Things I’ve done in my free time

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I started this WordPress site

March 25, 2016
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I started this WordPress site to act as sort of an online portfolio of stuff that I’ve done in my spare time. These blog posts aren’t meant to be detailed tutorials on how to recreate any of these little side projects. They’re just meant to show that between catching up with friends, watching movies, cooking […]

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I used an Arduino Uno to create a noise triggered flash…

February 1, 2016
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…so that I could take photos of balloons popping.  The action of the balloon popping is too fast for the shutter speed on most cameras. The balloon has already popped before the camera shutter opens and closes for the photo. Therefore, I need a camera that has a Bulb mode (see here for an explanation of […]

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I made another Xmas card

December 1, 2015
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Everyone seemed to really enjoy the last Xmas card that I made so I decided to do it again. This time, we took a bunch of photos in different positions (140 to be exact) and then I used photoshop to combine the best ones together into one picture…   

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I created some artwork

August 1, 2015
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I wanted a picture to hang above our turntable in our living room. I always liked that His Masters Voice picture, the one with the dog sitting next to the old gramophone.    I used to be fairly handy at drawing as a kid so I got some pencils and attempted to redraw that picture. […]

I added some content management functionality to a website

July 1, 2015
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A while back, I built a website for a friend of mine, a Dublin based artist named Damien Flood.  http://www.damienflood.ie/   When we originally designed and built the site, it became clear that it was going to be a fairly static website so we didn’t bother with any sort of Content Management functionality. Over time, […]

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I built a vinyl record storage crate

April 1, 2015
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I needed a storage solution for my vinyl records but I also wanted something that would make it easy to find records to play. So I built myself a wooden crate with a cutaway at the front to allow flipping through the records.        To make the box more interesting, I bought a wood […]

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I learned how to do light writing

January 1, 2015
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Light writing is basically long exposure photography where you use a torch or similar light source to write a short message that will appear in your photo. It requires a digital SLR camera which has a Bulb mode on it. It also requires a tripod and a torch. If you want to have a subject […]

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I made Xmas cards

December 1, 2014
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We decided to make our own Christmas cards to send out to family and friends. We thought it would be appreciated more than a stock standard card. Plus it was great fun making them.         

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I built a reading corner

November 1, 2014
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There was an awkward recess in my living room which was going to waste so I decided to build a reading corner into it.     I made the bookshelves and storage cabinets at the bottom out of MDF. I used a router for the edging and for patterns on the doors and the sides of […]

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I created a website for a Dublin based artist.

September 1, 2014
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In 2014, I created a website for close friend of mine, an Irish artist named Damien Flood. http://www.damienflood.ie We wanted a clean simple design to showcase his work. There is some JavaScript behind the image navigation buttons to change the image currently being displayed.    When you click on the images, a lightbox is displayed […]

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