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He used to break bones. Now former Hollywood stuntman Robert Mc-Donald uses popsicle sticks to break world records. McDonald has built three Viking-ship replicas out of ice cream sticks. All have been seaworthy. including his latest beast, built from 15 million popsicle sticks over three years. He’s now working to... Read more »

Cousteau and the undersea world. Cameron and Titanic. And now, Joe Reinhardt and Mike Fields and the depths of Lake Moraine in upstate New York. Every summer, Reinhardt and brother-in-law Fields tackle a new DIY project at the family’s lakeside camp. In 2005, the pair built their own underwater ROV... Read more »

Look! Up in the sky! ls it a bird? A plane? No, it’s Visa Parviainen. Last October, Parviainen, sporting a birdman suit and custom jet boots, dove face first out of a hot air balloon high above Lahti, Finland, and took off into the wild blue yonder. Parviainen is one... Read more »

Beeps-a-Lot Box, Arcane Device, and Stylophonic Device each answer a question I hadn’t considered: What would have happened if H.R. Giger had decided to teach band? These graceful sculptures are working musical instruments produced by Gulf Coast artisan Mike Ford Designed to evoke curiosity as well as admiration, each is... Read more »

Brooke Stanton is the event coordinator of the Duxbury Art Association’s 36th annual Craft Showcase. On the evening before the weekend show, she explains a bit about the juried showcase that includes craftspeople from across New England. The DAA Craft Showcase is open Saturday November 22, 2008 from 10 am... Read more »

Justin and Michael come from vinyl listening parents. At some point in the last decade or so, they were pressed into dragging their folks’ record collection into the digital age. Between them, they have translated hundreds of records into computer friendly formats. Here are their tips on converting music. Justin... Read more »

Ian Lesnet sent in a link to his Bus Pirate project, a universal bus adapter that lets you interface with most standard integrated circuit serial protocols at different voltages – all from you PC’s serial port. The idea is that you can debug, test, and prototype ideas a lot faster... Read more »