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MAKE Newsletter

April 11, 2012

It goes without saying that this is a busy time of year for the maker community, with spring in bloom and many of us gearing up for the biggest, most inspiring DIY show and tell on Earth, Maker Faire Bay Area. We hope you're planning to come. We also have a new issue on the way and a special "School's Out! Summer Fun Guide" issue for kids that we think is going to make your eyeballs leap out of your head. And, in just a few days, we'll be announcing a new feature on the MAKE site that will allow all of you to become MAKE authors! Stay tuned…

-Gareth Branwyn

DIY Camera Sliding Rig

Patterned Concrete Tables

VERA Super Spud Gun

Rake Wine Glass Rack

Spring Things

Spring is the ideal season for making. The world is being made anew and that inspires us to get out there and chip in. Here's some MAKE content to help get you going: Bicycles, Grilling, Gardening, Outdoor Projects.

Homes Finally Getting Smarter

For decades, "smart homes" have not been very bright. But that's changing, and we prove it in Volume 30, with eight awesome projects to easily automate your home. And who doesn't want to build that flying wing that graces our cover?

Concrete Ideas

Our materials theme this month is Concrete. You've got to see what some of the awesome applications people are finding for this ancient and versatile building material. Cast cement CNC machine, anyone?

The Human Birdwings Flap

Boy did we look foolish (in the equally egg-faced company of TechCrunch, Gizmodo, and others who should've known better). A man flying with flapping wings. It seemed too good to be true. It was. But the resulting conversation was fascinating.