Laser Projects At The Bodgery

As I posted previously, we now have a laser cutter at The Bodgery. Today Karen and I played around with it for a bit to make some cool projects. The first is a laser cut box.

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Tip: If you want to make a box, use a cool site like this one to generate some templates for you.

Next we etched a simple ceramic tile with a flower.

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Which generates a cool pattern on the tile by removing the glaze, leaving most of the tile shiny, while the unglazed part is rough.

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But we wouldn’t stop there. People might not notice how cool our new pattern is. So we spilled some red paint on it and rubbed it in.

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After you rub it all in, you can take a dry paper towel and wipe the paint off the shiny parts of the tile very easily. 

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That leaves you with a beautiful finished product like this.

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Learn how to do cool projects like this and more by becoming a member at The Bodgery. Come check us out at our open shop night this Friday from 7pm to 10pm

Fail Faster, Even In Dating

I often talk about failing faster in both business and programming. The faster you fail the faster you can learn from your mistakes, and move on to something more successful. However, it applies to dating too. In talking with a couple of my single friends recently, it has become clear to me that I need to keep spreading the word about this.

I met my wife online using a site called Excite, which is a search engine that no longer exists, long before OK Cupid, eHarmony, and Match.com ever came about. They had classifieds with a dating section. But in order to meet her, I scheduled tons of dates; sometimes more than 10 per week (2 or more per day). I did this, because the dating scene is often tragically populated with non-matches. There were plenty of no-shows, personalities made of pocket lint, unformed and malformed psychologies, and so on.

The point is, there is a match out there for you, but you have to wade through a river of shit to find it. Don’t dwell on the failures, just keep pushing through the numbers and you’ll get there.

I know what some of you are thinking. How did I do 2 or 3 dates per day? It’s easy actually; just don’t get tied down to the traditional notion of a date. You can almost always tell within the first 10 minutes whether you want to spend more time with a person. Schedule lunch or breakfast dates, because you have to get back to work so you have an easy out. Get a coffee or an ice-cream as a date. Play a quick round of mini-golf or racket ball. In other words, schedule your dates such that they are 1 hour or less. You’ll find you have plenty of time to get more than one in per day. 

Protospiel Madison

You may not have heard, but we’re bringing the country’s best board game design convention to Madison! Protospiel Madison 2014 will be October 24-26th. We’ve already sold over 30% of our available tickets in just the first three weeks they’ve been on sale. And the ticket sales are increasing, so get yours today, before they are all gone.

Brainstorming Doesn't Work; Try This Technique Instead

This is an Elio from Elio Motors. Some people have called it a scam, while others call it the future of transportation. Whatever it is, it is certainly different. 

I pre-ordered one of these for $1000. The total cost of the vehicle is expected to be $6800, and by pre-ordering early I’ll actually get a $500 discount. If it pans out, I’ll have a replacement for my 15 year old Honda Civic that is still in relatively good shape. If it turns out to be a scam, oh well, I’ve wasted more money on less interesting endeavors.  Either way, I’ll let you know in the middle of 2015, when mine is scheduled to be produced. 

This is an Elio from Elio Motors. Some people have called it a scam, while others call it the future of transportation. Whatever it is, it is certainly different. 

I pre-ordered one of these for $1000. The total cost of the vehicle is expected to be $6800, and by pre-ordering early I’ll actually get a $500 discount. If it pans out, I’ll have a replacement for my 15 year old Honda Civic that is still in relatively good shape. If it turns out to be a scam, oh well, I’ve wasted more money on less interesting endeavors.  Either way, I’ll let you know in the middle of 2015, when mine is scheduled to be produced. 

“A Spacecraft for All”: The Journey of the ISEE-3.

Create a new fiddle - JSFiddle

If you work with Javascript at all, by now you’ve probably used or at least seen JSFiddle. I’ve looked at it before, but honestly hadn’t used it until I started my latest crazy Javascript project. It’s great for trying out experimental things. If you haven’t already, give it a serious look.

8-bit Matrix

Why Your Company Has No Strategy

Mark Cuban for president?