6 Awesomely Geeky Snow Projects

Wired

Here in Illinois, we've got 3-5 more inches of snow forecast for the evening, and here in the house, I've got a bad case of cabin fever. Time to bust out the chainsaws and the lightsabers!

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  • It would make GeekDad very happy if you'd build a snow tauntaun for your little ones, and perhaps an AT-AT as well. An epic battle will ensue! Find Miguel Valenzuela's full instructions for the tauntaun at Makermig, and the AT-AT tutorial at Mexican Viking. My favorite instruction: "Let sit overnight before adding children."
  • If Hoth planet paraphernalia isn't your style, get inspired by images from Carve Tahoe, a new snow sculpture competition devoted to "modern, complex, realist designs".
  • If you're going to build a snow fort, you might as well make it bulletproof. You'll also probably want to be able to "mold it like concrete and carve it like wood". In other words, you need Pykrete, an ingenious combination of ice and wood pulp. According to an enthusiastic Wired, it never was used to its fullest potential, "Which is too bad, because a self-repairing ice island armed with freeze-rays still seems like a pretty amazing idea".
  • Their interview with The Boss Of Frost includes tips and a video to help you build your very own 8-foot tall snowman. Secret ingredient: LEGOs!
  • After all that hard work packing and building and posing on your tauntaun, you deserve a treat. How about a nice bowl of GeekDad's snow ice cream, assuming there's any snow left in the neighborhood? My favorite part is Wired's signature rating- "Wired: Almost free. Easy to make. Tired: Only available in winter."

(Image: Makermig)

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