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Time travel Tuesday #timetravel a look back at the Adafruit, maker, science, technology and engineering world


Road? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. – Dr. Emmett Brown. Here’s a look back at the maker world and beyond!


Pt 10725

Ask an engineer – vinyl cutter night!

@MAKE – Kindle Unswindle — how to remove the DRM from your purchased books.



Adafruit has an offsite, Ladyada climbs 🙂

An overview back when Sparkfun had free days. Animatronics

@ Hack-a-day – Animatronics reference.



@ MAKE – Made in Japan.


@Hack-a-day – How-to: Prepare your Eagle designs for manufacture. 3195339434 62240E4F88 Z

Adafruit starts to release the IceTube clock.


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Using terminal blocks w/Boarduino.


@MAKE – Bre Pettis leaves MAKE, goes to Etsy, then a TV pilot, then MakerBot.


@Hack-a-day – Bluetooth headset for PSP/PS2.


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New DigiKey site.

@MAKE – HOW TO – Use a driver’s license as an Ableton Live MIDI controller.


@ Hack-a-day – Lazy psp player (automatic woodchopper).



@MAKE – HOW TO – Make lock picks (videos)


@ Hack-a-day – DIY Fig rig.

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Ladyada working on boarduino 2.



@ Hack-a-day – overclock your calculator. 3384857 21D7727705 O

Segway technology on stage.

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Ladyada’s pink bike.

Way Back In Time…



 On January 19, 1915, an American patent was issued to Parisian George Claude for a “System of Illuminating by Luminescent Tubes,”  also known as neon lights.



On January 14, 1861, the first patent for a safety elevator “called a ‘hoisting apparatus’ in the application) was granted to Elisha Otis from Yonkers.


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Oh, Benjamin Franklin, first great American paradigm-maker. He created the first insurance company.  And the first fire station.  And fiddled with keys in lightning storms (as our first grade teacher would have it).  Could he be called the first great American hacker?  He certainly did have a way of thinking differently.  Many of his inventions were ignored or discarded for decades before their use was realized.  He “discovered” the Gulf Stream, by researching maritime travel times, contributed to research of general effects of liquefaction on electrolytes.  If only we could send him an Arduino…


An illustration from Fuch’s text: De historia stirpium commentarii insignes

Leonhart Fuchs, the father of botany and origin of the name for fuchsia, was born on January 17, 1501.  The world would be a little less purple-magenta without him…

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