Archive for January, 2009

Sr design pictures

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Everything together

Well, here are some pictures of my sr. design project. I will post documentation later.

More Metal Work

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009


In this album; more metal work, more LEDs, and SUN!!!

Weekend trip to Lucca

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Italy 6

This weekend Melissa and I went to Lucca, a walled city about 1.5 hours from Florence.  Getting there turned into quite the adventure.  We got to the train station and bought our tickets.  Then upon realizing our train left in 5 min we rushed to the platform only to be told the train was stopped.  So we went back inside to try to ask someone what was going on.  while standing in line the person in front of us asked us where we were from.  She was from the States and backpacking across Europe.  She was with a friend from Italy who told us that the train workers were on strike that day.  They were headed to Pisa and since Lucca was on the way they helped us find the bus station and buy the right ticket to get to Lucca.  We rode with them on the bus to lucca where we stopped and they changed busses.  We probably would not have gotten to Lucca that day if it was not for them.  Thanks!  

Once in Lucca Melissa and I found a hotel and then did quite a bit of window shopping.  A couple of notable places;

The Pizzeria on the plaza near where we stayed.  One of the ladies that worked there was from brazil and spoke english (not to mention being absolutely gorgeous).  We ate a whole pizza one night, straight out of their wood fired oven.

ReWine << .  A Wine bar that was pretty cool.  We had some nice wines and probably the best gin and tonic on earth (butterfly gin, try it if you can find it, then tell me where to get it)

Thats about all, there was lots of window shopping to be had.

My first metal smithing project.

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

My first project I think I will have some fun with this…

The latest pictures featuring the old and the modern

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

On the way from Fuji studio to school

LEDs and cathedrals. I also started my metal smithing/ jewelry making class today.  It looks like it will be tons of fun!


Monday, January 19th, 2009

An Italian car

A ferrari! What kind is it? It did not have a badge (430?).  I also saw a hummer today (H2) It looked SO huge compared to all the little cars (and of course it was obnoxiously parked).

Firenze and Siena

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Castle walls

My host mother took me to an outlook above Florence and a castle near Siena.

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Italy 2

I went to the Duomo today (then got lost for 2 hours)

Exposure Unit

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Just need to put in the glass 

Here is the exposure unit that I made in 2007 with my friend May Yang.  (thanks for the Pics May!) Can you say pretty blue light? It has 10 actinic (420 nm) fluorescent bulbs totaling 400W! Made for exposing silkscreens, but other uses too.

Here are some pictures from Italy!

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Firenze sunset 

Check out the first glimpse of Italy.

Italian Cars

Friday, January 16th, 2009

In Italy one substantial difference from the States is the huge  (viral?) number of hatchback cars.  So far I have probably seen less than 10 non hatchbacks in 5 days.  The driving style and parking techniques are very impressive.

Computer Desk

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Current setup

This is the computer desk I made for my computer to match and fit my room


Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

I made it to Italy! I will be posting pictures soon.

Hondata S300 install

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Parts for Hondata S300 installThis is the Hondata S300 I installed in my ECU so I could tune my car (more on that later).  The S300 is an awesome tool that enables USB tuning and adds many features to the Honda ECU.

5×5 Carbon fiber canvas

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Carbon Fiber 5x5 Canvas



I made this for the 2007 TAC 5×5 art benefit.

Bike Tail Light

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Bike LED tail light



This is an LED bike tail light that I made in 2004.

POV 1.0

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009



This is a POV display I made in 2004.  I designed and manually encoded all of the font information as hex values for the code.  Little did I know that 4 years latter I would be doing the same thing except with Chinese characters and for OCR software.  It was some how less exciting the second time around but at least I was getting paid for it.

Plate Chair 1.0

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Plate Chair rendering



I designed this chair to use one of the simplest forms of a raw material; a plate.  By making a careful series of cuts in the plate and then doing a series of bending operations you get a chair! Best of all no scrap material is generated.

RGB Box Lamp 1.0

Monday, January 5th, 2009




I made this lamp in 2004.  The balsa and tissue construction worked very well.  The simple linear potentiometer RGB brightness control left something to be desired.

ModuLamp 1.0

Monday, January 5th, 2009

ModuLamp 1.0



 This is a lamp I put together one day in early 2004.  It uses a CCFL lamp and some vellum to make a functional and cool looking light source.  It is a visual representation of sound waves.