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I Shot the Mailman: Check Out This Giant .44 Magnum Mailbox

Gun Mailbox

Roger Buchko wants mailmen and delivery guys to pull the trigger every time they stuff his mail into the barrel of his giant .44 Magnum revolver mailbox. The massive letterbox–all 350 pounds of it–is set up prominently on his front lawn. Its barrel is made from PVC pipe and the entire thing is held into place by its even heavier 1,200-pound base.

Roger, who is a semi-retired cabinet maker, is a gun rights supporter, but he didn’t build the mailbox to make some sort of political statement. Rather, he decided to make it after seeing similar designs posted online. Or so, he says.Continue Reading

DIY Gadget To Spray Paint Surveillance Cameras


In a world where every digital word is scanned by a potentially overzealous algorithm, it can be risky even telling you folks about a product whose main usage scenario is generally illegal. So we’ll preface by saying that you definitely shouldn’t make the “surveillance camera spraypaint boomstick gadget” pictured above, no matter how much you think that new camera they installed on your block shouldn’t be there. But if you’re going to spraypaint a camera anyway, at the very least don’t get yourself killed by using an unstable ladder. This DIY gadget is fairly easily made at home, with step by step instructions from Chinese activist Al Weiwei.

These instructions are included in a fairly old book called “Do It: The Compendium”, which began to be compiled by Hans Ulrich Obrist back in 1993 as an experiment into open-ended, instruction-based, DIY art; the artist would provide the steps but the ‘art’ itself would be constructed by the motivated observer. Fast forward 20 years, and some sections seem appropriately relevant in today’s current events context.

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Big Shot Digicam Comes In Assemble-Yourself Kit


Watching hordes of American children fail at knowing that chips came from potatoes and that eggs came from chicken while watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution was shocking and eye opening. Granted the kids were young and would eventually learn (hopefully), but it made you realize that you do have to put some effort into getting people to figure out that stuff can be made from… other stuff. The Big Shot digital camera you see above is the brainchild of Shree Naya who believes that the best way to get children and adults of all ages to learn how it works is to get them to assemble it before they can use it. It’s a fully functioning digicam, with a “3-megapixel sensor, a 1.4-inch LCD screen, plus three lenses for different shooting modes (normal, 3D and panorama).” We’re not convinced you’ll produce prize worthy captures with it, but you will at least be relatively smarter than you were before you got started. It’s $89.

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‘I Used To Be a Washing Machine': Artist Turns Broken Appliances Into Chairs

Washing Machine Chair

Most people just throw out appliances that conked out rather than shell out some cash for repairs because the former seems like the more economical choice compared to the latter. But instead of sending your old appliances to the junk yard, why don’t you let your creative juices take over and turn it into something else that you can still use?

That’s what industrial art designer Antonina did with her project called “I used to be a washing machine.”

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Onion Pi Could Help You Remain Anonymous On The Internet


Worried about all the NSA spying? You’re a law abiding citizen but are incensed that your browsing habits are being recorded and analyzed, in possible violation of your constitutional rights? There are ways to make that tracking more difficult (though, fair warning, possibly not impossible) with the DIY project pictured above. It’s called the Onion Pi, uses a Raspberry Pi, a USB WiFi adapter and access to TOR to give you access to potentially anonymous surfing.

Browse anonymously anywhere you go with the Onion Pi Tor proxy. This is fun weekend project that uses a Raspberry Pi, a USB WiFi adapter and Ethernet cable to create a small, low-power and portable privacy Pi. Using it is easy-as-pie. First, plug the Ethernet cable into any Internet provider in your home, work, hotel or conference/event. Next, power up the Pi with the micro USB cable to your laptop or to the wall adapter. The Pi will boot up and create a new secure wireless access point called Onion Pi. Connecting to that access point will automatically route any web browsing from your computer through the anonymizing Tor network.

The link below brings you to a page that sells a pack with all the parts you need for the project. It’s $95, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Tor foundation. But yeah, you still have to put it together yourself.

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Light Up Lightsaber Knitting Needles


It’s pretty amazing the kinds of things you can make with knitting needles. But it’s not just the resulting craftwork that can look good; your needles themselves could use a little livening up. The Light Saber Knitting Needles pictured above are made from acrylic and feature an LED at the base. That material was chosen because it focuses and extends the light the diode emits, so it’s perfect for the intended effect. Of course they’ll look better in the dark, but who stitches in the dark?

If you want your own, you’re unfortunately going to have to make them. The link below points to an Instructables page with specific steps for this awesome DIY.

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The Ziploc Jacket is the Perpetual Snacker’s Dream

Ziploc Jacket

A jacket sown entirely from Ziplocs won’t keep you warm at night or keep you dry when there’s a storm raging outside. However, it can let you snack to your heart’s content because after all, you are wearing a bag made from Ziplocs.

Obviously, it’s not recommended to fill any of the bags with liquids of any kind at all, even though you might use Ziplocs to store wet leftovers or snacks in your fridge at home. What it’s great for, though, are sandwiches, candy, pretzels, Pop-Tarts, chocolate, and chips.

The jacket became viral after Tumblr blogger Jaya wrote about how one of her friends put together the Ziploc jacket.

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Do-It-Yourself Mjölnir: Thor’s Hammer Plus a Tesla Coil Equals 80,000 Volts of Fun

Thor's Hammer

Without his hammer, Thor is pretty much just an average guy. His Mjölnir gives him power and it seems like he’s just lost without it. If you thirst for power like that of Thor’s, then here’s a bit of good news: you can now make your own Mjölnir. You won’t suddenly develop god-like good looks or grow hulking muscles, but you will have a hammer that’s capable of emitting 80,000 volts of electricity at your disposal.

Behind the DIY Mjölnir are Caleb Kraft from Hackaday and Tesla coil expert Staci Elaan. The hammer was basically constructed by embedding a Tesla coil into a foam pop. At the push of a button, 80,000 volts of electricity are emitted and arc from the top of the hammer.

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RC Car With Raspberry Pi As Brain Can Be Controlled From Anywhere In The World


RC cars are fun to play with, but they’re usually limited by the range of the controller’s antenna. The small size of the Raspberry Pi make it an ideal component with which to play around and try to extend that range from a few hundred feet to anywhere on the planet. On IBM’s WebSphere Application Server development community site, some engineers have posted a home-made RC car with the Pi in charge of steering, and accelerating, all done through WiFi. The setup is fully self-contained, with the battery powering the diminutive computer as well as the car itself. As long as the Pi is receiving a strong Wi-Fi signal from somewhere and you know how to configure port forwarding, you can drive this thing from anywhere on the planet. Heck, you could possibly even drive it from the International Space Station.

This is, of course, just a project and not a commercial application. But knowing it can be done is a good first step towards an era of universally controllable toy cars, which in our opinion would totally rock.

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