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As a tinkerer and a gaming fanatic I was pleasantly
surprised to find my two passions merged into one glorious,
3D-rendered package. Garry’s Mod is a PC gamer’s/maker’s
dream, a sandbox environment that incorporates the interac-tivity of Half-Life 2 and pops the lid off its can of confinement.
Tools like Easy Weld let you piece together the most
obscene creations. Ever wanted to make a mech out of
filing cabinets, paint cans, and coffee tables, or see what
a rocket-powered hovering toilet with mounted machine
guns looks like? Of course you have.
GMod also lets you adjust gravity, light, color, proportions,
and movement to basically shape your own world. Physics does come into play, which adds a humorous reality
to some of the misshapen monstrosities you can throw
together. You’re free to make mistakes, trash your prototype,
even obliterate your avatar, and all you have to do is make a
few clicks to right the world again. Riders of the God complex highway, here’s your stallion.
Tricks of the Trade By Tim Lillis
The Amazing Monkey Hook
$3 for 2 monkeyhook.com
My wife is an artist, so I’ve hung many pictures,
and I thought I’d seen all the available systems.
On a recent trip from Australia to visit our son
and his wife, I was given the job of hanging two
paintings brought by my wife on the flimsy
sheetrock walls of their home.
Whilst I contemplated the many wall fixings
at Home Depot, a young man, sensing my
dilemma, handed me a pack of Amazing Monkey
Hooks, which he had used before. I read the
description on the pack and realized that here
was a device that in engineering terms was
It would spread the hanging load over the
maximum area of the fragile wall (in compression — its strongest load-bearing orientation).
It would make a minimal hole in the wall (no
drilling — the hook penetrates with a little
manual help). It would maintain its correct
orientation (thanks to its bent profile that
presents the pointed tip to the backside
of the wall sheet). And it could be easily
removed, leaving only a small hole for repair.
I came 8,000 miles to find it, and I took
home a future supply! —Ross Griffith
Making labels is clearly easy.
Need to print some clear First, take a used paper
labels but put off by the high label sheet and remove all
price tag of commercial label the borders. You can save
paper? Try this trick from these sheets in a file after
Jeff Crews for a DIY solution. you use them, so you have
them at the ready.
Next, insert the sheet into
your laser printer so the
glossy smooth side gets the
Take the printed sheet, and
mount tape or clear contact
paper on top of the printed
area. Carefully peel it back,
and the toner will adhere
to the clear material.
Attach and enjoy!
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