Trying to do these more often.
- Wireless multi-monitor options
- Cars with third row seating
- Commonplace books (via Patrick Rhone)
- Sewing Trousers (this is wildly ambitious)
- Alternative PLEX hosting (via custom NAS?)
- Potential USB3 to DVI video outputs
- Sourcing better 100% wool felt sheets
About a year ago, I made my first backpack for myself. I was sick of my old bags- they were great bags, but they were built for rock climbing or biking or hiking or whatever, and I needed a bag that was built for hauling my daily gear to and from work.
So I made one. It was a prototype, and so I made some choices. I made it from 10oz cotton duck cloth, with a lightweight nylon liner. I made the straps unpadded nylon webbing. I reduced features and slimmed it down until it just did the things I really needed.
Then I used it for a year.
In that time, it’s done pretty well. The top has faded a bunch, and the inside is rattier than before, but it’s mostly held up. I found out that the unpadded straps were awesome (for the loads I was carrying). That the cotton duck was easy to sew but didn’t shed water (duh) and soaked up sweat. That the internal padding wasn’t quite right. That I wanted more pen slots.
It was time to make version 2. This time, I sourced some 500d coated Corudra nylon. Most bags of this type are made from the heavier 1000d, but this wasn’t a bag for bushwhacking through miles of thorns- it was for commuting. I did the liner in 420d nylon, and used a #8 waterproof zipper. I swapped the 2″ velcro loop on the outside to 4″, and added a grab handle to the top. Added some more internal pockets, and spent some more time on the internal seams. It’s about 14.5L in capacity, and it’s pretty lightweight. I wouldn’t want to load it with 25lbs and try to overnight with it- but that’s not what it’s for.
If they don’t make what you need, it’s time to build it for yourself.
Oh, summer, where have you gone?
- Custom rack mounting rails (parts built, assembly needed)
- Hard disk storage & rack mounts
- Seam-sealing coated Codura 500d
- Human Epigenetic shifts
- Patterning hooded sweatshirts
- Shoe midsole foam sourcing (fiber-impregnated EPA foam?)
- Large scale re-positionable VESA monitor mounts (via 80/20 extrusion?)
- Backpack (NF-P-815) v2.0 (full post on this coming soon)
- Broadcast DVR via Plex & Internet enabled tuner (beta)
My obsession with mechanical keyboards continues.
My long-awaited 60% keyboard finally showed up (after the now-standard tomfoolery of DHS + USPS for delivery), and the first thing I did was rip all the key caps off install the set I got custom made from WASD Keyboards. It looks lovely now, and I’m very happy to be using it.
I’ve not given up on my hand-wired monstrosity, either. It’s wired and has an “enclosure” and whatever, but I’ve been stalled for time with building out the custom firmware it needs to run. So it’ll wait a bit on that one. No rush.
Things I’m digging deep into:
- Re-tailoring jackets- especially jackets with felled seams.
- Making picture frames (larger format…)
- Real-time digital dashboards (importing custom data?)
- Analog representations of digital data
- Vegas cubes
- Cable Cord cutting (as it exists in 2016)
- Custom firmware for hand-wired mechanical keyboards
- Nomenclature/Directory structure for logging large amounts of digital footage
- Rack-mounted large storage arrays (see above)
- TIG welding
Things I’m up to (the real quick version):
- Mechanical Keyboard Proj #2 is wired- working on firmware now.
- My Chip and Dip from NTC finally came (needs to be flashed and whatnot)
- Fly Rod Tube proj is painted- needs mounts made next
- Working to source Grip Heads and 5/8″ pins for mounting monitors
- Shoe re-sole proj (v2) parts are ordered and on the way
- MTB #1 drivetrain (v3) parts are en-route (1×9 w/ a Narrow/Wide chainring)
- Mechanical Keyboard Proj #1 is shipped- should be here shortly (custom key caps are already here and waiting)
- Working on lighting options for the garage (led work strips?)
- Working on web-based dashboards for realtime updates
- Beginning to source frames for a massive art-hanging project