Setting up again…

By | February 2, 2013

my workbench


Partially demolished kitchen

Partially demolished kitchen

This is taking some time. It’s hard to believe that it has been over a year and a half since Jess and I purchased the house. We have done a lot so far, but there are huge projects looming on the horizon. The place is a bit of a fixer. Our kitchen is in need of a complete remodel, which we are still months away from being financially ready to do. A few truly gross parts have been demolished. Some things are just… gone. For instance, we’ve been without a functioning oven/range this whole time. We’ve been living here for close to 2 years and this primary part of the house still in a very transitional phase. Then, there is a crumbling bathroom and a yard whose landscape sometimes directs water into the basement. We’re making it work for now, saving money, and really looking forward to the day when it’s ALL done. Yes, “all done” is a fantasy. I know.

There were some creative tools I had set up at the old house which were mostly in storage until just recently. One of these was my workbench for electronic projects. Another, the reel-to-reel 8-track tape machine, is wired up and sounding good. I am very happy to have access to these tools again. There were several projects I’d begun, and now even more experiments I’d like to try out. I’m finally feeling set up enough to do so creatively.

Some DIY/creative projects I’ve been looking into:

  • Inexpensive show control. Wireless synchronization of video and lighting cues (to start) via Raspberry Pi or other micro-controller.
  • Experiments with RGB pixels and the ICs that control them. I have some ideas for functional/decorative lighting…
  • Mod my second Oktava 319 microphone. Make new headbaskets for both.
  • Assemble microphone preamps, compressors and other audio kits. This was one of the main reasons I wanted a workbench in the first place.
  • An aquarium controller. A device to sense temperature and flow rates, sequence co2, fertilizer dosing and execute light control.