Who Ya Gonna Call? 2014 Hallowe’en Decorations

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This year our theme for Hallowe’en was Ghostbusters! The inspiration was my wife’s as she looked at the 1973 VW Type III Squareback that is sitting in our driveway. Her name (the car, not my wife) is Adelaide and I am fixing her up for a friend. She will

New Album from Psyche Corporation

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Something special this October: Psyche Corporation has released her 5th album, Romance of the Counter-Elite. Notably, the EP features their popular cover of “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe. Do check it out: https://psychecorp.bandcamp.com/album/romance-of-the-counter-elite Besides the cover of Poe’s poem, the remaining songs of the new album cover dark and

The SEA is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia

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“The SEA is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia” out for release November 1st, 2015! IndieGoGo campaign here! The stories in this collection merge technological wonder with the everyday. Children upgrade their fighting spiders with armor, and toymakers create punchcard-driven marionettes. Large fish lumber across the skies, while boat

Broken Strings Folk Punk Campout!

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Tickets are now on sale for BrokenStrings Music Fest and campout! The event is in Sacramento, CA September 25th-27th. Broken Strings is an incredible folk-punk campout at beautiful Camp Pollock, a former Boy Scout campground on the banks of the American River. It’s under a mile from downtown Sacramento,

Pentayurt for Burning Man

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I’m heading to Burning Man again this year. If you’ll recall, last year I built a Hexayurt for the Playa. It worked very well and I was much happier in the Hexayurt than I have ever been in a tent. But I had painted the Hexayurt to cover up

WW-II Vintage Homemade Welder

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I found this welder on Craigslist for hundred dollars. It’s made with a World War II surplus aircraft generator and the engine from a 1946 Austin Dorset. It’s a 200 Amp DC welder with a four-cylinder pushrod engine. This is a first look at it and there will be

Bus Windows that Open From the Bottom

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Regular school bus windows work well, but depending on window treatment it can be hard to open them sometimes because the latches are at the top, and they open from the top down. Some time ago I figured out how to disassemble the windows in my bus and reconfigure them

Cutting Steel with a Skil Saw Blade

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I’m am bolting a bunch of scrap steel together to make an anvil and I need the pieces to fit as tightly together as possible so I’ve been milling the surfaces on the CNC mill. I created a piece with a horn and step and I needed to create

3D Printed Wimshurst Machine

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In the winter time, whenever I pulled a large flat part of off the print bed of my RepRap Prusa Mendel, I would notice a great deal of static electricity. One day the thought occurred to me that I could 3D print a Wimshurst Influence Machine like the one

DIY Table Saw Dust Collector

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I am very careful with saw dust in my workshop ever since discovering that I was allergic to it several years ago. However, I’ve gotten tired of dragging my large shop vac from machine to machine in my workshop for dust collecting when cutting wood. I realized that I