Awhile back, I wrote about the conversion of my outside storage room into a modelling workshop which I ended up dubbing “The Nerd Lab”–a name inspired by Dale Dobeck’s (Step Brothers) “Beats Laboratory.” Well, it didn’t exactly work out.
Typically late to the party, I only recently got on Pinterest. I guess I was in the camp of folks that thought it was an app meant mainly for the ladies…baby shower ideas, wedding stuff, mom tips, etc. Well, after a couple weeks with it, I can emphatically say that it might be the greatest thing to happen to nerds since Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson decided to print up some little booklets. Well, maybe that’s not a good comparison but work with me
I was informed last Friday that my daughter had an impending due date on a project for her 5th Grade Science class. The assignment was to produce a 3-D representation of either a plant or animal cell using just about any medium the student wanted.
According to my daughter, the majority of her classmates were either going to go with something edible (pasta, cake, etc.) or the old standy-by: a Styrofoam ball. I was tasked with heading to the local Hobby Lobby Saturday morning to procure supplies. I ended up with an idea that may be unique in the history of cell model science projects!
What up nerds of Earth? I took some time off last week and had a “stay-cation” with my kids during the last week of their Summer before the start of school. While I failed miserably at my one goal of NOT taking any naps, I did get some nerdy stuff done and thought I’d share some of it with my seven loyal readers.
Did you happen to notice the new banner at the top of the page? Kinda hard to miss I suppose. I added it a couple of weeks ago but I’m just now getting around to commenting on it.
I liked the previous banner OK. But it was never meant to be a long-term thing. I’d originally composed it as a place-holder for the blog while I was learning Photoshop–until I could come up with something better. Then a combination of laziness and “Hey, that looks pretty good” took over and it held that place for almost two years.
As I mentioned last week, we like to decorate the front of our house for Halloween. Nothing too extravagant…until now.
I was sitting here yesterday working on a blog post when I got a text messaged photo from my Aunt (who’s more like my big-sis) showing off their new home decked out for the season. It inspired me to turn up our own display a notch. For years, I’ve had it in the back of my mind to construct a scarecrow inspired by the one featured in Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow. In the spirit of Operation Get Off Your Butt, I decided to go ahead and finally build it.
So, I had a birthday recently and the photo above depicts the cake baked by my wife and daughter with a little help from our neighbor.
When I was 3 or 4, my dad hung a model of a P-40 Warhawk fighter plane in my room. It was one of the Flying Tigers’ planes from World War II with the bad-ass shark mouth painted on the nose. It’s one of my earliest memories and probably what got me hooked (get it?) on hanging stuff from the ceiling. Ever since, I’ve always liked to take my decorating into the 3rd dimension, so to speak.
Last week I told you guys about my failed experiment to back-light the TV in my nerd cave. Well, the quest for funkadelic lighting never ends. So back to the drawing board (aka Amazon.com) where I turned up the (take a breath): Aurora Master Multicolor Ocean Wave Light Projector.
I’m not sure why incorporating funky lighting into my nerd cave is such a big deal for me. I guess I just feel like it brings the room to life in ways nothing else does. Maybe as a child of the 70’s, I got bit by the lava lamp bug and never looked back.