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Riting Before Texting

Before Instagram, photo albums required considerable manual labor to keep fresh and current. There were various ways, but one of the most popular was a tracing method, in this case known as Rite-a-Title. You could “Write a Title in a brilliant, permanent white without pen or ink” and “Decorate snapshots with humorous sketches.” It...

Today's Obsession: Eggbot!

Since Sunday is Easter, and since I am a nerd, I am jonesing at the moment for an Eggbot. Eggbot is a project consisting of a robot kit designed to draw patterns on round objects, an open source controller to design the actual patterns, and a community to tell you exactly what you’re doing...

Today's Obsession: Brooklyn Space Program

In August of this year, Luke Geissbuhler treated his boys to a homemade experiment to see what the world looks like from outer space. The experiment is a large balloon, an HD camera, an iPhone for GPS location upon re-entry, some foam for protection, handwarmers to keep the electronics from locking up as the...

Today's Obsession: DIY Simon

Even though you won’t find a Simon anywhere but vintage shops and thrift stores these days, the electronics to build one yourself aren’t too nightmarish to deal with. Maker Shed has a wonderful micro-kit for $25 with a preprogrammed circuit board, lights, and buttons to build one on your own. Browse around; this is...