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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • VuDuDaDi

    Dead Cat Quad Copter
    Dead Cat Quad Copter
    Dead Cat Quad Copter
    Dead Cat Quad Copter
    Dead Cat Quad Copter
    Dead Cat Quad Copter
    Dead Cat Quad Copter
    Dead Cat Quad Copter
    Dead Cat Quad Copter

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudioBonifazi Claudio Bonifazi (@ClaudioBonifazi)

    I saw it and it was kinda disgusting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/net911scot Scot Brees
    • MattyBoJangles

      Seriously…not an excuse, as more like this has been posted. If I died, I’d want someone to make a quadcopter out of me. Or a hover board. Just make sure you add enough power to go on water. ;)

  • http://fredblotnic.blogspot.com Joseph Watson

    Love the picture of the disapproving cat lol

  • Glenn

    Thank you.

  • http://www.makerschool.net beardy241

    ROFLCOPTERS Funniest thing ever!

    • http://makerschool.wordpress.com marcellenormand

      Apologies to anyone who finds it distasteful. Ignore me. I’ll be ok in a bit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frederico.lopo Frederico Lopo

    I was going to send my girlfriend an e-mail stating: “because I love you and you’d break up with me immediately, I am not goint to link you the stuffed cat quadcopter” but I even shied away from that.
    The whole ‘project’ was just bad taste from start to finish. Not even remotely funny or creative. The sad part is that he was probably aiming for that.
    Disgusting.
    But trust me, someone is going to try and 1up this. Like a dead dog glider project or something…

  • cementtruck

    I saw it. It left me … CATatonic!

  • WalkingDisaster

    Thank you. Seriously.

  • Scot Brees

    Oh come on now…MakeZine has a history of linking to and promoting taxidermy-based projects because they’re cool. ‘Taxidermy Lighting’ remind you?

  • modernmoron

    But if it’d been covered in biker leather I’d have been cool amirite?

  • http://www.facebook.com/PelicanFeathers Tommy Phillips

    I saw it when I followed what I thought was just another quadcopter project link.

    Why do I get the sick suspicion that this is going to be the new rickroll?

  • Gary

    Interesting how not long ago Make just couldn’t get enough of LEDs shoved into the eye sockets of dead rats, but now draw the line when it’s a flying cat. Oh well – the quadracat is still the most awesome project in the last ten years!

  • MrHanMan

    You guys are too sensitive. I thought the project was incredible. What an awesome way to honor your pet. I should be so lucky!

    Thanks, Make, for letting me know about this.

  • http://www.warpedthought.com Warpedthought

    All it needed was a rainbow kite tail flying out the back and music and we would have a live (dead) nyan cat.

    • MattyBoJangles

      I think I just fell in <3 w/U. <3<3<3

  • http://gravatar.com/jerryarutherford jerryarutherford

    I wonder if they will link to the “Dead Ex-Wife Quad Copter” when it comes out.

    …I wish I was really good at Photoshop right now…

  • Bertoaus

    Next ART project with Living Cat Quad Copter!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kkhausman Kalani Kirk Hausman

    Your decision to avoid posting on this matter is a major example of why I feel comfortable recommending your publication and site to my students.

  • Joe

    Thank you.

  • http://turtaf.altervista.org+ turtaf
  • Nick

    Oh, good. I stopped following the site for a while after the taxidermy rat with glowing red LED eyes. Ok, it’s art, and it’s maker art, but it’s grotesque.

  • http://gravatar.com/rahere rahere

    Surely the Tomcat is a most beloved aircraft in the US military?

    • rahere

      Not to mention the problems they had when it came to vetting Tom Cruise…

  • Scott

    Thank you!

  • http://gravatar.com/3dsstereo 3dsstereo

    I am also having a bit of trouble trying to understand the bar MAKE is trying to set here. The man did not expressly kill the cat for the project. It was a pet killed under unfortunate circumstances. Pet taxidermy isn’t all that uncommon. The use of the animal’s remains in an art project is odd, but the cat was not in any way harmed for this project.

    “Phillip Torrone on August 17th, 2010 at 2:50 am said:
    taxidermy has a long history in the world of making as well as our collective human origins – great post becky.” Phillip Torrone, Senior Editor of MAKE about Taxidermy lighting

    Be consistent. If you feel it has already been covered enough and this is a move to cover your in-boxes, that’s fine. The tongue and cheek post just feels really off in this case.

    • Gareth Branwyn

      There’s no bar. There’s no policy. Different authors have different takes on this topic. This was Sean’s approach in this case. It’s supposed to be cute. Funny. Your mileage may vary.

    • http://phillip.wordpress.com/ Phillip Torrone

      i probably would have posted this project but it’s not my daily beat on the site to cover things like this at this time. i probably would have posted it with a warning and had a thumbnail (or the video) on another page. i like sean’s approach to this more though, the folks who know about it and who are interested are still able to discuss and link without having an image that may freak some folks out who get freaked out by flying dead cats.

  • http://www.techknight.com Derek Quenneville

    I’ve got to agree with turtaf.. The badgermin was lovely, and the cat quadcopter is a neat, surprising taxidermy project.

    I’d say that you have to love your pet very much to give them the means to posthumously chase birds.

  • http://gravatar.com/ka1axy ka1axy

    I like the cat-copter. Didn’t think it was tasteless at all. I think the departed cat would get a kick out of being able to chase birds (and cows). Actually, I think it’s a far cooler project than the badger theremin or the mouse mouse.

  • http://twitter.com/curiositykt curiositykt (@curiositykt)

    Thank you!

  • http://gravatar.com/rul23s rul23s

    Thank You !!!

  • macegr

    The rat slid by with (relatively) minimal outcry because not many people see them as pets. The catcopter disturbed me on some other level. For some reason, knowing the cat was hollowed out didn’t disturb me as much as seeing that he’d cut off the paws to install the motors.

  • Jesse Ros

    Really? A site that promotes creative reuse, a history of projects with bio-matter as a raw material, and that fosters intelligent discussion over projects is drawing a line in the sand over this? What’s next? Every post about LED’s because this is satan’s light source?

    • http://www.facebook.com/brannana Andrew Brannan

      Now that’s just silly… Everyone knows that Satan prefers to use halogen lighting.

  • Kris Lee

    I do not like the original idea but I must admit that this kitty would make quite boss quadcopter.

  • http://gravatar.com/mexoplex mexoplex

    people are so lazy. really? the same amount of effort to ask for MAKE to link to it, you could have just googled it yourself. i think im more peeved that people are too lazy to google something than the actual quadcoptercat

    • Matt Richardson

      Sean’s referring to how our readers come across stories online and submit them to us because they’d make a good story on Makezine. I don’t want to speak for Sean, but I believe this is his way of saying “Yep, we saw it!”

  • Mike

    Thank you.

  • http://www.bidouille.org/ vic

    Hmmm don’t post it, fine, but why make an article about the fat you’re not posting it ? I fail to see the point. Looks like flamebait to me.

  • http://followbot.com RoBoBaLLS

    I think a soft crafted flying squirrel would be a hoot! I like to leave my departed animals friends, ahh… “non animated”

  • http://www.facebook.com/math.campbell Math Campbell

    Have to say, I agree, and think Make are *very* classy to do this – acknowledge it, don’t link to it, allow us all to comment about it, but not make anyone queasy by it just being there..
    I’m torn on the actual thing itself; it’s a good project, sure, building your own quadcopter, and with such a unique “material” as the main body, OK, sure, it’s probably art and would likely win art prizes too. But it’s just that shade of “creepy” too far for me, even though the owner created it as a tribute to his dearly departed moggy, and probably things it’s hilarious chasing birds with it etc. and if the cat could understand and be asked, it would probably think it cool too, but no, doesn’t pass the bolk test for me…

  • http://walkingwithshimmer.wordpress.com ¡Señor Albondigas!

    Disapproving cat is disappointed you would even ask to see the copter cat.

  • beardy241

    I CAN HAZ ROTORS?

  • Brandon Boyer

    Good call

  • http://twitter.com/thaumatropia James Patrick Gordon (@thaumatropia)

    Thank you.

  • Nico

    Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679650227 Dynamo Dan

    Thanks for the post! I would not have otherwise known to google for such an unusual item.

  • http://gravatar.com/jimmydemello jimbo

    It’s cool. I love it.

  • Jamie

    I thought it looked rediculessly funny!

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