The Kurdish Homemade Tanks May Look Funny But They're No Joke

There's been a lot of attention on the internet recently to the funny-looking home-made tanks Kurdish forces have been building to help with their fight against ISIS, or ISIL, or whatever we call that pack of assholes. Most of that attention has been, frankly, ridicule. I'm not so sure that ridicule is warranted here. » 9/29/14 5:07pm 9/29/14 5:07pm

Hero Dad Builds An Amazing Interactive Spaceship For His Son's Bedroom

MAKE Magazine's Jeff Highsmith wanted to build his 4-year-old son an interactive model of an Apollo spacecraft. The result was the surprisingly complex play area seen here – but to really appreciate the thought and effort that went into this project, you really must watch the making-of video. Seriously, this'll blow… » 8/01/14 2:26pm 8/01/14 2:26pm

Not all tools are meant to be heirlooms

We all love finely made tools. Dad's old socket set. A nice crescent wrench pilfered from the tool kit of a long-forgotten motorcycle. These are not those tools. These are the knock-around and throwaway kinda tools you need to have close at hand when you just want a project finished, and you might not have known it,… » 7/22/14 2:06pm 7/22/14 2:06pm

How to Change a Flat Tire in Canada in Three Easy Steps

Yeah, this is pretty long. I'm pretty sure that I overdid it. Maybe you'll enjoy it, maybe you won't. Whatever. I'm not going to edit it now, but I hope you like it. It's a mostly-true recent experience of mine, and I just had to share it. Most of the blue links are Canuck references for y'all, eh.

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How to Build a Heads-Up Display for Your Car

Heads-up displays (transparent displays that let drivers see data without looking down) are built-in on some modern luxury cars, but if you're not lucky enough to have one, here's how to make your own. It's a relatively cheap and easy project, but you'll need some soldering experience and familiarity with Arduino. » 8/14/13 11:24am 8/14/13 11:24am

Monitor Your CPU With A Real Tachometer

Whether you're a tinkerer with a custom rig, or you just aren't sure why your computer's fans are running, checking your CPU usage is a pretty common task. Instead of using a boring on-screen activity monitor though, you can hook up your machine to a car tachometer for constant feedback. » 7/27/13 3:51pm 7/27/13 3:51pm

Replace Your Car's Gear Shift with a Gaming Joystick

If you want to add a little geeky flair to your car (and elicit laughter from anyone who rides shotgun) this quick project is a good use for an old or broken flight stick: Pop off the shift cover in your car's center console and replace it with a joystick. It may not add functionality, but it'll make driving more fun. » 7/12/13 8:50am 7/12/13 8:50am

High School Student Builds Working Submarine: Possibly Wants to Defect

A high school sub usually means your teacher's sick and you get a free period to screw around. But for one student, its meaning is a little more literal. Eighteen-year-old Justin Beckerman could be considered the reincarnation of Thomas Edison. In his brief life, Justin's created a remote controlled cleaning machine,… » 5/24/13 1:18pm 5/24/13 1:18pm