The Joy of Making Things

I enjoy stories. Many years ago I stumbled upon the realisation that, since I enjoy stories, perhaps I would enjoy making them too. I did.

I enjoy games. I am now at a point where I am considering that, since I enjoy games, perhaps I will enjoy making them too.

Stories are for many things. For me they are sometimes about discovery or escape or explosive emotional payoffs. The best stories are for people mostly.

Games are for many things. For me they are sometimes about discovery or escape or challenge. The best games are for people mostly.

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Time to look up!

Our first assignment was to GTFOutside and find something in the night sky. I had big plans to use my larger camera and long exposures over the weekend but alas I was struck with a terrible fever and going outside became a very bad idea.

So I resorted to ‘taking a quick snap’ with my phone on the only clear night that was left to me. The first trouble was of course finding something in the sky. With NYC’s light pollution and tall buildings everywhere it was tough to see more than one or two faint spots. The second trouble was when my phone told me to move back to improve focus, which was dumb; how can I move back from the sky?

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100 Days of Spaceships (Completed!)

Partially as part of a class and partially for my own development/amusement, at the beginning of 2019 I embarked on a ‘100 Days of Making’ challenge. The journey is to make something new along a theme every day,.

I chose spaceships. One day I created a new 3d model of a spaceship in Blender 2.8, the next I animated it.

A Video Compilation of All 100 Days:

Final Presentation with some musings about the process.

Growver

Growver is a solar powered rover with plants on it that intermittently seeks out the optimal light conditions for its plants.

The first schematic for growver, in which we incorrectly placed the transistor.

First soldered prototype of Growver

Growver’s brains, wheels, and charging circuit in place

Using Eagle to map out board for PCB milling

Milling using Bantam Tools’ Othermill