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Friday, March 24, 2006

This is Fun!

Wow, this is all very cool! I got a subscription to Make some time back from a very special someone who knows my brain like no one else. When I received my first issue , I was like, 'Holy Crap!' Someone just decided to make a magazine for little 'ol me. It was like they used me as the sole participant in a focus group for DIY and then started this magazine.'....and so I read from front to back marveling and people's ingenuity and creativity. And then there were instructions! Good ones , too... I realized I'm not the only one who does this. Yay!I was psyched like mad!

There are thousands of people like me who just...make stuff. OK, so I'm a little new at the web as it relates to the DIY movement so please forgive my exuberance. I just find it so cool that I can connect with people doing these things as well
as get raw information on someone's making process.

Others are in on this, too, adopting the same DIY paradigm for crafts as well as for gadgets. In Austin,TX we have the Craft Mafia and Sublime Stiching as my favorite examples of this. I just learned to use a sewing machine recently and have used this skill to make my mom a Christmas stocking.

There's also this Finnish woman who is doing some kind of doctoral thesis on this. Here's a link to her thoughtful blog.

So thanks to Bre Pettis and Make magaine for peeking into my little stringed high-voltage world.


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4:58 PM  
Blogger Shannon Lucas said...

Hey Seven, saw you mentioned on the MAKE: Blog. I didn't know you were a mad scientist too?


7:15 PM  
Blogger Seven said...

Hey Shannon,
Good to hear from you! I don't know if
I can officially be called "Mad" unless I have a full blown lab but making high voltage things in an efficiency apartment is kind of mad isn't it? I'm actually really careful with this stuff and have protocols that I use as well as a fire extiguisher and witnesses when I plug in.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Shannon Lucas said...

I haven't done any high voltage stuff in a while. I used to have this fantasy of building a compact plasma drive for a (large) model rocket. Then I realized how much energy it takes to turn a gas into real plasma. Then I found out about magnetohydrodynamics but got too lazy to wind coils.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Seven said...

Winding Coils? I made a coil winder using a drill to make guitar pickups
That magnetohydrodynamics stuff is intense! I'd never heard of it until you mentioned it. I'm off to the kitchen to wrap my refrigerator in giant coils of magnet wire to see what brews.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Shannon Lucas said...

Here's an EHD device...similar to MHD but without the coils (except in the power supply). Came across it today somewhere.

There's a construction guide here:

3:29 PM  

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