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.
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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.
I took my LED matrix hoodie back to XOXO last year and, as shown above, it totally worked this time! This time I used a PixelPusher as mentioned in the previous post so I could hand people my iPad mini to play with the display. I powered it using just USB batteries this time. The matrix has stood up well over the years. I’ve only had to replace the initial pigtail and I’ve used it with several different controllers. Although it might be time to retire it. Or attempt to wash it for the first time ever…
Last summer my friend Laura planned an elaborate surprise birthday party for her boyfriend Eric. We took over a private high desert campsite, built a UFO DJ booth, dance floor, and other alien activity areas. One of the main attractions we built was the animated LED Space Camp sign. Continue reading
I turned 35 this year and I only got this post up two months late so far. I’m still living in Highland Park, CA and it’s amazing. There’s a little art park across the street we’re cleaning up and we’ll be showing a movie in it tonight. I still work at Two Bit Circus and I spent my birthday doing an install at Dave and Buster’s in Milipitas which is what my spoooooky photo is from.
I got back into boardgaming in 2012 after receiving a copy of Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre. Before that I had a copy of Catan and Carcassonne from high school and college. Since 2012 though I’ve been playing regularly and acquiring quite a few more. I wanted to cover a couple of my favorites I got in 2015. Continue reading
I haven’t been paying attention to Nerf guns for many years. While they still use spring powered air pistons for many of their blasters (the official term) their product line now includes electromechanical guns. Essentially a pitching machine for foam darts. I decided to buy myself one for Christmas to do some hacking.
Delible Goods, 2015
This was a project I had been thinking about for a while but finally came together last summer. I really like shipping containers and graffiti so I wanted to make a reusable canvas you could doodle on.