Functional Tricorder, Part 1


I’ve started working on something that is somewhere in the intersection of “sci-fi prop replica” and “useful tool”:
a functional tricorder from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Introductory details and a video below.


Published in: on May 27, 2015 at 8:11 am  Comments (4)  

Image Viewer

Possibly setting a record for documentation delay, I am finally posting about this thing after about five years.  In fact, it’s been so long since I built it that I don’t actually recall when it was built.  Sometime after the Christmas of 2007, I think, as that seems to be when the digital photo viewer keychains I based this on came out. Anyhow, steampunk digital picture frame. Keep going below for details. (more…)

Published in: on May 21, 2013 at 8:21 am  Comments (5)  

It has indeed been a while…

Real posts and even possibly a site redesign or replacement are coming soon (for real!), but for now I’m just posting a quick and LONG overdue link to my biggest, proudest creation: The Telecalculograph Mk. II.  Again, a full write-up on that project is coming soon, as well as details on my other recent projects.  Take a peek at my Flickr account in the mean time, if you’re interested!

Published in: on March 13, 2011 at 12:21 am  Leave a Comment  


Heck yeah.

Before I get to that sweet little ‘bot pictured above, I need to clear something up.  I (and the folks at Wild Planet, apparently) continue to receive questions from people regarding the availability of those replacement headsets I wrote about in this previous post.  Unfortunately, they are most certainly not available anymore.  In fact, they sold out pretty soon after that post hit the ‘net, and they’re doubly unavailable now because they’ve discontinued that toy entirely.  If you still really want one, check out the comments by the kindly Mr. Bobby Edwards here and here.  He’s got some similar devices for sale, as well as some related pieces of awesomeness.

Now that that’s all taken care of, kindly proceed past the “more” link below to hear about something truly exciting!


Published in: on March 26, 2010 at 1:12 pm  Comments (11)  

First, a word from our sponsors…

OK, not really  “sponsors”–more like a sweet company that is letting me play with a toy in exchange for writing about it…

But ANYWAY:  this site has been silent for much too long, and for that I apologize!  Later today there will be a new post regarding an old project and something to look forward to in the near future from friend of the show blog, Wild Planet.  After that, I aim to resume semi-regular postings of projects and the like.  I have a pretty sizable back-log of creations, so there will be no shortage of things to share with you fine folks!

Published in: on March 26, 2010 at 9:12 am  Comments (1)  


I haven’t posted anything in a rather long time, so I thought I’d take a minute to brag about share with you a couple bits of popular media in which I’ve been mentioned recently.  First up, is {this} lovely article penned by the talented Mr. Morgan.  Unfortunately the New York Times, for which the piece was originally written, bumped it at the last minute in favor of a more fashion-centered Steampunk story.  Disappointing, but I consider my inclusion in this article to be an unspeakably great honor regardless, and it is definitely rather high on my list of proudest accomplishments (especially since I got more ink than that fiend {von Slatt} (artist’s rendering) for once!  Ha!).

Last but not least, we have the just-published {cover story} in the IEEE’s flagship publication, Spectrum.  Though {von Slatt} (file photo) gets his usual overabundance of attention, my televisor and I get a much appreciated mention on {page two}, as well as a wonderful little write-up on {page 8} of their accompanying slide show.  I’ve been a member of the local IEEE branch here at MTU for three years now, so it means a lot to be recognized in their magazine!

In other news, I do have some new contraptions to share so keep an eye on this site for updates over the next few weeks.

Published in: on October 13, 2008 at 10:59 am  Comments (3)  

The Man Who Loved

::Sigh:: you’re all going to know what I look like now*…

In June of 2007, coworker and good friend of mine, one Mr. Tom Russell, approached me with an opportunity to act in he and his wife’s newest film. (more…)

Published in: on January 1, 2008 at 6:12 pm  Comments (3)  

A Warning and a Plea

This is NOT actually my hard drive*

Well, dear friends, it seems as though I have fallen victim to an incurably failed hard-drive… (more…)

Published in: on December 18, 2007 at 2:32 pm  Comments (13)  

$25 Head-Mounted Display


So it’s 2007: shouldn’t there be more cyborgs? Well, for a mere $25.00 (or less), you can be one big step closer to being one yourself. How so, you ask? Click the following link to to find out! (more…)

Published in: on September 30, 2007 at 10:53 pm  Comments (210)  

The Torch of Saint Dismas

Warning: this one could be a bit upsetting


“So,” she asked in her charming cockney accent, “this is what you’ve been working on so mysteriously all this time, is it?” The young gentleman to which she was speaking smiled in the affirmative and handed over the parcel, hastily wrapped in what was clearly the kitchen towels. He watched with pride and anticipation as his athletic, yet elegantly feminine wife drew the oddly-shaped gift from the linens in which it was lightly bound. As the wrappings fell gracefully to the hardwood floor, a look of gleeful disbelief spread across her alabaster countenance. With the eyes of a young girl just given a pony, she wildly looked up at her grinning husband and stammered “It…It’s some sort of…It’s…It’s a Hand of Glory, isn’t it?!?!” (more…)

Published in: on August 24, 2007 at 8:48 pm  Comments (17)