The Best Laid Schemes of Mice and Glenn

This is a bunch of for-fun projects, both large and small, I have completed or are in the process of attempting. I have detailed a lot of materials-techniques along the way. Please feel free to adapt these to your own uses. No responsibility can be taken for use or mis-use of this information or any awesomeness that results.

Some of these projects are purely my own work done for myself on my own time. Others are adapted from demonstrations that I have done at my workplace. I work as a class-support technician at a university, specialising in visual arts and media, particularly simple control electronics, 3D-Print and VR. Though it isn't particularly difficult to work it out, I mostly dodge around directly naming my employer. This site is my own space and not in any way affiliated with my employer. I maintain this site entrely on my own time, using my own equipment (you think I would do low-level web-dev on one of the PC or Mac consumer-appliances they issue staff there? Serously?!). Nothing I say here should be interpreted as having any relationship to the opinions or policies of my employer or other of their staff. Both they, and I, prefer it that way! :-D

When I direct students to these projects, it should be taken as being directed to some useful rando site on the internet. You just happen to know the rando!

Videos? I detest instructional videos! They are invariably too fast or tediously slow (and often both!). If I ever have something that can genuinely benefit from video instruction, rest assured I will make a video. Until then, ye olde art of reading is your friend! At least here you can skim over my rambling aside-annotations (which I generally white-box like this so you know it is optional information and/or opinion)!

Fun and educational stuff.

8-sided Die

Die!

3D printing experiments with custom 8-sided dice.

Box

The Case of the Thing.

3D printing custom case insets to hold my custom dice, model paints, and other useful things. .... Also making some larger wooden storage crates.

Pieces of 8!

The measure of a... something!

Non-standard standards in physical-artefact form.

Clack! Clack! Clack! Clack!

Dymo label maker conversion.

Using my custom alphabet.

Fan

My only fan!

3D-printed enclosure to use a 120mm case fan as a quiet desk-fan.

BAT Keypad

NAnaNAnaNAnaNAna

Integrating a Trackpad and USB-2 HUB into my BAT chord keyboard.

Doorbell

NEEDS MORE DOORBELL!!

Very simple Button/LED rewiring project.

Lantern

Using a 556 dual-oscillator chip and a LED array to make a bright flickering light inside a lantern.

Simple Electronics project, particularly useful if you need to simulate a small flame inside a gallery or studio!

Lanterns

RGB paper lanterns that react to stuff.

Basic Arduino™ project.

Violin

The Small Violin.

Basic Arduino™ project.

Orange

The Bright Orange.

Basic Arduino™ project.

Orange

Z-Stepper.

Use a piece of exercise equipment to drive an analog Joystick Channel (USB device).

ORAC

Orac - sentient supercomputer from 70's TV.

Elaborate Arduino™ project with some discrete electronics too.

  1. Introduction
  2. Light Ball
  3. The Ring
  4. The Box
  5. Tarriel Cells
  6. Sound FX
  7. The Key
  8. Other Junk
  9. The Wrap-up
Audio Interfacing

Connecting a PC microphone to non-PC audio inputs.

A little hardware hacking to adjust the power levels between two incompatible classes of equipment (namely, PC-Audio and Studio-Audio equipment).

Telecini

Eiki Thump!

Converting an old broken 16mm film projector into a cheap telecini machine.

Knickers!

Full-Metal Knickers!

Metal lingeri from found object: my major work from the art-education strand of my Education degree.

Bits

Bits and Pieces

Tiny and simple projects that don't really warrant their own page.

Cog

Life-hacking

Tiny and simple projects that try to make life better.


Other Art:

B A Novel Idea.

I am writing a book. Science-fiction, of course. Predominantly for my own amusement. I sometimes enjoy it, and that's my target demographic here, so I am happy! I doubt it is more than self-publishable-on-my-obscure-website, when - in however many decades it takes to finish - it is in any state to be shared at all!

I have some characters, and a challenging situation to put them into, and an interesting environment surrounding it all. I have a beginning I am happy enough with, and an end I like well-enough, and an awful lot of middle left to work out! And some quirky meta-textual gimicks for along the way.

77 TableTop RPG.

When I made my custom 8-sided dice as a 3D-printing self-training exercise, I deliberately made them to not match any existing game. But then people kept asking me what game they were for. So I went and made one.... Well, the start of one. It needs to be finished and play-tested, yet. Like my novel, it is something I dabble in when I feel like it, with no real drive to finish any time soon.

Like the dice, the game works in numeric base 8 (octal), so is pretty estoteric from the start! But it has got a whole origional world-setting, which I am rather happy with, but the actual gameplay needs much much work, both in fine-tuning the game mechanics, and generating a bulk-load of content for equipment/creature/spell lists.

One day I'll finish it enough to relase. Probably under the ORC licence. It was never intended to be a commercial product, but I would like to one day share it while keeping hold of IP rights that won't intefere with others enjoying it too.

Clam

A short clay-animation film with my niece.

Stop-frame animation with Fimo™ modeling material!

Glenns7

Glenns 7.

The remains of my old Blakes 7 tribute pages. From my web site before this one!

*Also see ORAC project above.


Assorted vaguely-related stuff:

A prop

Props from sci-fi can be found around the home!

Identifying commercial media props. made from every-day objects.