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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

Although the Snowbird, made of carbon fiber and balsa wood and with a 105-foot wingspan, could hardly be described as "practical," to me this seems like a major aviation milestone: Somebody, specifically University of Toronto PhD student Todd Reichert and co-workers, finally did it. All those old black and white... Read more »

New York sculptor Randall Rosenthal was probably tired of people not believing that his hyperrealistic carvings--which include such unlikely subjects as stacks of newspapers, open books, and folded maps--were actually made of wood. So he took photos along the way to prove it. Read more »

By product designer Ed Swan, the Mark Makers table is currently on display at an ongoing London design show, where visitors are invited to participate in decorating it by abrading the layered paint with sandpaper. Cool idea. I just hope there's a big stack of free dust masks next to... Read more »

Apparently if you wrote to the BBC in the late 1970s or early 1980s wanting to know how to build your own Dalek, they sent you this fantastic set of official plans, which are now preserved for posterity in the cloud-mind at Tom Rathborne's site. [via Neatorama] Read more »

Core77 is having a fairly brilliant promotional contest that prompts readers to make, photograph, and submit a Play-Doh model of their favorite footwear. There's still a week left to enter, and, in the meantime, a large and amusing gallery of submissions to date. Read more »

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 »