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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
8:21 pm
Bristlebot on Ebay.
So, I put a bristlebot kit up for auction on eBay. Want one? Item 140211016549
Monday, December 3rd, 2007
3:24 pm
Vintage bags + Xmas ornaments + gifts on Etsy!!! Shop diy!
New stuff on my ETSY including truly AWESOME WOW unique VINTAGE leather bags:

Buy Handmade

row by row:
*vintage / technokeychains
*arm/wrist-warmers / earmuffs
*Novelty Items

I have over 50 items for sale + many vintage Xmas decorations to come, & rush shipping available to US & Canada!!! Get some handmade / vintage gifts this season!!! Avoid the mall! Pollute less! Dont give your hard-earned $$ to corporations whose CEO's wouldnt even looked if you were down on the sidewalk asking for help!!! Buy from human people!!! Thanks!!!
Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
11:31 pm
I'm just putting a little shout out to ask people:

Quite a simple question, no right or wrong answers... just doing a bit of research for a project i'm doing associated with Leeds Met University for the 'Situation Leeds '07' project and your answer may be included on a website.

e-mail me your answer to:-


by April 1st

thanks , Rachael
Sunday, February 18th, 2007
2:38 pm
posting a project on behalf of The Man From Icon...
a project from...


minimalism on the streets!****************

“Anyone can make a monochrome. Most of us probably have made one at some time or another, although we wouldn’t necessarily have recognised it. And we wouldn’t necessarily need to have made one, as most of the time we are already surrounded by ready-made monochromes of various shapes and sizes. The world is full of unintended, sometimes accidental, often temporary, and mostly unnoticed monochromes…Every city is a museum of the inadvertent monochrome”
David Batchelor, In bed with the monochrome.
From an Aesthetic point of view, Philosophy, Art and the Senses.
Edited by Peter Osborne. Serpent’s Tail, 2000

Send me a photo of found, ready-made monochrome from your city, town or village, along with details or where and when you found it plus any miscellaneous details you think are interesting. It could be an unused, painted over or papered over billboard or sign, side of a truck, fence round a construction site, side of a building, anything, any colour. The only rule is that you can’t have made it yourself.

send real stuff to
the man from icon, flat 3, 56 brunswick road, hove, bn3 1dh, uk
send digital stuff to
deadline: 30th june 2007 || download pdf of details here || documentation to all
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
1:33 pm
new here and i need creative people.

i'm a visual artist from Manchester uk and i though you may be interested in taking part a project which will get your work shown in the UK.
Heres more info...

project summary* I LOVE MY CITY:urban identites

We all have a personal identity with the city in which we live in or near too, weather its a favourite building, street or landmark, personal or unique experience, memory or event, or it's just that we have a love of where we grew up and each individual as their own social history with their home city.

To investigate this further I am calling for people to send me a personal visual representation of their home city in any medium through the postal system.
This could include:
Found object
List of words
.....anything goes. ..... no size restriction at present.

DEADLINE: 31/12/2006

Each piece of mail that is sent to me will appear in an exhibition in February 2007 in Salford, England. Each persons name and location will appear next to the sent work.

If you would like to take part in this project by sending me mail please e-mail artyrach@hotmail.com for my postal address.
If you would like to send an item that you think will cost a lot to send i can pay you back for the postage once the item has arrived.

thanks, rachael

Current Mood: creative
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
8:41 pm
technologial keychains
Hi!! I'm not sure if this will qualify as "awesome" but since there was "computer parts" in the community's interests... who knows? & I do have many other awesome projects going on, including a local zine I'm leaving copies of in public places around my city [there are NO zines here - this is very challenging]... so I AM an awesome-project-making person :)

I am very broke & trying to raise some money by making & selling things so I have been creative & used what I had around me : I made those funky technological key-chains using dead RAM memory bars from computers my boyfriend repaired or thrifted/dumpster-dived.

I’ve had some [rather rude] people say this was « lame » in other communities [like crafting communities, etc…] I dont think these are lame, I think they are pretty cool & I gave some to friends who thought so as well and I kept one myself to use! I agree that they werent very long to make [duh] and I usually make stuff a little more creative/crafty than this, but I used what was at hand and dare I say I think it’s a pretty good idea & has some style [in a geeky way :) ]! I thought this may interest some of you since there is « computer parts » in this community’s interests.

Each has a regular metal key loop & can hold keys like any normal keychain. They are sturdy, lightweight & easy to find in your purse / messenger bag front pocket because of their practical shape. They are all about 3 inches long and vary slightly in width [3/4 inch to 1 inch] but they are all metallic green with a varying number of little black boxes & different patterns.

Each goes for 7$ US postage paid
If this interests you please buy one & help a starving artist survive ;)

Paypal to girl_w_cat@yahoo.com

If you do think it’s lame, there is no need to waste your time & mine by commenting to say it… just scroll past & please dont be rude.
Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, August 10th, 2006
4:41 am

A chair we have had at my parents house for years, i convinced my brother to let me reupholster it with the leftover fabric i had from the hassock fan i re-did the other week.

Click here for more info on the RebuildCollapse )
Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
9:41 pm
Ministry Of Information strikes again
Aren't you happy your government is protecting you — from me?

Wired reports that the jack-booted storm troopers are after United Nuclear again.

I've been meaning to place my first order with them for a long time, and this spurred me to action. Maybe I'll go work for them when I've got more free time.

Just so you'll know (I'm sure the Government already does), I've ordered the following:
  • Rare-Earth Element Set
  • Beryllium, 1 gram ball
  • Bismuth Metal, 16 oz.
  • Calcium Metal, 1 oz.
  • Magnesium Ribbon, roll
  • Rocket Nozzle Mix, 8 oz.
  • Uranium Metal Chunks, 5 grams
  • Zinc Sulfide (activated), 5 gm.
  • Phosphorescent Powder, 1 oz.
  • 1/2" Dia x 1/8" Thick, (9/32" hole) Ring NdFeB Magnet
  • 1/4" Dia x 1/2" Long Rod NdFeB Magnet
  • 1/2" Sphere NdFeB Magnet

  • Cross-posted in ferrocene and awesomeprojects

    Current Mood: annoyed
    Monday, December 5th, 2005
    12:27 am
    Here is a quick little project that could be a great gift idea.
    I posted this blog entry Nov. 22. This community looks like a good place to add this little bit of home fabrication. Enjoy.

    The drug store CVS has a disposable digital camcorder for $30 that takes 20 minutes or so of video. You are then supposed to return said disposable camcorder to the store, pay $13 more to get a DVD of your 20 minutes and they keep the camera. While this may sound like a good idea to some, I think fabricating a USB cable, downloading the right free Mac software and reusing the disposable camera sounds better! Don't worry there is a PC Version too. I have been reading about this for a while and was really interested in doing it. It is great to have a $30 knock-around camcorder. I find that the stuff worth recording is usually done in places you would never bring an expensive camera. Now I have a cool little toy to bring skiing & any other places I can think-up trouble.

    Following these instructions, I was able to make a great cable out of an old USB cable I wasn't using and a centronics connector I got from CNA(item #85-536). The cable itself is not pretty but it works without any trouble. I enjoyed making this & now I have a great little camera. If you want to do this, I found a great wiki on how to hack both the CVS still camera & the camcorder.

    UPDATE 12/4/05 If you really want to make this your own, don't forget to customize it. When you peel off the stickers on the CVS camera there are just four small philips screws holding this little camera together and then two more black wide headed philips screws holding the main PC board on to the front half of the housing. Be careful with the four pronged power connector on the bottom left on the PC board when you are prying the camera out of the front half of the housing. With just a little work, you will find it is very easy to dismantle, paint, and make it your own!

    Current Mood: working
    Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
    7:32 pm
    First post and what not.
    Right now I’m working on an organic farm that is the rural site for Growing Home, a job skills and readiness program for ex-homeless and low-income people. The trainees come out from Chicago twice a week, and the farm staff works out here about five and a half days a week.

    The urban site is at the Su Casa CW House in Back of the Yards, Chicago, where the trainees work another two days a week. They also work in turn at the farmers' markets with other staff members in the Lincoln Park and Hyde Park neighborhoods in Chicago. The rest of our produce is sold on site, or through a 40-share Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

    It's pretty slick. http://www.growinghomeinc.org

    Current Mood: okay
    Wednesday, May 4th, 2005
    11:42 am
    hi, i just joined because this is one of the best idea's for a community ever! a little about myself, my name is heather and i live in a little place called sacto, california. expect lots of projects...

    this just happens to be the only one i have an immediate photo of at the time. we built this out of a found fire hose, and it was very sturdy and very fun until the landlord showed up and had a fit. but it still exsists, in the backyard of course.
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    Wednesday, April 27th, 2005
    11:49 am
    A taste of what's to come...
    Okay, so props to Nick for making this group. Its a great idea. I don't really know where to start, so I'll start with the death pogo-stick.

    My boss gave me about 15 springs for a trampoline last summer. I was going to double-spring the tramp we had over at riverside for more kick, but those campus safety assholes stole it. So I decided to make a pogo stick that could go 10 feet up out of it.

    The other day, i finally started working on it. First i try to put weights on the springs so I could calculate the spring coeffient, which ended up as me and Cory just fucking hanging off two of them in parallel and measuring the displacement. The results were pretty shitty, and suggested that I would need about 30 or 40 to obtain my goal, so i said fuck it and designed a stick out of 6, all in parallel.

    That night, i went over to the Human Powered Vehicle cage and took out extra metal, 3/4 and 1" chromoly tubing, .05" wall thickness (i think) The basic design just had footbars, handlebars, and triangles under the feet. These were both to go onto the 1". then the 3/4 inch would slide inside this outer tube and be connected to the springs. Since the springs were tension springs, i had no choice but to have them at the top, firing up towards your chest. Deadly

    Took about an hour to cut everything to the right lengths, maybe two hours to weld. I used the schools Tig machine, which was pretty nice. I was originally planning on cutting the feet and hand pegs with hole saws so they fit flush, but i just fucking filled it with filler instead. Both Rage and Cory cut for me, and hung with me while I welded. My favorite weld was the attachments for the springs. I just used like 6 pieces of 1/8 inch steel, all 1" by 1", and tached them all around the perimeter of the 1" diameter tubing. There was so much gap. So i just fucking laid a huge ass bead around the whole thing.

    Attaching the springs was hella-hard, especially since i kept putting the springs through the wrong wholes since i am dumb. Bill Burns and Joe Compagno helped for that, with Rage and Cory, i think. i don't remember. Anyhoo, the stick only lasted for like three bounces before the bottom of the 3/4 inch diameter stuff just bent hard. i shoulda used solid stuff for the bottom.

    The next day, i cut the bottom off above the crease, bought a threaded solid rod to slide into the 3/4, and added a 3/4 around the bare part of the rod. Welded that on, and she rides like a dream.

    There is no weight limit, it bottoms out to avoid over-stretching the springs. 160-200 lbs works best. Only goes like two feet up though, as predicted. The center is fucking deadly. I showed it to my Integrated Design teacher, who basically paid for it since i used all Human Powered Vehicle metal and tools. Well, it basically was a HPV, so i guess thats okay. Anyhoo, he tried hoping on it, while wearing dress shoes and a shirt+tie. I thought it would be a disaster, but it worked out just fine.

    Well, thats it for now. Tons coming, when i feel like it.
    Sorry my camera sucks


    The End
    Wednesday, April 20th, 2005
    11:53 pm
    Project: Awesome
    So yes. Awesome project. A friend and I are planning on [each] building one of these synthesizers in a few weeks. For $30, you can buy the PCB to solder all the parts on, and it gives you a step by step description of how to build it. Additionally, you can do a little more wiring, and add a patchbay to modularize the whole thing. Also also, there's a mod on there to hook the synth up to be controlled by other devices via control voltage (recommended 9v max); we're probably going to wind up building some nice theremins, but he's got some vintage keyboards that have CV outs, as well. It's a kickass moderate-level diy project for people intested in music and electronics!
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