Happy Dance Around a Volcano Max’s Cool Beans 11/13/2014 51 comments Max is now the proud owner of a 50-year old Sirram Volcano Kettle, which is impervious to the wind and rain and therefore ideal for holidaying in England.
DIY Practical Joke Project Idea Max’s Cool Beans 10/25/2014 36 comments DIY Practical Joke Project Idea: Having something like this lying around would certainly break up the monotony of one's visitors' days. Deploying it would almost be a public service when you come to think about it.
The Solution to Your Analog Meter Woes Max’s Cool Beans 10/9/2014 24 comments The folks at Instrument Meter Specialties are experts in anything and everything to do with antique and modern meters, including repairing and restoring the little beauties.
Free E-Book: Adam Taylor's MicroZed Chronicles Max’s Cool Beans 10/9/2014 13 comments This free e-book teaches all about working with the Zynq SoC FPGA, all the way from the "Hello World" basics to asymmetric multiprocessing and the addition of several real-time operating systems (RTOSs).
10 Top Video Parodies on User Interfaces Max’s Cool Beans 9/18/2014 58 comments There have been some interesting videos of "user interface parodies" over the years -- some that are "old chestnuts," some that deserve to be called "classics," and some that have only recently appeared on the scene.
Aging Brass: New Book Explains All Max’s Cool Beans 9/9/2014 16 comments A new book -- Patina: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths -- contains page after page of pictures and descriptions of the treatments that were used to get the effects you see.
Aging Brass: Cow Poop vs. Horse Doo-Doo Max’s Cool Beans 8/27/2014 55 comments There are myriad ways to artificially age brass, including the use of salt, vinegar, ammonia, and temperature. The more daring among us may also consider cow and/or horse manure.