A Not So Boring Conversation

A few weeks ago, a guy named Jay stopped by our construction site of a house to talk. We talked mostly about biking across Canada and you can listen to the conversation as part of Jay’s podcast, Not So Boring Conversations.

The Cross Canada Project screening in Windsor

If you’re in the Windsor area, local maker space Hackforge will be screening The Cross Canada Project on May 26th at 7PM. I will also giving a small talk before about the building of the bikecam that I used to film the movie and answering any questions afterwards. If you’re a facebooker, there is a page for the event.

Upcoming Music-type events

September 11th @ Villains

Me and my buddies Brian and Tim will be playing music stuff on September 11th at @ Villains downtown Windsor. The show is free and starts at 10PM with opening band “The Dirty River Band”. Some of the music we will be playing can be found on our bandcamp page, and we’ve also been working on some new songs about drones and the Atari 2600 game, E.T.

For anyone that wants to be virtual-social, the facebook event it here.

October 1st @ The Beer Exchange

On Thursday we will be opening the FAM Festival at The Beer Exchange, opening for From Sky To Space and In Our Finite Space. Starts at 10PM and there is no cover.

Chicago 2015

Some megabus action to Chicago from Detroit to see my kiwi mate Alex. While we were there, we slightly abused some Divvy bikes (and took them out of state!).

DIY Bedroom Workbench and Shelves

Over the last few months I’ve been working on a small electronics workbench and shelving system that can fit into my bedroom. I started out with a floor plan in inkscape until I rearranged all of the furniture to maximize space and then designed everything in CAD. Everything is made out of plywood and assembled with a brad nailer and glue, the supports for the shelves are made from 1.5″ aluminum angle stock with holes drilled every 3″.

The desk height adjustable and appropriate for standing and has a self-closing drawer for hand tool storage. There is an integrated shelf for test equipment and this also holds a rackmount power bar that powers everything on the bench. The surface of the desk is covered with an ESD mat with attachments for grounding straps.

Underneath the desk fits a storage cart that holds 6 divider bins and also has a drawer for more hand tools. The cart is on industrial locking casters to be pulled out as a second work surface. After my first late-night stubbed toe I added glow-in-the-dark markers to the corners as well. The shelves are 1/2″ plywood and held together with t-nuts and bolts. I also used 1/16″ stainless steel aircraft cable and turnbuckles for stability and casters for easy moving.

So far I’ve been very happy with the setup and so has nin and bubs.