Not only did I get the Galileoscope today, but yesterday, I had the pleasure of reading this post on the Small Things Considered blog.
I had wondered how Leeuwenhoek made his microscopes and had wanted to try making a replica, but I had no idea how he made his lenses. I figured there was grinding and polishing involved and all that junk, but no! Glass and fire will do it. Well, being a red-blooded nerd, I had to try it out, and it freaking works! In about 10 minutes I was looking at a greatly magnified eyelash follicle through a hole in stapled pieces of posterboard and index card. Freaking brilliant! Plus, I got to use a propane torch.
My next plan is to make one out of brass, as Leeuwenhoek did. Maybe I'll start with a Coke can first.
Make all the fun you want, but I have fun nerding out!