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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 write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.

Latest from Sean Michael Ragan

Spotted in the MAKE Flickr pool, this beautiful modular origami construction, à la Tomoko Fuse, from user fdecomite. Its formal title, Giant short nanotube, provides a rare opportunity to observe a double oxymoron in the wild. Read more »

Those interested in mechanisms and horology will probably enjoy watching the hypnotic action of this single-pin escapement executed in Lego by YouTuber horolophile. An "escapement," FYI, is the mechanism in a timepiece that converts continuous rotational motion into oscillating "back and forth" motion and makes it go tick-tock. Read more »

In point of fact, this "Kid's Walker" from Japanese firm Sakakibara Kikai, like every real-world mecha prototype I've ever seen, is considerably more impressive when standing still than when in motion. There's embedded video here. If you are actually concerned about the possibility of the world being stomped to rubble... Read more »

San Francisco, as many of our regular readers will know from experience, is hilly, and can be windy. It has many narrow, winding roads and lots of low-hanging power lines. Which is why the SFFD is the only major US fire department still using wooden ladders--they don't conduct electricity, and... Read more »

Um, wow. Geometric death frequency-141, as its called, was created by Czech artist Federico Díaz. It consists of 420,000 plastic spheres, each of which appears to be about 1.5" in diameter, glued together by industrial robot arms. The subject is a simulated liquid splashing inside an imaginary 50x20x20 foot box.... Read more »

Spotted in the MAKE Flickr pool, this handy homebrew jig from the UK's oomlaut: We've recently grown annoyed with the slightly bow legged stance DIP ICs ship with (it makes inserting them into sockets ever so frustrating). Rather than continue to spend longer than we liked on less than perfect... Read more »

Flickr user gdafm saw my recent rebar bike post and sent us a link to these photos he took in Ampareas, Peru, of a pedal powered grain mill made in large part of welded rebar, including pedals and a rebar bike seat. [Thanks, gdaf!] Read more »