Author Archives: Shane

Orange glasses

I designed and 3D printed new temples for my glasses. Being a camera guy, I wear a lot of black. So, I guess I’ve got to work in some pops of color somewhere. Print your own with my files on Thingiverse here.

Tampy tamp tamp

I bought a broken Nuova Simonelli espresso machine on eBay and fixed it up. Okay, it wasn’t really “broken.” I think the guy who sold it just didn’t care to fix it or understand how the water sensing mechanism worked. It’s caveman stuff (or ultra clever. or both. i can’t decide). There are two terminals […]

Beach Radio

I found a neat old National AB-235 solid state radio at a swap meet this spring for $5. Since it wasn’t working anymore, I thought it’d make a great bluetooth radio for the beach. To keep the original speaker and all of its tinny charm, I needed more depth for electronics. My solution was to create a new […]

3D printer

I bought my first 3D printer! It’s an Anet A8 (Prusa i3 clone). After assembly, adding belt tensioners, and installing a MOSFET so the board didn’t melt and burn my place down, I’ve been making small prints and dialing in my bed leveling technique. My first larger project is converting a vintage radio into a Bluetooth one.

Marking Soundbites

Last year, I came up a trick to mark soundbites as you record video interviews. Basically, you record a dummy tone into an unused audio channel anytime you hear a good clip to generate a form of metadata you can reference later in your edit suite. This tone can be made with a number of […]

ToxRod Photographs

My brother Mike just finished his latest hot rod project (the ToxRod), so I spent a Saturday cruising around and photographing it with him. I worked with a Fuji x100s and natural light.

Nikon L35AF lens cover

This is a replacement lens/rangefinder/viewfinder cap I designed and 3D printed for the Nikon L35AF film camera. Last Christmas I was rummaging through a cupboard and found our family’s trusty old L35AF – a rugged, 35mm rangefinder with a sharp 2.8 lens. I loaded it up with Portra 400 and went out to shoot a […]

Quilt Generator with Unity – part 1

Here’s a quick demo of my new generative design app for quilts. The app shows you the device camera view with a “flying geese” quilt pattern overlaid (made with a procedural mesh). When you activate a triangle from the pattern, you can recolor the block by clicking on an area of the camera image. You […]

The LAIKA Crew

Here’s the latest crew photo / goofy selfie combo from our behind the scenes photographer at LAIKA. There’s a ridiculous amount of talent, grit, and humor in this bunch and I’m proud to work with all of them. took #LAIKA’s Official ‘FILM 5’ Crew photo today 📸 Here behind me are the awesome artists that will bring […]

Pan/tilt head controller with Unity

Recently I found a Telemetrics PT-LP at surplus for cheeeeaaap. Originally designed to move TV studio cameras with teleprompters, it’s powered by some hefty servos and has heavy baffling foam to maintain quiet operation. After making a power cable for it and writing a basic controller for it in Unity, I can drive now drive […]