How Super Mario Bros Was Made

With a preview of Super Mario Maker. I started this post last year.  The look into the creative process and how they made those original courses from back in the day is interesting though.

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto Shares His Design Process Behind the Original Super Mario

I don’t think that super Mario Maker for PC’s though, which so that means I won’t be able to play.
http://supermariomaker.nintendo.com/

Boomtown Part 4

Here’s the fourth in Wired UK’s excellent series on Shenzhen.

 

 

Make Magazine on Shenzhen.

http://makezine.com/2015/06/15/making-in-Shenzhen/

How maker faire went to Shenzhen.

http://makezine.com/2015/06/17/maker-faire-found-way-Shenzhen/

Bunnies blog.

http://www.bunniestudios.com/blog/

Part 3.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/boomtown-part-3/

Part 2.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/06/18/boomtown-part-2/

Part 1.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/06/11/boomtown/

 

Another Kokeshi Post

Last year I posted a video of a man making Japanese Kokeshi dolls.  Here’s another one. I’ve wanted to do a longer post about these wonderful wooden dolls. When I was doing Ebay years ago, I encountered these wonderful wooden dolls in tag sales and sold a couple of them. So I had done some research on before  and I wanted to share the fruits of that research.

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Boomtown

This is Shenzhen.

In 1980 this was fishing shacks, rice paddies  and economic freedom and opportunity. Think about that when you hit the booth in November.

Goodbye Mythbusters

I don’t watch TV.  If somebody were to ask me what the favorite shows were and what was on them, I couldn’t tell you.  Somehow I got out of the habit.  Maybe that’s because I don’t have access to a TV right now, but by and large I don’t miss it very much. Frankly most of the shows on just didn’t appeal to me very much.

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If You Are Any Kind Of Maker, You will Want This

The complete Amateur Scientist on CD-Rom

http://www.surplusshed.com/pages/item/m2071.html

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN%3D0970347626/sciencehobbyist/

When I was a kid, Scientific American always had a science project that people could do in their home shops, usually with normal tools and some scrounging.  The quality of these projects was always extremely high.  Scientific American stopped putting those articles out sometime in the 1990’s, here they all are.  There are thousands of pages of useful stuff and projects to fabricate.  This is especially useful for getting info  on obsolete projects and dangerous stuff.

Making BB8

BB8, the new Astromech Droid from Star Wars, The Force Awakens was a popular character from the second the droid appeared in a teaser trailer.  That popularity has only grown since and it’s inevitable that clever people would want to make their own.  Here’s a bunch of stuff on people making BB8.

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