and mounts.  

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Apr 27, 2011

The Differences Between Mac and PC Users: An Infographic

created at: 04/27/2011

The folks at Hunch have been researching the different ways the Mac OS and Windows users understand themselves and the computer products they use everyday. They've presented their findings in a fascinating infographic that's definitely worth checking out. 

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Apr 20, 2011

How To: Craft a DIY 8-Bit Hooded Sweatshirt

created at: 04/20/2011

Friends, there's a might fine new web series called Craftovision, an "internet show dedicated to DIY culture. IT'S ALIVE. [It's] where we feature episodes and post awesome DIY randomness that we find."

It's hosted/produced by the always talented Corinne Leigh, and I'm loving the latest episode. It not only features a sweet sewing project for guys - this Space Invaders-inspired 8-bit hooded sweatshirt, but an interview with Raynor, a crocheting-for-guys expert who blogs at The Shy Lion.

Click play to watch the latest episode and see the tutorial:

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Apr 19, 2011

A Guide to 21 Awesome DIY Projects

created at: 04/19/2011

One awesome DIY, unique, guy-leaning project? Certainly worthy of a mention. But a roundup of a solid twenty-one by the inimitable Wired mag?

Well, I dunno, but it's way cool and you should check it out.  

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Apr 19, 2011

Infographic of the Day: The Illustrious Omnibus of Super Powers

Did you know there are no less than four superheroes with the ability to "stretch and elongate body?" Or that there's at least two heroes with "Shazam!-based" powers, or a dude that can shoot glue all over his enemies?!

You would, of course, if you took a look at "The Illustrious Omnibus of Super Powers," a new infochart from PopChartLabs.  

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Apr 19, 2011

Soldering is Easy: A Comic Book (Free Download)

I'ma go out on a limb here, and say that knowing how to solder is an essential skill for any creative person. Make no mistake: I know nothing about capacitors and breadboards, nor programming or arduinos. In fact, part of the reason I founded ManMade was to complement that version of the maker/hacker website by bringing in less tech-heavy approaches to creativity.

But, regardless of whether or not I'm ever gonna build a robot (I'm not), I think knowing how to solder is super important for DIY projects. Making a lamp from plumbing pipes really benefits from knowing your wires are gonna stay together inside the thing; just this weekend, I retrieved my first "grownup" instrument - a Peavey Fury bass guitar in all its 1994 red/white glory - from a family member who'd borrowed it years ago, thinking it broken, and I fixed it just by soldering some ground wires that had come loose.

It is, as this free downloable comic book from Andie's Log states, easy.  

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Apr 14, 2011

PLAYMOBIL Apple Store Playset

Marketing research has proven that brand loyalty starts young. Infants can recognize the Tide logo before they even know what laundry is, and are primed to love CocaCola before their old enough to drink it.

Enter the PLAYMOBIL Apple Store playset, which introduces your kids to the magic of the world's most ravenous brand snobbery. 

  

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Mar 01, 2011

Top 20 Tech Accessories for Health and Fitness

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Today's is the first sunny, snow-free day we've had since November. Don't get me wrong, it's only 34° F out there, but I don't care. I can see the grass, albeit khaki, and the sun. On the same day. Hallelujah.

So, I'm already scheming about how I can get outside. Anyone that knows me can attest that I'm not much of an athlete, and I'm a total wreck with a basketball, but I'm a pretty active cyclist, and certainly have been jonesing for the roads to clear so I can ride. 

And, in 2011, even the most natural of tasks like using our muscles to move around can take a technological spin. On a bike ride, I have a digital, wireless bike computer that tells me how fast I'm going and keeps track of other stats. And when I'm not riding on the trail, I use GPS on my phone to track my route, elevation, speed, etc. So, while sometimes technology can hinder your desire to get exercise (looking at you, Netflix), it also has the potential to improve it greatly.  

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Feb 24, 2011

How Apple MacBooks are Made

created at: 02/24/2011

This morning, Apple announced a new generation of MacBook Pros. Cool enough.

BUT! With it came a new promo video that details the manufacturing process of Apple's laptop design, which demonstrates the MacBook as a "quite remarkable engineering achievement. It's truly the result of hard work, of innovation, of attention to every detail."

Starting with a piece of solid aluminum,

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