January 30th, 2010 Metapost

00.00.03 - Mark

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Tagged : art books clothing design tshirts

Retro style t-shirts for movies, music, comics, TV, even assorted companies exists, but I don't think I've seen t-shirts that are based on old book covers. Price is a little higher than I care to pay, but damn, they're worth looking at, especially if you're one of those people tht reads books. [via Cool Hunting]

Tagged : art clothing designs geek scifi tshirt

While I know that movies, tv shows, comics and music inspire all sorts of t-shirt designs, this group has stuck around in my head for a while now, as it's nearly perfect for a sci-fi movie loving geek. You'll (in most cases) know what movie the design was created for, with out it screaing what movie it's for. [via BoingBoing (if I'm remembering it right)]

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January 29th, 2010 Metapost

00.00.02 - Mark

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Tagged : brass goggles design gadgets steampunk watches

While I don't really wear steampunk stuff, I always find the style interesting, and these watches are particularly impressive. [via Brass Goggles]

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Scrapheap Table

23.54.02 - Mark

The 'Scrapheap' Table I converted a shipping pallet intoWhile scraps of this post once made it into my facebook accoun, it feels more like a time to write up a real post. More than a year ago I saw a DIY table project link on MAKE that caught my attention. The Pallet Coffee Table article offers some good advice on converting the shipping pallet with some cheap wood and a bit of concrete.

I thought about it for a couple weeks, but since I needed another table then, already had a couple unused shipping pallets, some unused concrete mix, and enough time to play with it, I decided to attempt it. Unfortunately I didn't take work in progress photos, so this isn't a great instructions page. I didn't keep a log book either, and this project, which started sometime in December 2008, still isn't really "finished" yet (I need to find a decent looking stain for the drawers I made for it)

The basics start with the pallet I choose. The smallest one I owned had boards extending past the main rails on both sides. Works when used for shipping stuff, but not so much for a table so the first step was to trim then down with a jig saw, then sand down all the visible parts well. In the inspiring article they didn't sand it much, but since my primary pallet was well covered with old paint and I was loosely aiming for an unstained, unpainted finish I sanded them until they were smooth (excluding the assorted damage it had taken)

Once sanded down, I cut and attached strips of 1/8" board in the empty spaces on top of the pallet. These were a little shorter than the entire pallet since I wanted them to be hidden in the concrete. I also added larger pieces of 1/8" in between the 1" x 4" rails under the top boards to increase the strength of the strip boards I added, as well as limit the amount of concrete falling though a few remaining gaps (I'll point out however, that I have a tendency to over engineer)
Results of the first attempt at putting concrete into the empty spaces
While it was ready for concrete I decided to add legs first. I tore apart the other pallet I had to use it's 1" x 4" rails to make four legs and two cross beams. Sanding them down and sawed them to size, then used a router to round off the corners. The tops of the legs were then trimmed to fit into gaps between boards on the bottom of the pallet. Since I'm not a great woodworker, a few angle brackets were all I needed to keep them in place.

About that time I started reconsidering the finished look of the table. While I would have been wine with the bare wood alone, adding harker grey concrete wouldn't look so nice, so I browsed though the unused stains I had access to, and settled on an orange stain. As best as I can remember I didn't want to accidentally paint or stain the concrete, so choose to stain the wood before adding the concrete. This works, but you need to make it a point to clean up that concrete as fast as possible when adding it.

One of my favorite spots on the table topOnce it was all stained it was time to add the concrete. I use a couple table clamps some of the scraps from the other dissected pallet to cap the sides of the empty spaces, mixed up some concrete, and then packed it in.

The concrete was a little challenging. While I've worked with it some before, I needed to use a good amount of pressure to make it wasn't leaving air pockets and in there enough that it wouldn't come out when I smoothed it. Even with my best attempts at smoothing it out, some of the concrete I applied is still a little rough, not enough than I feel like redoing yet again, but it may be worth looking into mixing your own mortar than using a bag of quickcrete for this kind of project.

With the concrete added I just left the table alone for a couple weeks, letting the concrete cure as best as possible. Off to the side I used some more 1/8" board and square dowels to make some drawers that fit where the fork spacers.

When I was about to call it finished (minus the drawers) it was suggested to put a few coats of polyurethane. On wood alone it seals and protects it, but since the cement, even in it's best places, still felt a little rough, we tested it some (away from the table) and decided it would help smooth the table top. A few coats and it at least dissipated the worst places and blends the appearance with wood a little.

Overall it's a worthwhile project. Keep some stuff out of the junk yards, learn some new building techniques, come away with a one of a kind table you enjoy. I'm even playing with the idea of making a couple more furniture items out of wooden pallets and assorted leftovers.

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January 21st, 2010 Metapost

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Tagged : chairs diy furniture geek MAKE projects reuse todo

While I've seen metal wire shopping carts converted into chairs (and a variety of other things) the idea of converting a plastic shopping cart into a chair (plus lamp and table) is new to me, plus it looks a bit cooler than most of the metal conversions. [via neatorama]

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January 18th, 2010 Metapost

00.00.03 - Mark

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Tagged : flash games puzzles tetris

A literally twisted version of Tetris, which makes it a fun little puzzle. It would be either more entertaining and/or more sickening if it was using the accelerometer on an iPhone / iPod touch to control it. [via BoingBoing]

Tagged : articles comics fiction ideas religion

I enjoy comics, but I'll admit that I never put alot of thought into the religions of the characters, from beliefs in the real world to created faiths created within their universe. And while the wide range itself is interesting, there are also notes on the religions of the creators. [via neatorama]

Tagged : animations funny ninja videos

Fun little video I found [via notcot]

Tagged : animation films funny movies scifi space

Somehow easy to find good little short films today, this one fits well aftr I watched Moon the other day [via Laughing Squid]

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Moon Rated 5.0 stars for Moon

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January 14th, 2010 Metapost

00.00.04 - Mark

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Tagged : animation gizmodo lego toys videos youtube

While it technically is advertising, it's a mixed animation / live action short film with a neat plot and a few tons of LEGO Bricks (you can guess who the advertiser is). Still a neat waste of 3 minutes [via Gizmodo]

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January 13th, 2010 Metapost

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Tagged : art cupcakes decoration food games geek

I've seen notes and link to this project, but I finally looked at it, and it's pretty awesome. Tons of games I've played (or should play sometime) represented by some gorgeous looking cupcakes.

Tagged : cogs entertainment fun games geek offworld puzzles steampunk

I'm not a huge gamer, but I find some that I love to kick back with, and Cogs looks like another toy to play with. Part tile puzzles, part mechanical parts, and all steampunk, its a nice way to use your brain. [via Offworld]

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Carry This

00.18.12 - Mark

It's always fun seeing where the mind wanders, and last night it wandered into beer bottle carriers.
Three Bottle Carrier Patented in 1957
It started as a quick mental though to see how much those bottle carriers cost. Since I started home brewing beer about this time last year, and give out some to friends those bottle carriers are a decent thing to have. Six pack carriers are simple to get - go to store that sells glass bottles of beverages and chances are it comes in a cardboard carrier. However, as a home brewer we may not want another breweries logo wrapped around a distributable brew of your own. A bit of spray paint can solve that problem, or if you develop finer tastes a store that lets you mix and match a 6 pack may offer carriers that yes, has a logo, but not one of a brewer's. If you're allergic to brand names of all varieties la Cayce Pollard (from William Gibson's Pattern Recognition) blank six pack carriers can be had for less than a dollar.

Now while I have uses for 6 pack carriers, if I'm giving friends home brew I'm not so sure about giving them a full six pack. Putting fewer in a carrier works but it feels a little cheap to be a gift.

The solution my mind targeted on was 4 pack carriers. While big name brewers seem to prefer multiples of 6, a microbrewery (and the ones that didn't forget that they were) may make something different enough that 4 packs make sense. The blanks versions also exist, but I wasn't finding luck in anything other than bulk. Per piece they're dirt cheap, but I don't brew enough to want a couple hundred carriers for nearly a thousand bottles.

So the next mind journey was a template for making one. Which is where the cool things started showing up. I didn't find digital templates to download and print, but got reminded that a reverse engineering approach would work in a pinch. Mostly suggested for those common 6 packs, but true too for a four pack.

The next little discovery was at one point in history a glorified cardboard box once was patented. Or rather multiple times. While I was googling around for a 4 pack template, Free Patents Online popped up with a patent for a collapsable four pack carrier that aims for minimal gluing and materials with a PDF of all it's diagrams and details. It also lists it's past resources, including other collapsable 4 packs, to older 6 pack designs, to a patent for a Three-bottle collapsible carrier - which as a geek I love. It appears unpurchasable, but it maybe worth making one for myself.

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January 10th, 2010 Metapost

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Tagged : funny MAKE trees videos youtube

What do you do with a christmas tree when December 26th rolls around? Well if santa can fly why can't the tree... [via MAKE]

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January 9th, 2010 Metapost

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Tagged : art engineering geodesic dome MAKE science tensegrity

While I've made a poor attempt at making a Tensegrity Tower this Tensegrity Geodesic Dome is mind blowing enought that I may make another attempt at a simple Tensegrity Tower. [via Dinosaurs and Robots]

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January 7th, 2010 Metapost

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Tagged : electronics evilmadscientist games ideas pong projects

So tempted to have one of these, esoecially if you incorporate parts of pinball machines to automate ball revovery and scoring...

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January 4th, 2010 Metapost

00.00.03 - Mark

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Tagged : blogs funny hacks MAKE sites thereifixedit todo

I think I started reading this blog back in June, but for various reasons I lost track of it. However I've rediscovered it and after catching up on the last 6 months, I'm right back to loving it. Lots of duct tape, bubble gum and baling wire, and a couple tons of trash, but it's a beautiful mix of funny "fixes", basic upcycling, creative problem solving and some neat art. Sometimes all of those combined...

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January 2nd, 2010 Metapost

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Tagged : ideas instructables MAKE projects todo toys

Looks like a fun little useless project. I may make something useless [via MAKE]

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December 31st, 2009 Metapost

00.00.03 - Mark

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Tagged : amusing flash games geeky mario mashup tetris

Mashup of Super Mario Brothers and Tetris. [via Neatorama]

Tagged : ads beer bikes funny videos

While I tend to pass over the big name commercial beers, this old Miller High Life commercial appeals to me in a few ways. [via Utility Cycling]

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