Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

DIY: Making Paper


We take many things for granted in the modern world. Sometimes it's good to step back from the computer to attempt to create something utterly normal, just to remind oneself how bloody hard it can be. I'm surrounded by a sea of paper - it covers my desk, lurks in piles on the floor and bookshelf, and eventually flows into a recycling box in the corner. Paper is something that I couldn't do without, but don't have a clue how to make. Let's fix that in Retro Thing's first-ever "Martha Moment."

Fun Science Gallery features an excellent guide that leads you through the process of 'recycling' newsprint into a brand new sheet of heavy paper. You could also make the stuff from cloth and even bark, but that's more work than the gang at Retro Thing Labs is willing to invest.

Where else do you get to play with a mortal and pestle, hairdryer and a sieve, apart from your local meth lab? What you do with the final product is up to you - I heartily recommend ransom notes, really heavy paper airplanes and doodle sheets. Heck, you could even add a piece of duct tape and create a homemade post-it note.

OK, I'm done. I promise never to channel Martha Stewart again.

Making Paper at Home


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