Patent art – as art

Patent art – as art

It is interesting and fun browsing the USPTO patent archives.  Older patents often have beautiful hand drawn art attached to them as part of the filing. You can download PDF scans of these old patents and modify them to make awesome wall art. Here are a few examples...
DIY Letter shape birdhouses [U]

DIY Letter shape birdhouses [U]

We discovered that a family of Oak Titmouse birds has moved into one of the alphabet bird boxes that I made for the kids! It’s amazing how many times (and how fast) they go in and out all day as they gather grubs for the chicks. I set up my tripod and zoom lens...
Restore an old fire hydrant to make awesome office art!

Restore an old fire hydrant to make awesome office art!

I really enjoy industrial design. Objects that have been created for a specific purpose tend to encompass clean and honest design with no pretense.  Recently I began lusting after fire hydrants. A quick Craig’s List search and I was in the money! Below is...
DIY hollow book safes for kids

DIY hollow book safes for kids

The kids and I made 13 book safes for all the kids that we shared the New Year’s weekend with in Mammoth. How to make book safes The process is easy and takes around 45 minutes per book, here are quick instructions: Hard cover books work best – if you...
pfSense Multi Site Backup Script

pfSense Multi Site Backup Script

I manage many pfSense firewalls and have just pushed a useful backup script to GitHub that we use to automate backups of all the remote pfSense boxes. You can read more at Outside Open or head over to GitHub to grab a copy....