Tag Archives: How-To

Collection Control: 10 Tips to Tame Your Hoard

Collection Control: 10 Tips to Tame Your Hoard

Remember, collecting should be fun. If it isn’t, you’re doing it wrong. Read More

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How Not to Install a Water Heater

How Not to Install a Water Heater

Say your water heater leaks, and the home warranty company sends a plumber, who tells you the water heater needs to be replaced. Say that same plumber arrives the next day with a new water heater that has fewer BTU than the last one. Say you discover this while the water is being drained from the tank, and the pipes have been cut. Is it too late to tell the plumber to stop working? Or do you let him install a lower capacity tank? Read More

Learn to make a Pixel Painting

Learn to make a Pixel Painting

One of the many skills I’ve developed in my time as a creative geek is pixel painting, the art of painting video game sprites with acrylic paint on canvas. I recently started picking it up as a hobby again, and I thought I’d share some pointers on how to get started–in case anyone would like to paint their favorite old school video game character! Read More

Create Your Own Snap-Together Plastic Models

Create Your Own Snap-Together Plastic Models

Last week I had the opportunity to conduct a camp titled Beginning Electronics and Robot Building (BERB) to a group of 21 kids, ages 8 to 12. It went great, and I’ll be holding the camp again for another group in late July. In addition to learning some basic electronics skills (such as soldering and breadboarding), the kids also got to build a full-fledged Arduino-based robot that they took home. It was a great week, and it also gave me an opportunity to introduce the kids to some other concepts and tools, including 3D printing. Read More

Get a Glimpse of Amazing Steampunk Style

Get a Glimpse of Amazing Steampunk Style

I’ve got a number of steampunk-related artwork books on my shelves full of paintings, sketches, jewelry, sculptures, clothing, weapons, and goggles… lots of goggles. But most of them have a decidedly British or American style running behind the scenes, probably due to the fact that I’m an English speaker and tend to collect books that I can actually read and don’t require any translation. This means that I’m most assuredly missing out on a number of foreign books that focus on steampunk, and that’s a real shame. Read More

Let’s Put on a Show!

I was hanging out with my nephews over the weekend. Jack and Henry are aged 8 and 4 respectively. A couple years back, Jack took tap dancing lessons. When he outgrew his shoes, and became a wee bit self-conscious about being … Read More