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Last Minute Halloween: Costumes, Food, Decor, and More

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Over the years, we’ve featured a lot of “last minute” themed Halloween roundups and one-off costuming and decorating idea posts. Here is a roundup of the roundups. You can also browse our extensive Halloween section for more costume and project ideas that you can still manage to put together for this year. 10 Last Minute Halloween Decorating Ideas Wanting to ...

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Emulate Slit Scan Photography for Beautifully Weird Images

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The use of slit scan photography is actually quite old. It is often called line-scan, photo finish, or streak photography. Slit scan photography has a rich and colorful history rooted in chemical analog photography. This technique is often used to visualize high-speed events, such as missiles and bullets, although it is probably best known as photo finish photography that is ...

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4 Animated Halloween Decorations You Can Build on a Budget

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Halloween is just over a week away. Don’t worry, if you want to decorate, there’s still time! You could just buy decorations, but for something unique that you’ve built yourself, PoorManProps has several ideas. The group was started in 2013 in southeastern Michigan by Randy Goddard and Steve Toby as a club that would get together every other month to ...

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Maker Spotlight: Matthew Borgatti

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Name: Matthew Borgatti Home: Brooklyn, New York Makerspace: NYC Resistor Day Job: Running Super-Releaser, the soft robotics research, development, and design company. I also consult on design engineering, industrial design, and mechanical design projects for clients ranging from Cadillac to Google X to NASA (through a subcontract with Final Frontier Design, the spacesuit design company in the Brooklyn Navy Yard). Getting drawn by a pen ...

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Costumes, Driveable Tanks, and electroBOOM at Maker Faire Calgary

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This weekend Maker Faire Calgary will be celebrating its 6th year. This Faire started in 2012 and has been going strong ever since. While this has long been one of the “faires to watch,” it will be my first time venturing up into Canada for a Maker Faire. Since this Maker Faire happens to also coincide with the Halloween weekend, ...

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This Week in Making: Geeky Pumpkins, DIY Video Game Console, an Halloween Projects

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Geeky Pumpkins Need some more help in prepping for your Halloween party? Check out these geeky pumpkin stencils and carve designs from Wonder Woman, Star Wars, It, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy, and others on your Jack-o-Lantern this year. These would make a pretty spooktacular project when combined with LED effects. DIY Nintendo Switch Nintendo’s newest gaming console, the ...

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Crochet Your Own Climate Change Data Visualization Blanket

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At first glance this crocheted blanket just looks like a pretty pattern. But it is actually so much more! The blanket maps out climate change over the course of the past 130 years. Each hexagon represents a single year and the colors represent the change from the midcentury average. Photos by Lara Cooper This ingenious data visualization blanket is the ...

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8 Cosplayers Share Their Tips, Tools, and Ingenuity

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Read articles from the magazine right here on Make:. Don’t have a subscription yet? Get one today. Cosplay isn’t just about posing for photos at conventions anymore. Cosplayers are impressing fans and makers alike by constructing their own original costumes that include elaborate armor, movie-ready prosthetics, special effects makeup, and intimidating weaponry. Our favorite cosplayers — some of the most ...

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Fighting Bots, Pinball, Emulators, and More at Maker Faire Denver

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Despite Colorado’s massive maker community, Maker Faire Denver only became a featured faire as of this year. Sparkfun’s annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition, a multifaceted robotics competition with a heavy dose of humor thrown in, is partially responsible for this. There are three different competitions in the AVC: Speed Demons (vehicles must get around the course as fast as they can ...

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Cast Your Own Stamps to Put Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

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The United States treasury has been talking about updating our paper currency for quite some time. Most countries around the world regularly update their money to incorporate different designs, act as a security precaution against counterfeiters, and honor people from their culture. In 2016, it was announced that Harriet Tubman would be residing on the new $20 bill. The front ...

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