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Today’s Road Find

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  Today’s road finds, a #2 Phillips screwdriver with tip in excellent condition and a partial roll of electrical tape. Electrical tape is a very common find, I think they must fall of off linemen’s and phone company worker’s trucks.   BTW: You should really throw out your worn

Dump find – Roofer’s Tool?

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  I found this at the town dump last week, I'm speculating that it's a roofer's tool for bending flanges on to sheets of copper.  It's about 4 feet long, the hinges are brass and there is a steel blade edge on both side of the central slot.  It

The Road Giveth

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  When I bike to work I always keep a weather-eye on the road surface. Here in New England you must always be prepared to bunny-hop the odd pot-hole (yes, you can hop a recumbent, just not very high) but I also find some very nice tools on my

Lovelace and Babbage

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  I’ve just discover a new web comic via @nathanfhtagn called "Lovelace and Babbage" and it is pretty brilliant! Even better, in the finest Steampunk DIY tradition, there are "Making off" blog enteries interspersed with the content, these are as entertaining as the comic itself! Stuff like this: I’m

Dieselpunk Casemod

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  So I've been thinking of doing some Art Deco inspired mods and it seems like the internet is reading my mind again! I love this Dieselpunk casemod from Germany! Follow that link for a few more pics but what really caught my eye was some shots of a

Scott’s Wimshurst Machine!

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UPDATE: Plans for my Wimshurst Machine are now available here! Last year I wrote an article that appeared in the last Make: Magazine which outlined detailed steps for building a Wimshurst Influence machine. It’s a fairly involved project and I am gratified to see that people are actually building it!

Amazing color photos from the 1940’s

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  I've been spending the last couple hours flicking through this goregeous set on Flickr. It's been uploaded by the Library of Congress and is comprised of about 2000 images from the 1940's- in color. They're beautiful and entrancing- they range in subject from urban sprawl to wild west;

Steam Powered iPod Charger

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Thomas writes: Hi, thought you might get a kick out of my latest project. I coupled a Lego Technic Motor to a Jensen #75 steam engine to make a crude generator. From there I built a 5V regulator circuit and soldered in a female USB connection to power any

Flight Recorders are the new black

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I’ve been geeking out really, really hard on flight recorders lately. My next project is related, and I’ve been tracking down as much information as possible on these amazing things. You know what I’m talking about- black boxes. They often offer key audio and  to any doomed flight.  I’m

The Antediluvian Keyboard

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Oh this one is extra awesome! It's got horns as well as brass feet! The Antediluvian Keyboard is a representation of an interest in civilization and technology from a time that has been forgotten, twisted, or even denied. A time in which only biblical stories, crypto-histories, and ancient artifacts