Dave-o Demoing the $10 Electric Guitar at Maker Faire Detroit

David | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
(Warning, I flub the riff pretty terribly when I play it the second time, with the fuzztone engaged.)

You can build one of these, too; it’s Project 13 in Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids (save 35% if you use the coupon code MAKEMORE when you order; good ’til Xmas).

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Beer and Boomerangs Launch Party ACHIEVED!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped make the Beer and Boomerangs Book Launch a success! Despite the seasonal midwestern cold and darkness, we enjoyed three hours of beer, wine, salty snacks, boomerangs, rocking out on the $10 Electric Guitar & Thunderdrum, and kid-based bedlam–including ad hoc rolling chair bumper car races.
We’re still celebrating the holiday season:
1) Now through Xmas save 35% when you order the book directly from the publisher, No Starch Press, using the coupon code MAKEMORE
2) We’ve released another sample project as a free download: Project 18: Cardboard Boomerangs. You’ll be making and throwing in minutes, esp. if you download these Print-n-Snip Boomerang templates (work great with cereal boxes)

Book Launch Party: Beer and Boomerangs on December 3!

The official Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred book launch party is December 3 from 6 to 8pm at the Workantile Exchange (118 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104)

  • FREE beer and family-friendly refreshments!
  • Hang out with Dave-o himself!
  • Check out projects from the book!
  • Build, tune, fly, and keep FREE cardboard boomerangs!
    December 3 is also Midnight Madness throughout downtown Ann Arbor, so the streets will be lively with free music, jugglers, fire eaters, and crazy-awesome deals at lots of shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes!
    RSVP via Facebook, or email me at dave[AT]davideriknelson[DOT]com, or just show up and have fun!

OMFG the books are printed!

No Starch Press and Malloy (the printer, right here in Ann Arbor, Michigan) have made a superawesome book out of the jumbled mess of ill-lit pics and typos I produced–and you can order it directly from the publisher at a 35% discount with this coupon code: MAKEMORE (good until the end of December).
(UPDATE: As of 2014-ish Malloy is now Edwards Brothers Malloy. They no longer print my book for No Starch, but they are still rad and still right here in Ann Arbor, MI,)

Ill-advised airplane bathroom craft projects

The Things He Carried – Magazine – The Atlantic

“The whole system is designed to catch stupid terrorists,” Schnei er told me. A smart terrorist, he says, won’t try to bring a knife aboard a plane, as I had been doing; he’ll make his own, in the airplane bathroom. Schnei er told me the recipe: “Get some steel epoxy glue at a hardware store. It comes in two tubes, one with steel dust and then a hardener. You make the mold by folding a piece of cardboard in two, and then you mix the two tubes together. You can use a metal spoon for the handle. It hardens in 15 minutes.”