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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

Titanium is really cool for a lot of reasons, but this Instructable by, ah, "Thursday" highlights one in particular: It is incredibly easy to anodize, and produces really striking colors when anodized. So, you know, if you're interested in anodizing this is an way to start experimenting. Thursday has stripped... Read more »

My “concise” imperative really wanted to call this a bulletproof messenger bag, but I’m quite confident Instructables user Culturespy, author of this interesting (albeit, to my mind, slightly paranoid) tutorial, would be quick to point out that there’s no such thing as “bulletproof.” Writing a free public tutorial about how... Read more »

I love no-frills plywood furniture. Admittedly, some of these look about as comfortable as a burlap sack full of rocks, but still, big points for minimalism and DIY aesthetics. They're for sale, by designers ROLU, but geez, if you're gonna own something that looks like you made it yourself you... Read more »

News of the big Stargate prop auction got me Googling around for entrepreneurs selling replica, um, replicators. Which search yielded this handsome handmade necklace from DeviantArt user DreamingDragonDesign. There's also a 3D-printable replicator block on Shapeways. Read more »

The news of this impending giant auction of original props and costumes from Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis both thrills and saddens my inner fanboy: Thrills, because the prospect of owning, say, the original "travel" stargate, the "Thor" puppet, Daniel Jackson's glasses, Teal'c's forehead tattoo, Ronon Dex's blaster, a mature... Read more »

No, this is not one of the sci-fi video game replica weapon props I keep posting about--it's a real, functioning homemade coil-gun by Jason, aka YouTube user Larsplatoon, aka Photobucket and 4hv.org user Saz43, who has been working on it for two years. It's billed as a "1.25kJ Coilgun," but... Read more »

I love PVC pipe: It's weatherproof, cheap, commonly available, easy to work, and easy to join temporarily or permanently. Apart from a slightly icky environmental footprint, the only serious drawback of PVC pipe is that it's ugly, owing largely to the fact that it's usually available only in white, off-white,... Read more »