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  • Apple Wireless Keyboard Lamp

    2016 - 10.20


    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.


    Watch Conviction’s Gig at The Art Factory

    2016 - 08.08

    Click the picture below to watch my band, Conviction, play to a packed house at The Art Factory. The videos were compiled by Jacob using multiple cameras and audio sources into one excellent musical experience!

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    Bree is on Pointe

    2016 - 06.03

    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!



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    Jacob’s HBHA Graduation 2016

    2016 - 05.17

    Monday evening, May 16th Jacob became a high school graduate. He gave an epic and surprising speech that you can watch below…

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    Bree’s Bat Mitzvah 2016

    2016 - 05.17

    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.

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    Black Magic Woman DrumCam

    2016 - 04.18

    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.

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    Vicki’s Journal from Jacob’s First Year, Feb-Nov 1998

    2016 - 03.13

    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.


    Latest Open Mic videos

    2016 - 02.10

    Here’s a few more open mic songs from Llewelyn’s. To watch my growing list of open mic videos from around Kansas City, click here for the youtube playlist.

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    Kitchen Remodel before and after

    2016 - 02.07

    Move the slider below left and right to see our before and after kitchen upgrade. Thanks to Wayne Fritzemeyer and Jill Grace of Creative Remodeling for their hard work! Click the images below the slider to see full screen versions.



    CES 2016 in Las Vegas

    2016 - 01.11

    This year I flew to a rainy Los Angeles to meet up with my buddy/cousin Dustin of Mac M.D. LA. We then drove to Las Vegas for the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. After 3 days at the show, we had walked 20 miles of convention space and parking lots, and we still didn’t see probably 1/3 of the show. We saw everything from drones, fake “hoverboards”, wearable health monitors, virtual reality headsets, 170,000+ geeks who apparently don’t shower, televisions as thin as 3 credit cards, too many iPhone cases, drug sniffing dogs, and way more than 2 brains could handle. But luckily we also had great food, went bowling, played some mean craps, and basically hung out. Take a look at the video below to get a glimpse of our CES 2016 experience.

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    Click below to see more of the incredible 4k drone footage from Las Vegas. This is a HUGE file, so be sure you have a decent internet connection, and play it full screen at the highest quality you can.

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