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…It’s TGI Friday: Soda Bottle Rocket?

Fireworks might be outlawed in most fire-prone places, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun this Fourth of July weekend by shooting things into the sky.

Make has put together a fantastic set of instructions for creating your very own Soda Bottle Rocket, and before you know it, you’ll be shooting rockets into the night sky like the big boys.

[Via: Make: Blog]

…MAKE is going into space?

Using a weather balloon and a little creativity, MAKE wants to experience space. They plan to reach an altitude of 100,000 feet (almost 20 miles), taking panoramic pictures along the way using their four on board cameras hooked up to the MAKE: Controller.. At the topmost point, they’ll be high enough to see a black sky and the curvature of the earth.

    It took 16 people working on this, countless cases of mountain dew, lots of take-out food, and a lot of sleepless nights.

Why go into space you ask? “To take pictures and temperature readings of course!” Sounds good to me. They’ll even be using a GPS logger that will allow you to follow their progress on Google maps in real time. It’s no NASA, but an impressive feat nonetheless.

[MAKE: Blog – DIY Space]

…The Make: warranty voider voids its own Bill of Rights?

Make: warranty voider

The Make: warranty voider is a Leatherman “Squirt” with the Make: logo laser etched on the side. It’s available in either pliers or electronics version, is small enough to fit on your key chain, and is perfect for “mobile fixing, hacking and MacGyvering”. The features are as follows:

Squirt P4 features

  • Needlenose Pliers (spring loaded)
  • Straight Knife
  • Wire Cutters
  • Extra Small Screwdriver
  • Medium Screwdriver
  • Small Flat Phillips Screwdriver
  • Single-Cut File
  • Cross-Cut File
  • Opener
  • Lanyard Attachment
  • Awl
  • Length: 2.25 in. / 5.5 cm closed
  • Weight: 1.9 ounces / 55 grams

Squirt E4 features

  • Electrical Wire Cutters (spring loaded)
  • 20, 18, 16, 14, and 12 gauge wire strippers
  • Straight Knife
  • Tweezers
  • Extra-Small Screwdriver
  • Small Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Wood/Metal File
  • Bottle Opener
  • Lanyard Attachment
  • Length: 2.25 in. / 5.5 cm closed
  • Weight: 1.8 ounces / 52 grams

Each tool also includes a copy of the Maker’s Bill of Rights:

  • Meaningful and specific parts lists shall be included.
  • Cases shall be easy to open.
  • Batteries should be replaceable.
  • Special tools are allowed only for darn good reasons.
  • Profiting by selling expensive special tools is wrong and not making special tools available is even worse.
  • Torx is OK; tamperproof is rarely OK.
  • Components, not entire sub-assemblies, shall be replaceable.
  • Consumables, like fuses and filters, shall be easy to access.
  • Circuit boards shall be commented.
  • Power from USB is good; power from proprietary power adapters is bad.
  • Standard connecters shall have pinouts defined.
  • If it snaps shut, it shall snap open.
  • Screws better than glues.
  • Docs and drivers shall have permalinks and shall reside for all perpetuity at
  • Ease of repair shall be a design ideal, not an afterthought.
  • Metric or standard, not both.
  • Schematics shall be included.

But as one observant Boing Boing reader noted, the Make: warranty voider doesn’t exactly follow by the rules of its own Maker’s Bill of Rights.

  1. No parts list.
  2. Case is sealed by rivets — cannot be opened for repair.
  3. Need a drill to remove rivets and a riveter to replace them (i.e. ‘special tools required’).
  4. Can’t get at components to replace them, thus entire assembly must be replaced, and proprietary parts are not available individually to the end user.
  5. Ease of repair not a consideration.
  6. No schematics included.

If you’re going to bundle two things together, it’s probably a good idea to make sure they agree with one another.

[Make: warranty voider]

[Via: Boing Boing]