One of the first times I met my friend Laura, she was wearing the Cookie Monster hoodie she had constructed. It was before she had her sewing machine so all the fur was attached with hot glue and very heavy. It had little googly-eyes constructed from clear plastic cocktail glasses with black pompom pupils bouncing around inside that didn’t last very long. When I heard she was hosting a monster tea party I upgraded the costume. Continue reading
Every Adventure Time Episode is a GIF
Almost six years ago I decided I was going to start rewatching Adventure Time from the beginning. This time though, I decided I’d watch just one episode a day and then make a GIF of some part of it and post it to my Tumblr. I definitely appreciated the show more the second time around since I wasn’t watching it while distracted and story arcs/running jokes are easier to stick with when you see them every day instead of months apart. Continue reading
I Hate This Sign So Much: W4-2
99% Invisible did a story about Lane Ends, Merge Left and its confusing nature. The pictogram to me says, “We’re taking away the dashed line but there’s still room for two lanes.” Which is definitely not the case; it’s always a full merge into one lane.
This sign shows up in really dumb places too. There’s a spot on the I-10 where an onramp is merging but I guess its 250ft of dashed line makes the ramp a Lane Ends instead of a standard Merge.
I hate it.
Let It Ring
I’m a firm believer in the rule of three so when I heard the Gorgon City – Motorola track last week I knew I had found the final piece in building a music playlist that celebrated the sounds of telephony. The lead off track is Damien N-Drix & STV – Let It Ring, an absolute banger, built around the sound of GSM interference. I was amazed when it was released since LTE had made this signature sound a thing of the past. The third track is Count of Monte Cristal Sinden – Beeper, another track nostalgic for a not too distant past where the beeper was the on demand way to get in touch with someone. We these three tracks, I opened it up to twitter for more contributions. It’s now got some pop, hip-hop, and more electro. Check it out!
Which Wire Strippers Should You Use?
I don’t think I’m that great at suspense so I’ll just answer my title: you should be using all of them. I wanted to take a moment to talk about some of my favorite wire strippers that I use almost daily. Even though I’m talking about specific pairs, these form factors are available from many different manufacturers. Let’s work through them from left to right: Continue reading
Board Games 2018
I’m still board gaming as much as ever (last year’s post) but I feel like my rate of game acquisition has slowed. Dave, Craig, Pinguino, and I are still regularly playing and having a consistent group of people has really made it fun to run more campaign or scenario style games. Our game night at Two Bit Circus is also still on Tuesdays every fortnight. It’s been going for six years now and we picked up a few more people in the last year. Continue reading
Hacker Drinkup at 10 years
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. Continue reading
Updated: November 2022
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. Continue reading
All Fight Sticks
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading