Posted on October 29, 2009 in buliding stuff, Halloween, shiny / glowy, wiring by kaz1 Comment »

Previously, on THINGAWEAK…


AND NOW, The Stunning Conclusion to Mega-Spooky Doom-Skull of Inappropriate Nudity, just in time for Halloween:

OK, so at this point you should have a pair of eyes but nowhere to stick em, and nothing to stick em with.  Ain’t that always the fuckin’ way?  Well if you started this project without a skull to put the eyes into, and just figured I’d show you how to Magickck one out of raw firmament…  you’re right!


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Go to your kitchen and get a big knife, a plastic grocery bag, a lighter, and some flammable liquid. If you have one of those motorized turkey carvers grab that too).  Now go downtown and find a hobo.  Be very careful when sneaking up on it, each strand of a hobo’s hair is actually a tiny eye stalk, so the ones with the wildest hair can see in many directions at once.  The first thing to do upon initiating your attack is to SEPARATE THE HOBO FROM ITS BINDLE AND BURN THE BINDLE.  I cannot stress this enough.  An average bindle contains anywhere from 200-300 Hobo Eggs, any of which is fully capable of turning you into a shambling incubator with an unquenchable thirst for Thunderbird.


Bindle taken care of?  Good!  The hobo is almost certainly circling you with its jaw distended and its rows of fangs glistening with ichor.  Within moments it will begin shrieking a summons to its unholy kin, so now is the time to act!


Thrust the knife repeatedly at an upward angle in between the plates of its thorax until the Hobo has stopped moving.  Now detach its head however you see fit and scuttle on home.  There are plenty of flesh-stripping / bone bleaching tutorials out there on the internet, so I feel no need to explain that bit to you.  Point is, you now have a skull.  If you’d planned ahead just a little, you’d have picked a plastic one up from your local discount store last Halloween, but there’s no point in crying over spilled hobo.  Seriously.  They wouldn’t cry for you even if they had the appropriate glands to do so, don’t trouble yourself overmuch.  ONWARD.  Depending on the kind of skull you’ve acquired, you’ll need different tools to get inside.  The end result should be removing the top-rear quadrant of the skull and clearing out the eye-sockets (assuming this is not done already) as pictured. (more…)

Posted on July 22, 2009 in buliding stuff, shiny / glowy, welding, wiring by kaz3 Comments »

Holy shit, is it Halloween already? Well I guess I’d better go ahead and post about this thing I just finished, the mega-spooky doom-skull of Inappropriate Nudity! OK it really has very little to do with nudity, and I may have finished it just a bit before the most recently passed iteration of Halloween, but you know how it is. Don’t you? You’d better, by God.

Old Eyes, New container

Old Eyes, New container

The idea here was to take that disembodied ping-pong ball eye thing I made Back in The Day, and embody it with a plastic skull for maximum spookiness. Now that I think about it, you really can’t get much more inappropriately nude than bare bone, so my original statement stands. Now if you’ll just follow me through this jump…


Poorly documented? Don’t mind if I do! Today I have for you something I’ve always wanted to build, and finally did: A functional big damn knife switch. The sort that is generally referred to with the phrase “Throw The Switch!” just before something high voltage and squishy occurs. I only took 5 pictures of this one, so I just labeled them. This switch, as so many past things, was a prop for the Science Musical.


Posted on July 2, 2008 in buliding stuff, wiring by kaz2 Comments »

EyeballsBeen meaning to do this one for a while now, and this is just the prototype version, but here goes:

Basically, it’s a shot at building super-cheap animatronic eyeballs for various home and garden applications. The core of the thing is 4 matching spoons, some thumbtacks, and a pair of pingpong balls. I’m going to pretty much let the pictures do the talking on this one.

Holy Metal Spoons Batman

I put some holes in these places because it seemed like a good idea

Simply Riveting...

I chopped most of the spoons off, bent them at right angles, and pop-riveted them together at the handle holes

TackyI added some new holes because I cannot measure to save my life and put the first holes in the wrong place. Then I glued thumbtacks into the holes and used rubber bands to hold them there until the glue set
Pop That CornI speared a pair of pingpong balls on the thumbtacks, drew pupils on the front, and glued suction cups to the back. I also bent the hooks on the suction cups into rings.
TomAnd finally, I attached a standard RC hobby servo to the rings in the cups via a bent paper clip. This bit is up to you and your budget. I’m working on building a cheap servo out of a spin pop and some paper clips, but honestly you can pick up those hobby servos online for like $10.

Here’s the uncalibrated result (I still need to mess with the spacing to get maximum travel from the eyes)

Posted on June 26, 2008 in abject failure, wiring by kazNo Comments »

Well say there folks n’ friends!  What spins real fast, serves no purpose, and has taken up a significant portion of my life?  If you guessed ‘this weeks project,’ then fuck you!  No one likes a smartass, and I hope you die in a fire.

You may remember many weeks ago a project that began with an LED message writer and ended in tears.  Perhaps you don’t, but I’m afraid I can’t just sit here scratching my ass while you send a search party to dredge the Lethe, so either way I’m moving on.

For the past 2 months this project has been an ever-faithful companion.  Picture Old Yeller, except that instead of just shooting the fucking thing I continue to let it rabidly maul me.  This week, I figured I had it licked.  So confident was I that I could finally finish this thing, that I worked on no other project.  And I did finish it, according to the design in my head.  Sadly, that asshole Physics crashed the party, ate all the cheetos, and puked indelible orange goo all over the dog, metaphorically speaking.  I briefly considered keeping this new setback a secret, but then I realized that if there is one place where Failure can kick off its shoes and feel at home, it’s the internet.   So here goes.

The Plan:

The first version of this thing was intended to hang from the ceiling by a string, and so was a self contained unit.  With 4 batteries, a motor, and various electronics and support structures, it was a very heavy self-contained unit.  It could neither work up enough speed to make the LED message legible, nor enough altitude to make itself anything but an eye-level whirling blade on a string.  So, the new design placed the LED gizmo and the motor at the end of a tube with the batteries on the other end serving as a counterweight and a bearing in between.  This version was to be more of a “thing on a pole.”  Here’s a diagram of it:




and here’s a video of it failing:


And now you know.