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iPhone grip tape backing


Over the holidays I dropped my phone into the snow. Again. After cursing some, thinking some, and then cursing some more, I decided to make a backing for my phone that was less slippery than the glass or even the metal one I have. I went through a few materials (thin adhesive-backed silicone, adhesive sandpaper, and some others) when I arrived at the perfect solution that takes care of everything all at once: skateboard grip tape!
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Daisy-chained history o' printers make artist's book


Cory writes on Boing Boing:

Xavier Antin's installation piece "Just in Time" uses four devices spanning 100 years of desktop printing to generate a rather lovely book; each printer's output is the input for the next one down the line.

Just in Time, or A Short History of Production

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Defusing the fuse issue


Well, the use of fuse ignition in the Build a $5 Heli-Rocket article from MAKE Volume 25 (also on Make: Projects), has caused quite a dust-up in the model rocket community. Use of fuses (as opposed to an electronic ignition system) is a no-no under NAR rules. So, don't use fuses if you want to be safe and rules-abiding. Building a simple ignition system is easy (a great beginner electronics/soldering project) and if you want to keep it all seriously DIY, you can even roll your own igniters. In this Make: Projects piece we ran during Maker Hobbies month, Stefan Jones shows you how to make your own model rocket igniters out of lengths of nichrome wire and hobby lacquer.

Make: Projects: Model Rocket Igniters

Top 10: Model rocketry posts

Check out MAKE Volume 25:
MAKE Volume 25: Arduino Revolution
Give your gadgets a brain! Previously out of reach for the do-it-yourselfer, the tiny computers called microcontrollers are now so cheap and easy to use that anyone can make their stuff smart. With a microcontroller, your gadget can sense the environment, talk to the internet or other hardware, and make things happen in the real world by controlling motors, lights, or any electronic device.


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Penrose tile floors

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Sir Roger Penrose, himself, standing on a Penrose tiling at Texas A&M University.

Penrose tilings (Wikipedia), named for British mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose, who investigated them in the 1970s, are interestingly "aperiodic," or, simply put, do not repeat themselves no matter how far you extend the pattern. All Penrose tilings are aperiodic, but not all aperiodic tilings are Penrose tilings.

Lots of bright creative folks have installed custom Penrose tile floors. Here's a selection of a few of my faves from around the web. I couldn't find anybody selling pre-cut Penrose prototiles, so it looks like anybody who wants to do it themselves has to cut their own. At least until some motivated entrepreneur comes along...

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The atrium floor at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.

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User-configured multitool


Switch is the ultimate modular pocketknife, with 17 different attachments so you can mix and match your most frequently used tools. Customize your Switch's width by swapping out the inner axles, or group your tools into different "themes" - home, office, outdoors, etc. However you choose to do it, Switch is your tool, your way.

The Switch set includes:

- Two exterior body covers, for encasing the tool attachments.

- Two slotted caps to hold the tool together, which can be removed with the twist of a quarter to disassemble the unit.

- Three interior axle assemblies - small (2-6 tools), medium (4-10 tools), and large (7-13 tools) -- which can be swapped in and out depending on your desired tool width.

- 17 tool attachments: Standard Knife, Pliers, Scissors, Nail File, Tweezers, Thin Flathead Screwdriver, Phillips-Head Screwdriver, Eyeglass Phillips-Head Screwdriver, Eyeglass Flathead Screwdriver, Wood Saw, Serrated Blade, Corkscrew, Combination Bottle Opener/Flathead Screwdriver, Combination Can Opener/Wire Stripper, Pen, Magnifying Glass, LED Flashlight.

[Via Core77]

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Super Awesome Sylvia's Mousey the Junkbot

Super Awesome Sylvia builds the ambitious Mousey the Junkbot project by our very own Gareth Branwyn from MAKE v02

Ever wanted a pet but your parents wouldn't let you? Why not try Mousey the Junkbot! Today we'll be highlighting the build for this little light seeking bot, from spare parts and an old computer mouse. Lets go! Full details after the jump.

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Kaiju anatomical drawings


For those curious about the inner workings of kaiju beasties like Gamera (top) and Guiron...

The anatomical features of Gamera and his foes are detailed in a set of illustrations found in one volume of the Kaijū-Kaijin Daizenshū movie monster book series published by Keibunsha in 1972.

[Via Pink Tentacle]

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The owls are not what they seem...


Especially this one. Unless, that is, it seems to you like an original sculpture prepared by Chicago sculptor Jessica Joslin for the Twin Peaks 20th Anniversary Art Exhibition coming up on February 12-13 in LA. In which case, well, at least this one owl is exactly what it seems. [via Bong Boing]

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Clear iPhone 4 mod


Yesterday the general public learned what a pentalobe is. You might be asking yourself why you'd need such a thing, but if you're like Uwants member mkmarken, then you'd want it to disassemble your iPhone 4 in order to strip the black coating from the inside of the Gorilla Glass enclosure with a little paint thinner. Just because you're continually discouraged from opening your device doesn't mean you can't make it easier for everyone to see what's inside. [via TUAW]

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Halo costumes at Open MAKE event


One of the most popular posts of last year was about Shawn Thorsson's amazing Red vs. Blue Master Chief Halo costumes. We got to see some of the excitement these costumes generate firsthand, especially in kids, when Shawn (and friends) showed off the costumes at last Saturday's Open MAKE/Young Makers program at the Exploratorium. You can see more pics and read Shawn's brief account of the experience in his blog post below.

Pictures from Open Make at the Exploratorium


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