This is a peek into the passion that drives makers, hackers, and other victims of gizmological obsession. Versions of this have been widely quoted over the years and it becomes cyclically relevant as I dive into new projects, so I decided to add it to my archives. It is available in hardcopy as part of my Reaching Escape…

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I wrote this piece after spending quite a bit of time designing an automated solution to a messy problem: distributing tonnage on a boat in such a way that she remains balanced in longitudinal, transverse, and vertical axes. Marine architects made this issue abundantly clear when I was first designing the Microship, so my geeky…

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Early in the BEHEMOTH project, we developed this “poor man’s composite” technique. Over the years it has been one of the most popular pages on my site, so I’ve moved it into these archives to be part of the timeline. Want to know how to build arbitrary structures cheaply, using corrugated cardboard, hot glue, and…

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