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Build a "Square Incher" Microkite

Plans for a mylar kite with with a surface area of about one and a half square inches (on each side). Perfect for a kite to fly in the breeze of your computer power-supply fan. (I used mylar from potato chip bag for mine.)

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[2008 Nov 21] [/do-it-yourself/low-tech] [#]

Blue Moon Camera and Machine

Primarily a camera store, they also sell typewriters. The connection? An affection for old machines. Many used cameras, and not just the 35mm stuff you find everywhere. Large format. Subminature. Half-frame. 6x6. All that's missing is pictures of the cameras. (Flickr seems to have photos of every collectible camera, but sometimes those are hard to find among the pictures FROM the cameras.)

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[2008 Jun 11] [/shopping/cameras] [#]

A4 Paper Cut

Cut and folded A4 (metric equivilent of the US 8.5"x11 sheet) paper making very elaborate models and duality statements. One example is "The Short Distance Between Time and Shadow", where the paper cut resembles a big city skyline and the folded shape is a pagoda.

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[2008 Mar 10] [/images/art-sites] [#]

Vector Magic

Website that can convert photos and logos in jpeg form to vector images in postscript or SVG format. Very handy for making a photo into a logo.

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[2008 Jan 17] [/tools/art] [#]

Graph paper generator

Generate PDF files with just about any type of graph paper you want: squares, dotted squares, hex, triangle, log, brick, asymetrical, etc.

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[2007 Oct 09] [/tools] [#]

Telephone World

History of Telephones and Telephone switches (US focused). Includes MP3 sound samples for various telephone network sounds (busy, automated recordings, etc).

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[2007 Sep 26] [/reference/telephone] [#]

Bell System Memorial

A whole lot about Ma Bell, the Western Electric phones she built, and other Bell companies.

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[2007 Sep 26] [/reference/telephone] [#]

Ericofon

All about the quirkly styled one-piece phone designed in the 1950s by Ericsson.

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[2007 Sep 26] [/reference/telephone] [#]

Western Electric Rotary Prototypes

Guide to development of rotary phones at Western Electric.

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[2007 Sep 26] [/reference/telephone] [#]

Chess Game Review

Reviewing the game of Chess, as if it were a new board game.

Unfortunately, that gameplay is severely lacking. For one thing, there are only six units in the game. Of those six, two are practically worthless while one is an overpowered "god" unit, the Queen. She's your typical Lara Croft-esque 1990s "me, too" attempt to attract the fabled gaming girl audience[...]

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[2007 Sep 06] [/humor] [#]

Ready Mech

Print, cut, fold. Monsters, robots, etc, all from an 8.5"x11" page.

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[2007 Sep 06] [/do-it-yourself/papercraft] [#]

Mannequin Store

Online shop for your mannequin needs. I'd probably never buy one new, but they make great dress-up toys for kids.

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[2007 Jun 28] [/shopping/misc] [#]

Steampunk workshop: Keyboard

A standard computer keyboard reworked with typewriter keys and a brass frame to make a very old fashioned looking interface.

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[2007 Jun 26] [/do-it-yourself/eletronics] [#]

Zarf's Game Money

PDF printable money, an alternative to Monopoly money. Nice design for a science fiction game, but might seem weird with a pirate game.

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[2007 May 23] [/games] [#]

Great Game Database

A site devoted to cataloging information about arcade games. Manufacturer, year of release, graphics type, some pictures, some trivia.

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[2006 Dec 21] [/reference/games] [#]

Lego Knitting Machine

More of a spool knitter than a full knitting machine, but no small accomplishment. Photos and video.

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[2006 Feb 03] [/games/lego] [#]

LEGO Difference Engine

Andrew Carol's Lego Difference Engine is a low tech computer after Babbage's nineteenth century mechanical computer designs. This can evaluate any polynomial of the form ax^2 + bx + c, to three digits of precision, with an effort of a hundred or so turns of the crank.

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[2006 Feb 03] [/games/lego] [#]

The 16mm Shrine

Movie reviews and discussion (not all new releases). Sample sentence: "Hollywood functions on the 'throw enough shit at the movies screen and some of it will stick, slide down, and leave a Vin Diesel-shaped smear' approach to filmmaking, and while it sometimes works, mainly it doesn't."

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[2006 Feb 02] [/humor] [#]

The Daily WTF

Programmers submit and mock the worst code they encounter. Things like comments "Don't know why we need this, but won't compile without it" that let you know someone has no clue about what they are doing.

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[2006 Feb 02] [/humor] [#]

Chuck Norris Facts

Lots of good trivia about Chuck Norris like: "Chuck Norris is the only man to ever defeat a brick wall in a game of tennis" and "Chuck Norris does not hunt because the word hunting implies the probability of failure. Chuck Norris goes killing."

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[2006 Feb 02] [/humor] [#]

Tabletop Tripod Comparison

A nice line of of small tripods with a few stats (price, weight), comparison photos, and reviews.

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[2005 Jun 29] [/tools/cameras] [#]

Abandoned

A gallery of derelict buildings, factories, etc, in Russia. Great stuff.

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[2005 Jun 22] [/images/photo-sites] [#]

Common Tunes

"A community directory of freely available music." From ice-cream truck music to Beethoven.

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[2005 Jun 22] [/music] [#]

Home Built Icyball

The Icyball was a commercially sold refridgeration system that had no moving parts and was powered by a heat source. Perfect for on the road cooling, or backwater farms with no electricity. This page discusses a home built modern version.

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[2005 Jun 15] [/do-it-yourself/historical-recreation] [#]

Haunted Paper Toys

Lots of cool goth/Halloweenish paper projects to print and assemble. Files are MS Word documents, rather than PDFs or plain images however.

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[2005 Jun 14] [/do-it-yourself/papercraft] [#]

Free Online Graph Paper

PDF files of various types of graph paper, perfect for running off a few sheets on your own printer.

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[2005 May 11] [/tools] [#]

Aten Heliochronometers

Very accurate sundials with easy adjustments for longitude and latitude. These are much prettier than the "World's Most Accurate" sundials, and much cheaper than the "Precision Sundials".

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[2005 May 11] [/tools/time] [#]

ProMetal

Makers of 3-D metal 'printers' such as the one used by Bathsheba Grossman (mentioned elsewhere on QZ Redux).

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[2005 May 11] [/tools] [#]

Bathsheba Grossman Geometric Art

This artist creates metal scuplture first on a computer, then 'prints' forms using a 3-D metal printer, these are then impregnated with bronze by wicking, then the sculptures are polished and finished. She (he?) also does some 3-D designs in crystal, but those are not as striking.

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[2005 May 11] [/shopping/art] [#]

Finkbuilt

"A tinker's blog" with projects, product reviews, and comments on the projects of others.

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[2005 May 02] [/blogs] [#]

Finkbuilt

"A tinker's blog" with projects, product reviews, and comments on the projects of others.

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[2005 Apr 29] [/blogs] [#]

Rockland Colloid Photographic Materials

Make your own "paper" with Liquid Light emulsion, brush it on any surface, then use that like black and white paper. Plus other photo development fun stuff.

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[2005 Apr 20] [/tools/art] [#]

Individual-i

This is a site with a CC logo advocating for rights of the individual to privacy and anonymity. The logo is both a letter I and a stylized person.

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[2005 Apr 20] [/info-sites] [#]

SCIgen - An Automatic CS Paper Generator

An open source tool to generate random computer science papers, from some MIT students.

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[2005 Apr 20] [/computers/software] [#]

BBC Creative Archive

This website was set up by the BBC to "access to public service audio and video archives in a way that allows the British public to find, share, watch, listen and re-use the archive as a fuel for their own creative endeavours. In other words, you can rip, mix and share the BBC."

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[2005 Apr 20] [/archives] [#]

Improv Everywhere

A group of pranksters create various "scences" around New York, like seting up a bathroom attendant in a McDonalds in Times Square to see how people react.

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[2005 Mar 30] [/humor] [#]

Reality Factory

When my twelve year old came to me looking for ways to make computer games, I applied my Google-fu and found this free (open source, open license) game development tool, based on the free (some sort of attribution license) Genesis3D modeling components. It runs on Windows XP, doesn't require C or C++ programming, and produces "Quake 2 dungeon crawl clone" games. A far cry from my 8-bit (and lower) youth, but initial impressions are good.

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[2005 Mar 14] [/computers/software] [#]

Arthur Ganson's Machines

Arther Ganson is an artist who makes elegant machines which do no real work but are fascinating to watch. There are still pictures and movies of his work here.

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[2005 Mar 11] [/images/art-sites] [#]

Kids in Mind

This site provides fairly exacting descriptions of the sexual, violent, and profane content of movies, while being as careful as possible to not give away plot points. Handy way to judge if some movie is over the line or not when watching with younger viewers. Drug use is not well covered, however.

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[2005 Mar 04] [/info-sites/media] [#]

Spam Shirt

Spam subject lines recycled onto t-shirts for ironic effect.

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[2005 Mar 04] [/shopping/clothes] [#]