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Coming to Seattle for ECCC

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As some of you may or may not know, in addition to writing here, I am also a no-good ink-flinging word-wrangler. In other words, that most prestiged of useless proffesions, a cartoonist. This next week I will be coming to Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con, where I will be exhibiting

Skinner UnaFlow Steam Engine

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  I received a very interesting email a couple of days ago from a fellow who was tearing down an old mill in Massachusetts. It seems at the center of this turn-of-the-last-century brick building was a Skinner Unaflow steam engine. Would I like to poke about in a 100+

Why I believe in Maker Culture

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Cult of Done #9: People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right. Hi, I'm willow bl00 (aka Willow Brugh), and you'll see me poke my head in here from time to time. I live in Seattle (I think it's the promised land), alongside the likes of

The Fob

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/steeljam/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Lynette Fibonacci was frustrated, after rebooting three times she still couldn’t get on the net. Maybe she would relent and let her boyfriend install his precious Linux – but then she was on and the thought faded from mind. Normally she loved her laptop,

Welcome to Jigsaw Renaissance!

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Hi Everyone! I'd like to introduce you to Seattle's latest Hacker/Maker/Community Space and good friends of The Steampunk Workshop:  Jigsaw Renaissance! Rehana and other folks from Jigsaw will be posting events and projects here on occasion and I expect to be presenting and hanging there whenever I'm in town. See

Meet Marv, The Robotic Vibraphone

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I've been sitting on this one for awhile and I can't tell you how excited I am to tell you about it. Quite possibly the coolest way to way to make weird noises, Marv is a MIDI Actuated Robotic Vibraphone created by Tim O'Keefe, Michael McIntyre, and Brock Roland

Meredith is having a sale of original art

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Our own Meredith Scheff is having an art sale to help in acquisition of a place to live. Meredith work is strange and wonderful, it manages to be colorful and dark at the same time. This is all original art, go check it out here: http://ladycartoonist.com/

Dryer Door Hard Drive Magnet Hack

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I started with a piece of scrap wood and screwed to it three magnets that I salvaged from a couple of old hard drives.  Each hard drive has two magnets like this inside.   I put a kitchen cabinet handle on the front to make it easier to remove.

A Visit to the Pratt University Steam Plant

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JGN Writes: Steam Engines in NYC!!! Who would think that the oldest continuously-operating, privately owned steam-powered electrical generating plant in the United States sits in a quiet Victorian section of Brooklyn, New York?  Pratt University has its original steam-powered engine room intact. It was used for many years to generate electricity for

Bruce’s Wimshurst Machine

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Bruce writes: Hi Jake, Attached are a couple current images of my 20 sector Wimshurst machine based on your construction article, with changes made as needed to suit locally available materials and to resolve some issues that showed up after the initial construction.  Click through to the full set