Tag Archives: instructables

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Six fun things to do with your new video camera

Did you get a video camera for Christmas? Wondering what cool projects you can use it for? I have some answers. Six, in fact.

Buy a sword. Attach it to the end.

Set yourself up as a first person shooter.

Do the (previously posted) third person car set up (language warning)

Attach the camera to a big helium balloon and send it into space (dizziness warning)

Follow this instructable and see yourself in third person. Computer game style.

I didn’t get a video camera for Christmas – but I did get one just before we went overseas. And I got a remote controlled helicopter (like every other male child adult this year). I don’t know how it would go if I attached one to the other… but here’s a purpose built cameracopter – that can be controlled by the power of iPhone. Which is awesome.

Get Stuffed: How to do mouse taxidermy

This is why I love instructables.

Step 1. “Procure Mice.” Awesome.

Here’s what you’ll need if you follow the steps through to the end.

Friends gave me a “Beginners Guide to Taxidermy” for a wedding present, it basically covered how to preserve your dead pets. It’s a cool book. Here’s a taste of the sort of stuff it features…

8-Bit Toast

Mmm, never eat raw toast again. Well, except for the bits you keep artistically bready in order to create this fantastically geeky breakfast art.

Instructions for building your own artistic toast makers can be found here at instructables.

Twix or treat

Instructables is a veritable goldmine of ideas – a repository of human ingenuity – a hotbed of innovation… I could go on. It’s brilliant. Particularly when somebody gives you the run down on how to produce your very own giant Twix.

The instructions are in some sort of Spanglish – but the pictures tell the story.

Ingredients
2 packages of cookie Maizena
1 package of caramel candy
2 pounds of chocolate to milk


From what I can gather you need chocolate, caramel and some biscuits – based on my experience with Twix, I’d say Milk Arrowroots would suffice…

Legway

Segways are our future. Gyroscopes will take over the world – South Park said so. The problem with Segways is that production is expensive – largely due to the inbuilt technology.

But now – the dream is attainable. A pedal powered segway, the legway, has been designed – and the instructions are here for the whole world to see.

Philosophical flatulence

If a man passes wind in his office chair and Twitter is there to hear it – would you listen?

One of the things I was taught at uni was that a lot of technological innovation is driven by the adult entertainment industry. Video cassettes, the Internet, and glossy magazine printing technology have all benefited from hundreds of millions (perhaps billions) of dollars of investment from the industry. I thought that was interesting.

I also think it’s interesting that in the “open source” era so many applications of new technology are being driven by toilet humour. Particularly a fascination with flatulence. One of the most downloaded iPhone applications (and I don’t have it) is iFart – it’s basically a portable whoopie cushion with the full natural gas sound spectrum available at the push of a button. Enlightening. Really. It says so much about the human condition.

I’m delighted today to have discovered an all new low in the use of technology for the purposes of toilet humour… Here’s a description:

The Twittering office chair “tweets” (posts a Twitter update) upon the detection of natural gas such as that produced by human flatulence. This is part of my commitment to accurately document and share my life as it happens.

Here’s the detailed instructions for how to build your own… and here’s the OfficeChair’s Twitter account so you can follow the farts in real time. Hooray.

Say goodbye to the Allen Key

This funky piece of furniture (I’m not sure what it is… bookshelves I think) has the added bonus of being completely and utterly sustainable. And possibly green – because it saved some trees. Assembly is slightly more complex than your average IKEA piece. It’s made from cardboard. Cardboard you might find lying around your house, or in recycling bins.

You can learn how to make your own cardboard furniture here.

There, I must have an environmental bone in my body afterall. Somewhere near the funny bone.

Very useful websites

I have been trawling the internet a little bit today – I’m in limbo on a couple of work related projects and I came across these two sites (well dad pointed me to one of them) – that are possibly the coolest sites on the internet. I can’t believe I hadn’t found them before. 

This one – is a series of step by step instructions to just about everything – from uber geeky through to ultra practical

This one – is mostly geeky but all about improving productivity and functionality of our tech filled lives. There’s also an Australian version