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Retro bike stuff – Orange Velo

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From Steubens Wheelmen! Here’s a shot of The Brass Lion with a Down Low Glow "Fossil Amber" light from Rock The Bike ! And since we are talking bike accessory you should pop over to Velo ORANGE for some truly wonderful retro-bike accessories like this pair of paniers!  

Captain Nemo’s Telescope

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Most of the things that I make, with the possible exception of the Wimshurst Machine I recently completed for an article in Make: Magazine, best fit under the category of "prop" rather than "instrument."  That is clearly not the case for this telescope as it is surely as capable

Epson Stylus Photo 820 Repair

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The ink cartridge retaining clip on my Epson Stylus Photo 820 broke when I went to change the ink cartridge.  I repaired it with a bit of copper wire and a brass wood screw with the head cut off.  

Purse Organizer

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  This is my favorite purse, and yes I call it a purse and not something like "a man bag" which sounds suspiciously like a euphemism for something else entirely. In any case, when you carry a phone, MP3 player, camera, multi-tool(s), thumb drive, flashlight, Molskine, Mini Moo cards,

Ada Lovelace Day – Woman in Technology

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"I will publish a blog post on Tuesday 24th March about a woman in technology whom I admire but only if 1,000 other people will do the same." — Suw Charman-Anderson Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology. Women’s

Jake’s RepRap Build – Electronics

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A couple weeks ago I began work on a RepRap machine.  A RepRap is a desktop fabricator or 3D printer that is capable of making all of the parts of itself that are not stock off-the-self items. It’s a 2 1/2 axis CNC plastic extruder that fabricates parts by

SPWS on Make:TV – only three more days!

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Just three more days until Episode 103 featuring the Steampunk Workshop! Make:TV first contacted me nearly two years ago to talk about doing a segment in and around my bus project.  I was enthusiastic, but after a couple of months of emailing back and forth, the producers I had

Maker Faire, Newcastle, UK 14-15 March 2009 – Huzzah!

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Last May’s MakerFaire in San Mateo was the highlight of 2008 for me! I had just about the best time of my life!  Now Maker Faire is coming to the U.K.! Ian writes: MakerFaire is coming to the UK as part of the Newcastle Science Festival on 14th/15th March

Dump Finds 1/10/09

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This weekend’s dump finds include yet another brass porch lamp, green felt for the bottom of my lamps, a small kerosene lamp (never lit!) and a pair of nautical models, both in sealed boxes, they are ALL WOOD models!  

Upcycling: Re-filling a Swiffer WetJet Bottle

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From Wikipedia: Upcycling is a component of sustainability in which waste materials are used to provide new products. It is generally a reinvestment in the environment. "Upcycling is the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value." This process allows