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I, like many of my generation, spent a fair percentage of my youth firing foam darts at my older brother . We used to throw our Ninja Turtles against the wall until they broke and then re-arrange the body parts, but somehow we never thought to take apart our NERF guns to enhance their speed, range, or firepower.
Maybe it was just a simpler time, when all one had was their Arrowstorm and the second amendment to keep from becoming a Nerf P.O.W.


Things have changed since 9-11, but thanks to people like YouTube user uin13 we can rest assured knowing that good old-fashioned American ingenuity will help maintain our technological edge against the twisted minds of terrorists and older brothers alike. In the following MagStrike Mod, he walks us through how to double your clip capacity without pumping in between. Terrorists hate freedom, but they really really hate foam darts.


Maybe not the most professional How-To, but almost better this way, to share in the discovery, frustration and “fuck it – just use duct tape” attitude that come up in any taking-things-apart session.

More options in the Mods section of Nerf Haven.


This bout of nostalgia is brought to you by “May is National Make a F***ING Post Month” and the fact that I just graduated from college.

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Posted on May 18, 2008

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CAPTCHA painting
CAPTCHA painting
CAPTCHA painting
Love the internet as much as me? Maybe you’ll like these: I collect CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) images and recreate them in acrylic. They’re for sale, buy some art! They’re named (top to bottom) lisp, YFHWR, and qGphJD, respectively. Each is on a 5×7 canvas on a wooden stretcher and signed on the back.

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Posted on May 18, 2008

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LIlypad Embroidery

I’ve been working with Leah Buechley’s LilyPad Arduino, and in true embroidery sampler fashion, have composed this circuit to see what I could do. The embroidery uses traditional floss and techniques mixed with lights and sounds generated by the onboard software. The amount of light sensed by the sensor changes the speed and pitch of the lights and sounds generated. Move your shadow or hand over it to experience the changes. Upcoming will be an exciting collaboration with Collin Cunningham to make it make more interesting sound. For the time being the circuit is open source inasmuch as the traces are visible on the surface of the embroidery. This piece narrowly evaded being lost in my luggage on the return flight from Maker Faire; at the last minute I decided to carry it on. More info is back at Sternlab.

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Posted on May 18, 2008

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Super Cholita is a fffffemale super hero from Bolivia. Her boyfriend is a cop, she steals potatoes to give it to the ones that can’t afford the crisis, swears like no one and fly over bolivian skies, thanks to her powerfull cholita dress. Popular bolivian class call her “supercholis”. They like her because she is normal like them …but with some extra features, meant to empower the popular mass. Super Cholita is proud of her roots, she eats lots of “chuño” but also, she really digs all things japanese.

The media discovered “supercholis” today and seems that she wants to hit the international market with her mash-up of manga-latino and good intentions to help Evo Morales.

Other notable super heroes from down below the Empire:
Super Barrio, also featured in SUPER AMIGOS, a feature length documentary that follows 5 modern-day Super Heroes in Mexico City as they fight for social justice and human rights.

Super amigos trailer

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Posted on May 17, 2008

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