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Quadrotor Nanocopter Robot Swarm

Take twenty hand-sized quadcopters and sync them up to fly in autonomous configurations that would make the most fearless pilot anxious. This is the future of aerial technology — from construction to surveillance to robotic warfare.

My notes and information about the ATT Free Msg: Your data usage is among the top 5% of users. Data speeds for this bill cycle may be reduced.

(Note: if AT&T’s throttling is affecting you too, please follow me on twitter as I’ll be continuing to broadcast my investigation there) Looks like AT&T has a new system to rid itself of the remaining unlimited data plan accounts: throttling. Last month, I got…

Free Workbench Plans – The $175 Homemade Workbench

Need a workbench for your shop, something solid that will likely last longer than you will? Something you can do serious woodworking on? Mount a vice? Build shelves and cabinets and a crib for the new baby? Well, be prepared to plunk down a…

Upcoming Kenmore Blogger Summit Visit – And a Chance to Win Some Prizes

I’m pretty excited to be heading to Chicago next weekend (Jan 20/21, 2012) to meet with the bigwigs at Kenmore and hear about some of the new things that they are getting up to. They’ll be flying me and a few others out and…

Illustrated Map of Los Angeles from 1932, a Note about the Perry-Castañeda Map Library, and the Award-Winning US Map by David Imus

I’m a huge map nerd and a history buff, so finding this illustrated layout of early Los Angeles (the city I’m currently living in and exploring) is like unearthing an ancient treasure map of fun discoveries. Los Angeles is an interesting place as it…

That Time I Shot a Pumpkin Thief With a Pumpkin Cannon (no, not really)

About a year and a half ago I helped some producer friends shoot a “punkin chunkin” themed segment of a popular cable TV show. I had initially talked with them about building a catapult for the scene, but they were able to locate a…

The DIY Princess Leia-Style Vapor Screen ‘Hologram’ Projection System by Chris Weisbart

If you like DIY tech stuff, make sure to follow me on twitter — thanks! My pal Chris Weisbart is a huge inspiration. Creatively minded, handy in any workshop, great cook, loves surfing at 6:00am, and always able to get a room full of…

Crazy Deal: Stanley FatMax Tape Measure and Bonus Boxcutter for $5 from Lowes

The most used tool on any TV show I’ve done: the tape measure. And yet, it was the tool that our promotional suppliers seemed to send the least of. There were never enough, they were always getting lost or misplaced or borrowed by someone…

The Fastest, Cheapest, Dirtiest Earbud Hack To Keep Your Headset In Place When Running and Doing Sports

A little bit of rubbery glue (let it dry first!) on the back of your earbuds will keep them seated solid during any sweaty exercise you can throw their way.

Red Epic Camera on Octocopter – Aerial Filming Movie Rig

Helicopter-mounted cameras open up some interesting shot possibilities to DP’s and directors. With a remote control flying camera, you can do bigger moves than with a jib or crane, as well as aerial follow shots that might otherwise require a full-size helicopter — if a…