Nov 2018 brain dump

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Yet another brain dump post (May 2018, Jan 2018, May 2017, April 2017, March 2017 ). (brain dump: snapshot of the internal state of a knowledge database for transfer or archiving purposes)



  • Wobble Garden- Wobble Garden is a hand-crafted arrangement of sensing springs combined with reactive lighting. Players wobble springs to interact with the installation and play games. It creates a unique visual and tactile experience and will be scaleable to a several meter large installation. Reddit post, Youtube. This is the same guy that maked the TWANG project.
    Wobble Garden

  • Crystal Campfire (2017) by Toby Schachman and Monique DeSalvo - Acrylic crystal with glowing LEDS in them. They are arranged in a campfire that is very relexing. This post goes thought the contruction process of making the crystals

  • Milk Jug Skulls - A instructables on how to mold a plastic milkjug into a human looking skull.

  • The Spice Must Flow Sand Table - This project is simlare to my CNC Zen garden that I made for Vancouver Maker Faire 2016, and the pro version Sisyphus. Its been interesting watching these project progress and see how they build their machines.

  • A Practical Guide to Designing PCB Art - Making art with PCBs

  • SI Playing Cards from Cassette Punk - These SI playing cards do away with the outdated colonial — or, worse, feudal — elements of playing cards, using the modern SI (International System of Units) philosophy instead.

  • Mohit Bhoite - Creates wonderful exploded circuits. One, Two, Three, Hackaday


  • As Above, So Below - Horror movie. Found footage of a documentary crew’s experience exploring the Catacombs of Paris Trailer
  • Housebound (2014) - Horror/Comedy movie. A young woman is forced to return to her childhood home after being placed under house arrest, where she suspects that something evil may be lurking. Trailer
  • It Follows (2014) - Horror, Mystery movie. A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter. Trailer
  • Eighth Grade (2018) - Comming of age story from the prespective of a youtube generation. An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school. Trailer


  • Print a map on a mug - Github

  • GoTenna - Off network mesh networking that connects to your phone with bluetooth for input. I have made something simlare with ESP32s but this commercial product does it even better.

  • Camino de Santiago - known in English as the Way of Saint James among other names, is a network of pilgrims’ ways or pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts and organized tour groups.

Resources for Islamic Geometric Design

  • Drawing Geometry by Jon Allen - This book teaches how to construct all of the basic polygons (that are necessary in all geometric design), using a compass and a straight edge. It doesn’t however teach much about how to physically use a compass, which is unfortunate. There may be videos online about that, or I could show you in person, if you wanted to book a private lesson.

  • Islamic Geometric Patterns by Eric Broug - This is an essential beginner book. It has simple to follow instructions and enough patterns to get you started. Eric’s second book has patterns as well, and is also a great addition.

  • Arts and Crafts of the Islamic Lands by Khaled Azzam - This book is essentially an introduction to the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts curriculum. It has patterns, shows various sub grids, and demonstrates many ways to utilize Islamic Geometric design.

  • Arabesques. Decorative Art in Morocco by Jean Marc Castera - This book explains a simplified way to design Moroccan style Islamic Geometric designs. It is an absolute gem of a book, and is certainly my favourite. However, it is a simplified beginners book (which has you using a grid method, which is not 100% accurate, but is still fantastic), which is great when you’re a beginner, but it’s not going to get you to the pro level.

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