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For the Snowflakes

As many of you know the word, snowflake has been co-opted by the neo-nazi Trump fans and used as an insult towards people they don’t like. The idea they try to promote with this insult is that anyone who is liberal or democratic or progressive thinks they are “special” and …

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Useful or Artful?

The AxiDraw from a recent quickies brought up a question that has been rolling around in my engineer/artist brain for a while. It is a stellar example in a long line of projects that are beautiful, mesmerizing to watch, and yet I would never buy.  See this egg bot, dry …

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Can you make a blacklight with your phone and markers?

Somewhere on the internet, whether it were Tumblr, or Facebook, or Twitter, or Pinterest or… you know just somewhere, I saw this little post about turning your phone camera into a black light. I know, I know, I thought the same thing. “That’s not how blacklights work.” You can’t just …

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WIP Weekend – Fun With Epoxy

I am gearing up for the jewelry show season for Lumen Electronic Jewelry.  And one of my favorite parts of creating jewelry is sealing them in epoxy.  Sure most of the steps are fun, but this second to last step is where the circuit boards start to look like jewels, …

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LED all the things! Paper Tardis Edition

Following up on my recent post LED All The Things! you can make this cool LED Tardis with conductive tape.  Its super fun and only took about 20 minutes. I received my materials from Brown Dog Gadgets.  FYI I work for them part time, you can also find conductive tape …

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4 reasons to have a MAD laser love affair.

3D printers are the hot new technology all over the news.  But so far home 3D printers haven’t lived up to the Star Trek replicator hype.  Many of the early companies are struggling as consumers realize 3D printers have severe limitations such as complicated software, slow speed, and a small …

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LED all the things!

These days adding LED lights to art is easier than ever and doesn’t require a degree in electrical engineering.  Below are my favorite kits I use in STEM outreach with teens to LED ALL THE THINGS!   I have seen all of them used in elaborate art projects too. Circuit …

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The Women in Science Reading List: The Twenty Best (And Four Not Best) Books To Read and Own

When I first started collecting biographies of female scientists, I thought the genre, thanks to the historical and systemic neglect of the subject matter, would be fun to collect and relatively easy to complete.  Some Curie, some Meitner, a Franklin or two, and done.  Six years later, and my shelves …

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