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December 30, 2010

Christmas White-board Animation

This video is my first attempt at stop-motion animation using a white board.  The process is very simple: all you have to do to animate your characters is redraw them in a a new position over the old drawing, and then erase away the old drawing with your finger.  The video was shot using a gorilla pod tripod, which is why the frame shifts slightly.

November 26, 2010

Mini Milling Machine

I was talking to a fellow member of my school's robotics team, and we got to thinking that we should build ourselves a CNC mill to machine custom parts with.  While doing some research, I came across and Instructable called "How to make a mini milling machine- manual or CNC!."  The design of this particular machine is very good for a small scale milling machine, and I got to thinking I could scale it down even farther- much farther.  This project is the result.

This project is entered in a few contests on  You can vote for me in the first contest here, in the top left corner:


November 6, 2010

Python Game and Cipher

I wrote this simple game in Python using the tkinter graphics module.  This is my first attempt at writing a game, so it is very basic but (hopefully) entertaining at the same time.

September 26, 2010

Carbon Fiber Bike Light Holder

This handlebar mounted light holder holds a cheap 9 LED flashlight, and clips onto any bike handlebars.  I built this carbon fiber holder out of the same carbon tow and epoxy I used for my bamboo bike frame.  When layered thinly, the composite is flexible enough so that the holder can clip on and off the handlebars and light without needing any screws.  I lined the holder with some handlebar tape so that it would grip the light and the handlebars.  The entire holder weighs only a few grams, and can easily be switched between bikes.

September 17, 2010

Battery Powered Ipod Box Speakers.

These speakers were built out of a pair of USB powered desktop speakers that came with an eMachines computer, and the box my iPod Touch came in.

August 24, 2010

Rocket Car

For a science project three years ago, I built a car powered by model rocket engines.  The first model was cut from a pine wood derby car blank, and used 1/4 A engines.  The final design I used was a modified version of a balloon powered car I built for a previous science project, with a balsa wood frame, and CD wheels.  CD's apparently do not hold up very well when spinning very fast on rough asphalt, but I had enough spare wheels to do a few launches.  Although I no longer have any of the data I recorded for the project, or any of the pictures I took of the car, I do have the video's of the launches:

August 9, 2010


I took a blacksmithing class last week, and here are the results:

I started out by making hooks:

July 28, 2010

Popsicle Stick Hydraulic Arm

I designed and built this arm for an engineering challenge at a NC State University engineering summer camp.  The challenge was to build a mechanical arm that could grab a snickers bar and lift it up.   My available resources were Popsicle sticks, scissors, hot glue, syringes, and plastic tubing.

July 11, 2010

Skull Flash Drive Mod

I built this flash drive out of Sculpey for a flash drive modding contest on 
Once the skull was baked, the flash drive was glued in it using epoxy, and the opening was painted over.

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July 7, 2010

Water Cooled Laptop

Many laptops tend to run very hot, and as a result their tiny blower fans have to work hard to stop the computer from overheating.  Simple ways of fixing this include taking some compressed air to the heatsink, or reapplying thermal paste.  But this is a far more interesting solution.

Repaint and Watercool Your Laptop

July 3, 2010

Mini Ipod Speakers

These speakers clip into the headphone jack of your mp3 player, and require no external power source.

Version 2:

Version 2.0

Book Speakers

The purpose of this project was to create a pair of unintrusive bookshelf speakers that blend right into the contents of your bookshelf.