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Four Person / 3 layer Tic-Tac-Toe

A few years ago, my wife and I came across a board game in a toy store that was designed with an incredible balance of simplicity and complex thought processing, and we just loved it. I didn’t pull the trigger and buy it at the time, but it’s stuck with me as a project I’d like to put together, and today is finally that day when I get to share the designs with you! Basically, this game is tic-tac-toe, but with some variation that makes it significantly more fun and complex. In short, there are 2-4 players, all taking turns …

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Cryptocurrency : How much can I make?

Today, I want to do an in-depth look at how much money, exactly, can I make with cryptocurrency mining, trading, and cloud contracts. I’ve look at a lot of different ways to mine the currencies, and today’s examination is a close look at what kind of real world value we are generating. If you’re here, you’ve probably read up on the basics on cryptocurrency, so I’ll just start with a very brief intro before digging in. Cryptocurrency is a fancy name for digital money, or coins, that have gained tremendous popularity recently in the last few years. It’s not hard …

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Wooden Monitor Stand with Active Cooling for a Laptop

After building myself a new, super charged desktop a few months ago, I felt a little bad leaving my poor wife with just her small little Macbook Pro, but she insists that she loves it and doesn’t want to trade it in, so in order to give her a bit of an upgrade, I came up with this. The basic concept is simple, a larger, external monitor, elevated to be eye level, with room for the laptop underneath, and the keyboard and mouse underneath that. Everything fits in a nice, neat little package on the desk and gives her a …

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Cleaning a Motorcycle Carburetor – Hyosung GT250R

If you’re here, its probably because you have a motorcycle that won’t start. Today’s “how-to” is going to look at what to do with a motorcycle that won’t stay running, and I’ll use one of my bike’s, a Hyosung GT250R, as an example of how to take out the carburetor and clean it. Before we dive into that, you should eliminate some easier, try this first, steps. If your bike runs on gas, you need three main things for it to work: Air/Fuel mixture, Spark, and Compression. Spark/Ignition: Make sure your key is “on” and that the kill switch is …

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3D Printed QR Code Coasters

Today’s project is a simple one. A basic introduction to both FreeCAD and QR codes. You’ve probably seen QR codes around, posted on the wall, online, or on the product manual of some device you bought. They can be used for a tremendous number of things and are essentially an easy gateway to download an app, navigate to a website, or give out your phone number. I’ve even made some that allow guests instant sign in to the WIFI network at the house. In this tutorial, I’m going to create a simple QR code that links directly to this website. …

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Ethereum Mining : Digital Currency 101

We’re going to do something a little different today. This is still a tutorial, but not for something in the real world. This week’s tutorial is all about Ethereum mining! So what is that then? You’ve probably at least heard of Bitcoin in the news at some point. Bitcoin was the first, large scale digital currency to really take off and has been the source of a lot of controversy and confusion since it came out in 2009. Lets take a look at digital currency’s history real quick to get a feel for what it’s all about. Essentially, digital currency …

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DIY Simple Fountain

Everyone loves the sound of water trickling: its relaxing, soothing, and transports us to a warm, sunshiny place out in the woods near a stream where we can get away. The trouble is: recreating this feeling and sound at home while at the same time not spending a fortune. I’ve wanted a fountain at our house for a long time, and I finally bit the bullet and built a small pond in the backyard (click the link to see the article on how to build that) but I also wanted our guests to hear that same sound and get that …