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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 chrome-plated keys are, IMHO, a rather more questionable design choice, this stunning Wersi Digital DX500 organ and speaker set currently for sale just goes to support my pet theory that transparent-cased electronics, preferably of the colorless "water white" variety, have timeless aesthetic appeal. [via Boing Boing] Read more »

Ryan Palser, whose replica AER-9 laser rifle we covered a couple of weeks ago, has since finished up his second Fallout 3 replica, of the game's A3-21 plasma rifle, that is, as I predicted, even more impressive than his first. The Flickr set includes some good build shots too, including... Read more »

Instructables user spookylean shows us how to make this cool little folding prop based on a weapon from the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. He does it the labor-intensive but inexpensive way--cutting the profiles by hand from clear hardware store Plexiglas and then painting them black. I am too lazy... Read more »

Although I can't say I cared much for the recent Indiana Jones movie that sparked their latest vogue, nor for the aura of new-agey-ness that generally surrounds them, nor for the outright chicanery that originated the trope in the first place, there's no denying that crystal skulls are cool. And... Read more »

The worst thing about summertime in Austin is the facehuggers. They're more than just a nuisance; if you're allergic to alien embryos, like I am, they can actually be quite dangerous. Plus there's that whole chestbursting thing--inconvenient, embarrassing, and uncomfortable to say the least. I've gotten pretty good at removing... Read more »

I don't know how else to put it. These lamps, by a Japanese craftsman known as The Great Mushrooming, feature handblown glass mushrooms, with internal LEDs, mounted in found driftwood bases with conspicuous on/off switches. I don't think they could get any better. [via Inhabitat] Read more »

Throw a stone at any gathering of makers, and you're likely to hit somebody who owns a set of DIY-savant Dave Gingery's classic books on building your own machine shop by casting scrap aluminum, melted in a charcoal-powered bucket furnace, into sand molds formed by wooden patterns. I've owned a... Read more »