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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!


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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.

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