Friday Night Pyro Extra

Well, not quite so much a pyro, but this setup rocks for cooking some good steaks.

[Tony] sent in this mp3 doorbell hack. I’m thinking… Star Wars theme song.

[Joey] let me know about this odd hack that adds guitar foot pedals to every button on a gameboy. (It makes sense if you remember that they’re popular for 8-bit sound production)
[Chris] sent in his wooden robot arm. It’s a simple servo based design, but it might be a good place to start if you’re leaning in that direction.

This already got plenty of attention, but [Billy] took his iPod apart and encased it in a block of resin. It’s still works, via a dock cable.

[D.G.] sent in this cheap ring-light tutorial. It’s based on a cheap LED light that’s got a set of ring mounted LEDs from the factory.

[Eliot] noted this interesting take on finding slingboxes using geographical IP addresses to set up your target search.

Finally, if you enjoyed [Eliot]’s visit to [Mr. Jalopy]’s garage, you might want to check out the video version on BoingBoingTV.

How-To: Where To Find Parts For Your Projects

Hunting down the right parts usually takes more time than soldering everything together. I can’t count the number of projects that I tried to build and couldn’t find some key component that’s no longer made. You can help put together a list of suppliers at the end, but the idea is to have a quick reference to get your projects rolling (saving your money for important things, like espresso). Even if you’re familiar with the usual electronics parts shops, chime in to help me create a list of the best suppliers to fuel those hardware hacking projects.

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