Thursday, March 17, 2005

video game dorkitude

combine these three things

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to make multitudes of these things

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yeah this was elsewhere on the internet. I had the idea before I saw it, although I assembled it using pixelblocks which i realized were a) expensive b) expensive and c) a real bitch to put together.

this guy currently hangs in my window:

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Once I saw that someone else had tried this with these beads, I smacked myself on the forehead for not remembering those lazy days at summer camp when I made octagonal keychains of jumbled colors that I was too lazy to sort.
Making these things made me realize why this is the penultimate camp activity; it keeps the campers quiet and focused for hours sifting through piles of beads to find that elusive shade of purple.

Speaking of colors, nearly 4 kits of beads later with endless hours of sorting and NOT A SINGLE RED ONE. 4 shades of pink, no red. What the hell? I can't make mario without red! I tried! He looks like gay pride mario!

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yeesh.

Friday, March 11, 2005

old keyboard keys

magnetic tape + gluegun + several very old thrown away keyboards from the University of Miami =

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I was thinking if the god of the internets had a keyboard the layout would be somewhat like what you see above.

It tends to explode if I open the freezer door too violently.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

welcome!

WHY I DO THIS CRAP:

Generally I don't like spending money on my projects/wastes of time. I sit in my apartment and drool over home electronics projects or general geeky things I find on the internet and realize that I'd have to spend 50$ in materials and tools just to get started on it. For something I'll use likely twice, this doesn't appeal to me. What especially doesn't appeal to me about such a project is the fact that I won't be making anything new or appealing to anyone else. I'd rather make something new from scratch and figure out the ins and outs than follow someone else's instructions to reteach me something that, while totally new to me, is common to others (again, using skills I'll likely only use twice). Granted I'd like to someday work on the stuff I find, like make my own computer from scratch or solder my own headphone amp, but for right now I don't have the time.

So with this in mind, I like my hacks cheap, meticulously made, and design-wise as perfect as I can get without being wasteful. Enjoy if you can, duplicate if you like, and if you improve on anything, for the love of god tell me!

thanks for reading!

~j