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I was recently contacted by a local escape room with a project: replace an ailing antique pump organĀ (SFW) with something more playable. They wanted the keys, when pressed, to “speak” a numeric combination that opened a lock in another part of the room. I had recently come across Neil Thapen’s Pink Trombone, and wanted to […]

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I’m calling this the Nielsen Speaker, for no particular reason. In February, a Facebook friend sent me a link to the Moog Circuit Bending competition:

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A wise man once said: “What The World Needs Now Is [Remote Control Eyebrows].” Or something to that effect. My dad’s got formidable eyebrows and it only seemed logical that my first foray into applied cybernetics should be this, for his birthday: (Apologies for the video orientation.)

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One last project for 2015: I’m not religious and always felt a little weird about putting the star on the tree, but traditions are valuable and Luciana, now 3, is old enough to start absorbing them. This is also my first Christmas of separated parenting, so I have the freedom to follow my instincts. Immediately […]

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This year’s culture crawl was a rousing success! Thanks to everyone who came, not least the food, alcohol, and film crews. But more about that in another post to come shortly. I procrastinate terribly, which is why most of these projects exist — by working on these I’m usually avoiding something else. The last sprint […]

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The Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl is coming up — one of the best and most legitimately Vancouver events of the year, and I’m not just saying that because I’m in it. Seriously. Walk around Strathcona, check out the insane ant-nest that is 1000 Parker, or if you’re on the agoraphobic side, stick to the periphery. […]

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My boss brought me a gift from Mexico City a couple of years ago — thanks, Brian? Karen? Whoever it was? — and I’ve finally gotten around to doing something with it.

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I made an angry box as a gift for a friend. This is very similar to 2.7-5.5V FUCK. Source code available on github.com. Make your own!

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Another project, hot on the heels of the PCsr — and this one might actually be practical. Stereos were a huge part of my youth. I bought them in garage sales and at thrift stores, the cheaper the better — department-store brands with commodity modules glued into toxic particle board. 8-track, cassette, AM/FM radio, and […]

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The PCsr is presented here as a rare specimen of a 1980s-era home computer. Yeah, yeah, so it never existed until now. This one started as an 8mm film editor spotted in a junk shop. It cried out for a screen replacement and computer installation. The fiddliest part of the whole thing was clearly going […]