Shot, Animated, Produced; all on iPad

Apple’s newly released series of advertisements for the iPad Pro all sport the minimalistic design style that Apple is known for. But, this time, these ads were all done used the actual tool they are advertising for…

HAM Radio: The Original Geeks and Makers

Amateur Radio, or HAM radio, has been a part of my life since as long as I can remember. Before I was ripping apart and rebuilding 386 chipped PC’s that had ram measured in KB, I have distinct memories of days spent watching and learning from my father while he tinkered in the family garage…

Made In America: Vortic Watches & Metal 3D Printing.

The story of Vortic Watch is really a story rooted in the historic industry the USA was once known around the world for; Watchmaking. Vortic started on Kickstarter, where two makers had a vision of using original vintage USA made railroad-grade pocketwatch moments (saving these movements as they are often junked), and converting them to…

Ricoh Theta V (4K) + PNW Back Country

No summer in the PNW is complete without a good day of hiking. To many hikers, myself included, one of my favorite spots is Winchester Mountain and its lookout station at its top in the Mount Baker Wilderness. On this trip I wanted to try the Ricoh Theta V (4K) to see if I could…

Salish Sea-worthy SKX007

I love a good tool watch. Something that literally can be worn for anything, go anywhere, and be anything. For this project, I wanted to take what I learned from building the Bellingham Bay, but go a little more simple and practical. Enter the Seiko skx007 and its workhorse 7S26 movement. The watch is an icon for…

A Technologist’s Tale as a Timelord

After over four months of design, researching, importing parts, and collaborating with a local leather works show; this prototype “Bellingham Bay” PNW built, Swiss movement watch is finished! I am a watch nerd. A horologist. A tinkerer. And yet, a technologist. When I set out on this project, I wanted to take a geek’s approach to building…

A Timelord Strapped for Time

I love a good NATO strap, most adventure inspired watch enthusiasts are, but I’ve never really had any luck finding a comfortable leather one. For some reason with my wrist either the strap sits the watch case too much off my wrist, or the band itself doesn’t sit the watch case square on my wrist….

Journey as a Timelord; Part 4

Finally! Three click springs later, I was able to reassemble the SW200 movement and wind (and set) the crown stem! Next order of business; using the M3 X .35 Tap to bore out the crown tube hole and set threads to take a Rolex style (7mm) screw down crown tube. Making sure the tap was…

Creative Commons Docs for 3D curriculum

The STC is trying to contribute to the Creative Commons with documentation from our workshops on 3D making. In doing so, I’m learning about the “wiki” community; which can be a bit tough. In creating a page for the STC and uploading our documents, the page has been flagged by mods (I am presuming) and…

The Battle Royal of “free” podcast hosting

“Content costs!” These two simple words are the very crux to one of my Building Bridges conference presentations this year. It doesn’t matter what the content is, there is always a price to host it on the internet. With the recent, and successful, launch of ‘Bellingham Podcast Media: Tech‘ (BPM: Tech) we ran into something…

[Part 2] Exploration into View-Master reels in the 21st century

The voyage to the center of the View-Master reel continues: I was able to find some inkjet printable transparency (cellulose acetate) – which I found can be a bit difficult in an age where teachers no longer keep an overhead projector in classrooms. I sent the transparency through a photo-printer at about 1600dpi, set to a photo-gloss paper stock…

GIF: Anaglyph 3D-a-fy photos

A wicked cool find from ATUS Director John Farquhar, with a little savviness with Photoshop this website could be a really cool resource for anyone trying to create anaglyph photos; either from dual photos or a single shot. http://www.photoshoplady.com/tutorial/how-to-apply-3d-effect-to-your-image/11481  

An exploration into View-Master reels in the 21st century

One of my favorite photographic technology toys of my childhood has to be the View-master. Being able to see photos of far way places,  and some of them pop out before your eyes in 3D,  fascinated me as a kid. Now all grown up, or at least partially, I wanted to take a photographer and maker’s approach…

VR Media Creation Workshop

Free workshop for WWU students on creating content for Virtual Reality!  (Sponsored by the WWU Student Tech Center) A 50-minute workshop for students to create both 3D images and panoramic images for display within Google Cardboard! Those attending the first two workshops will receive a free Google Cardboard headset. Use Google Cardboard with your smartphone…