Hacker Drinkup at 10 years

January 17th, 2019

500 in the park

We celebrated our five hundred and fiftieth Hacker Drinkup yesterday so i’m overdue to write a second post about my weekly event on this blog. Read the rest of this entry »


January 16th, 2019

Eliot's Uploader Downloader Buckets

Rarely does an idea take hold of me so strongly that I’m compelled to build it immediately, but that’s what happened when I saw this tweet about @kuwala’s awesome Hypnobucket. From my previous time playing with Brain Machines I knew that the effect would be interesting. The robot face doodle and the desire to make people put buckets on their heads really took it home for me. Read the rest of this entry »

All Fight Sticks

January 15th, 2019

Retropie fightstick

I’ve recently been dealing with a lot of arcade controls at work and wanted to talk about how much I like All Fight Sticks product. I’ll also take the time to talk about some of my past and future arcade projects. Read the rest of this entry »

Rocket Lamp

January 14th, 2019

Rocket lamp

While surfing Grand Brass (the goto place for traditional lighting parts) I stumbled across a few parts that made me think I could build a lamp that looks like an old timey rocket; so I did! I was looking at their frosted glass flame shades thinking I could make something Lumière like when I saw their brass clusters looking very engine like. Combining that with the classic flame-effect neon bulbs and we were off to the space races. Read the rest of this entry »

Andrew W.K. live and inverted

September 28th, 2018

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Having just finished reading Michael Nelson’s investigation into who/what Andrew W.K. is, I went back to the beginning to see where the article began: his latest video for “You’re Not Alone” (top). The video has inverted colors so I played it back in VLC with the colors inverted because I was curious what the unmodified video looked like. I was surprised to find that the hue was also rotated 180 degrees… which is why we’re back here filtering video using the canvas. I suspect the hue is rotated to restore fleshy tones to the video instead of the green skin that would have shown otherwise. That’s why pizza guitar still looks like a pizza.

Fun with thermal receipt printers

April 21st, 2018

I gave a talk last week at Spec.la about playing with thermal receipt printers, which you can watch above. Here is some more information about the project: Read the rest of this entry »


March 19th, 2018


Hey, I’m 37. We’re only a few months away from Two Bit Circus launching our micro amusement park in downtown Los Angeles. I’m still in Highland Park and participating in regular programming at our local art park La Tierra De La Culebra. Our weekly Hacker Drinkup recently celebrated it’s 500th event. I’m running a board game night multiple times a month. It’s also been five years since I owned a car. My birthday was fun mostly for adding another pier photo in the style of Dark City.

Growing chandeliers

March 5th, 2018

What my workspace really needed

A couple years ago when I was designing some double helix light fixtures (I realize that’s another post I need to write) I stumbled across Grand Brass, the McMaster-Carr of lamp parts. Until that point I didn’t realize that traditional lamps, sconces, chandeliers, are built from standardized modular parts. The backbone of these builds is made of hollow threaded pipe available in 1/2 inch increments. It looks like they’ve expanded their FAQs to cover the whys of this particular threading, to the anatomy of a sconce, and many other tips like fishing wires with a pull chain. Read the rest of this entry »

Board Games 2017

February 26th, 2018

Board games

It’s been a couple years so I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite games from last year, like I did in 2016. I’m still playing weekly campaign style games with friends. Tonight we’ll finish Pandemic Legacy: Season 2. The year before we tackled Mechs vs. Minions. I’m also running Board Game Night at Two Bit Circus on Tuesday every fortnight in Downtown LA too. Email me to join in. Read the rest of this entry »


March 9th, 2017


Another year, another couple posts. I’m still working for Two Bit Circus doing any sort of engineering they can throw at me. We’ll be building a permanent facility in downtown LA this year. I live in Highland Park in my coworker’s four-plex. The photo above is from a birthday BBQ in the art park across the street. My friends had lasercut a pair of brass knuckles that can hold a beer can.