Maker Faire Favorites

Hey now, any of you catch these particular oddities?

The roving cupcake folk.  A home-made CNC routing machine, small enough to live at home, cheap enough I could manage.  Some crating the equipment showed up in (I do like crates).  An unfortunate sign noticed just outside the fair.  [click to enlarge. duh.]

btw.  I DID spell check the burnt-in text, boy will I be embarrassed if I missed something.

Thanks – David

Tage Frid

Hey all,

Whereas my previous post may have been a bit impractical, the following tutorial is genuinely one of the most effective guides I’ve ever come across.  ‘Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking’ is the one and only piece of woodworking material you will ever need to read.  It takes the novice through absolutely everything required to get moving (and become an expert) in the shop.  The writing is often funny, but always clear, the diagrams perfect, and the layout super easy to navigate.

If you are even halfway interested in fabrication basics, or prototyping, this is your bible.  Let me know if you’d like to check it out and I’d be happy to lend you a copy.

<3 lul David

(google preview)

The Anarchist Cookbook

Hey guys,

My first tutorial of interest is a classic.  ‘The Anarchist Cookbook’ has always been a wonderful source of entertainment for me.  Both in reading, as well as experimenting, the “cookbook” led to all sorts of fun (and mishaps), though looking back, I do not recommend you try any of its “recipes.”

Its pages are full of intriguing tutorials for electronics, bombs, bongs and the like.  The illustrations are great, the writing, not always so.  Please understand I do not endorse any of its contents, nor do I see myself anarchistic in any way.  ‘The Anarchist Cookbook’ was simply a way for an adolescent David to get down and dirty in dad’s workshop and piss my parents off.

Please feel free to pluck a copy (and rage against the machine, man) at my website:  http://www.ofitsenvironment.com/cookbook.pdf

Thanks – David

Junkmail iPod Dock

Hey guys,

Here goes, the ‘Junkmail iPod Dock’ –

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Pretty basic setup, motor runs an off-center disc when the button is pressed.  The code was essentially a push-button script, originally turning on an LED.  The LED was replaced by the TIP transistor, leading to motor and additional power source.  There were some issues with the timing of the platform, as it would land on the button and potentially run endlessly.  To fix, I put a slight delay on the status of the button.  To my poor soldering skills, however, there was no fix.  Enjoy…

Thanks all – David

The Junkmail Flashlight

Hi all,

Hopefully you’ve noticed, by now, my previous post linking to the Junkmail Flashlight.  Clicking will not give you any email viruses or e-worms, not to worry.  Click and you will be taken to an oversize video, to be projected in class.

Having a bit more experience making three-dimensional works, I felt it would be a decent use of my time experimenting with the creation of an experience.  How effective this experience is, particularly of the flashlight aspect, may depend on the projection during tomorrow’s class.

I have taken the notion of junk mail as, essentially, spam.  Junk mail via email, rather than good old-fashioned snail mail.  I hope to share a bit of how I feel receiving junk mail, though in a slightly more overwhelming manner.

While I am a’ bloggin, let me take a moment to introduce some of my past work at www.dthonis.com

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Turn the lights down low, get awfully close to your computer screen and double-click for the Junkmail Flashlight.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my spamming efforts.

-David

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS STARE REAL HARD DOUBLE CLICK JUNKMAIL FLASHLIGHT

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS!  STARE REAL HARD!  DOUBLE-CLICK!  JUNKMAIL FLASHLIGHT!

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS!  STARE REAL HARD!  DOUBLE-CLICK!  JUNKMAIL FLASHLIGHT!

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS!  STARE REAL HARD!  DOUBLE-CLICK!  JUNKMAIL FLASHLIGHT!

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS!  STARE REAL HARD!  DOUBLE-CLICK!  JUNKMAIL FLASHLIGHT!

(You could be a winner!)

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS!  STARE REAL HARD!  DOUBLE-CLICK!  JUNKMAIL FLASHLIGHT!