Project idea: Shelf diorama of Indiana Jones

| November 13, 2009

I tripped across this beautiful diorama project posted and built by Maxime P├ęcourt who lives in Paris, France.




What a fun idea.

Project inspiration: MUSE video “Uprising”

| November 7, 2009

This is a beautifully done video made by filming art miniatures with the band masked in. Love the killer teddy bears. The song is okay too.


Star Trek communicator bluetooth “headset”

| November 6, 2009

Wow, are there some serious nerds out there! They make me happy.

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Diana Eng over at Make presents an awesome project taking a toy Star Trek original series communicator and making it into a bluetooth headset for your cell phone.

I actually own one of these toy communicators and this would be a great project to encourage building out and validating our electronics projects infrastructure.

Project idea: great stop-action Lego movie

| August 24, 2009

It’s also a great tribute to 8-bit video games.

Sorry Steven, I think you’re pwned. Awesome. The comment says “1500 hours of moving legobricks and taking photos of them.”

Project idea: The Tumbler go-kart

| August 18, 2009

Project idea: Rubber band machine gun

| August 9, 2009

Carissa mentioned that she was thinking of making some sort of rubber band gun next.

I found this great video at YouTube blogged about at Japanator.

Project idea: picture painting

| August 6, 2009

Dan Dos Santos is an artist of many modern pulp novel covers. Here is a great time-lapse sequence of him painting a book cover.

More of his work may be seen here (Russian language website).

Project idea: Puddle Duck Racer sailboats

| June 24, 2009

Puddle-Duck Racers (also PDRacers or just PDR) are a class of racing sailboat designed to be easy to build and sail.


Because they are required to be less than 8 feet in length and sail powered they do not require registration in California.

Official Site for the class
Puddle Duck Racer at Wikipedia
Free Boat Plans

Project idea: fan-powered skateboard

| June 23, 2009

Oh my. This looks dangerous (and fun). A skateboard powered by a 3.7 HP model airplane engine.

Propeller Powered Skateboard – Test Day! from Crazy Builders on Vimeo. Another cool project found at the MAKE blog.

Project idea: back yard “yurt” hideaway

| June 19, 2009

I knew someone that had a yurt in their back yard where they would go to be “away” from things — telephones, computers, TV, family, etc.

I thought this was just a little weird. Maybe it’s just that it is so… overt. After all, I know I need some alone time each week or I get pretty cranky.

Anyway, I’ve always loved the idea of little out buildings: tree houses, sheds, gazebos.

I love these high-tech camping cabins by British architect Philip Crewe.