Free PDF download of MagPi, a magazine about Raspberry Pi projects

Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized (or smaller) Linux computer that costs about $35 (you also need a monitor, a keyboard, SD card, and power source). Read the rest

A who's-who of tech manufacturers sent scaremongering letters to the Illinois legislature to kill Right to Repair

Illinois is one of 18 states where Right to Repair legislation has been introduced -- rules that would force manufacturers to end the practice of undermining the independent repair sector with hidden service documents, unavailable parts, and DRM. Read the rest

Good deals on Arduino Nano clones

The Arduino Nano is like a miniature Arduino Duemilanove not only is it tiny, but you can stick it into a breadboard. It costs $22, which is a good price for a genuine Arduino product, but since it is open source, there are a lot of low price clones available. Read the rest

Get a tiny Raspberry Pi Zero with adapters

The Raspberry Pi Zero is a tiny Linux computer. Ever since they were announced last year for $5, they have been hard to get. But if you are willing to spend about $20, you can get one on Amazon. Read the rest

MIT students create and circulate open source, covert RFID rings to subvert campus tracking system

A reader writes, "A couple years ago MIT changed their dorm security/student tracking policy. They hired security contractors to work in dorms and required everyone to tap their RFID cards upon entry (no vouching for friends/guests). Read the rest

Watch: Scotty buys spare parts in China to upgrade his iPhone memory 800%

Scotty, who runs the excellent Strange Parts YouTube channel, went to Shenzhen, China to upgrade the memory in his iPhone 6s from 16GB to 128GB. "I've been hearing for several years that this was something the repair shops here in Huaqiangbei could do," he says, "and I'd even seen one do it to a friends phone, so naturally, I had to learn how to do it myself. Read the rest

Make: a crawling, Arduino-controlled scrap cardboard spiderbot

Raz85's Instructable for a Cardboard Spider Quadruped offers a nice demonstration of the surprisingly durable material properties of humble cardboard, replacing the more familiar milled metal or plastic limbs for a quadruped robot with scrap cardboard. Read the rest

How to create a poisonous milkshake in Manyland

Philipp sez, "Manyland.com is a shared universe right in the browser where we draw everything together. But how does it actually work? Here's an example: how to create a poisonous milkshake." Read the rest

Experimenting with the science of gameplay

There are a few regular, unmissable sessions at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, sessions that have achieved Legendary status, a catalogue of extreme and memorable moments. Read the rest

Comic strip etched into a human hair

The folks behind EHSM2, the upcoming maker/hacker conference in Hamburg, have released a video of comic strip that has been etched into a human hair using a focused ion beam. Read the rest

The Shop: Toronto's new inclusive makerspace

Toronto's great wealth of makerspaces continues to grow: now there's The Shop, an "all-inclusive makerspace with a focus on woodworking, metal and ceramics."

They offer members access to well-stocked workshops with metal/woodworking tools and ceramics equipment; and they run regular classes on making various useful and lovely things at all levels of mastery, and they have a retail shop where makers can sell their creations. Read the rest

Wooden marshmallow catapaults, arbalests, and trebuchets

I'm at Penguicon -- a science fiction and free software convention in Michigan -- this weekend, and my top dealer's room find were the wooden armaments of Ancient Artillery. Read the rest

Miniature Addams Family set

Etsy seller EverydayMiniatures makes beautiful miniature replicas of classic TV show sets out of paper, foam, printed paper and glue. The Addams Family house is my favorite, selling for $345. Read the rest

Disney tarot

D'Morte, the Arch-Druid of Tinver Moor, created this Disney Major Arcana, "based on Golden Age Disney works from Snow White through to the Rescuers." Messr D'Morte notes that he was "influenced by the Marseilles deck, while adding a Jungian interpretation to many of the images."

These are inspired. Read the rest

Kickstarting the final five episodes of Baman Piderman

The wonderful, funny Baman Piderman cartoon (previously) was shelved after two seasons. The creators, Lindsay and Alex Small-Butera, are kickstarting $50K (or more) to finish the series, which has a definite ending that they intended to reach all along. Read the rest

Taxidermied teacup tauntaun made from antique ram's head

Rogue taxidermist Lupa writes, "This is my latest altered taxidermy piece: an antique Corsican ram taxidermy mount turned into the fluffier, cuddlier--and smaller--cousin of the Common Tauntaun, complete with information booklet ('The Tragic Treatise of the Teacup Tauntaun'). Read the rest

Star Wars creature pancakes

Amazing pancake artist Nathan Shields and his kids (previously) love commemorating their lives' milestones with artful carbs. Most recently, six-year-old Gryphon Shields got to enjoy Star Wars: A New Hope for the first time, and Nathan memorialized the occasion with these gorgeous Star Wars creature pancakes. Read the rest

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