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And we’re back with our twenty-sixth installment of Your Comments. Here are our favorites from the past week, from Make: Online, our Facebook page, and Twitter.

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Pete Prodoehl wrote in to share his version of the DIY iPad Stylus:

Great video… I made my own, with just a few modifications… build info is here

Desiring to make a Super Mario level cake, Math Campbell put out a call for open source recipes:

It’d be really good if a lot of these cakes we see were more “open source”, detailing which of the many thousands of icing (frosting in Yank) they used, and what sort of cake mix it is, what fondant they’re using, whether the colourings are powder or alcohol etc. Then I’d actually have more success making these things… Fantastic cake art though, don’t get me wrong. Just makes me itch to know how it was made. And to eat it, of course…

Colecoman1982 speculated about how Jeri’s secret to learning electronics might apply to computers as well:

I’ve always felt that this is a big part of why some people can’t ever seem to learn how to use computer competently (especially in the middle-aged and older groups). They are so afraid that they’re going to break/delete something that they never allow themselves to relax and get the experience they need from just messing around a lot.

After seeing a ShopBot sing Joy to the World, Shadyman speculates:

I wonder if you could get a 3-part harmony going between the head’s stepper and the two table steppers…

[editors note: Yes, yes you can!]

3leftturns has this to say about the Technical University of Munich’s rapid transportation system:

I wonder if these math slides have “slide rules” that you have to follow to ride them…

akathewb appreciated the magic wand Codebox project:

Got this working quick, after downloading the video digitizer component for QuickTime for Windows. I just finished the Getting started with processing book and these more advanced programs you have on your blog here are very helpful for learning more about programming and processing. Thanks!

StefanJ shares some insight about Krampus:

Those are very scary costumes! I don’t think they’d go over well with kids. Krampus should be scary but not terrifying. There are other Krampus-like characters. Black Peter, a dwarf who accompanies Santa (or St. Nick) in some countries. The Amish have a nasty Santa too; his name escapes me at the moment, but in Pennsylvania some towns have events similar to Santa’s Village in malls. The guy has snide fun with kids. Boing Boing has some articles pointing to collections of Krampus postcards from Europe. There’s a great one shown him on a sled full of kids tucked into barrels, on their way to bondage in a coal mine.

Over on Facebook, Judd Dulick is, er, impressed by the Self-Portrait Ski Mask:

The Venn Diagram of brilliant and creepy intersects right. About. Here. Well done, but now I’m going to have nightmares.

Also on Facebook, Dan Chamberlain appreciated Johnengineer’s photo of his Brass rocking horse:

Not only is the horse outstanding, but the way the photo is staged is very, very cool!

Like these comments? Be sure to sound off in the comments! You could be in next week’s column.


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