DFN Happy Hour No. 35:

Coming up Friday at 5:30 pm PST members Barb Noren (BarbMakesThings), Tod Kurt (todbot) and Carlyn Maw (carlynorama) try to pretend that everything is fine. It’s fine. It’s all fine… (More prep for ART.HAPPENS, paper-craft LED lantern, and Node-RED on the docket)


Last Week Redux: January 8, 2021

Blog post | Video

Beverages Consumed

“Thanks for Existing!” Awards

This Week Preview


This week, I’ve gotten the main layout the way I want it, and have been churning out more of the individual elements. My workflow for these is to sketch them in pencil in one of my dotbooks (Rhodia ftw), which gives me a good subtle grid for laying things out and keeping the scale right, ink them with a .7mm black posca pen, and then either scan them or take a photo, depending on needed precision and laziness. I pull these images into Photoshop, clean them up, and do multiple layers of colors before either putting them onto one of the background images, or making them into separate, properly-sized elements that can be pulled into gather individually.

I still have plenty to do, including more small furniture, the second floor, robots, and fixing the walls, but it’s going well.


While doom scrolling I learned about Lucy Bellwood’s 100 Demon Dialogs (not to be confused with Lynda Barry One! Hundred! Demons!) . This weeks project was inspired by #40 for several reasons. Not least of which is that I have been hyper focused on “Events in D.C.” (The white supremacists attempting to slaughter elected officials (pg. 15, lines 17 and 18).) and hadn’t yet made anything for this week when I saw it! I dredged up a workshop I ran 6 years ago that I had never really documented well, but I had stuffed the materials in a cupboard. I can say definitively, oxidized copper tape and LED leads make for flakey circuits. I had to make some modification to make it work for a demo.

This Weeks Pictures

Pictures from Original Workshop / Workshop Materials


Tod among other things, helped fix the blink(1) Node-RED code… so he’s gonna talk about it!


I make things that do stuff. The best, though, is teaching others to do the same. Founder of @crashspacela Alum of @ITP_NYU

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