Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

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Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

Make an Opaque Projector

July 17th, 2007

I just bought this gargantuan lens from American Science Surplus, and I recommend that you do the same as soon as possible.
copier lens

Huge Lens

Even if you don’t plan to build a projector, telescope, or a big red pulsing HAL 9000 eye, you should pick up one of these lenses just to have sitting on your desk as a paperweight. The girth and heft of this optic is really quite impressive and for $10.95 you really can’t lose.

Opaque Projector

What is an opaque projector you say?

You know, it’s one of those contraptions that takes flat copy (not trasparencies) like printed matter, etc. and projects it onto a screen, wall, canvas or whatever you point it at. It’s a camera in reverse, with the light on the inside.

I bought this big lens to use as the heart of a drawing projector. You see, I found out that I like to paint, and an opaque Projector is a pretty convenient way to transfer your design onto the canvas without having to use a grid. When I started to look around for projectors, I found that the cheap ones like the entry level “Art-0-Graph” would only project puny little 3 inch originals. Even the $300.00 models seemed kind of limited at 6 inches. I want one like the big green wrinkle-painted monster that my grade school teacher used to wheel out on a cart, capable of taking at least 8×10 copy. Instead, I decided to build my own projector because, you know, I am that way.

I figure that I will get a much better performing projector for much less cash outlay (and have fun buiding it).

I found these old Edmund Optics DIY projector plans in PDF format, and the search for a suitable cheap lens was on.


Download PDF

The lens is a takeout from an old copy machine, and does not have any markings on it, but the focal length is 10 inches, and the field of view is really wide. I should be able to make a really nice projector capable of handling large media.

If you don’t fancy an opaque copy projector, it is not a great leap to use the same basic principal to make a video projector

Update: Projector Finished.

I Caught Little Chef!

July 11th, 2007


Last night I found myself in a remarkably Ratatouille predicament.

It is rare that our cat Rudy brings an animal into the house in anything but either a dead, or mortally wounded condition. Last night we were hanging out in the basement to escape the upstairs heat (Seattle houses don’t have AC). We kept hearing a bunch of commotion upstairs so I eventually went up to find out what was going on, and found Rudy in the bathroom batting around the cutest little rat I have ever seen – and believe me it’s not easy to see a rat in the context of it infesting your house and consider it cute, but this little guy was cute. There wasn’t even a scratch or visible wound on him.

What Would You Do?

Have you seen the movie?

Well I have, and it was a tough decision. I knew what the CDC would would want me to do. I knew what the City of Seattle would want me to do. I knew what my neighbors would insist that I do.

I couldn’t do it.

I apologize to everyone in Seattle, but I couldn’t do it. I made a bargain with Little Chef, carried him a few blocks away to a vacant lot and let him go.

Now, I really hope to see some new and innovative dishes at a certain local restaurant in the coming weeks.

Rule The Web

June 27th, 2007

rule the web
I was pretty flattered when Mark Frauenfleder asked me to contribute a pearl of wisdom to the “Tips From my Favorite Bloggers” chapter of his newest book, Rule The Web. And I’m really glad that he did, because as much as I admire Mark for his perspective, interests, experience and tastes, the truth is I may never have gotten around to buying Rule The Web otherwise, which would have been too bad for me.

A startlingly good beach read

I’m also glad that I brought this book along with me to a two-day beach getaway, where I thankfully did not have access to the internet. You see ironically, being marooned without the web allowed me to read the book cover-to-cover, rather than just skim and browse as I would normally do with a book of this format – therby getting more out of the book. Had I been near a computer, I would have been sidetracked every 2 minutes checking out some neat web service or resource that I had no idea even existed.

How to Use The Internet

Rule the Web is not a directory of sites, although it does talk about many sites, nor is it an in-depth look at any one aspect of using the Web. It’s more like one big magical advice column that answers all your questions about what you could be doing with the web to make your days easier, more productive and fun, but without you even having to ask them.

Mark is a DIY guy who spends a lot of time on the web trying out cool new ways to search, organize, store, share, refine, publish, work, streamline, read, fine-tune and enjoy by way of the web. With this book, you get to harvest all the sweet fruits of Mark’s tireless experimentation without the painfull pitfalls and annoying dead-ends. The advice is wide-ranging, and always right on target.

This book is a great read for anyone who uses the web at all (or aspires to), and who doesn’t? Whether you fancy yourself a blog-publishing, podcasting guru, or a newbie you will learn a ton from this dense jewel. Buy from Amazon.

For ongoing tips, check out the companion Rule the Web blog.

Real Estate Bubble

June 26th, 2007


Feast your eyes on this gorgeous pulp cover that was given to us as a house warming gift by my friend Pat after we bought our first house 12 years ago.

I think of this paleo-futuristic real estate scene everytime I happen upon a 37 signals product logo in the course of my web browsing.

Painting Done

June 16th, 2007

oil painting

I‘m calling it a painting. I had been planning to smooth it out a bit, but the crudeness sort of grew on me.

Now I just need to figure out a frame.

Here is the painting framed and in situ.

It’s a Schlitznic!

June 14th, 2007

jan balet

Here’s a great mid-century illustration depicting a really fun looking beer bash, 1956 style.

I wonder if the design committee expected most beer drinkers to be able to sight-read the chart for the jingle, and hear the music in their heads while they dreamt of throwing thier own Schlitznic , or if they thought maybe they would step over to the piano with the ad in hand and play it while taking in the Schlitznic scene.

At any rate, it’s a cool drawing.

Hydroelectric Power Generator

June 14th, 2007

science fair

A 5th grade tinkerer named Luigi Maiorano built this fine little working hydroelectric power plant and showed it off at my kid’s school science fair.

More Paintblogging

June 9th, 2007

oil painting

oil painting

I added spectral highlights to the eyes and started the clothing.

More paint.

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Painting Progress

June 5th, 2007

oil painting

oil painting

oil painting

« Read about phase 1 of the painting.

Modern Coffee Table Plans

June 3rd, 2007

coffee table plans

This coffee table design culled from a 1953 Mechanix Illustrated has just the right combination of retro kitsch and clean, simple lines to meet the needs of today’s crop of ranch house dwellers. And it looks really easy to make.

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