Tuesday night I did another open mic at Llewelyn’s. This time I was joined by my cousin Deanna (Deannie) and her husband Steve from LA. We’ve both been involved with music for a long time, but never got the opportunity to play together. The great Jerry Fehr is on guitar. Check out 4 songs below.
I noticed the other day that I had accumulated quite a few broken Apple wireless keyboards. I removed all the electronics from them and turned them into a pretty cool looking lamp. Look below for the detailed instructions.
First, get ahold of 4 broken (or working and willing to be sacrificed) Apple wireless keyboards, and remove the batteries. I used the smaller model, only because I had so many of them. I’d love to make a lamp out of the extended keyboard, but I only have one broken one so far.
Start by turning the keyboard over and stick a small regular screwdriver in the corner of the keyboard like in the picture below.
Slowly start peeling back the white plastic piece, while being very careful to keep the silver aluminum piece straight. You don’t want the silver part to bend, only the plastic piece with the Apple logo on it.
If you are having a hard time, use a hair dryer on hot as you peel the plastic piece back. The hair dryer heats up the adhesive and makes it much easier to remove. Once the white plastic piece is removed, start removing the silver part that holds the keys.
The keys come off easily with a little tug, be sure and save them. You can add magnets to them and spell stuff on a refrigerator, or spell out your name, or many other crafts.
Now you should have just the silver aluminum keyboard frame.
I used some pieces of plastic film that I had from taking apart lcd monitors and glued them to each of the keyboard pieces. This gives the lamp a cloudy, fuzzy look, so the LED lights cause a glow from within. You can use any type of plastic sheeting you can find, or even just use cellophane or cloudy paper.
I took 4 of these frames, and glued them together and then to a small piece of wood to hold them steady. I drilled a small hole in this base so the wire from the led lights can fit through. Next I cut a big piece of PVC tubing to fit inside the square structure. The lights I used are a long LED strip of colored lights controlled by a remote. You can find these extremely cheaply online; look at amazon.com, IKEA.com or banggood.com.
Take the light strip and attach it to the base of the PVC tube, and circle around the tube until you reach the top, covering the PVC evenly all the way up.
For the top cover, I used a cool piece that I found in an old half-sphere iMac. I put a few tiny magnets on the top of the lamp to hold this piece still. It gives a really neat shadow on the ceiling.
And that’s basically all there is to it! Click below for a quick video showing the lamp in action.
I’ve turned some other old macs into lamps as well, such as an original Mac Mini below. It needs no instructions however, just hollow the thing out, and add some lighting.
On June 2, 2016 Bree got fitted for her first pair of pointe shoes, and it was quite a production. A bunch of girls from her dance class met at a dance shop up north and got professionally fitted. It took about an hour to get the correct fit and have the shoes sewn to Bree’s exact foot shape and size. Look below for images and clips of the process. Congrats Bree!
On Saturday morning, May 14 2016, Bree became a Bat Mitzvah. She did an amazing job with our cousin/rabbis Steve and Larry Karol leading the service. It was a very special and meaningful event with friends and family making all the food and treats, and our buddy Steve Klein hosting the party at the Cedar Cove Feline Sanctuary in Louisburg. Below are some pictures from the busy weekend, and a few videos that I made for the event.
My band, Conviction, played a great gig to a packed house at The Art Factory April 10, 2016. Here’s a sample, Black Magic Woman by Santana. I mounted my iPhone above and behind the drums to get a first person perspective. Stick around until the end of the song for an extended drum solo with a couple of homages to Neil Peart’s solos from Exit Stage Left. Watch the video full screen to get the full effect.
Vicki kept a journal of all the stuff Jacob was doing during his first year. She started February 26, 1998 and continued until Jacob’s first birthday on November 20, 1998. Here it is in PDF form. Use the arrows at the top of the journal to turn the page. If it’s not working, try grabbing the file itself here.Jacobs-Journal-1st-year