Youtube user petesteg has a great cabin fever project. It is an interesting/stupid/noble experiment for the winter months: put a hard drive in a plastic bag, put some rocks on it to hold it down at the bottom of your ice rink, and make a video of it throughout the winter. When the thaw comes in the spring, you get to find out if the drive is a formerly frozen paper weight or a happy storage medium.

Keep in mind that I am a trained storage professional, this drive is not intended to be frozen in ice. Please do not try this at home.

It seems to be holding up well, but what can you tell, it’s in the ice, I guess…It’s hard to tell how it’s doing…we’ll find out in the Spring…”

Then on the coldest day in years:

So the drive’s out there. I’m not going to go out there, I’m just going to show you.

100 days of sub zero Celcius weather. This is kind of a maker version of the 365 projects on Flickr.

What were your winter projects? Are you keeping good documentation of them? Do you think the drive will survive the winter? Have you tried an experiment like this? Have you made a backyard ice rink? Post up your ideas in the comments, and contribute your photos and video to the MAKE Flickr pool.