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What's the Best Traveling Toolkit?
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7/31/2014   130 comments
When one is traveling, it can be really handy to have a small toolkit on hand, but which kit is the best?
Fist Bumps & the Zombie Apocalypse
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7/30/2014   57 comments
A fist bump transmits about 1/20th of the pathogens as compared to a regular handshake.
Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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7/23/2014   22 comments
Max is juggling so many hobby projects that it's no wonder his head is spinning like a top.
MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyzer: Testing
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7/17/2014   14 comments
Here's a step-by-step guide for testing a simple 14-band (2 x 7) audio spectrum analyzer using two MSGEQ7s and a chipKIT or Arduino microcontroller development platform.
All I Need Now Is a Pair of Leather Chaps
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7/16/2014   31 comments
Max Maxfield cannot stop himself from adding to his collection of items from Saddleback Leather.
I Can’t Keep Up – What TV Should I Watch?
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7/15/2014   59 comments
There are a lot of science fiction programs on TV at the moment -- Continuum, Defiance, Dominion, Falling Skies, Lost Girl, Orphan Black, The 100 -- but which are worth watching?
All Hail the Mighty Hamster
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7/14/2014   24 comments
The Mighty Hamster (a.k.a. Mike Field) will favor Huntsville, Ala., USA, with his august presence.
Max's Secret Garden of Desires
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7/12/2014   10 comments
Max Maxfield spent the recent holiday weekend cogitating and ruminating about things he could do with his back yard.
Want Your Own Desktop PCB Printer?
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7/10/2014   22 comments
The BreadBox PCB printer controls things like timing, mixing of chemicals, and agitation to produce really professional looking, predictable, and repeatable boards.
Meet the AirDog Auto-Follow Drone for GoPro Camera
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7/9/2014   21 comments
This amazing quadcopter follows you around capturing the most amazing videos of you doing your thing and strutting your stuff.
MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyzer: Construction
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7/8/2014   29 comments
Here's a step-by-step guide to constructing a simple 14-band (2 x 7) audio spectrum analyzer using two MSGEQ7s and a chipKIT or Arduino microcontroller development platform.
MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyzer for BADASS Display
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7/8/2014   17 comments
The MSGEQ7 is a small 8-pin device that can be used in conjunction with a microcontroller to create a simple seven-band audio spectrum analyzer.
Made in the USA
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7/4/2014   18 comments
Without America, we might not have many of the things we take for granted, at least not in their present forms...
Panopticam 360-Degree Camera
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7/1/2014   19 comments
The Panopticam is a spherical device adorned with 36 cameras that can capture fully immersive "surround" images and videos.


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