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I just ran across a comment on my old (now-defunct) Free Geek Vancouver Volunteer Blog that came in response to Challenger:

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Happy New Year! I’ve just finished surviving a New Years’ show masterminded by Bobbi-Jo Moore of The Elixxxirs. Let me briefly sing her praises first: she assembled and coordinated an army of volunteers to put together a “Back To The Future” themed party and Parkinsons fundraiser for 400, including the bar, decoration, promotion, lighting, sound, […]

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So the neighbourhood survived the East Side Culture Crawl for another year — it was a beautiful weekend, no projects self-immolated, and people overall seemed to enjoy the presentation.

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I’m deep in preparation for the East Side Culture Crawl, an annual weekend festival in which studios scattered throughout the east side of Vancouver hold open houses. The art can be very good, and even if it isn’t, you get the chance to wander inside parts of Vancouver that most people only pass by. It […]

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I’ve recently made progress on a big project, which is pretty exciting — it involved printing up a real-life 2-layer printed circuit board, which has gotten astoundingly cheap and easy. Moron that later, though. Meanwhile, another paper-based small project: SI Playing Cards. This is another cheap gag that demanded to be made. Hopefully now it’ll […]

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It might appear that I’m not working on any projects lately. That’s not correct. What is true is that I’m not *finishing* any projects lately. My office is an impossible mess of unrealized potential. Hopefully this will lead to a flood of completions later. However, here’s a small one: The Duchess. (Here in Strathcona, if […]

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A final detail on the Lo8 8-track tape backup: custom labels. These will hopefully recall floppy disks or zip disks for those who suffered with them. (Sorry, Imation.) Note the 8-track-style labels for each track’s contents.

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With apologies in advance: this was way too much effort for a bad pun. A footrest is also called an ottoman. An Empire is a fancy brand of record player. Thus a footrest with a record player built into it would be an Ottoman Empire. Hur hur hur.

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We have +, -, and * — and now, finally, an รท (obelus) screwdriver.

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A quick one following on the heels of the 8-Track tape backup — While it’s fun to kick a technology when it’s down, it’s not as satisfying as making something that actually, y’know, works well. And I had some 8-track parts left over, particularly the guts of another tape unit whose amplifier circuitry and read/write […]