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    Gorgeous Goggle Gadgets

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    There are precious few occasions where it’s socially acceptable to wear (or own, for that matter), a nice pair of goggles. So or course I started making them. Here’re my favorites.

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    Magic Beef Box

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    You know when you’re trying to hide beef jerky in a treasure chest, but the lock just isn’t musical enough? And when your old-timey pirate chest is somehow lacking in Zelda references? This utterly practical project was built to address those concerns and more.

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    Dr. Action’s Distraction Contraption

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    The Distraction Contraption is a custom arcade machine I designed and made in 2011 as a gift to myself. It was built around an old computer using laser-cut MDF, acrylic, and salvaged electronics.

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    Cheap, Fast, and Awesome – DIY Photobooth Button

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    My friend was getting married, and asked me to help make a photobooth. The reception was going to be in the woods, so it needed to be lightweight, and work without an outlet.

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    Happy Robo Pendant

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    I’ve heard that the best reason to make things is to give them away as gifts, and I completely agree. I doodled a little robot one day and thought it looked pretty cool.

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    Retro Raygun

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    I can’t help it, I just have a thing for rayguns. This one came about after ogling Weta models, playing around with a 2 watt laser at work, and an added desire to do something original. And I just wanted to make something cool, is that so wrong?

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    I’ve Been Published (again)!

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    Next time you’re perusing your local independent bookstore, pick up a copy of “The Big Book of Maker Skills.” It’s an excellent tome by Chris Hackett, the editors of Popular Science, some friends I worked with at Make, and yours truly.

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    How-To Roundup

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    I’ve managed to be in a lot of Make how-to videos. Each one was pretty fun to do, in it’s own way. Here are my top favorites:

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    Holy Hand Sculpture, Batman

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    Years ago, I went to an art-based boarding school. Years later, they sent out a call for an alumni art exhibition. The prompt was to create any piece at all based on the school. I’d been doing a lot of 3D printing lately, so I thought it fitting to make a digital sculpture.

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    Morph Ball

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    I designed and printed a morph ball for a Sphero toy. Something about the art of Metroid just has a way of sticking in my brain, I guess. For some reason I couldn’t find anyone else making a real-life morph ball, so I went and made it happen.   It lights up pretty well during... Read more »

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    Pew Pew! Raygun Sounds!

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    Here’s another fun thing that happened at Make: We had an excellent noisemaker project. It’s not very often you run across a compelling analog noise making circuit, but this one made all kinds of cool sound effects from 70’s sci-fi shows. The noises were fantastic, but sound didn’t exactly read well in print. So I designed... Read more »

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    Yarrr, Aboard Those Airwaves

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    Fun fact, I’ve done some work at an underground blog called Make. For those who doubt me, here is some proof:

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    Creamsicle Cabinet

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    I built a custom upright arcade machine. This was for the lobby of a design firm, so it had to be slick. It’s a beast.