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Studio Softbox Flash Ceiling Bracket

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One of the reasons I redesigned The Steampunk Workshop website is that I thought WordPress with it’s easier to use interface and more flexible authoring would entice me to publish more stories. But an important aspect to any story are good photographs and I don’t always (read rarely) want

Mold Rammer for Sand Casting

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Thor has his Hammer, I have my Rammer.

Cuisinart Top Interlock Repair

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We got our first Cuisinart in 1982. It served us well for more than a decade so when it finally gave up the ghost we purchased another one. We were dismayed to find that the new Cuisinart Custom 14 had changed the interlock on the mixing bowl and top. There was

Nightmare Blues – New from Aaron J. Shay

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Friend of SPWS Aaron J. Shay has released a new music video for his banjo-rock barnstormer “Nightmare Blues” just in time for Halloween! Described by one participant as what would happen “if Neil Gaiman art directed the ballroom sequence of Labyrinth at Burning Man,” this video follows a band as

Hexayurt for Burning Man

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Update: Well painting the yurt was a bad idea, at least using the paint to shield the tape from the sun was. For the most part it adhered very well to the tape, but after a week in the hot sun it lost flexibility and flaked off. We had

Hexayurt Swamp Cooler for Burning Man!

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My family is going to Burning Man this year! I've been twice in the past and there have been a few things about my experience that were less than comfortable. The biggest problem I had on the playa was sleeping during the hot days in a tent. Once the sun

Quickest Way to Clone Windows (and Windows Server) Disk with GPartEd

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A quick tech note from the day job some of you might find useful. GPartEd is a fantastic free tool for copying and resizing disk partitions, but cloning an entire Windows disk often requires tweaking boot sectors and records after the partitions are copied and this is not always easy or

The Steampunk World’s Fair is this weekend!

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Hi Folks! Come join me at the 2014 Steampunk World's Fair in Piscataway New Jersey! I'll be bringing my Victorian RV and many of the steampunk objects I've made over the years. There will be an opportunity to take a tour of the bus on Saturday and I may even

iPhone Dock and Autodesk 123D Tutorial

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Autodesk 123D Design iPhone dock tutorial and 2007 Lincoln Town Car SatNav Radio Audio-in hack. (Jump to 7:20 in the video to get straight to the tutorial) A couple of weeks ago I bought a new vehicle, a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. The car came with a Satellite Navigation radio with

DIY Vibratory Tumbler

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My latest feat of post-apocalyptic engineering. Post-apocalyptic engineering is when you use parts on hand no matter what. There is no going to the hardware store because THERE IS NO HARDWARE STORE!! When I built the Girl Genius Radio Theater Microphone I had some brass plates water-jet cut and I