Use Staples as Breadboard Jumpers

Recently, we’ve been brainstorming ideas for a breadboarding workshop to put on at Maker Faire and other events. Hoping to save participants the tedium of cutting and stripping their own jumper wires (and the cost of providing readymade jumpers) we hit on the idea of using staples. I first read... Read more »

Apple Cider

One crisp Autumn afternoon I had the privilege of joining MAKE founder Dale Dougherty as he used his wooden apple press to make cider from the apples that grow on his property. Dale has been making cider for over 20 years and since this was only my second time making... Read more »

Backyard Biodiesel

Biodiesel is vegetable oil (often used) that’s been chemically converted into a fuel thin enough to spray through a diesel fuel-injection system. No special equipment is needed to “cook” a small batch of biodiesel that will work in any diesel engine, from a model airplane to the family car. Read more »