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Fetch-O-Matic: Automatic Ball Launcher

Fetch-O-Matic: Automatic Ball Launcher

Several years ago I watched a viral YouTube video that starred Jerry the Dachshund, whose engineer owner had built him his very own automated ball launcher. I had two dogs at the time, and was also unemployed with some time on my hands, so I decided to try my hand at building one. After a […]

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Nighttime Disaster Photography

Nighttime Disaster Photography

It’s a lovely day for an outing with the family in the park…until the storm comes out of nowhere. Suddenly, trees are down, property is damaged, you and the outside world are cut off from each other. With the news crews unable to reach the scene, the camera person closest to the damage is…YOU! That’s […]

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Gravity Catapult

Gravity Catapult

I have long been enamored of catapults. Invented around 400 B.C., they were used until nearly A.D. 1300. So for 1,700 years, catapults were arguably the largest, most expensive, and most powerful machines on the planet. Today, people build catapults for fun: Scout troops, historical reenactors, fathers and daughters, beer-stoked college students. Having built more […]

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DIY Lanyard for USB Flash Drives

DIY Lanyard for USB Flash Drives

Everyone has multitudes of USB flash drives these days, but their compact size lends them perfectly to getting dropped, misplaced, flushed, damaged, or otherwise lost. Very few USB drives come packaged with their own lanyards to help prevent such disasters, so why not make one with a few simple items?

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Hidden Garden Sprinklers

Hidden Garden Sprinklers

In our prior house I patiently installed dozens of popup sprinkler heads all over my garden at a cost of a few hundred dollars and several days of work. When my wife and I moved into our new house I decided to take a more calculated (lazy) approach. I found a way to cut the […]

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Nomad’s Closet

Nomad’s Closet

As an Entrepreneurial Adventurer I have gone from owning an underground record label and a bar in South Florida, to a farming co-op in Tampa, then to a coffee shop/bar and cider brewery (using the term brewery loosely, of course) in the Dominican Republic, and finally to the most recent clandestine late-night taco delivery service […]

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