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2017

Notes from May 2017 May 1

Some of the things that I have found interesting in May 2017. This page is updated throughout the month of May. See April 2017 for the previous month.

Earthquake Kits for Vancouver April 26

I live in Vancouver, BC, a city near the edge of two of these tectonic plates: the massive North American plate, and the smaller Juan de Fuca plate. There is...

Notes from April 2017 April 1

Some of the things that I have found interesting in April 2017. This page is updated throughout the month of April. See March 2017 for the previous month.

Renting to the vancouver hackspace March 22

If you are thinking about renting a building or a space to the Vancouver Hackspace (VHS), think hard about that choice. It could be very costly to you and yo...

Laser cutting in Vancouver March 6

Laser cutting in Vancouver A laser cutter is an amazing tool. Its simple enough to be teach in a single day and easy to produce high quality projects. A las...

Notes from March 2017 March 1

Some of the things that I have found interesting in March 2017. This page is updated throughout the month of March. See February 2017 for the previous month.

Wood working in vancouver February 20

Wood working in Vancouver Woodworking can be a very rewarding hobby, and Vancouver is a great place to get into the craft. If you are an experienced woodwor...

3D printing in vancouver February 13

3D printing in Vancouver If you are a beginner, that wants to get into the craft of 3D printing, or are looking to get an objected printed. This guide will ...

ESP8266 tips and tricks February 12

Last updated: 2017 Feb 12th

Notes from February 2017 February 1

Some of the things that I have found interesting in February 2017.

Notes from January 2017 January 16

Some of the things that I have found interesting in January 2017. Maps and Data Maps of American infrastrucure - A great series of maps of American infr...

2016

Tools and equipment 2016 December 30

This is a snapshot of the tools that I was using in 2016. A more up-to-date version can be found on the tools and equipment page. Everyday I use a series ...

November 2016 interesting link dump December 1

What has interested me in the month of November 2016

Must see movies November 15

Last updated November 13, 2016

Podcasts November 13

This is a list of podcasts that I am currently listening too.

Halloween LED Fox Mask November 8

For Halloween this year I combined a Fox Mask designed by Winter Croft (Instagram) and the LED mapping technique from wow_elec_tron ( Etsy ).

Mushroom growing kit and automation November 7

In the middle of Oct, I attended a talk by Paul Stamets about Mushroom Mycelium & The Worldwide Food Web. Specifically about how Bees and Mycelium are li...

Wanhao Duplicator i3 November 6

I picked up a used Wanhao Duplicator i3 from a friend for a good price. I have used 3D printers in the past, but I have never owned one before. Having one at...

Alternatives to the Vancouver Hackspace. July 12

Vancouver Hackspace (VHS) use to be a place where people could ask questions and get help with their projects while helping out others. Now new people asking...

CNC Zen Garden - Vancouver Maker Faire 2016 Post Mortem June 15

This is a post mortem of the version of the cnc zen garden that I took to the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2016.

Fixing a broken particle photon firmware in windows for the L3D Cube April 14

After lending my L3D cube to a friend for a few weeks it came back with a red SOS blinking pattern on the photon. I tried following particle’s instructions f...

2015

Day 100 - ESP8266 IFTTT button December 14

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Dec 14, 2015 at 1:36am PST

Day 99 - VHS LED Wall December 14

A video posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Dec 14, 2015 at 1:32am PST

Day 98 - Rainbow halloween hat October 27

A video posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Oct 26, 2015 at 11:43pm PDT

Day 97 - Giant fox mask October 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Oct 15, 2015 at 11:23pm PDT

Day 96 - This is a not bomb September 22

WARNING THIS IS NOT A BOMB

Day 95 - IStandWithAhmed workshop September 18

A video posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Sep 18, 2015 at 12:21am PDT

Day 94 - Radiant acrylic fox mask August 31

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 31, 2015 at 6:30am PDT

Day 93 - Burning man belt August 25

A video posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 30, 2015 at 10:44pm PDT

Day 92 - Yellow jacket August 25

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 25, 2015 at 1:15pm PDT

Day 91 - Cockroach August 25

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 25, 2015 at 8:22am PDT

Day 90 - Blowfly August 25

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 25, 2015 at 8:19am PDT

Day 89 - Jumping spider August 24

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 24, 2015 at 1:38pm PDT

Day 88 - Preying mantis August 24

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 24, 2015 at 1:19pm PDT

Day 87 - Burning man plaque August 23

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 23, 2015 at 8:04pm PDT

Day 86 - Fox head mask August 23

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 23, 2015 at 7:49pm PDT

Day 85 - Mustaches August 23

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 23, 2015 at 7:06pm PDT

Day 84 - MeeBox August 23

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 23, 2015 at 5:16pm PDT

Day 83 - Mario coins August 23

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 14, 2015 at 12:00pm PDT

Day 82 - Visualization of DNA August 13

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 13, 2015 at 12:40am PDT

Day 81 - Voronoi tower August 10

A video posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 10, 2015 at 10:14pm PDT

Day 80 - Double 3D printed horn August 7

A video posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 8, 2015 at 2:44pm PDT

Day 79 - 3D printed horn August 7

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 7, 2015 at 6:21pm PDT

Day 78 - Samuria Jack paper craft August 5

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 5, 2015 at 12:24am PDT

Day 77 - Little red riding hood paper craft August 5

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Aug 4, 2015 at 10:39pm PDT

Day 76 - Princess Mononoke paper craft July 30

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 30, 2015 at 12:37am PDT

Day 75 - Moose layered paper craft July 30

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 28, 2015 at 9:59pm PDT

Day 74 - Iron giant layered paper craft July 28

Two layer version

Day 73 - AT-Walker layered paper craft July 28

Three layer version

Day 72 - fairy door workshop July 20

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 19, 2015 at 10:14pm PDT

Day 71 - fairy door painting July 20

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 18, 2015 at 5:00pm PDT

Day 70 - fairy door off cuts July 20

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 18, 2015 at 4:41pm PDT

Day 69 - Installing fairy door two July 16

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 16, 2015 at 7:25pm PDT

Day 68 - Installing fairy door July 16

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 16, 2015 at 7:22pm PDT

Day 67 - Testing fairy door July 14

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 14, 2015 at 12:54am PDT

Day 66 - Pointy fairy door July 7

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 7, 2015 at 12:40am PDT

Day 65 - Curved fairy door July 7

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 7, 2015 at 12:36am PDT

Day 64 - Barrel fairy door July 7

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 7, 2015 at 12:32am PDT

Day 63 - Brick fairy door July 7

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 7, 2015 at 12:28am PDT

Day 62 - Triangle fairy door July 7

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 7, 2015 at 12:25am PDT

Day 61 - flintstone fairy door July 7

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 7, 2015 at 12:19am PDT

Day 60 - fancy fairy door July 7

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 7, 2015 at 12:02am PDT

Day 59 - Hobbit fairy door two July 7

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 6, 2015 at 11:37pm PDT

Day 58 - Hobbit fairy door July 7

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 6, 2015 at 11:28pm PDT

Day 57 - fairy door normal July 7

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 6, 2015 at 8:53pm PDT

Day 56 - fairy door magic July 7

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 6, 2015 at 8:49pm PDT

Day 55 - fairy door arch July 7

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 6, 2015 at 8:38pm PDT

Day 54 - Lasers letters July 7

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jul 6, 2015 at 8:15pm PDT

Day 53 - Testing LED strips July 7

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jun 25, 2015 at 11:26pm PDT

Day 52 - Set up at maker faire July 7

I got busy and I have not been updating this post regularly. Here is a large post dump.

Day 51 - Circles panel June 4

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jun 4, 2015 at 11:49pm PDT

Day 50 - Unfinished panel June 4

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jun 4, 2015 at 11:46pm PDT

Day 49 - Branches panel June 4

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jun 4, 2015 at 11:43pm PDT

Day 48 - Maze panel June 4

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jun 4, 2015 at 10:15pm PDT

Day 47 - Twelve sided star June 4

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jun 4, 2015 at 10:12pm PDT

Day 46 - Voronoi pattern panel June 4

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jun 4, 2015 at 10:07pm PDT

Day 45 - LED strip test June 4

A video posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jun 4, 2015 at 3:20pm PDT

Day 44 - LEDs and Electronics installed in button panel June 2

A video posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Jun 2, 2015 at 12:34am PDT

Day 43 - Installing leds in the Hexagon star panel June 1

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 31, 2015 at 11:57pm PDT

Day 42 - All pixel build day June 1

A video posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 30, 2015 at 9:32pm PDT

Day 41 - Pocket universe title card June 1

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 30, 2015 at 6:45pm PDT

Day 40 - Hyperbolic triangle May 31

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 30, 2015 at 6:41pm PDT

Day 39 - Inside of the dome May 30

A video posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 30, 2015 at 2:06am PDT

Day 38 - Cthulhu panel May 29

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 28, 2015 at 11:31pm PDT

Day 37 - Flower of life panel May 29

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 28, 2015 at 11:28pm PDT

Day 36 - Arcade button panel May 29

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 28, 2015 at 11:25pm PDT

Day 35 - Spades panel variant 2 May 27

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 27, 2015 at 10:53pm PDT

Day 34 - Spades Panel May 26

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 27, 2015 at 10:51pm PDT

Day 33 - Painted fairy door May 26

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 26, 2015 at 4:50pm PDT

Day 32 - Music thank you card May 26

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 26, 2015 at 4:39pm PDT

Day 31 - Laser branch panel May 26

Full size

Day 30 - Large picture frame CNC Panel May 26

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 25, 2015 at 11:03pm PDT

Day 29 - Picture frame CNC Panel May 26

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 25, 2015 at 11:01pm PDT

Day 28 - Spiral panel CNC May 26

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 25, 2015 at 10:59pm PDT

Day 28 - Hexagon Star CNC Panel May 24

Video

Day 26 - L3D cube build May 24

A video posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 15, 2015 at 6:26pm PDT

Day 25 - Maker business card May 24

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 15, 2015 at 12:17am PDT

Day 24 - Elven fairy door May 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 13, 2015 at 11:46pm PDT

Day 23 - Spiral panel May 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 13, 2015 at 11:40pm PDT

Day 22 - triangl line panel May 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 13, 2015 at 11:38pm PDT

Day 21 - Arcade button midi control May 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 11, 2015 at 2:16am PDT

Day 20 - LEDs working Untztrument trellis midi kit May 15

A video posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 10, 2015 at 10:36pm PDT

Day 19 - failed maze panel May 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 10, 2015 at 12:09pm PDT

Day 18 - Failed array panel May 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 10, 2015 at 12:05pm PDT

Day 17 - Tiny Star panel array May 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 10, 2015 at 12:04pm PDT

Day 16 - Star panel two May 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 10, 2015 at 12:13pm PDT

Day 13 - Layered paper craft dragon May 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 4, 2015 at 11:03pm PDT

Day 15 - Arcade button panel April 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 10, 2015 at 11:57am PDT

Day 14 - Test polyhedron April 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 4, 2015 at 11:43pm PDT

Day 12 - Test panels April 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 4, 2015 at 10:56pm PDT

Day 11 - String Star April 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 4, 2015 at 10:54pm PDT

Day 10 - Hexagon Star April 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 4, 2015 at 10:50pm PDT

Day 9 - Fairy doors April 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on May 4, 2015 at 10:46pm PDT

Day 8 - Moster mustache April 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Apr 13, 2015 at 12:22am PDT

Day 7 - Moster dog April 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Apr 13, 2015 at 12:20am PDT

Day 6 - Moster lizard April 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Apr 12, 2015 at 12:29am PDT

Day 5 - Moster frog April 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Apr 12, 2015 at 12:21am PDT

Day 4 - Untztrument trellis midi kit April 15

A photo posted by Steven Smethurst (@funvill) on Apr 9, 2015 at 11:30pm PDT

Day 3 - Arcade button midi controller April 15

Day 2 - 20x hexagon April 15

Day 1 - Fractal Triangle April 15

2014

Layered paper cut with spacers between each layer October 12

I made this laser cut, paper, layered, circle design a few weeks ago. At the time I didn’t have any different color paper so I made it out of red paper. The ...

Paper bookshelf from DIY Furniture book October 10

I  built a version the slot together bookshelf from the book DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide.

Laser cut, layered circles October 10

Its 5 layers, I only have one color of paper so it kind of hard to distinguish between the different layers.

A blue star sign October 10

I made a glowing backlit star out of coroplast. There are 12 RGB leds behind the star made it glow.

More laser cut Guilloches October 10

These were created by generating Guillochés in inkscape using the macro function, then cutting them on VHS’s laser cutter. All the source files can be found...

Laser cut spray paint stencils October 10

I have been using laser cutter at the Vancouver hackspace to make spray paint stencils. I use to cut these stencils by hand and it would take anywhere from 2...

RescueTime July - September 2014 October 10

Paper cut furniture using SketchChair August 4

I found SketchChair while looking for CNC related projects on Kickstarter. It is an open source application that you can use to draw chairs and output the de...

Chinese paper cutting done with a laser cutter July 21

I have always been fascinated by the Chinese paper cut pictures. The owl image below came from a scan of a paper cut picture that I picked up while in china....

RescueTime March - May 2014 June 18

March 2014

Domain names and registrar June 18

Domain names and registrar

General status update June 18

Its been 6 months since I last updated this site. Lots have been going on here are the highlights.

Life tracking Jan 2014 February 3

This chart was generated with the help of Rescue Time. It looks like I’m more productive this month (58) than last month (53)

Laser cut 4 pack beer carrier January 21

I created three of these 4pack beer carriers for a few friends of mine. I don’t really like the design as the “finger grooves” cut in to your skin when you a...

Laser cut wooden TRex January 14

I made this giant wooden laser cut T-Rex for my nephew xmas. I made a very larger version about 3 1/2 feet tall. It was a little unstable and I ended up crea...

Life tracking Dec 2013 January 7

Productivity tracking This chart was generated with the help of Rescue Time

Laser cut Frabjous January 1

I laser cut this object sesigned by George W. Hart as a gift for my mother for xmas this year.I got the original design from Thingiverse, made for 4mm ply wo...

Goals for 2014 January 1

This has been a productive year but not a great one. I accomplished two of the seven goals that I set from last year.  This year I plan on spending more time...

2013

Laser cut Mario coin boxes December 3

This week I made Mario Mystery boxes, piggy banks for my nephews upcoming Mario themed birthday party. He invited 30 kits to his party and I wanted to make o...

The problems with sending a lot of emails. November 28

One of my side projects is a daily fiction magazines called EveryDayFiction.com. We take user submitted stories of 1000 words or less. Give feedback on every...

Raspberry PI Home Automation Source code November 24

http://pastebin.com/yL59raRx

Intro to Making Puppets workshop on Saturday, December 7, 2013 November 24

I’m running another puppet workshop at VHS Intro to Making Puppets workshop on Saturday, December 7, 2013 VHS is running another Intro to Making Puppets wor...

A response to Life tracking and Quantified Self movement. November 24

A few days ago someone was asking about live tracking and productivity hacks this is my response to them. I use timers on my phone, Google calendar, and a sp...

How a Greyhound employee stole alcohol from my checked luggage. November 11

See below the letter I sent to Greyhound. I will update this post if/when I get a response from Greyhound Hello

Introduction to Home automation with the Raspberry Pi - Sunday November 24th 2013 November 7

Who: VHS members only, become a member and join us! http://vancouver.hackspace.ca/wp/membership

BEWARE! ShareMouse, MaxiVista, Bartels Media == Crapwear October 7

One of the many things that I can’t stand about software is crap where. Crap wear lets you install it on your system saying its “100% free”. When you get it ...

Intro to Security, Passwords September 25

Passwords Long passwords Longer passwords are better than random shorter passwords. The more entropy the more attempts a brute force attack will have to do t...

Star-wars engraving with a laser cutter September 23

For a friends birthday I laser etched a few starwars scenes in to wood with VHS’s Laser cutter. I only had a limited time so I was unable to experimented wit...

Getting started with your Raspberry PI September 10

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of promoting the teaching...

Quick and easy word clock with a spare monitor and JavaScript September 9

We where talking about Dougs Word Clock design at VHS this week trying to figure out the cheapest and lowest labor way of designing the clock. LED strips or ...

Getting started with Raspberry PI - Wednesday Sep 11th, 2013 @VHS September 7

I am running another intro to Raspberry PI night at VHS this week. Join us

GeoGramOne - GPS tracker to Google maps July 9

A few weeks ago I ordered a GeoGramOne board from DSScircuits. Its a Open source GPS tracker that was succefuly funded on Kickstarter. The board combines a G...

The Giant Claw Game! - Post Mortem June 25

Things didn’t go as planed, the claw broke with the very first kid. I added min and max limit switch to the claw to tell when the claw was fully open or full...

The Giant Claw Game! - Time Lapes June 5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgpEQ1S1VbA

The Giant Claw Game! - Pictures May 23

The Cart

The Giant Claw Game! - It Moves ! May 23

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D28KmiJrMu4

The Giant Claw Game! - Problems May 19

The Giant claw game can be broken down in to a few parts. The Claw, The Joystick, The Gantry/Cube, The XY table, The Cart, Control system

Breaker Faire - May 25th 10am-5pm May 18

The Giant Claw Game! - Relay H-Bridge and Circuit Design May 18

Over the week I worked on the Relay H Bridge,  software and circuit diagrams for this project. Only 1 more week till it needs to be done.

The Giant Claw Game! - The Controls System May 14

Only two weeks left to get the Claw up and running ready for Breaker Faire the Maker Faire fund raiser party. I am starting to get worried that I might not g...

The Giant Claw Game! - The Gantry System May 12

This week I have working on the gantry system. The gantry system is used to move the claw around inside the Cube.

The Giant Claw Game! - The Claw, Prototype 3 May 5

I started working on the third version of the claw this week. In this version I have added a motor, extended the length of the prongs, and started on the ele...

The Giant Claw Game! - The Claw, Prototype 2 April 17

This is the second prototype of the claw. I really liked the claw design by Marc Cryan that I found on Instructables.com but I wanted it to have three prongs...

Using a Raspberry PI with a webcam to make time lapse videos. April 13

I have made a bunch of time lapse videos in the past with my Cannon S90 using the CHDK hacked firmware. These videos turn out great and I have very happy wit...

The Giant Claw Game! - The Claw Research, Version 1 April 10

Now that I got my controller working and the stepper motors moving with a RAMPs board, I decided to get started on The Claw. I knew that I would have to go t...

Reporting the system stats of a Raspberry PI to COSM with python March 27

COSM is a online data store of sensor data for the internet of things. You can use Cosm to store sensor data (light, temp, heat, etc…) from your internet ena...

Raspberry PI as a FM transmitter March 26

The Giant Claw Game! - Controller March 19

Continuing from my last post on The Giant Claw Game! This week I build the controller for the Giant Claw using the laser cutter, a arcade joystick and a butt...

The Giant Claw Game! - Vancouver Maker Faire 2013 project March 10

This year for the Vancouver Maker Faire I am planning on making a giant Claw Crane game.  Normally claw games are found in video arcades and shopping malls a...

RaspberryPI - Find the MAC address and change the host name February 26

We have been running Raspbberry PI nights at VHS the last few weeks and they have been going really well. Using the Raspberry PI to control a Arduino Rasp...

Space ship mobile February 22

One of my good friends just had a child and I wanted to get them a hand made gift. I decided on making a mobile with VHS’s laser cutter.

Raspberry PI controlling an Arduino via the pyfirmata protocol February 10

The Raspberry PI is good for a lot of things from computer clusters to home automation but its missing a few things such as a real time clock, terminal/barre...

Raspberry PI and the GPIO pins February 3

This week I have been playing with the Rapberry PI, Python and the Python GPIO pins library.

Time lapes of demolishtion and construction of 3950 Main st January 21

This is a place holder for a upcoming post.

Board members on B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) January 14

This last week I have been investigating the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch to find out who has been making the new laws that the LCLB has been int...

Working with Open Data, Maps and data.gov.bc.ca January 6

This weekend I have been playing with more Open Data and Maps using TileMill. Specifically I been trying to make a Bathymetric map of the Salish Sea (BC Coas...

2012

2013 Goals and Resolutions December 31

Goals and Resolutions for 2013 (In no particular order) Create a new post for ABlueStar.com (This blog) each week. - Last year I only missed a few weeks an...

The Noun Project - Laser cutter Tips, tricks and resources December 30

About a year ago I found the The Noun Project while looking for some icons for a project and was instantly hooked. They provide a website where you can enter...

Laser cutter Tips, tricks and resources December 29

 

Laser safe font - Laser cutter Tips, tricks and resources December 29

A few of my recent laser cutter projects, have required that I cut some text out of the material. When you cut in to the material using normal font like Aria...

Lasers and Vancouver OpenData December 28

A few days ago I attended a talk at the Vancouver HackSpace (VHS) on using Open Data and lasers to make interesting wooden maps.

This has been a great year. December 18

This has been a great year! Removed stressful people from my life, simplifying my life considerably.  My girlfriend has moved in with me, helping me to be...

Drawbot results December 17

I was able to get the drawbot made by marginallyclever.com up and running. It produced some beautiful prints for my nephew’s birthday.

Why I hate TeamViewer December 13

TeamViewer is a bad company do not pay for their software. 

Reddit Holiday Greeting Card Exchange December 10

Made with marginallyclever.com for the Reddit Gifts exchange Source image Gcode for the drawbot

Laser cut layered Crystal skull December 3

My father loves skulls and every year I get him a skull for Christmas. A few years ago I got  him a bottle of Crystal Head Vodka.  The vodka was concieved by...

Wooden laser cut pendants December 2

Today I laser cut a few different wooden pendents. Most of the iconic ones came from The Noun Project. The circle ones were generated using a java-script lib...

Acrylic puzzle test 1 November 25

For one of the Christmas presents this year I want to make a home made puzzle on the laser cutter.

Acrylic Ornaments Batch 2 November 20

These are the results from the “acrylic ornaments design thoughts and research”. They turned out O.K. I am still not completely happy with it. I learned a lo...

Acrylic Ornaments - Design thoughts an research November 19

After cutting the last batch of Acrylic Ornaments I thought I would do a bit more research before doing the next run. Ideally I would like to write a program...

Acrylic Christmas Ornaments version 1 November 15

I got some time on VHS’s laser cuter tonight and was able cut up the first version of the ornaments. They still need some work. The "P" and "O" look dumb w...

Designing Acrylic Christmas Ornaments November 14

Today I designed a Christmas ornaments that I am planning on cutting on VHS’s laser cutter. The white sections will be cut first, followed by the red, leavin...

Updated versions of VHS Lighting Talk Challenge coins November 7

I tested a few different versions of the VHS Lighting Talk Challenge coins that I designed last wee. With the help of a fellow VHS member Richard (Nutters) w...

VHS Lighting Talk Challenge coins - Super Happy Hacker House November 4

Update: Updated versions of VHS Lighting Talk Challenge coins

Programming Competition Prisoners Dilemma October 25

I have been trying to think of a simple programming competition that we can run at the next SHHH (Super Happy Hacker House) at the Vancouver Hackspace.

Making of Timelapes - Tender Threads €” Bloodshots Canada 2012 October 24

This is a making of timelapes for the Tender Threads €” Bloodshots Canada 2012 contest entry.

VHS raven cache October 23

Tender Threads -- Bloodshots Canada 2012 October 22

Team Failure's Entry in the Bloodshots Canada 2012 48-Hour Horror Short Film Competition

The 9th Annual Hot One Inch Action - Teeth October 15

I have been accepted in to “the 9th Annual Hot One Inch Action” art show in Vancouver. The show will be at Hot Art Wet City Pop Up Gallery (752 E Broadway) o...

Geo Caching with Wooden nickles October 15

I recently went on a trip to New York for the World Maker Faire. My plan was to make a bunch of wooden nickles that resembled Geo Coins and put them in sever...

I visited Hacklab hackerspace October 9

While visiting Toronto I was able to make it down to Hacklab.To and get a tour of their space.

I visited HACK Manhattan Hackerspace October 8

While I was in New York to see World Maker Faire, I got a chance to visit HACK Manhattan.

I visited NYC Resistor hackspace October 4

While in New York to see World Maker Faire, I got a chance to see the NY Resistor hackspace. It was a quite night as most people where still tired from there...

Simple acrylic pendants September 25

The last batch of GeoCoins September 23

I was able to compleat the last bunch of GeoCoins tonight at VHS. These ones turned out better then the first two batches. I sanded the surface of the coins ...

More GeoCoins designs September 22

Made some more GeoCoins, This time i have included the inkscape source file for your reference.

More GeoCoins tests September 20

I made some more demo GeoCoins on VHS’s laser cutter. It took creating about ~25 coins to get the settings just right.

First test of making GeoCoins with the laser cuter September 19

Thing tracking system and GeoCaching September 18

I like the weird September 16

Games

I got a RaspberryPI (a few months ago) September 1

I got a RaspberryPI a few months ago, but with Vancouver Maker Faire and the 281 proposal and all the other things going on in my life I just never got aroun...

Look what I made - Compass table. August 31

This year for the Vancouver Maker Faire I build a Compass table that I found on instructables.com. I found a cheap price on 1000x compasses from alibaba.com ...

Host gator has bad security and sucks. August 29

I had a bad experience with HostGator the other day. I had forgot the password to HostGators billing system and went though their password recovery function....

Look what I made - Acrylic chess set August 28

 

Translink sucks in Vancouver. August 16

This will mark my 25th complaint sent to translink contact us forum this year. That’s  more then >3 a month every single month. Incident: The #2568 bus @1...

NiceDog nano php web framework July 28

Last week I started on a simple web app that only has three pages. After I got the prototype working I wanted to clean up the code and switch over to using a...

Wordpress Post via email (wp-mail.php) July 12

For the last few years I have used a plugin called postie that would let me email automated posts to my blog and they would automatically get posted for me. ...

Rental Guide are bad people, and suck. June 27

Me and my girlfriend where looking for a new place. She was searching http://vancouver.kijiji.ca for ads and came across a “Rental Guide” ad, and contacted t...

LEGO 3D Milling Machine - 3D Printer June 18

Raspberry PI - Start up questions June 17

I got my new shinny Raspberry PI a few days ago, and got some time to play with it today. I am a windows guy by default and this is my first adventure in to ...

How do you talk to someone over a common, instant message client (Gtalk, MSN) securely, with encryption March 26

How do you talk to someone over a common, instant message (IM) client (gtalk, MSN, ect..) securely, with encryption. This was my question when I went to the ...

Vancouver Maker Faire - Call for Makers March 15

If you haven’t already heard, Vancouver Maker Faire have an amazing venue in store for this year; we’ll be in the Forum building at the Pacific National Exhi...

Making a Gear Heart February 21

Making puppets February 20

Vancouver floating dining room using plastic 2-Liter bottles February 6

Crowdfund the Rygo January 23

Help us create the biggest 3D print in North America, designed by Bathsheba Grossman, printed by the DShape and installed at Gropp’s Gallery of Vancouver

2011

Vancouver Scavenger Hunts November 12

I have mentioned vancouver scavenger hunts before but it was mainly for Vancouver’s parks and I wanted one that is more geared towards Vancouver its self. I ...

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2011 November 11

* I found this post in my drafts, unfinished, lost and forgotten. I decided to post it, unfinished instead of deleting it. * 

Five Pirates November 4

You have five pirates, ranked from 5 to 1 in descending order. The top pirate has the right to propose how 100 gold coins should be divided among them. But t...

How to be distracted October 31

I work up at the crack of noon today determined to-do three things, buy a shaver, Clear my inbox, and write a new post on my blog.

Driving from Vancouver to Burningman 2011 October 15

Shot with a Cannon s90 at one picture every 60 secs.

SQL Injection License Plate October 11

 One clever hacker realized that recent speed traps use cameras that automatically register your speed, take a picture of you license plate, and then use cha...

Ping and pong October 8

Ping: A call out in to the void in search of another. To check the existence of life on the other end. To seek a connection. A normal response to ping is “po...

Office Parkour and ZombinLaden September 30

Insane Office Escape (try this at work!) - Biting Elbows Interesting music video, includes: free running, parkour, interesting fight sequence and camera angl...

Vancouver Mini Make Faire 2011 - Timelaps September 24

I took a time laps of the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2011 but forgot all about it after as I started on the next project.  That is until today.

More burning man 2011 videos September 23

Javascript redirect when device has restarted September 20

Over the past few months I have been building a sensor device with a embedded webserver for configuration and reporting. When a user saves a configuration to...

Burning Man 2011 - Rites of Passage September 12

I didn’t take too many PG pictures, So here are others videos. Amazing year.

Playa tips and tricks August 1

You can find lots of tips and tricks, First time guide, and Preparing for the Playa posts on the internet if you search hard enough and if its your first tim...

LED light bulb suit. July 18

I need to make a suit like this for burning man

GOLD, lighting project. July 17

Gold from Evan Roth on Vimeo. Interesting project, basically what it looks like is they are flashing light though acrylic glass with holes that light up as ...

Dog and Helium Voice - Terrifying July 16

Burning man 2011 placement confirmed - DIVORCE & 7:30, Rites Of Passage July 15

We just got our camp placement for burning man (Rites Of Passage) this year. Divorce and 7:30. If your coming, (and why wouldn’t you be) stop by and check o...

Drawing with water and ink July 13

It would be cool to do a story based around this art forum. Where the ink flows as someone does a voice over.

Abluestar.com privacy statment July 2

I record as much information as I possiably can from all my users, all the time, and I keep it for as long as I want to. I will sell it to anyone who asks an...

InkPop.com, Are spammers and a security risk for their users. DONT USE THEM. They suck July 1

They are spammers

Spin Art - Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2011 June 27

I build the first version of my giant spin art back in may after reading build instructions in Make magazine Volume 25.

Sign Posts - Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2011 June 17

I seen sign posts like this at the San Francisco Maker Faire and Burning man and I wanted to do something similar for Vancouver’s Mini Maker Faire 2011. With...

RGB LED POV Globe - Status update and mechanical issues June 12

This project has somewhat hit a road block and with 12 days left before Maker Faire I’m starting to panic. This leaves me with ~4 good working days left. Her...

Netburner http weird errors - Daily WTF June 2

Daily WTF

RGB LED POV Globe - LED test June 1

More testing of the RGB LEDs. This set up uses 2pin screw terminals between each of the OctoBrite CYANEA. This set up works much better then the previous tes...

RGB LED POV Globe - LED test May 30

This is a video of me testing 5x OctoBrite CYANEA boards connected in series to an Arduino powered by a common computer power supply. Currently I wire wrappe...

RGB LED POV Globe - Software May 16

I been travailing a lot the past few weeks making it hard to work on the mechanics of this project and with only 50 days left till Maker Faire I am running s...

Status update May 12, 2011 May 12

I have been busy the last few weeks as projects ramp up and we get closer to Maker Faire and the weather gets nicer around Vancouver. Its getting harder to m...

Giant spin art - Maker Faire 2011 Vancouver April 24

I wanted to create a very simple project for Maker Faire Vancouver that I could do in a weekend and something that people could take home with them as a meme...

Upcoming events for this summer April 17

Upcoming events for this summer April 22nd Love in the Dark feat Glitchy & Scratchy (reunion set!!) April 23rd FROM THE GROUND UP Acoustic round up/D...

RGB LED POV Globe - Research other peoples projects. March 24

There are a lot of different POV projects out there that have influenced my project.

Unpossible March 23

Unpossible from Robin King on Vimeo.

RGB LED POV Globe - Parts shopping March 23

I spent most of the last week doing research and ordering parts samples and testing equipment, trying to get everything set up for this project.

RGB LED POV Globe - Research LED March 21

I started searching for a LED to use in this project.

Super Happy Hacker House 0E March 20

It has been since early-February where we’ve had Super Happy Hacker House and it’ll be more exciting than ever! Come down to Vancouver Hack Space this upcomi...

One Minute Puberty March 20

One Minute Puberty from bitteschön.tv on Vimeo.

RGB LED POV Globe - Research March 19

I have decided to create a 64x RGB LED POV Globe for Maker faire and Buring man this year. This project is a factor more complex then any other project that ...

Super Happy Crafter House 1.0 February 20

A short timelaps video from Super Happy Crafter House 1.0

Two layer Stencils February 19

More stencils this time we used two or more colors. The next steep is a custom 5-10 color image. one that takes me the night to cut out and do.

Status update Feb 15 February 14

Ray Gun Revival has been launched. We sent out 8k unsolicited email newsletter to anyone that had anything to do with the old site and only ~50 people foll...

A perfect example of why you should use the same password on different websites. January 31

Plenty of fish stores your password as plain text in their database. I know this because they send you a weekly email with updates to the site and puts your ...

What I have been up to in January 2011 January 31

Its been a busy month, the start of the year always is. Built my first Android APP with Phone gap. Its a happiness survey that lets users report there curr...

Skullcandy head phones are not compatible... January 7

I picked up a pair of Hesh Skullcandy and they sounded great at the store. But when I got home and plugged them in to my phone it sounded dull, like it was m...

2010

What I did in 2010, Year end review December 29

I hate writing this type of post, the review of all your failures and accomplishments over the last year. But review is important its stops you from repeatin...

They're made out of data December 27

With apologies to Terry Bisson. Warning: Tron 2 spoilers. "They're made out of data." "Data?" "Data. They're made out of data." "Data?" "No doubt about it. W...

Playing with app inventor for android December 21

App inventor for android was just recently released for everyone to play with. I looked in to it hoping I could create a simple EveryDayFiction feed reader a...

Solstice Lunar Eclipse! Dec 20th 2010 December 20

The first total lunar eclipse in two years will grace the sky the night of Monday, Dec. 20, and we want you to be there. Sure, it's a school night, but with ...

Color survey December 13

Color is subjective and people see colors differently sometimes wildly differently. Where someone sees the color red a different person will see orange or ye...

links for 2010-12-11 December 11

Arduino Wireless Transmission APC220 PC Kits - $30.64 : Open Source Store Electronic Arduino Wholesale, Wireless Motor Sensor Robot Parts Fr...

2010

A web masters thoughts on mortality December 10

As much as I believe that I am a god at programing and all things to do with the microchip, eventually I am going to die. I know it sounds ridiculous but its...

Yankee Grab November 8

Yankee Grab is a dice game based on a game known as Going to Boston, Going to town and Newmarket.

Yahtzee November 1

After writing about Yahtzee strategies last week I got the nostalgic for the old game and wanted to play it once more. I did a quick google search for some ...

Meouloaf -- Bloodshots 2010 October 26

I demand that you watch this and rate it up!! Me and a few friends got together this weekend and made a short horror movie in 48 hours. Now we need your help...

Wishing Well October 25

Wishing Well is a dice game also known as Help Your Neighbor.

Who Shit, What Shit October 18

Who Shit, What Shit is a drinking game.

Waterfall October 11

Waterfall is a drinking game. What you Need to Play teams of at least 2 people (minimum of 4 people) A pint of beer for each person How to Play the Game...

Light painting with Processing October 10

I have always liked light panting and light graffiti. But there are things that I don’t like about it, it takes along time, its process incentive, you can do...

Vegetable October 4

Vegetable is a word drinking game.

Up and Down the River September 27

Up and Down the River is a drinking game.

UnderOver 7 September 20

UnderOver 7 is a dice game. One of the simplest dice betting games there is.  The only thing that I can think of that is simpler is Hi Low.

Twenty-Six September 13

Twenty Six is a dice game. This is a banking game that was popular in the Midwest USA between the 1930s and 1950s. It was often played in taverns, which wou...

Twenty-One Aces September 6

Twenty-One Aces is a dice drinking game.

Twenty One August 30

Twenty one is a dice jeopardy approach game. This game is absurdly easy to play but it’s a good game to explain what jeopardy approach games are.  In a jeopa...

Twelve Up August 23

Twelve Up is a dice game. What you Need to Play 1 die How to Play the Game Players make bets against the banker then pick a number between 14 and 18. Ea...

Merge/combined PDF documents into a single PDF August 19

Problem:

Tractor Pull August 16

Tractor Pull is a drinking game.

Talk about your bad luck August 11

Talk about your bad luck, one of my favorite comic book writers had a data fail. My backups all got corrupted, and my backup device died. I'll fix that on Su...

Threes August 9

Threes (commonly called Tripps) is a gambling dice game.  As it can be played for any amount of time and requires almost no equipment, it has become very pop...

Anther reason why paypal sucks August 9

Just one more reason why paypal sucks so, it seems that after 5 months of accepting donations via paypal, they have decided to freeze our account. as you may...

Three Man August 2

3 man is a dice drinking game. 3 man is a classic game; its one of the first drinking games I ever played and it’s really easy to play.

The Three July 26

The Three is a dice game. This is derived from a Chinese banking game called Strung Flowers.  As the name suggests it is played with three dice. It is also k...

The Movies July 19

The movies is a really simple drinking game and is probably the first one I ever played. Find a movie and come up with reocurring things to look for; when yo...

Ten Pins July 12

Ten Pins is a dice version of 10 pin bowling.

Swipe July 5

Swipe is a elimination dice game for two to six players made by Fundex Games in 2004.

2010

Testing an update from my android phone June 30

Hello this is a test posting from my android phone

Spoils of War June 28

Spoils of War is a dice game. This game was once used by soldiers to divide their spoils of war.  It has been suggested centurions played the game for Christ...

VPSN Stick it to the Streets, Vancouver Car free day 2010 June 25

Stick it to the Streets VPSN is gathering a large group of people wandering the street with noise makers making a lot of noise/”Music”, from downtown to GasT...

Snakes and Ladders June 21

As a kid Snakes and Ladders never really appealed to me as it was a purely luck based game, but most of my childhood friends loved it because it was so simpl...

Canon S90 CHDK How do you get to the record mode? June 21

Canon S90 CHDK

Free fishing on fathers day weekend. June 20

Did you know that in BC you get a free freshwater fishing licence for fathers day weekend. The weekend was set up in order to get people interested in fishin...

Arduino Infrared, Blue Robot challenge, Burning man and superman June 18

Blue robot challenge

Six-Six-Six June 14

Six-six-six is a dice game. A simple gambling game where the object is to bluff your roll on three dice.

Interesting Friday June 11

Interesting Friday, I’m going to try to make a new post once a week on Friday of all the interesting things that I have found over the week. People to follow...

Mear One Light Graffiti - Emily Wells June 9

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Sixes Bet June 7

Sixes Bet is a dice game. This is a simple betting game that has tricked a lot of people out of there money. The odds are 1-6 no matter how many times you ro...

PHP email template June 3

When I create a PHP script that has to send an email to a user I tend to use a template file for the body of the email. I load the template file in to the sc...

Bill C-61 AKA Canadian DMCA - Crisis Fatigue June 1

Canada’s DMCA (AKA Bill C-61) is back up in front of parliament again. We defeated it once before in summer of 2008 now they change it slightly call it a dif...

Simplified Craps May 31

Simplified Craps is a dice game. This is a simplified version of craps that is often played on the street of New York.

Autonomous Quadrotor May 29

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What are mysql-bin.000001, mysql-bin.000002... May 28

By default whenever you make a change to a MySQL database it creates a log of the query and stores it in a file simlare to ‘mysql-bin.000001’ . The MySQL dat...

Shut the Box May 24

Shut the Box is a dice game. Shut the Box is a form of a patience game that can be played with two or more players in a competition. For more than two hundre...

Ship May 17

Ship is a Battleship dice game. I have only played this game once, and it’s pretty simple compound game that is easy to learn and play. We played it for shot...

Instructions on how to fix your computer, install windows applications on your mac, Hack someones Facebook, and make a million dollars from a World of warcraft clone. May 12

Instructions on how to fix your computer, install windows applications on your mac, Hack someones Facebook, and make a million dollars from a World of warcra...

Sevens Out May 10

Sevens Out is a dice game.

Sevens May 3

Sevens is a dice game. In most games sevens are good and lucky, but in this game sevens are bad.

In search for a bug tracking system April 30

I’m about to start a new development project with a new group and we needed some sort of bug tracking system to coordinate all our efforts.  Previously I hav...

2010

Butter fried bacon wrapped filet Mignon April 26

In response to a friends post about buttersteak-mignon and his harassment about my not cooking any more I decided to construct the most delicious steak ever ...

2010

Sequences April 19

Sequences is a dice game. This game is a version of an old game called ‘Hearts’ or ‘Hearts Due’ that is played with a special set of dice that have the lette...

Looking for a new host April 15

I been with a bunch of different hosts over the past few years Hostgator (Good)- Reseller account, only positive things to say about them so far. Good phon...

Every Night Erotica April 13

Every Night Erotica online magazine launching May 1st 2010.

Screw Your Neighbor April 12

Screw Your Neighbor is an elimination card game.  After each round, one player is eliminated (or loses a token). When all players but one have been eliminate...

Round The Clock April 5

Round the Clock is a dice game.

Questions March 29

Questions is a drinking game.

Is Aluminum is a conductor ? March 25

YES

Qualify March 22

Qualify is a dice game.

Ideas on how to advertise your stories March 15

Here are a few different ways that you can advertise your story before and after it has been published.

Pyramids March 15

Pyramids is a drinking card game.

2010

Pig March 8

Pig is a pretty simple game that I use to play back in high school.  Back then I didn"t know any of the history or importance of this game or why people play...

Perverted Sounds March 1

Perverted Sounds is a drinking word game.

Passage February 22

Passage is a dice game.

Par February 15

Par is a dice game.

Paper, Rock, Scissors Ultimate February 8

Paper, Rock, Scissors Ultimate is a drinking game.

One-'O'-Five February 1

One O Five is a dice game.

One Big Chicken January 25

One Big Chicken is a drinking game.

The Best of Every Day Fiction Two (Anthology) January 25

Flash fiction is perfect for your coffee break, your commute, or whenever you have a few minutes for yourself. Crafted with gemlike precision, every flash fi...

RPXnow and Windows live ID, problems signing out January 23

The problem

Mexico January 18

Mexico is an elimination-style dice game.

Landmines January 11

Landmines is a drinking game.

Klondike January 4

Klondike is a dice poker game. Klondike is loosely based on poker originating in cheap casinos on the American frontier. Its really easy to play if you know...

2009

King's Cup December 28

A classic drinking game that evolves filling a cup (the kings cup) with random shots of liquor for the unfortunate loser of the game. As with all drinking ga...

Jackpot December 21

Jackpot is a dice game that was played in many taverns in the middle ages.  People could often find the game"s layout on the taverns tables.  In lower-class ...

CakePHP - Security.level December 16

I been having reports from my users that they are getting randomly logged out of my web applications. After much debugging I found that CakePHP regenerates t...

Get special folders with SHGetKnownFolderPath December 16

This application will print the special folders that you should be storing your applcations data in. UAC on Windows Vista/7 will no longer alowe you to write...

Why don't we have free phones yet? December 16

"Re:Should be" by canajin56 (660655) on Wednesday December 16, @12:21PM (#30459990) At least you guys have a choice of providers. Here in Canada, we almost h...

I never December 14

I Never is a drinking, word game. This is an absurdly easy game. It’s not about how much you drink, but what you can find out about your friends. This is a...

CakePHP - Disable validation in controler December 10

When upgrading an old web application to start using CakePHP but the old systems was riddled with invalid data. When the creating the CRUD system I need a wa...

CakePHP - Search bar December 9

This code snippet will create a search box that uses can use to search for text in the database. The control creates a query to search certain fields of publ...

Indian Poker December 7

Indian Poker is a drinking, card game. I just played this game for the first time this weekend. It was very simple to learn and really good after a few beer...

UPS vs FedEx December 4

I ordered some cables from this online store in the states (I live in Canada) the cost in goods was $30 for both packages.

Cakephp - Add meta tags to views December 2

This is how you add well formated meta tags to a cakephp views even thou the meta tags are rendered in the layout.

Indian Dice November 30

Indian Dice is a poker game with dice.

Cakephp - Session->setFlash is not working any more. November 25

Question: setFlash() no longer showing up on the page. Why ? $this->Session->setFlash("Hello world");

Ice Cube Raft Race November 23

Ice Cube Raft Race is a drinking game.

Cakephp - Using the same view for multiple controler functions November 19

Question: I have a Cakephp project the controller has several different methods.

High November 16

High is a dice game. The simplest of all the dice games I know. If you know of a simpler game please tell me, I would be interested to know. The game can be...

Golf November 9

Golf is a dice game. This game is for people that love golf so much that they can"t stop thinking about it every moment of their life. It if doesn"t involve ...

Convert HEX string to BYTE array, bug. November 3

Find the bug in the following code and win a prize. Its obvious once you find it. CSharp programmers are asked not to mock c++ in this thread.

Fourteens November 2

Fourteens is a dice game. This is a banking game that was popular in the Midwest of the USA between the 1930’s and 1950’s.  It was often played in taverns wh...

Fifty October 26

Fifty is a fast pace game that lasts about 5 mins or so with three players.

2009

Disarm The Bomb October 19

Disarm The Bomb is a drinking game.

Dirty Hearts October 12

Dirty Hearts is a Drinking, Cards game

Dice 10,000 October 5

I have been playing this game for as long as I can remember. It was one of the first games my parents ever taught me and its very simple to learn. This game...

Dice September 28

Die (plural, Dice) -A die is usually a small six-sided cube, made of bone, ivory, or most commonly plastic. A die is marked with one to six dotes on each of ...

Danger Dice September 21

Danger Dice is a Drinking game

Cutpurse September 14

Cutpurse is a dice game. Originating in back alleys, played by thieves and other unsavory types, Cutpurse has made its way into local taverns and gambling es...

Cubilete September 7

A very old, traditional Cuban game that is normally played with a set of five Poker dice but can easy be played with 5 normal dice. This game can be played a...

Crokinole August 31

Crokinole (pronounced croak-i-knoll, /ˈkɹokɪinol/) is one of the most memorable childhood games that I use to play with my family.  Its basically miniatur...

Crazy Eights August 24

Crazy Eights is a card game for two or more players.

Chase The Ace August 17

Chase The Ace is a dice, drinking game

Centurians August 10

Centurians is a Drinking game This game is also known as Century Club, Centurions, Power Hour, or The ‘100’

Centennial August 3

Centennial is a Dice game, also known as Martinetti and Ohio.

Caps July 27

Caps is a Drinking game

Boxing July 20

Boxing is a Dice Drinking game

Arduino + Maxsonar EZ1 + Processing July 13

After resolving my user error with the Maxsonar EZ1 with the help of Bob Gross I moved on to visulizing the data captured. Captuing the output of from the Ar...

Boss Dice July 13

Boss Dice is also known as Bull Dice, Beetle Dice and is said to be one of the most popular dice game in San Francisco.  It’s based on Poker dice hands with ...

ARDUINO and MaxSonar EZ1 July 8

Update: 13 July 2009, Resolved with the help of Bob Gross. User error see notes below.

Booray July 6

Booray (also spelled Bourré) Booray combines features of both Bridge and Poker and is thus a good link between these two frequently played games.  This game...

Arduino Robots July 4

I bought a Arduino board for a green house project I was planning to do sometime last year. To regulate the temperature, turn on and off lights and fans, dat...

Black or Red June 29

Black or Red is a Drinking game played with Cards

Beat The Barman June 22

Beat the Barman is a Drinking game

Barbudi June 14

Barbudi is commonly found in many Mexican casinos and clubs but probably originated in middle east. When the game is played in a casino the dealer takes a sm...

Aces In The Pot June 7

Aces In The Pot is a a very simple Gambling Dice game that I am told was played mainly in ports of very old cities.

internet robot zombies May 26

If you run a website that has a contacts form or any other input from users. sooner or later you will start getting attacked by internet robot zombies. What...

How to find the text column header of a CListCtrl in MFC May 13

  How to find the text column header of a CListCtrl in MFC CString GetColumnName( CListCtrl * list, int nCol ) {     CString ...

Add/Remove operation is impossible, the code element 'Cxxx' is read only May 12

  When attempting to add a Control Event Handler to a control on a dialog, we are encountering the message: Add/Remove operation is impossible, the code...

Dump a CListCtrl May 11

This snippet dumps the content of a CListCtrl in to a file. It also gets the number of columns in the list.   <blockquote> <p>int GetColumnsC...

links for 2009-05-05 May 5

What is the best comment in source code you have ever encountered? - Stack Overflow (tags: humor programmin...

How to create a menu and submenu on right click in MFC May 5

  void ::OnNMRClickBacnetTree(NMHDR *pNMHDR, LRESULT *pResult) {     CPoint ptScreen;     SendMessage(...

Troubleshooting CakePHP March 10

I"m just starting to learn CakePHP 1.2 and I am running in to small little problems. As I find solutions I write them down so people after me might have...

Testing writing from “Windows Live Writer” March 6

Push for web apps Currently there is a real push for everything to work in a browser, thin clients. For example; Email, Word processors (like Google doc...

You may call me /b/ January 28

Bam to behold, a public bulletin board, built of both brilliance and barbarity by bastards with boners. This bastion, no mere bulwark of boredom, is a brutal...

2008

Wordpress, Creating a RSS feed for each category. November 20

Have you ever wanted to create a RSS feed just for a perpendicular category in wordpress?

C++ name mangling hell November 9

I found this post on Experts exchange about C++ name mangling hell. I have run in to this problems a few times, it drives me nuts as I always forget about it...

How to Move/Backup/Load a SVN repository November 8

After the first time my computer crashed and i lost 3 months of work, I started religiously making backups of everything, dialy, weekly quarterly backups of ...

Default action for vista power button November 7

The default action for vista power button is to put your computer to sleep. I found this to be infurating while working on my laptop. instead of shutting dow...

What time is it October 30

Have you ever ask yourself what is the current time is it in HongKong, Vancouver? I work with people all over this planet, I’m constantly asking myself what ...

Why is everything so plain? October 23

Why is everything so plain?

The procedure entry point_except_handler4_common could not be located in the dynamic link library msvcrt.dll July 22

The procedure entry point_except_handler4_common could not be located in the dynamic link library msvcrt.dll This error is caused by a 3rd party utility or a...

Your daily WTF July 11

I found this today while doing code review.

Insert new post in to wordpress from php June 17

This code snippet should let you add a new post to your wordpress database 2.5.1

How to make a CMinMaxAvg class June 6

I got asked how to create a simple averaging class. If you where feeling smart you could enhance this class in to a template class for a object that has the ...

How to install PHPBB 3.0.1 June 5

This tutorial will walk you thou the steps to install PHPBB3 on your system.

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement = BAD May 30

Have you heard about the €˜Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement," The agreement is being structured much like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) ...

How to block spam on a wordpress Blog April 22

To help stop spam activate the Akismet plugin. Login to your wordpress blog On the right hand side there is a pugin button, click it Activate Akismet plu...

NSIS - tips and tricks April 11

I create a lot of windows application to make things easier for my customers. The simple act of coping a file from an email to a certain directory can become...

2008

XKCD - Social-b 99.1 April 9

Rabo Encendido(Cuban Oxtail Stew) April 8

Ingredients 5 lbs oxtail, cut in 2 inch thick rounds 1 cup flour 1/2 cup cajun seasoning 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup port wine 1 large Spanish...

WHAT IS reCAPTCHA April 1

A CAPTCHA is a program that can tell whether its user is a human or a computer. You've probably seen them €” colorful images with distorted text at the bot...

Bar Tricks March 31

PHP strip non alphanumeric March 28

On EveryDayFiction.com, in the titles of the posts our editors insisted on including a non alphanumeric character. The little dot that separates the title fr...

Last windows boot time, Install date March 26

Do you remember the exact date or time when you last switched on the computer ? Here"s a simple DOS command to help you out: systeminfo | find /i €œboot time...

The quick and dirty way of getting the size of a file up to 4GB. March 7

I’m often surprised how many times this question has come up by beginner programmers. How do you tell the size of a file in win32?

403 - An arrogant initiative in defense of the web March 4

I hate internet explorer, I hate it so much. At lest once a day I curse it to the pits of hell to be torched endlessly by a Richard Simmons kazoo band. My ha...

Leap Year post! February 29

February 29 is a date that only occurs once every four years, and is called leap day. This day is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure...

Open DNS February 26

OpenDNS is a custom DNS server that you can use instead of using your IPS’s DNS server. It checks any address that you lookup against its own list of bad sit...

How to disable AVG 7 temporarily. February 22

There are various reasons to disable your anti virus temporarily. AVG 7 does not make it easy to disable it.

Tom Kha Gai February 11

This is a mild but spicy chicken soup (it can also be made with shrimp, pork, beef or mushrooms), flavored with the very unique flavor of galangal (“kha” in ...

Links to torrent sites February 11

This is a list of torrent sites that I use regularly. Ranked by popularity http://www.mininova.org/ http://www.youtorrent.com/ http://thepiratebay.org/ ...

2008

Twitter vs Tumblr January 10

Introduction There has been a lot of talk recently about the micro blogging. Micro blogging is a blogging platform that lets you post very small updates abou...

If you build it they will come mentality... January 3

If you build it they will come. That"s the mentality that most people have when building there first website. That"s just not the way the internet works. You...

2007

Disable and Enable MFC controls by name November 30

I use this snippet all the time to disable/enable, hide/show, move MFC controls.

How to access Facebook's data November 25

In my last article I talked about how to create a very simple Facebook Application. We created a simple hello world application that didn’t do too much besid...

How to make a facebook applcation. November 25

We are going to build a simple facebook application to demonstrate how to use the Facebook API.

Coyote catches the road runner November 22

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How to beat 9 grandmasters at once November 22

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Flower plug November 12

The flower plug was designed to allow the user to know when the bath water was just the right temperature by changing color from a light pink to a beautiful ...

Wastbasket for the bathroom November 12

The bin can be sealed by a ordinary magazine, useful for people who like to read on the toilet

2007

APEX Holiday Subscription Drive November 9

APEX (a sf/horror magazine) announced that they would increase there payment rates to 5 Cents a word (professional levels) if they got 500 new subscribers fo...

Work Smarter, Not Harder November 7

On Dec. 10, 1968, a uniformed man pulled over a bank car in Tokyo. He explained that police had received a warning that dynamite had been planted in the vehi...

Origami Masters Exhibition November 6

Although historically considered a children’s pastime, origami has exploded in popularity and visibility in recent years. We are now in a Renaissance period ...

The Internet Stars Are Viral November 5

Over the past year there have been a lot of viral videos, being addticted to the interent i seen them all. Here is a montages of some of the more popular one...

The zen of zombies November 4

During the first chilly weekend of fall, zombie hordes congregated in the park for a relaxing afternoon of yoga..

Lee Krasnow - Puzzle box maker November 3

I stumbled on to “Lee Krasnow” work from a MAKE pod cast that I have included below.

Song at the end of Portal November 3

Portal is one of the better games I have played this year. A black humor puzzle game thats not repetitive and is actually fun… Fun you remember fun don’t you...

MaBeGroMo Rules November 1

One of my good friends are starting the NaNoWriMo today so far hes gotten 457 words in. Not being a writer or wanting to be one I am effectively disqualifie...

Not alowing comments October 29

I was browsing warrenellis.com website the other day and tuned in to his 4am pod cast. After it was done I went to leave a comment only to find that comments...

BAXBEAR Release party Nov10 2007 October 29

BAXBEAR Release party Nov10 2007 9.00 PM - midnight November 10th 2007 EL Kartel 121A - 1025 Robson street Vancouver B.C.

Proving that 3 + 2 = 0 October 26

Assume A + B = C, and assume A = 3 and B = 2.

Keeping track of your comments October 24

One problem i have is that while i am browsing around the internet making comments on peoples blogs i often forgot to check back in a week to see if there ar...

Board Game design challenge October 5

SMF - Redirect after reply or post September 25

I just installed Simple machine forum (SMF) over at EveryDayFiction.com. it works great but it has had a few odd quirks including;

House hunting in vancouver August 31

House hunting in Vancouver is exalting to say the lest, with a less then 1% vacancy rate and school just around the corner its almost impossible to find anyt...

Every Day Fiction dot com July 29

Every day fiction dot com is a website that publishes a ultra short user submitted stories. Starting in September, each day a a new short story of a 1000 wor...

How to burn .uif files July 26

The .UIF or Universal Image Format File was created by MagicISO as a compressed ISO file.

Tips for pulling an all nighter July 18

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one. ~Leo J. Burke Today I was reading a recent article on Jonlee.ca about his set of tips for prol...

Aurgasm July 17

When I am on the hunt for new and interesting music one of my first stops is Aurgasm.us. Full, compleat songs, from musicians that I have never heard of befo...

If you know beans about chili, you know chili ain't got no beans July 15

"Next to jazz music, there is nothing that lifts the spirit and strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili. Congress should pass a law making it man...

OK to talk to July 13

I have always had trouble striking up conversation with random people, I like to be introduced to someone first to have the ‘Its OK to talk to me’ smile and...

JohnCow.com ??? July 13

When big people steal small guys ideas July 10

Internet explorer (IE) caching AJAX requests. July 6

The project was to create a status web page that showed the temperature of a room. The temperature of the room changes rapidly and I wanted the changes to ap...

Defeat your Google twin June 22

What is a Google twin you ask?

Mistakes I have made June 19

These are some of the mistakes I have made over the past few years with Blogging and web design. These mistakes have cost me hours of extra work and in some ...

Where I went wrong June 18

Today I read a post by Jane May at John chow dot com, The Secrets of Picking A Niche its a good read if you got 7 mins to spare. The article talks about how ...

Removing the Nofollow link June 16

Back in the day, there was a major problem with people posting garbage comments on blogs or forms so they could get back links to there site. Every time they...

Del.icio.us bookmarks 2007-05-31 - 2007-06-14 June 14

bookmarks for funvill Burst Labs - Discover Discover music Tagged as: [tag]music, flash, audio, interface, web2.0, [/tag]

Resize thumbnails in Wordpress June 13

I get asked this question lot, how to change the default size of the thumbnail that wordpress creates when you upload an image. There are two different ways ...

Technorati faves June 12

Technorati is becoming one of the biggest players in blogging. Its a great tool for ranking one site against anther and its also a search engine of content. ...

AGLOCO tool bar June 11

Over the last few months all I have been hearing about is AGLOCO.

5 Favorite Childhood Cartoons June 10

Ms. Danielle is giving away a 30GB Microsoft Zune that she won from John Chow. In her contest you have to talk about her new blog site and link to at lest on...

Wordpress robots.txt June 9

Recently Daily blog tips ran an article about Robots.txt files. The article gives examples of other major websites and there robots.txt files but fails to me...

Always add the www June 8

When creating a new website you want to create as little duplicate content as possible. Most host let your users access your website from either the http://a...

5 MSN/Yahoo/GTtalk/AOL/IM Etiquette tips June 4

I use an IM (instant message) clients every day, I use it to support people and talk to my friends and family. It can make things a lot easier and its less f...

Timeless content June 3

I have talked before about creating timeless content but never in detail till now. Its one of the first things I check when searching for content is when it ...

Print your own Yahtzee sheets June 2

After writing about Yahtzee strategies last week I got the nostalgic for the old game and wanted to play it once more. I did a quick google search for some s...

12 Tips for creating a killer landing page. June 1

Good landing pages are a key to creating conversations from your advertisement. It’s the first page that your users see when they click on one of your ads it...

John Chow - How to make money online May 31

I recently reached the 200 mark in subscribed RSS feeds it was becoming unmanageable and I spent maybe 4 hours a day reading posts instead of making posts, n...

23 Tips for writing good blog posts and articles. May 31

I try to keep a list of good blog and article writing tips in my head while I am trying to write posts for you. I don"t always follow them all but I try my ...

Del.icio.us bookmarks 2007-05-23 - 2007-05-30 May 29

bookmarks for funvill HTML and CSS Table Border Style Wizard Welcome to the totally revamped HTML and CSS border style wizard! Use this wizard to experi...

Crokinole - Table top curling May 24

Crokinole (pronounced croak-i-knoll, /ˈkɹokɪinol/) is one of the most memorable childhood games that I use to play with my family. Its basically miniature...

Chess Puzzle - Submissions wellcome May 23

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2007

Del.icio.us bookmarks 2007-05-16 - 2007-05-22 May 22

bookmarks for funvill Adventure games Adventure games, as a category, have done reasonably well for us--partly, of course, because there are few high-bu...

Chess Puzzle May 18

White to play W.B.Rice 1912 What to play and mate both black kings in two. [Show Solution]

Chess Puzzle May 17

White to play A lot like the last puzzle but slightly more challenging. What moves must White play to force a stale mate [Show Solution] 1. c4+ Rxe4 2. e4+...

Chess Puzzle May 16

White to play, Most likely you have seen this puzzle before, its one of the more common teaching problems in chess programs. Its white to move, what is the ...

How to make dice, and a brief history May 15

Die (plural, Dice) - A die is usually a small six sided cube, made of bone, ivory, or most commonly plastic, that is marked with one to six dotes on each of...

Chess Puzzle May 15

White to play, White mates in 16 [O.T.Blathy] This chess puzzle came from a book I just recently picked up from amazon called Book of Extraordinary Chess Pr...

Del.icio.us bookmarks 2007-05-04 - 2007-05-15 May 15

bookmarks for funvill Say No to Crack » Blog Archive » Inflatable Missile Balloons Looking for a way to get some attention on the highway? Try these hel...

Finding a good web host May 14

I am often asked who is the best web host?, what web host do you use? and what makes a good web host good?

Chess Puzzle May 14

White to play, White mates in 2 [V. Kovalenko 1968]

Random drinking game generator May 13

While doing research for an article that I was writing on the drinking game King’s cup. I found that most drinking games all have the same sort of rules. Dra...

Chess Puzzle May 13

White to play, White mates in 2 [H. Lehner 1874]

Chess Puzzle May 12

White to play, White mates in 2 [L. Valve 1943]

Chess Puzzle May 11

White to play, White mates in 2 [Gy. Schifferi 1928]

Chess Puzzle May 10

White to play, White mates in 2 [T. Kaedos 1971]

Chess Puzzle May 9

White to play, White mates in 2 [G. Zahodyakin 1967]

Chess Puzzle May 8

White to play, White mates in 2 [Z. Zilahi 1929]

Chess Puzzle May 6

White to play, White mates in 2 [N. A. bakke 1972]

Chess Puzzle May 5

White to play, White mates in 2 [N. A. bakke 1972]

Del.icio.us bookmarks 2007-04-24 - 2007-05-04 May 4

bookmarks for funvill NOTCOT: Freebase Pancakes Every now and then, a series of images comes along and just blows your mind. I couldn"t stop laughi...

Chess Puzzle May 4

White to play, White mates in 2 [Gy. Bakcsi - L. Zoltan 1993]

Chess Puzzle May 3

White to play, White mates in 2 [Gy. Bakcsi 1973]

Chess Puzzle May 2

White to play, White mates in 4 [Van den Doel-Heinatz ‘03] By: Shelby Lyman

Chess Puzzle May 1

White to play, White wins the knight [Reeh-Heissler ‘03] By: Shelby Lyman

House maze April 29

Here is a house that converted its backyard in to a corn maze and charge people to run the maze. I seen this done many times with corn mazes where the maze i...

Fan works of Mario April 28

There is not a kid in my elementary school that hadn’t heard of Mario by the time he was twelve, its ingrained in to our childhood. Mario and his friends wi...

HOW TO - Pre-sliced bananas April 27

Mah Na Mah Na April 26

For the people that grew up with the Muppets, Mah Na Mah Na song is no stranger. I still find myself singing it as I walk down the street to the horror of my...

Chess Puzzle April 26

Black to play and Black wins material By: Shelby Lyman

Two foot James bond April 25

Found with the help of the good people at thevancouverite.com

More riddles April 25

I enjoyed them so much the first time I posted some riddles that I am going to do it again.

This Week's Del.icio.us bookmarks 2007-04-24 April 24

bookmarks for funvill NOTCOT: Freebase Pancakes Every now and then, a series of images comes along and just blows your mind. I couldn"t stop laughi...

VIVO Media arts - upcoming workshops April 23

VIVO Media arts is a not for profit video production, exhibition and distribution center. They rent equipment, and exhibition spaces with there pretty cheap ...

Interesting cactus building April 22

The urban cactus building Found via boingboing.net, Who found it on archidose.blogspot.com

System Information for Windows April 21

A little while ago i got assigned to do an audit of all the PCs in our network. I could have taken the time to check every one of the computes one by one an...

This Week's Del.icio.us bookmarks 2007-04-20 April 20

bookmarks for funvill DIGG button The Digg button is a very simple beginner electronics that teaches how to solder and program microcontroller. Once mad...

Riddles April 20

Where does this IP Address come from April 19

A few days ago I was asked to find out where or close to where a user of ours was coming from. so i created this GEO location script Where does this IP Addre...

Thou shall not April 18

Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ </param></param></embed>

This Week's Del.icio.us bookmarks 2007-04-17 April 17

bookmarks for funvill Clean CSS - A Resource for Web Designers - Optmize and Format your CSS CSS Formatter and Optimiser - the same selectors and prope...

Manhunt April 16

Today I was told by a friend of mine of a game that recently started in Vancouver called Manhunt. BASIC MANHUNT RULES: Manhunt is a hide-and-seek variant. Th...

My Ferrofluid Project April 15

A few months ago I found a Youtube video of Sachiko Kodama ferrofluid sculpture. There are more then a few of them running around on you tube just search fo...

The Eden project - Artificial ecosystem April 14

The Eden project was inspired by Jon McCormack’s time in the Litchfield National Park, in Australia. The artwork is a self-generating, artificial ecosystem c...

Chess Puzzle April 14

White to play and mate in three moves H. Northcote, Toronto 1st Prize, Toronto Globe, 1872

Review - The End Cafe April 13

Last Saturday night around 9pm we where killing time at Broadway Skytrain station before heading downtown to see some show and we decided to in at The End C...

Chess Puzzle April 13

White to play and mate in three moves M. J. Murphy, Quebec Dedicated to Mr. J. B. Halkett

Vancouver Public Library - Book sale April 12

Its that time again Vancouver Public Library annual book sale, cheap books from $0.55- $2.25. Some of the books that they are selling off include; Adult and ...

Chess Puzzle April 12

White to play and mate in three moves W. Atkinson, Montreal 1st Prize, Canadian Spectator Tourney, 1880

Stephos Greek Taverna - The artificial line April 11

In my never ending search for new and interesting restaurants in Vancouver, places like Stepho’s Greek Taverna and The Naam often get suggested. most of the...

Chess Puzzle April 10

White to play and mate in one move W. Atkinson, Montreal 1st Prize, Canadian Spectator Tourney, 1880

This Week's Del.icio.us bookmarks 2007-04-09 April 10

bookmarks for funvill Darren Waterston | About the Artist DARREN WATERSTON was born in California in 1965 and received his BFA at the Otis Art Institute...

Vancovuer report a crime online April 9

Vancouver now lets you to report crimes in Vancouver online. I have been broken in to twice, my bike stolen 3 times and ‘misplaced’ my digital camera 5 time...

Chess Puzzle April 9

White to play and mate in three moves W. Atkinson, Montreal

Vancouver's Restaurants review site - Dinehere.ca April 8

Vancouver has thousands of restaurant to choose from and each week me and a few friends try out a new one. Finding a new restaurants never hard with fantasti...

Chess Puzzle April 8

White to play and mate in two moves Hint: Back Rank [Show Solution] 1... Bxc4+ Ke7 2... Nf5#

Let"s Be Brief - A story in 6 words April 7

In my endless wondering around the internet I found this interesting site middlezonemusings.com that had an intersting writing contest recently.

Chess Puzzle April 7

White to play and mate in three moves Hint: All Night Long [Show Solution] 1.. Ne7+ Nxe7 2. Qc4+ Kd6 3.Bf4++

What is there to do in Vancouver? April 6

Living in Vancouver I find myself asking the same question all too often. What should I do in Vancouver? or What is going on this weekend in Vancouver?

Chess Puzzle April 6

Black has a crusher Hint: Sacrifice the rook

What happened to the design? April 5

Chess Puzzle April 5

White wins a piece [Epishin-Sadler 2003] Hint: Find the double threat

Camilla d'Errico - One of my favorite Vancouver artists April 5

Hippo Update Checker (Windows) April 4

I found this great program today on LifeHacker news feed called Hippo Update Checker. It scans your computer for your installed programs and checks there ver...

Chess Puzzle April 4

Chess Puzzle #4 - Mate in 2, White to move

ImageManager 2.0 April 3

One of the most important Wordpress plugin’s for any blogger, ImageManager alowes you to resize, crop, rotate, flip or scale uploaded images.

Chess Puzzle April 2

#1 Mate in 2, White to move

This Week's Del.icio.us bookmarks 2007-04-02 April 2

bookmarks for funvill Aron's Stompbox Page - Home How to create your own pedals Tagged as: [tag]diy, guitar, electronics, effects, music, pedals, schema...

2007

Chess Puzzle April 1

#6 White nets a piece ( Rank: 2) By Shelby Lyman - National Post March 22, 2007 [adapted, Ivanchuk-Topalov 2003] Hint: Crisscross

Daily Chess Puzzles March 31

I have created a script that generates a new chess puzzle from a database once a day. The puzzles can be email to you or you can subscribe via a RSS feed. ...

Translink schedules via bus stop ID March 30

On very bus stop in Vancouver there is a 5 digit code near the top left or button right that is used to identify the bus stop. i have often wondered why I ca...

This Week's Del.icio.us bookmarks 03/28/2007 March 29

bookmarks for funvill 120,000 Volt Van De Graaff Generator Here's how to make a 120,000 Volt Van De Graaff generator using metal mixing bowls, PVC pipe, a ...

Weekly post of del.icio.us book marks to wordpress March 28

Thank to the help of herebox.org I was able to add the ability to get new links from my del.icio.us account and post them on this site once a week. the scrip...

Arroy-d - Best Thai in vancouver March 27

One of my new favorite spots The atmospheres is pretty nice, they have an area where you can sit down on the floor on pillows, and the normal chair and table...

Extracting the IPTC data from an image in PHP March 26

When you add a caption to an image in Google's Picasa/Picasa2 (and some other image editing programs) the caption is saved in a special spot in the imaged he...

Kyle Cooper - Single-handedly revitalizing the main-title sequence as an art form March 25

Kyle Cooper has directed over 150 film title sequences, and has been credited with “almost single-handedly revitalizing the main-title sequence as an art for...

Egglings - Plants in eggs March 24

Photo Gallery that does not require a MySql database March 23

A while ago I was looking for a truly upload and go photo gallery one that does require a database. I found an abandoned PHP project called Simple PHP galler...

Mark Jenkins - Plastic babbies March 22

How to make cheap plastic babies with plastic wrap and clear tape.

Flickr's camera trend data March 21

When you take a snap shot with your digital camera your camera also saves some extra meta information to the file called Exif data. Different camaras save di...

USBCELL AA Rechargable Battery March 20

I hate buying batteries, I hate having to turn my house up side down looking for a fresh battery when I desperately need it. I will go out of my way to make ...

Stop motion drum and piano March 19

A video where lassegg hits each note on a drum and piano separately and edited them together to make a song. Its pretty good if you ask me.

Subscribe to Comments March 18

I found this great plug-in for [tag]Wordpress[/tag] that allows your users to subscribe to a posts comments, any reply to the post will be sent to there emai...

Track your packages with Google Maps March 17

Isnoop.net has created a package tracking tool that will map your UPS, FedEx, USPS, or DHL/Airborne package’s progress with Google Maps.

Rss feeds in your inbox March 16

Most people that I talk to find RSS feeds confusing. They don't want to set up a feed reader , they can seem to understand that it could save them time in th...

The Importance Of Deep Linking March 15

www.Johnchow.com has an excellent post about the importations of deep linking. With the advent of scrapers (A robot that reads blog posts RSS feeds and creat...

Google talk March 14

View Product Key XP March 13

If you have more than one system running XP you have obviously purchased more than one copy of the Operating System. However you may have forgotten which Pro...

Audio Player Wordpress Plugin March 12

While creating a post about julie-feeney a wonderful musician I wanted to post some streamable samples of her music. Most Projects that I found where overly ...

Julie Feeney March 11

A very creative musician with a fantastic voice, a very sexy Irish accent. She plays eleven instruments on “13 songs” album, including keyboards, alto recor...

Birdy Nam Nam March 10

Birdy Nam Nam consites of 4 DJs, and 8 turn tables, with the simple mission to use a turntable as an actual musical instrument. A Four French men crew, Craz...

The Prestige (2006) - A beautifully crafted film March 9

Tag line: A Friendship, That Became a Rivalry, A Rivalry, That Became a Battle. Its a story about two competing magicians locked in a bitter rivalry that en...

What are RSS feeds and how to use them March 8

What is an RSS feed?

2007

Create a invisible book shelf March 6

Create a invisible book shelf By inserting a “L” bracket behind the bottom book. Interesting if not absurdly simple.

Vancouver (GVRD) Taxi Numbers March 5

Disable Windows low disk space warning March 4

I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with the nagging Windows low disk space warning and offers from my helpful operating system to clean up the junk I have lying a...

12 Rules for Choosing Domain Names March 3

SEOmoz.org/ has a great set of 12 tips for people that are planning on creating a new domain. Brainstorm 5 Top Keywords Make the Domain Unique Only Choo...

A mini hydroelectric damn that runs a LED inside your shower head. March 2

I was browsing the Make Forums today when I ran across this post LED Shower Head/Faucet

SnOil - A Physical Display Based on Ferrofluid March 1

Paprika trailer March 1

A new paprika trailer Release date: 25 may 2007 29 year old Dr. Atsuko Chiba is an attractive but modest Japanese research psychotherapist whose work is on t...

Joke, My Grandfathers Death February 28

Fellow 1: “Now my grandfather, he knew the exact day of the year that he was going to die. It was the right year too. Not only that, but he knew what time he...

USB Powered Charger for Two AA NiMH/NiCd Cells February 27

Kitchen diaries February 26

An interesting look at beat boxing and cooking YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/v/S7GGkKpBR-g

House Hunting in Vancouver February 25

Some of my favorite house hunting websites in vancouver

Things to do in vancouver February 24

Get a signed DVD of The Last Unicorn February 23

This February, Lionsgate Entertainment celebrates the 25th anniversary of a true classic, The Last Unicorn, featuring an all-star cast of voice talent and so...

Beatboxing flute inspector gadget remix February 22

A really interesting YouTube video where Greg Pattillo beatbox a flute to the inspector gadget theme, he even has a MySpace where you can listen to a few of ...

Lego Ice cube Tray February 21

A tray made of silicone that can be used to make Lego shaped ice cubes. And it only costs 7.99. I found this nifty little item on freshfodder.wordpress.com ...

How messy is your network February 20

If you’re a Network Professional you’ll certainly know how messy network can be! Cables all around the room, old computer material from the ice age all arou...

How to check your MAC address of your network cards February 19

How to check your MAC address of your network cards 1) Open a command prompt (Windows Start button-> Run -> Type “cmd” ) 2) Type “ipconfig /all”

Y-105 USB to RS 232 Converter (DB9) February 18

Whenever I have to go searching for a driver and the company"s web page is down or no longer supports this driver, I post the driver here so people that come...

2006

Tool at GM place Review August 27

Erich Saide photo.

1 Free Grande Iced Cap from Starbucks August 26

DEEP COVE DAZE 2006 August 25

Portobello West Fashion and Art Market August 24

5th Annual BURNABY LAKE ANTIQUES FAIR August 23

City Square Heritage Walks August 22

HO-HAI-YAN TAIWANESE CULTURAL FESTIVAL August 21

2006 DESTINATION FUNNY SHORT FILM CONTEST August 20

Summer Addiction Beach Party August 19

Larch Market August 18

LARCH MARKET A community bazaar

Vancouver Zombie Walk August 17

The fair at the PNE! August 16

Capilano Canyon Night Run (Midsummer) August 4

Parks - Scavenger Hunt August 3

Red Bull Flugtag Vancouver August 2

28th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade August 1

Wreck Beach July 18

This 7.8 kilometers long wilderness-like beach, which follows a promontory below an emerald-green forested, 200-foot high, cliff system weathered to beauty ...

Queen Elizabeth July 17

Stanley Park July 16

Stanley Park, Vancouver"s first park, is an evergreen oasis of 400 hectares (1,000 acres) close to the heart of Vancouver"s downtown core. Its natural west ...

The Grouse Grind July 15

Anime Evolution 2006 July 14

Heritage Hall Comic Con July 13

A day of alternative & small-press comics, zines, artwork & culture

HSBC Celebration of Light July 12

The world’s leading fireworks manufacturers consider the HSBC Celebration of Light competition to be the most prestigious and an exciting arena where they c...

Midnight Mass Bike Ride July 11

Hey all you kids out there in bike land - we’re days away from the 4th Thursday of the month - This thursday, July 27th it’s time once again for the midnigh...

Tool At General Motors Place July 10

Body-Worlds with Dr. Gunther von Hagens July 9

Real humans. Real science. Really amazing! Never before has an exhibition offered such an intimate look at the human body. Approximately 200 real human spec...

Yaletown 06 Flamin Hot Classic Car Show and Summer Celebration July 8

Heineken presents the Yaletown 06 Flamin’ Hot Classic Car Show and Summer Celebration, now revved up for its sixth year. This free event features one of the...

Annual Mad Hatters Tea Party July 7

Bard On The Beach - Midsummer night’s dream July 6

Forest sprites with magical potions create romantic havoc in this deliciously magical comedy. Upset with Queen Titania, Oberon, King of the Fairies, engages...

Illuminares Lantern Procession July 5

Harrison Hot Springs Sand Sculpture Tournament of Champions July 4

7th Vancouver Chinatown Festival July 3

The Annual Vancouver Chinatown Festival is the largest multicultural summer celebration in the vancouver. Attended by families, youths, the general public...

Abbotsford International Airshow July 2

Where: The Abbotsford Airport, a short drive from Vancouver (1 hour) When: AUGUST 11-13 What: Abbotsford International Airshow Cost: Child (5 and under) F...