On this 2014 unibody MacBook Pro, the battery was quite depleted and wouldn’t last long after a full charge. The computer otherwise still works perfectly, but it’d be nice to be able to unplug for a few hours, for a meeting, a bus ride, or just to get some work done in a new area far from power jacks.Read More
Growing up one of the tricks we’d do to protect our sneakers would be cutting the suede or leather tongue off an old shoe and glueing it to the spot where you’d get a hole from ollieing. It worked incredibly well! The Vision Street Wear ones were particularly good for this.Read More
A few years ago I had CT scans taken of my head and upper body. A while later, I decided to see if I could obtain the files, and called the hospital. To my surprise, they were quickly agreeable and mailed me a DVD with everything on it. I was able to click through most of the images with Photoshop, but wasn’t able to do much more with the individual slices. Then I found some open-source software that let me access professional-grade features like reconstructing the slices into a 3D render and — very excitingly — letting you export those as STLs. That meant I could 3D print them!Read More
In August 2014, I helped as an exhibitor at the Craftsman Makecation at Lake Arrowhead. My project: A waterballon-launching trebuchet. With the help of Chris Weisbart, Rob North, and Mark Clement, I assembled this medium-sized machine and had fun launching balloons over the resort with it.
Also: Rob Riggle was there.
Where I live, we seem to get an abundance of slugs. I let the trails across the driveway and garage door pass, but once they started chewing through all the seedlings in the garden, I decided I needed to do some population control.
There are a few different slug trap designs on Thingiverse, all which use the same method of attracting the slugs to a basin of beer (yes, beer), which they drink, get drunk, fall in, and drown. It’s a little sad, but the garden must survive this season.
Last Halloween my wife showed me a Halloween lawn ornament she liked and asked if I could make one like it. Challenge accepted.
I began by searching on the internet for witch silhouettes. I found an image of one that looked particularly spooky and saved it.
Next, I’d need to make a large print of this. I opened the image in Illustrator to convert it to a vector image, which would allow me to resize it, and converted it with the “live paint” function. Then I removed the fill and added a single-line stroke around the image.
It’s been a while since I’ve run through the resources for building skate ramps that exist online. And with so many now appearing on Youtube, I’ll focus this post on those plans and builds that appear there in video form. Let me know if I miss anything — especially if it is your build.Read More
My family uses this laundry rack all the time, so when the wind blew it over and cracked one of the top rails (rendering it surprisingly unstable, I’ll add), I realized I needed to repair or replace it quick. A few wraps of tape would be a fast solution but most likely be too floppy to be effective, so I thought about adding a sleeve that would hold both sides of the break together like a cast on a broken bone. I first considered using heat-shrink tubing, but then I realized I could quickly 3D print something that is designed for the exact size of the doweling. I love a good functional print.Read More