17 Cool Magnetic Tricks.

Home use and DIY projects, geek crafts, handmade toys…there’s nothing wrong with keeping a few neodymiums in your tool box. The clever team at Evil Mad Scientist have assembled seventeen helpful uses, with original photographs!Magnet tricks

Some highlights:

  • Extract batteries from stubborn holders
  • Find studs in your walls
  • Make a homopolar motor
  • Make LED Throwies
  • Demonstrate magnetohydrodynamic propulsion
  • Make a simple compass
  • Experiment with self assembly
  • Make almost anything (ferromagnetic) into a building set
  • Make a Curie motor

Check out the full list here.

The SoundShelf

created at: 2009-02-17

Form follows function and the form of the Soundshelf literally functions as a piece of furniture, well, if you consider a bookshelf to be furniture. Designed as a L-shaped shelf or a standing DVD tower, both styles are modern and sleek.

 created at: 2009-02-17

Today this is only in the concept stage but the idea is to eliminate the need to hide or disguise  speakers  in an otherwise well designed room. Allowing speakers to do double duty as a bookshelf or a standing DVD shelf turns function into furniture.   Continue Reading

Make Your Own Geek Christmas Ornaments.

This year, make your e-waste into something celebratory with this collection of handmade geek tree ornaments from GEEKWARE. Currently in five parts (though expect some updates, as apparently, there’s 100!!!), these how-tos include everything from ribbon cable Stars of Bethlehem to santa mice to my fave, keyboard key word ornaments.

Check them out here. The contrast between the techno-recyclables and the natural Canadian greenery is stunning.

Tetris Tiles.

Whether you want to add them piece by piece or “cheat” by nabbing the mosaic sheets, tiling will never be this fun again.

“For years people have asked us to come up with a fun and colourful
alternative to normal everyday tiles. So in 2007 we set about making Tetris Tiles and testing them in our friends homes. After a series of compliments
and “where did you get those?” we knew that there was enough of a
demand to get started. Continue Reading

Swiss Army Keys!

No more jangles: this brilliant hack from Pyro222 (inspired thusly here) custom fits all your keys into a compact Leatherman/multitool. The design even allows you to leave in a few tools and bits in the case for when the time arises.


Leatherman Micra – find an inexpensive copy at the hardware store
Keys – Make copies!
Something to cut the keys with, like a Dremel with a cutoff wheel.

How should I connect my laptop to the television?

There are probably geeky communities in which I could ask this, but I hope some of the Curbly technogeniuses might have some ideas:

So, I just got a new Mac Book Pro, and I'd like to hook it up to my LCD television. (To get better use out of it, since we rarely watch TV [it was a Christmas gift]). I'd like to use the larger viewing area for Photoshopping and hopefully some video editing in the future…and of course, Curbly posting! Continue Reading

Star Wars Origami.

Please don't crucify me…but I've never seen a Star Wars movie. I always meant to, but it just hasn't happened yet. I did start the first one (or the fourth one, I guess) in college, but I fell asleep, and my friends wouldn't tell me what I missed.



Still, even I can appreciate these Star Wars paper figures. It's not clear whether it was a single artist or a collective of creative geeks, but it's some fine paperfolding, indeed. Continue Reading