Skip to main content

Stuff I Made: Moar of It

Yes, friends, it's time once again for me to show off some stuff I made, having accumulated enough stuff to constitute a post.

I have been thinking about doing this for literally years.  Why didn't I do it sooner?  Who knows.  Here they are now:




These are super easy Harry Potter-inspired wands, via this tutorial.  Next up I need to make a wand holster, via this tutorial, to make it easier to carry the wand around!  (If you're super ambitious and want to make a wand that lights up, try this tutorial instead.)

To ensure you don't think that everything I make turns out well, I present to you, unfinished & abandoned Christmas ornaments of 2017:



The laser cutter melted the edges so they were sticky and gross; the engraving was impossible to read; I couldn't figure out the paint job.  Sorry folks.  You'll have to wait til next year for ornaments.  But I did manage to cut out a bunch of squares of cardboard that may yet become something, someday!

In case you didn't know, every year I also design the t-shirts and pins for the Odyssey of the Mind - Silicon Valley Regional Tournament.  These are shirts for judges, and pins for anyone to purchase.  I post these typically on my Tumblr, so go check it out there.

Let me see, what else did I make recently?  Oh yes, these buildings (Frost Amphitheater - though they are as yet incomplete):






Also this one (James Lick HS - Student Center, also incomplete), although I did not design it:






I think that concludes this post of Stuff I Made!  Join me next time, when hopefully I will have made something slightly more finished (for the buildings) or interesting (for my personal projects).  If you enjoyed this stuff, let me know, so I will be encouraged to make moar!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Book Review: "Theory and Design in the First Machine Age"

Reyner Banham's Theory and Design in the First Machine Age (1960) is an engaging overview of the important theoretical developments of the early 20th century leading up to the "International Style" of the 1930s-40s.  Banham does a fairly good job, in my opinion, of avoiding excessive editorializing, although he has a clear viewpoint on the Modern Movement and finishes with a strong conclusion.  In opposition to his teacher, Nikolaus Pevsner, whose own history of modernism came out in 1936, Banham dismantled the "form follows function" credo that became the stereotype of modernism, arguing instead that formalism (a preoccupation with style and aesthetics) was an important, if not overriding, concern of Modern architects.  Two sections of the book struck me in particular: his analysis of Le Corbusier's famous book Vers une architecture (Toward a [new] architecture) from 1923, and his Conclusion (chapter 22), where he breaks the link between functionalism and …

Vertical Bike Rack

The work of our hands!


A little backstory:  We bought two bikes as soon as we could after moving here, so we could both bike to work.  After a few uneventful months of chaining up our bikes next to our car in the carport of our apartment building, Justin's bike was stolen.  (Mine was mysteriously left behind, together with Justin's pannier, which the thieves helpfully folded up and placed on top of my bike.  My only guess is that the chain holding my bike was harder to cut than the chain on Justin's.)  Since then, we've kept our bikes inside, hauling them up and down two flights of stairs to our third-floor apartment every time we take them out, which is usually a few times a week.  Ugh.  Better than buying a new bike every few months, though.

We needed a rack that would keep the bikes off the floor, off the walls, and in as small a footprint as possible, without requiring us to drill into or otherwise damage the walls (or floor or ceiling).  This proved a challenge t…

Voter's Guide - June 5, 2018 Election, Santa Clara County

If you're like me, you spend a lot of time figuring out who to vote for, because there is no single place to get all the voter information you need.  So, since I have already spent the last several hours deciding how to vote, I've compiled all the information I used here, so you can decide for yourself!  This is relevant to the Santa Clara County election here in California, so if you are looking for San Francisco-specific information, you can try SPUR or other sources.  Obvious disclaimer:  I am looking for progressive candidates who support strong liberal policies on the environment, housing, education, human rights, and the economy.  If you disagree with me, you may want to look elsewhere.



For each position or proposition, I'm going to list the position, my recommendation, link to my sources, and then note other viable candidates (if any).

State & National Offices

Governor:  Gavin Newsom
Former SF mayor Gavin Newsom has an almost overwhelming amount of policy object…