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December 18, 2011

No Beard? No Problem!

by rygielia

 

 

I’ve been noticing these beard hats here and there on the internet and a few sites have begun selling them… but I figure the only thing cooler than having one of these would be making it on your own and saving some cash in the process. After a bit of digging, I’ve found some instructions on how to crochet one of these bad boys.

Check it out here: http://sunmoonearthandstars.blogspot.com/2011/05/pet-peeve-rant-and-free-crochet-pattern.html

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October 3, 2011

Freecycle

by rygielia

The readings this past week reminded me of a wonderful service called Freecycle. I never cease to be amazed by the things you can find posted and for no cost at all. Each local group is run by volunteers who are passionate about seeing everyday objects reused instead of cluttering up our landfills. Register today to find a group near you.

Freecycle.org

September 22, 2011

DIY Electric Car

by rygielia

Electric Porshe

Ever wonder what it would take to convert your gas guzzler into an electric car? Well wonder no longer because Jack Rickard and Brian Noto have you covered on their weekly webcast Electric Vehicle Television (EVTV).

AND bonus link to the NPR story that covered them earlier this week:

http://www.npr.org/2011/09/21/140631782/a-do-it-yourself-approach-to-the-electric-car

September 20, 2011

Maker Faire

by rygielia

While I missed the Maker Fair, I did go to another sort of DIY Faire over the weekend that had a few interesting craftsmen and women present. It was my first experience going to the NY Renaissance Faire, or any Renaissance Faire for that matter,  but it was an interesting experience nonetheless.

On hand there were candle makers, hand-cast bell makers, blacksmiths and even a chap who makes his own pipes. The latter turned out to be more of an alternative-type smoke stall, but there were a few interesting hand-carved pipes intended for tobacco use;I have a few pictures I can post once I get than hang of this site.

In the meantime, for those of us who missed the Maker Faire, I came across this video from the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14970879

Looks like it was a blast.

-Ian

September 20, 2011

Bio: ian rygiel

by rygielia

I was tempted to title this post, “am I doing it right?” but I figured I’d jump in head first and see what the aftermath looks like (besides, admitting I don’t have a handle on a particular piece of technology makes me feel too much like my parents).

Hi, I’m Ian.

I’ve had an interesting few years living through the recession and after losing my teaching job to cutbacks I’ve done what I could to make ends meet. I’ve been a day laborer, a private bartender, a writing tutor and a loader for UPS. On occasion I’ve gotten some video work for local bands and businesses, but for the most part nothing was steady. Luckily, I’m now teaching English at the Barack Obama Green Charter High School in N. Plainfield NJ, which has been a great fit for me. It’s my hope that I’ll pick up some interesting ideas from this course to incorporate into my classes this year.

Spare time is at a premium these days, but when I get some I enjoy brewing my own beer, writing and working on video projects. Hopefully when things settle down for me I’ll be able to brew up a special ale for the class.

-Ian