September 29th, 2014

Starting gatesOne of the companies I regularly do project work for is Angel Valley Media. Spring 2013 we were asked to develop the technology behind the CW reality show Capture and support it during filming. The show had 12 teams of 2 people each who competed in the woods of the Sierras. They slept outdoors and every day one team was selected as the Hunt team which would attempt to capture the Prey teams. Each player had a Nexus 4 phone strapped to their wrist which showed them a live map of the playfield. If a team stopped moving for too long, their location would appear on the Hunt team’s phones. The Hunt team had a giant magnetic “Talon” that they had to stick to the back of the prey team to capture them. The player’s vests would light up when captured. Read the rest of this entry »


September 10th, 2014

A friend of ours owns a piece of property in the high desert north of Los Angeles next to the Angeles National Forest. He named it Fuzzyland and built a platform treehouse to use as a DJ booth and hosts parties there once or twice a year. We camp overnight and the attendance varies from 40 to 100 people. I’ve never missed an event out there and after the first few I started bringing art to contribute to the atmosphere. Read the rest of this entry »

Mom’s 2014 Beaver Crossing tornado report

May 26th, 2014

I am writing this on Adele’s computer in Lyons because we don’t have internet access yet. All the antennas etc. on top the elevator (where we get our signal) were blown off–surprise, surprise. So, other than that we are fine and Curtis has a new roof. Ted has his planting done, and I have a bit more before we head to Greeley CO for nephew Ian’s wedding. It will be great. All of our kids will be there. Take Care and we will get back to you all when we have internet again–no promises when that might be. lovelaine

[Here’s someone else’s video of the wreckage]


My name isnt Dorothy, but I do have a tornado story and I thought you might want to hear about what is up in Beaver Crossing after the 5 PM Mother’s Day tornadoes. Maybe not so much what is up in BC, but what is down. And Tornadoes was plural on May 11. F3’s for what it is worth.  Read the rest of this entry »


March 20th, 2014

XOXO closing party signage
I’ve been a fan of Andy Baio’s work at for many years (and even contributed to one of his research projects in the past) so when he announced a few years ago that he was planning a conference I jumped at the opportunity to attend. I went to Portland in both 2012 and 2013 for XOXO. I’ve enjoyed it both times and will try to make it back for 2014. My favorite improvement last year was the expanded Arcade event which dedicated giant projection screens to independent games. They also had a board game night. Above all the people are one of the greatest assets of XOXO. I’ve been to many conferences but some of my favorite and most diverse new friendships were made at XOXO. Here are three of my favorite talks from this year that you should watch. I would consider the first two essential viewing: Read the rest of this entry »


March 9th, 2014

I turned 33 this year. If you’d like a comparison… just scroll down a few posts. Although the blog hasn’t changed, I did switch from ASmallOrange to WebFaction hosting finally. This last year  was interesting, I worked on the television shows Capture on The CW and Killer Karaoke on TruTV. Now that they’ve both aired, I’ll probably write them up. I built custom hardware that the contestants on each show wore. Last month I sold my motorcycle which I had ridden less than 200 miles since registering it in California 6 years ago. In January, I sold my 1957 Chevy Panel Truck on eBay. It had become a drain on my bank account and spirit. It’s now on its way to France. I haven’t picked up a new vehicle yet and have been riding public transportation in the mean time. This month we’ll celebrate our 300th Hacker Drinkup. I’ve been attending monthly Spec.LA events where we show off technical projects we’ve been working on. I’ve also been buying more board games which we play every couple weeks. Sweetums is still where I post all the random things I enjoy; I did a daily project where I made a GIF for every single episode of Adventure Time. I’m still looking for work and next month I’ll have been in LA 6 years.

Bigger on the Inside

November 19th, 2013

Tardis team! Eliot, Pinguino, Craig

A couple months ago Pinguino let me know that she was going to be in a Doctor Who themed art show and really really wanted to build a Tardis (The main character’s time/space traveling phone booth) of her own. The Tardis is known for being larger on the inside so we thought about how to make that happen. I’ve wanted to do an infinity mirror project for a while and we decided that would be the best approach. Read the rest of this entry »

Cross stitch shennanigans

September 15th, 2013

Cross Stitch Triptic
My mom always says she doesn’t know what to get me for christmas, so last year I told her I wanted a counted cross stitch kit. She sent me this one specifically. I had done cross stitch before and had the idea that it would be fun to stitch pixel art like game sprites. But before I embarked on that I wanted to stitch an actual kit for practice. It took a lot of time to complete and I would listen to books on tape while I stitched. I finished the project off by changing the original text to a well known rap lyric. Thanks, Mom. Read the rest of this entry »

Geared Button Wall

September 14th, 2013

CNC Button Factory
Earlier this year I did a couple projects for my friends at Virsix and Two Bit Circus. I really enjoy working with the creative minds of Eric Gradman and Dan Busby who I met when we were working on projects like Glow at Syyn Labs. For the first project, I constructed various hardware sensors for physical games (including a laser maze) that were installed in Great Wolf Lodge. Read the rest of this entry »


March 9th, 2013

I turned 32 this year and we celebrated at Hacker Drinkup since our waitress Alia turned 40 and @n3wscott turned 29. I still live in Santa Monica and I’ve been unemployed for nearly a year. My last company, Tecca, closed last fall. I have been doing a lot of freelance technical work for friends’ companies like Virsix/Two Bit Circus and Angel Valley Media. It’s really interesting and fun work, I just wish I had more of it. I’ve been updating my LinkedIn profile as I go. I recently started a Tumblr for random nonsense that I would have shared on Google Reader Sharing if it still existed. On April 1st, I’ll have been in LA 5 years.

Aruba New Year’s

January 1st, 2013

Waiting to snorkle
I went to Aruba to celebrate New Year’s with friends. Chris had spotted tickets on AirTran for $600 in June and we thought it was a great deal so we booked immediately. He then found a house on AirBNB that we rented for a week. The group was Chris, Erin, Dave, Pinguino, Craig, Erik, and me. We went snorkeling, visited caves, and participated in the Aruban tradition of buying way too many fireworks. You can find many more photos from the trip on Flickr including me harvesting a coconut found in the backyard. I’ve managed to celebrate New Year’s Eve with Dave and Pinguino every year since moving to LA: 2008 was at CCC in Berlin; 2009 was Fakearctica camping at Lake Isabella; 2010 was Prommunism in Seattle with Jo; 2011 was Breakfast of Champions in San Francisco.