Tap Dancing Machine

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Instructables user grandpapaning has built this pretty neat tap-dancing robot.  In actuality, it serves no purpose whatsoever.  In practice though, it’s a great way to teach people about the different areas of science – Electricity, electronics, mechanical design, turning electrical signals into physical forces.  In general, lots of stuff.  It’s all pretty neat really.  There’s … Continued

The Cylindrical Period

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This isn’t your dad’s Periodic Table.  This isn’t even your meme’s.  This is something different. Makendo from Instructables has built this really neat cylindrical periodic table lamp.  It’s pretty ace if you ask me.  Unfortunately, it requires access to a 3-D printer, or some really insane skills with a Dremel/router/bandsaw. I like Hexagons, they are … Continued

Make a Coil Train

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No doubt about it, electric trains are cool.  They are expensive though.  And you could get called “a nerd.”  But really, those people are just not cool, so there. Follow the simple 4 step instructable to make “The Simpliest Electric Train“.  Now, watch the video of it in action.  It’s quite cool.  Except the jumps, … Continued

Iron Sky 2

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Nazis on the Moon, Reptilian Margaret Thatcher.  Nazis in general.  This looks like an awesome film doesn’t it?  Historically accurate documentary is what I would call it.  Luckily, the Indiegogo campaign is fulfilled, so this scene can actually happen in the final film.  Aren’t you excited?

Wood Cutting

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You don’t need to watch all 30 minutes of this video.  Some parts are well cut while others are static views of control screens.  It is an interesting look at how saw mills are set up to operate.  I’m particularly fond of the giant mills used to cut the giant tree trunks.  Pretty impressive.

The Last Bookstore

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I’ve gotten tons of slack before for posting what I thought was cool art made of books.  What are the chances that this entire bookstore that makes art, and hallways, and secret rooms out of old books (which you can buy for $1) will go by without a comment?  Well, considering there’s been few comments … Continued

Simple Salt Water Purifier

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Don’t worry, you’ll probably want something like this after yesterday’s post. Or in other words, a still.  That’s basically what Eddie the Invemtor has made.  It won’t make you and decent booze, but it will purify water for you enough to drink while you’re in the woods.  I’m not sure if I’d carry these things … Continued

Natchez Trace Road

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Not everything in the National Park system is a park.  There are actually a handful of National parkways.  The Natchez Trace Parkway is one of them, and it winds its way 444 miles through Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.  You can drive the whole thing in a few days.  Roadtrippers has a nice write up on … Continued

Analog Calculator

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I think this is pretty damn impressive.  Mostly the mechanical engineering part.  There is some really detailed pieces of engineering in there, the milled brass parts, the recessed numbers, everything about this screams impressively well made.  Analog things like this are cool, I wish there were more of them around.

Starry LED Lamp

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Instructables user darbinorvar put together this really cool LED lamp that lights up like stars.  You can watch her build the whole thing in her YouTube tutorial of the process below if you want.  It’s better then going through all the photos individually and remember, I’m lazy. I really like the random way she marked … Continued