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Philco Predicta Restoration

I saw a 1959 Philco Predicta Pedestal on eBay and thought it was the coolest thing ever. I had to have it. The only problem – it was selling for about $1500, and I didn’t really need it THAT badly. On the other hand, I figured if I could pick up a used or non-working… Read more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation PADD

I never watched Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) while it was actually on the air. I purchased the 7-season DVD collection and watched all the episodes over the course of a few years and then watched the four movies. Sometimes I’ll see a prop in a movie that intrigues me, and I’ll try my… Read more »

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Luke Skywalker Lightsaber – Star Wars Episode IV and V

I was never a huge Star Wars fan. I had seen all six movies, but was more interested in the props and technology. I liked the look of the lightsaber, so I decided to build my own. I looked at the various lightsabers from the six movies, and decided to build Luke’s lightsaber from the… Read more »

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IBM 5155 Portable Computer

I had been thinking about buying an old Compaq or IBM laptop to restore when I came across the IBM 5155. The 5155 was somewhere in between a desktop and a laptop. It was IBM’s first attempt at portable computing. It weighed 30 pounds and came equipped with a built-in monitor, floppy drive, and keyboard.It… Read more »

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Apple Lamp

Sadly, I was quite busy this week getting my articles out on time and dealing with all those pesky paternity suits, so I did not have a vast amount of time to write this week’s blog. I do apologize to my seven readers, and I wish you the best of luck at your various and… Read more »

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The Twilight Zone Mystic Seer

Nick of Time – One of the best episodes of the original Twilight Zone, it starred William Shatner and Patricia Breslin as a married couple who discover a fortune telling machine that seems to predict the future. Written by Richard Matheson, the Shatner character becomes obsessed with the machine and can’t make a decision without… Read more »

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Infocom

Infocom was a software company that produced interactive fiction from 1979 to 1989. The games were so well-written and conceived, that even today, they are still widely played and collected. Thanks to a loyal fan base, these decades-old games are playable on all modern computers, as well as iPhones and iPads. Interactive fiction or text… Read more »

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Steampunk Keyboard

Steampunk is an alternate reality where the Victorian era has continued to flourish. In the same way electricity shaped the modern world, steampunk imagines the world based on steam power. Steampunk culture includes futuristic innovations as people of the Victorian era might have envisioned them, or modern technology reimagined and recreated for the Victorian age…. Read more »

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Marshmallow gun 2

Wow. I write a little blurb about building a marshmallow gun and I end up with more email than any blog post before it. Most of the emails came from kids that wanted to know more about building the gun, but I also received four emails from fathers who wanted to build them with/for their… Read more »

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Marshmallow gun 1

This  week, I spent the majority of my time working on the final rewrite for my book. During my writing breaks, I decided to try my hand at building a marshmallow gun – I figured I could whip something together in a few days. A marshmallow gun is basically a gun built from PVC pipe… Read more »