F I N K B U I L T

Today’s Ebay Item

missle tracker

Scale model cockpit FPV

fpv
cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Quadcopter FPV

Quadcopter FPV
Amazing remote first person view piloting.

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

Helmets

retro vintage motorcycle helmets Pictures of boxes full of sweet vintage motorcycle helmets

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.

Liberty

liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

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Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box

Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!




Cuckoo For Cocopunk

cocopunk

Although coconut shells do have some well established niche market uses such as novelty swimwear and small caged-pet shelters, I can’t help but to feel as though too many of them are going to waste.

The New Altoids Tin?

No I don’t mean as a mint holder, but as an improvised homebrew electronics project enclosure. The Altoids tin does make a nice project case. It has a hinged lid, giving you easy access to your business, a great pocketable form factor, and of course they are everywhere for free. But despite these merits, I think that the ubiquitous mint tin has been used to excess, and its use may be nearing the saturation point. I have a hunch that the coconut shell might just turn out to be the next big thing.

When I was recently trying find an enclosure for the ukulele amp that I was building, a coconut came to mind, and I don’t think that I could have found a better case. In addition to the obvious thematic tie-in with the ukulele, the coconut shell has a number of other redeeming qualities.

The shell is hard and durable, easily machined, has a pleasing organic texture which can be left hairy, sanded smooth, or anything in-between. The little brown dome of a half-shell is cute as a bug, bringing a smile to all who see it. The dome shape is extremely stable and tip resistant. I could go on all day.

Coconuts.

Via Dinosaurs and Robots

6 Responses to “Cuckoo For Cocopunk”


  1. Tim Says:

    That’s really cool.

  2. archibald q. drinkwater Says:

    gilligan, the skipper too, the movie star, the millionaire and his wife, the professor and mary-ann would all be very proud of this innovative use of the coconut shell.

  3. Steve Says:

    Arch-

    Yes, I think that after Merlin Mann drove this hillarious first nail into the coffin of Steampunk, the time may be right for the Gilliganpunk aesthetic to emerge in earnest.

  4. archibald drinkwater Says:

    excuse me, is that SPAM singapore ?? certainly seems like it….. (spam comment deleted)

  5. Robert Says:

    Did you dry that nut out first? I only ask because I made a garment once out of a coconut and the shell cracked when it dried exposing the items under the garment to some nasty pinching.

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