Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This Week's Sign of the Apocalypse - Brought to you by Sprint

So I finally manage to slog my way through the homeschool prep for tomorrow and reclaim my workshop. Believe you me, I need to make a robot. Or at least drill a hole in something. 

My 12-year-old son is simultaneously playing a basketball video game in the shared basement.  As I work, not only am I bombarded by the incessant, meaningless babble of computerized sports commentators, but I look up to see the Halftime Analysis brought to me by Sprint.


Even in a video game halftime, there's freakin' shameless advertising sponsorships?

These partially assembled robots brought to you by Coca-Cola, the letter R, a Ryobi drill press, and apparently Folger's. You're welcome.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Genius? Perhaps.

Dramatic Re-EnDRAWment of Next Project:
Because we have such a big table (due to an unseemly number of boys), we can't easily reach the napkin holder in the middle of the table. So I have a plan to fix all that! Stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

School Days

The last few days have been devoured by the monster called "School." 

I've been trying to set up a new, workable school space.  And (occasionally) wondering why I'm homeschooling.  Then reminding myself it doesn't matter . . . because we are. And it's good (mostly).

The unfortunate part is that moving and cleaning and organizing--with a still broken foot--has been challenging, and I haven't visited my workshop in several days. 

I think I need to add Robot Making 101 as a mandatory class . . . for me.  They can go play outside.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

New Beginnings

After a month of broken-foot-ititus, I conquered the stairs (by sliding down them like a toddler) and made it to the workshop a couple nights ago. I promptly doused everything in super-killing spider spray, as I have had numerous dreams of spiders taking over and inhabiting every inch of my workspace, patiently waiting to capture me like the Lilliputs captured Gulliver.

Today, I actually made it down there to work.  And, by work, I mean play.  I plugged in the drill press and drilled holes randomly.  Ah, the sweet sound of high-powered machinery!

Once the initial euphoria wore off, I finally started on a custom order I received several weeks ago.  I bent things and drilled things and attached aluminum knives to a pepper shaker.  It was magical.

Although I didn't last as long as I'd like, I feel good. Good enough to mostly ignore the not-so-subtle throbbing of my foot. It's a brave new world.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mini Bot

The aforementioned robot creature caused some issues between the youngest of my brood, so I made a Mini Bot from a baby sock for my two-year-old.

Yes, the robot does have a mohawk.