What better way to start a hundred days of spaceships than with the one that Benny (the super-enthusiastic ‘SPACESHIP!’ guy from the Lego movie) built. In honour of Benny (and my) intense love of all things spaceship, this first craft is called “The Spaceship!”.
Happy 2019! The new year brings with it a new batch of classes I’ll be taking at ITP. One of the spring classes I’m particularly excited about is called “100 Days of Making”. In exchange for two whole credits I’ll be making something new every day for 100 days, and posing evidence on social media. Past projects have makings ranging from creative code to cubes, whales to maths.
I don’t have to think for too long to come up with a topic that I can enthusiastically engage with every day for over three months:
For the past few years I’ve tried to spend the post-Christmas state of confusion and laziness making an animation about a silly robot that sees in the New Year in various ways. Here’s the one for this round.
[UPDATE 19/12/2018] I built on the LED animation to create this little dancing LED person. This new version uses a humanoid skeleton and FBX animations from mixamo; modelled, rigged, and rendered in Blender.
In my first assignment for Fabrication I created a hand-cranked flash light with parts from the junk shelf. For this final assignment I thought it would be wonderfully fitting to expand on that concept and create a hand crank that could power my other assignments, or any projects in the future.
Since discovering my partner’s sister makes plant stands out of copper I’ve been wanting to try use copper in a project, and since seeing Ben Light’s 2×4 enclosures I have been wanting to explore that technique. With this week’s prompt – “use 2 materials” – I thought I could bring those two goals together.
In another class, Basic Analog Circuits, we’ve recently been covering the 555 timer. One of my favourite ridiculous ways to use the 555 timer is in an Atari Punk Console – basically a weird noise machine. Two 555 chips are used to generate interfering square waves, the result being a ‘techno punk’ sound reminiscent of the music and sounds on an early Atari console. The small, annoying console is a perfect circuit to enclose for this week’s assignment.