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Afinia H800 / UP BOX 3D Printer Hands-on Review

I got my hands on one of the first UP BOX 3D printers to hit the shelves, and I’m taking pictures and video to show it off! The UP BOX was released as an answer to consumer-grade printers with increasingly large build platforms and faster print speeds. At 255 x 205 x 205 mm, this… Continue Reading →

Making a Banana Cream Pudding Pie

And now for something completely different!  I’ve always really hated cooking, but I’m trying to force myself to make new things and try stuff that’s outside my comfort zone. I really like baking, and I figured making a Jello pudding pie would be even easier and just as delicious. I was really thrilled with how… Continue Reading →

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When Timeline was first published in 1999, I read it cover-to-cover twice in a row and still felt like I hadn’t fully taken it all in. It was full of really cool ideas, and like most Michael Crichton novels, they were presented in a way that made them seem technologically feasible. My favorite was the… Continue Reading →

Ciyoyo U8S / Uwatch U8 Smartwatch for Android and iOS

The Ciyoyo U8S smartwatch (also known as the Uwatch U8S, Geekera UWATCH, Androset Universal, Luxesure, and a bunch of other names) is an ultra low-end smartwatch. This watch is Bluetooth compatible, and works by linking to your phone to deliver notifications, information, and messages (Android OS only!) As far as smartwatches go, it’s pretty tough… Continue Reading →

9V Amplifier and 12″ Speaker in a 12″ Tom Drum Shell

Probably one of the weirder things I’ve built. This is a 12″ Celestion Modern Lead 70 Speaker and a 386 IC amplifier in a 12″ tom drum shell. When I built this, neon green duct tape was on sale. A lot of stuff I built had neon green duct tape all over it. The circuit is… Continue Reading →

Trying on and testing the Apple Watch Sport Edition

I had to go to the Apple Store to drop off my iMac for a repair, so I figured I’d try out the Apple Watch while I was there! I was wearing my Timex Weekender, so I took some comparison shots with the two. FYI, I tried on the 42mm Sport edition of the watch…. Continue Reading →

RAGE: Richmond Area Gear Expo – April, 2015

The Richmond Area Gear Expo (RAGE!) was an eclectic mix of luthiers, guitar pedal makers, and talented musicians. I had a table with some noise instruments (Von Braun VIII and X, reporting for duty) and my ring mod guitar. I was invited by Natalie Quick, who works at Fan Guitar and Ukulele, a great store… Continue Reading →

3D Printing a Truss Rod Cover for a Rickenbacker 4001 Bass Guitar Copy

This Rickenbacker copy was one of the first instruments I ever owned! This bass was a gift from my father and, like any curious child, I immediately took a chisel to it to route out room for a pickup and performed all kinds of terrible modifications to it. I believe it’s a 1974 Greco, model… Continue Reading →

Come to Quark’s: The Mug!

    Easily one of the best scenes of all of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Immediately after I saw this, I knew I had to build a mug that sang a little jingle *every* *single* *time* I used it. The Radioshack store near my was closing down, so I snapped up a little sound… Continue Reading →

Mad Max: Fury Road – 3D Printed Max’s Mask

Man, I am so stoked for this movie. Road Warrior was a game-changer for me, and it’s still one of my favorite movies. Chris and I made the mask seen in the trailer, and I had a lot of fun taking pictures of it! We made it on our Makerbot Replicator 3D Printer; it took about 11… Continue Reading →