Posted on April 14, 2008 in Uncategorized by kazNo Comments »

My DingalingI used to have a big red electric school bell. Don’t remember why, but it’s not really relevant just now. What is relevant is that this past Halloween I rigged the electromagnetic clapper mechanism to a motion detector and some other stuff to make a thing to frighten trick-or-treaters. I only used the clapper bit because the whole bell was absurdly loud and not really halloween soundy. I think I put the clapper in a wooden box so it would kinda rattle hollowly. Doesn’t matter. Point is, either the clapper wasn’t rated for the continuous duty it received, or it was NOT intended to run off 110V AC. Very soon my lovely device went from being “Scary Flashing Hoverskull with eerie rattle” to “Smelly Flashing Hoverskull with silent cloud of eerie smoke.”

And the point of all THAT is afterward, I had a really pretty big red bell with nothing to make it go ding. To the project!


Myyyy DingalingMake a nifty boxing-style bell to reunite the schoolbell with it’s ring.

Materials:

  • cheap plastic caster
  • metal spoon handle
  • small steel bolt
  • springa
  • random metal bits
  • whatever the hell that pulley came from (drape pull maybe?)

The only bit of the construction that may not be obvious just by looking at this clever cutaway photo is the hammer bit. First I used the angle grinder to smooth out a small bolt and sharpen it to a point, then I welded a spoon handle to it and riveted the lot to a plastic caster.

Posted on March 31, 2008 in Uncategorized by kazNo Comments »

Uke Rack with Sexy Action Shot

Say there, what’s more fun than sitting around and practicing playing a musical instrument until you’re really good at it? Lots of things!

Here’s a random For Instance:
“Building a convenient rack for that musical instrument so that when you finally do decide to sit around and practice playing it for hours and hours, you can do so the teeeenseyest bit more easily!”

Talk about serendipity! I just did exactly that!

I recently purchased a pair of cheap knockoff QuickClamps, and as you see I have no compunctions about just welding things to them. That’s just how I roll. I’m a rebel, Dottie.

Posted on March 25, 2008 in Uncategorized by kaz1 Comment »

–The Plan–

This Thing:
weak flag
A doodad I got from Spencer’s for about $5. It writes user-defined phrases by flashing a bar of LEDs when you spin it over your head at sweet rave parties. I can only guess at that the market niche this is intended to fill. Maybe “people who want to say idiotic things of up to 18 characters in length, but have unfortunately taken a vow of silence and live in an unlit cave?” Of course I bought one. Anyway the plan was that thing…
…Plus This Thing:
A self-propelled plane which hangs from a string and circles like a turkey vulture. (I should note that I don’t actually own one of these, so I attempted to build one)

Equals:

A bitchin’ plane thing I can hang from the ceiling of my unlit cave that will display idiotic messages of up to 18 characters in length EVEN WHEN I’M NOT HOME!!

–The Actual Result —

(Thus far):

physics can go fuck itself
Yeah.
The Spinny Planey thing works kinda, but the overall weight of the contraption leaves the actual rate of spin somewhat torpid. Certainly not nearly fast enough to make the text legible. SO! Back to the drawing board. I’m thinking that if I give up having the entire device at the end of a single cord, I could wire the battery pack outside the unit as a counterweight and have the pivot be at the natural balance point between them. Then of course it wouldn’t be able to hang from the ceiling without a pole, but I suppose I could live with that.
Posted on March 18, 2008 in Uncategorized by kazNo Comments »

I perfected several methods of not making a lightbulb this week, figuratively speaking.
I have nothing I wish to share, so here’s Grozart.

Posted on March 11, 2008 in Uncategorized by kazNo Comments »

family emergency; so here’s another old thing.

Posted on March 3, 2008 in Uncategorized by kazNo Comments »

2 mini-projects today

The first, turning a cheapass ungrounded christmas tree foot-switch into a nifty Big Red Power Foot Switch for the welder

BEFORE! AFTER!

CRAPPY

WOWIE!

 

The other, a creepy animation of the creepy Jäger Deer.



Good Day.

Posted on February 26, 2008 in Uncategorized by kazNo Comments »

Man, it sure is a good thing that My People celebrate the Double-Length-Monday Feast of Saint Hankrod, otherwise I’d have been LATE posting this week’s project.

So, anyway, I was going to try and finish the Triangle Beast game this week, but that was not to be. After digging in and re-familiarizing myself with his organs and whatnot, I realized that his ActionScript brains were a bloated tumorous mass of scar tissue and teeth. I’d have to rewrite pretty much all of him to make him do anything beyond his current stilted repertoire.

if you're quick, you can see the spider monkey preloader Fuck a bunch of that.

If I’m starting from scratch, I may as well pay homage to my favorite Webding: Good ol’ 0x6D, “Guy in a suit who was too busy hopping up and down to notice the sneaky Webdings Photographer.”

So that is what I did.


If IE won’t let you see this and you wanna then click here

At this point in the narrative, his life consists of prowling the deserted street of his beloved 0x43 City, readying himself for battles he knows may never come.

Posted on February 18, 2008 in Uncategorized by kazNo Comments »

The Long: (skip to the synopsis, skip to the thing)

OK so here’s the deal. I’m really good at coming up with exciting new projects to make/animate/build/desecrate/record/etc. I’m even decent at starting them. Where I tend to fall a bit below the curve is completion; I lack the discipline to stay focused on a single project for its duration. Since few of these side projects have actual real-world applications, I’m not really held accountable for finishing any of them. That’s where you come in, faithful internet. Inspired by the terribly nifty Mr. Jonathan Coulton and his Thing-A-Week project, I’m going to try and finish SOMETHING every week.

The Short:
I’m going to do my damndest to complete at least one project every week for the next 3 months, and to keep me honest I’ll post each week’s result (completed or not) here on the Monday following its week.

The Particulars:

  • A "project" shall be defined as "any fucking thing I’ve been meaning to finish"
  • Said project can not be something I’m doing directly for money, since getting paid is already a tangible enough impetus and I don’t have trouble finishing those projects.
  • Ideally, the project will be one of the legions of projects I’ve already started and is currently wasting space in my workroom or on my hard drive.
  • I suppose it is likely that a project may take more than a week to complete, in this instance I’ll post brief weekly progress reports showing actual progress.

That being said, let me get the ball rolling with the most recent thing I’ve completed that is also within photographing distance,

The Cutlery Ipod Dock:

Yeah I own an ipod, fuck you too.
Materials: 3 Spoons, 2 forks, 1 Ipod Cable

Until Next Week…

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