Friday: gateway to tinkering with stuff

It’s Friday! And it was payday at Nameless Employer, which means a small group of us go for Thai food at lunch.

Which has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with what I did when I got home after work.

Despite …

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Checking the Tweets…

And now a few tweets from our fearless leader:

My little pal Bor and his dad were fooling around with a battery-powered flashlight and created this: http://flic.kr/p/8nCDjF #fun

Five years in a scanner-mounted ant-colony – life=art: http://bit.ly/apA0Aa #clever

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The Summer of Danger(ous) Things, continued

My predecessor as guest blogger, Deb Nies, has published Part IX of her and her tween’s exploration of Fifty Dangerous Things (you should let your children do) on Examiner.com.

Go, read about using a knife and then throwing a …

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Keeping the sense of wonder… and why that’s good.

We’re going to start off this one with a great piece of video: Adam Savage’s TED talk about making his own dodo bird skeleton out of Sculpey and his obsession with making a dead-nuts-accurate copy of The Maltese Falcon

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On the nature of feedback

Everyone wants to get a little attaboy/attagirl for their efforts every now and then. Some little acknowledgement from the boss/parent/spouse/kid that “hey, what you did there was pretty cool”.

But what if what you do, while certainly important, isn’t …

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Hey, it’s Guest Blogger #2!

Mellow greetings, fellow travelers.

Okay, so I’m not really a terribly mellow person. I’m Jim Crider, mechanical engineer, car guy, and genetically-engineered tinkerer. Some may know my nom de net AutoJim from various and sundry places, but I’m …

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Summer dangers: Dress the kids in bubblewrap?

I received an email from Parenting.com yesterday with the huge headline, “11 SUMMER DANGERS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM!” Well, course, I just had to find out immediately what was included in  the list of eleven.

Complete …

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#34 Deconstruct an Appliance?

Here’s a fascinating short video of Bill Hammack, the Engineer Guy, “playfully” taking a look at how a copier works. This should inspire the kids to investigate Dangerous Thing #34 – Deconstruct an Appliance.

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They don’t make danger like they used to


Really? Climbing Trees is now considered a dangerous childhood activity? Puh-lease! My middle-aged friends and I laugh in the face of your danger, and we’ll go on record to say that they don’t make danger the way they used …

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Gever’s at Tinkering School


While Gever’s away at Tinkering School, I have the honor this week of being Guest Blogger #1. My name is Deb Nies, and I am a freelance writer and the mom of a tween daughter named Hannah.

I regularly …

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