Frankenstein! A Papier-Mâché Project


Papier-mâché has been around for many years. I will be using one of the easiest ways to make it, although not the cheapest. Papier-mâché is basically cutting strips of paper, saturating them in a mixture of glue and water and layering them across a pre-shaped form to dry. After drying,... Read more »

Wind Your Own Guitar Pickups


When I first started building homemade instruments, I used a piezoelectric buzzer from RadioShack as a pickup (see for details). But while it’s cheap and simple, the piezo transducer has downsides: it has a low signal output, it picks up a lot of handling noise and can go into... Read more »

Coffee Table MAME Console


By John Baichtal and Adam Wolf Do you remember those classic video game arcades filled with rattling quarters, 8-bit songs, and flashing lights? You can reclaim that excitement in your own living room with this Coffee Table MAME Console. In 1997, Italian software developer Nicola Salmoria released the first iteration... Read more »

Gigantic Bubble Generator


When I read the Geekcon 2010 call for projects, I thought, what the hack — I’ll do it. Inspired by Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, I decided to let creativity into my life, and start inventing things. I watched Sterling Johnson’s magnificent “Giant Stinson Beach Bubbles” clip on YouTube, and... Read more »

Dodecahedron Lamp


People appear symmetrical, but even the most perfect human face shows irregularities if we compare the left side with the right. Perhaps this is why the absolute, rigid symmetry of crystals seems beautiful yet alien to us. Unlike DNA’s soft spiral, a crystal’s molecular bonds align themselves to form regular... Read more »