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Web-wrapping body thing


Here is my current project. It’s a rotisserie-thing that will be used to create an effect of the giant spider wrapping the body. It consists of two wooden triangles with inset bearings, which a threaded rod goes through. Tim (the victim) is made of swimming pool noodles, some of that expanding foam, and a really freakish “hanging ghoul” thing from Walgreens a couple years ago. He has a pipe going through his body, which is held onto the threaded rod with some washers and lock nuts. The whole thing is rotated with an old rotisserie motor that didn’t fit our grill.

Click the image for a video of it in action.

Note that this is still a work in progress, so be sure to check back for updates.


4-bit relay adder

For years, I have had a dream of building a computer entirely out of electromechanical relays, but I have always been too busy. Recently, I have had a lot of time on my hands, so I decided to start designing it. Ten hours, 36 SPDT relays, and countless wires later, I ended up with this contraption. It is capable of adding four bit numbers, and it actually gives the right answer. I know it isn’t the 8-bit, turing complete CPU of my dreams, but it’s a start. Once I snag a deal on some 4PDT relays, the real fun will begin.

… and we’re up!

W00t! First post!

I should have My Awesome Blog fully up and running in the next couple of days. Be patient. :)