In my last post, I talked about designing a botanical plaque to label trees in the yard. The design had some flaws. It was two pieces epoxied together and most of them broke apart after 6–12 months. I suspect water got in the gap, froze, and helped separate the pieces from the dried epoxy. This … Continue reading Botanical Plaques, Mark 2 & 3
I have a bunch of cool-looking and weird trees at the house. In a notebook somewhere, and elsewhere in a text file, I have a list of their names. And if I’m honest, that’s fine for the one time every couple of years where I want to look up what’s what. If you’ve been to … Continue reading Botanical Plaques, Mark 1
We used scratch paper and Maker ingenuity to craft custom stationery for the new cottage.
In the past few weeks, partly out of silliness and partly out of artistic creativity, I’ve been posting a #GonzoDivination image to The Socials each morning. Pre-hashtag, it started with taking a semi-traditional tarot spread, but using a combination of divination and inspirational cards, instead of using all cards from a single deck. Over time, … Continue reading On the iPhone Gonzo Divination
In these pandemic days of time losing meaning, with days sliding into one another, and difficulty keeping schedules, Christine and I ran into a few snags in the chores. We feed the cats twice a day, a can each time, two cans a day. When you start with a flat of 24 cans, that’s a … Continue reading A Cat Food Calendar
Here in Oregon, everyone votes by mail. This is great because you can vote in a bathrobe and slippers, taking your time to research candidates and measures — all over a cup of tea. You then drop it in the mail or take it to an official dropbox, and you’re done. The one problem with … Continue reading Fixing Oregon’s “I Voted” Stickers
In this hashtag-time-soup era of the pandemic, office and home have blurred together. I’ve increased our reliance on delivery and decreased the amount of time I’ve been out in the world. I’d still take walks a couple of times a week, but it was always the same rut: a quick loop around the block. Randonautica … Continue reading Random Walks in the Wake of Randonautica
Not satisfied with a lawn sign, I made a vinyl Black Lives Matter “wrap” for the porch window. Here’s how.
It’s not always the best idea to livestream from a protest directly to social media. There’s good reason to redact the faces of fellow protesters. This guide steps you through setting up a stream to a private location, where a friend can grab the video and redact faces in near-real-time.
I really enjoy receiving AdaBoxes. They are fun little surprise example projects to build using hardware I might not have thought to get on my own. After completion, they often go into my drawer of available microcontrollers. I’ve found it great to have spare microcontrollers around because when the idea for a project bites me, … Continue reading Counting 61 (or 57) Days of Quarantine