The Apple bluetooth keyboard is pretty good for travel when you want to type on an iDevice. Problem I’ve run into is that if it’s in my bag, every time a key is accidentally pressed the iPad it’s paired with wakes up. There is no on/off switch on the keyboard to prevent this — the power button serves more as a pairing button. In the past I’ve solved this by putting a little piece of electrical tape on the inside of the battery compartment cap. It worked pretty well, but that evil electrical tape adhesive got all over things when I pulled it off to use the keyboard. So, I’ve upgraded to a negative contact end cover made from the battery packaging itself.
I had these thoughts in my own personal pep talk, so I made this. Image credits/apologies to Allie Brosh.
Willpower, fortitude of spirit, and sneakers with a better grip helped me stick the jumping spider at Arnold Hernandez’s backyard 323 Ninja Training Grounds.
Yesterday I got annoyed with all of my lock picks being clumped together in a few different cases and sort of hard to find. So, I’m sewing part of the arm of an old leather jacket into a lock pick tool roll.
Happily, the leather is thin enough to work pretty easily on the sewing machine.
I just picked these up for two dollars at a yard sale: wooden USA made folding rule, small Japanese hammer in need of a grip repair, Bonney box wrench.
My 1967 Omega Constellation has a fresh look. I made a custom strap for it that is sized to my wrist and non-adjustable. I’d seen similar designs before, but didn’t way to pay for something that looked so simple to make. It turned out to be pretty easy using a few specialized tools, hardware, and a thin scrap of leather.
First, I cut the strip with a box cutter and straightedge.
Next, I used a small leather punch and mallet to make a clean hole for a screw-in button stud.
After measuring the strap on my wrist, I marked a spot for the button hole. I used a specialized tool that creates a slit and properly sized hole, when struck with a mallet.
Then, I cut a small strip of leather to fold over and hold the strap end. I punched two holes in its ends and stitched them with waxed thread. I’m really happy with the result.
Super-Awesome Sylvia Todd and I have taken a photo together each year since her first Maker Faire in 2009. Often, we’ve held a photo of the previous year, sometimes recursively.
I created this recursion video in Maya to push into each previous year’s photo. Play it in a loop and we never, ever stop!