DIY Projector Ceiling Mount

I am not a handyman … by ANY stretch. But after almost a year of having my projector sitting on a tupperware container in the attic with it’s wires unattractively strewn across the attic ceiling I finally had enough and I attempted to build my own ceiling mount.

The general concept and motivation behind my “design” came from the various DIY web articles I found where guys with actual handyman skills had created their own ceiling mounts. However the problem was that my ceiling mount situation was unlike any of the ones in those articles … so my “design” came out fairly unique.

Before starting I accepted the fact that the odds were pretty high that chance that I would fail miserably and the only thing I’d have to show for my effort would be a few receipts from Lowe’s Hardware. Honestly I wasn’t sure right up till the end if it would work – but for now it seems to be so I’m enjoying the moment. I suppose there’s a chance it will come crashing down one day – but let’s hope not!

The end result definitely doesn’t look like something you’d buy in a store. One of my friends said it looks like something out of a horror movie – and I guess that’s not far off. Thankfully it’s pretty high up and the attic is normally dark so hopefully it doesn’t give anyone nightmares. 

Anyhow – here are the photos proving that once upon a time I attempted a handyman project and, at least for now, it appears to have worked out!  PS: If anyone reading this has handyman or general engineering skills please do chime in on whether I should patent this thing or wear a hard hat when walking under it!

    

Bear Catches Fish

Man I go from nothing for months to 4 posts within 2 weeks?! Anyhow – here’s another sketch-to-iPad painting that had been sitting around for a while that I’m calling done today. Fortunately I didn’t lose the original this time so here’s the starting point sketch.

 The final painted version lost some of the charm of the original sketch I think – but who doesn’t like a sunset by a pond right? I attempted to include the decorative illustration framing in the iPad version but it just didn’t look right so I tossed it. Also for the record this one ended up too dark on computer screens so I had to fuss w/the color in Photoshop so the gradients and color is a bit messy.

PS: This is not that Little Bear character on Nickelodeon … the character voices on that show creep me out!

The Insane iPhone

I’ve meant to post about this for a long time – but it was just one of those things that kept getting put off. But after recently watching a hilarious bit from the comedian Louis C.K. about cell phones and how much we take them for granted (video: Warning Adult Language!) I got the final bit of motivation I needed to get this posted. 

Maybe most people are over the initial fascination with “smartphone” era that the iPhone kicked off – but I am still constantly amazed by how much these devices can do and what an integral role mine plays in my day-to-day life. Admittedly I am nerdier than most – I have no idea how my wife manages to walk around 80% of the day w/out her phone on or near her person! – but even though I may be a fringe case who uses the iPhone more than the average bear – and who would be helpless if/when all cell phones stop working – I’m sure everyone can at least appreciate how much these smartphones in our pockets can do.
So – here’s my super nerdy list of all the different ways I use my phone each day. Some days I use only some of these things – others I use almost all of them … But any way you slice it it is just plain insane how much you can do with a smartphone – it really is like a modern Swiss Army knife!

Personal/Family Stuff

  • Family grocery list! (Grocery IQ)
  • Exercise (Weight Lifting) (Strong)
  • To-Dos and Project Mgmt (Omnifocus)
  • Bank Account Mgmt
  • Shopping (Amazon, eBay, Starbucks etc)

Work

Media/Social

  • Telephone (Remember phones with cords, or the thing you would plug wireless phones into?)
  • Text Messages (Would take a book to sum up how this changed everything) 
  • Digital Camera (“… When I was a kid it took 6 weeks to get your film developed!”)
  • Video Camera (Our family video camera in the 90s was the size of a VCR… )
  • Music (Google Play)
  • Movies (Plex, iMDB, HBOGO, TV Guide)
  • Photos (40,000+ of my photos at my finger tips Flickr, FlickrStackr)
  • Twitter / Facebook / WordPress (I wrote half this post on my iPhone)

Utilities/Tools 

  • Clock (the last time I wore a watch was 1997?)
  • Dictionary
  • Encyclopedia (The other day the kids and I did voice search with Google to find “World record longest spaghetti?”… Answer: 12,000 ft).
  • Maps / Driving directions 
  • Calendars
  • Medical Advice (WebMD, etc)
  • Instant Weather (Dark SkyWeather Channel)
  • Recorder Pro (I love recording audio of my kids, ambient noise, etc)
  • Remote Desktop
  • Cloud File Access/Mgmt (Dropbox, Box)
  • Password Mgmt (LastPass
  • Flashlight (when replacing a video card in my computer under the desk)
  • Timer (“10 more minutes on Wii, kids…)

Learning

I’m sure I’ve left some stuff out but think I hit all the big ones. So now you know some of my favorite apps – and how nerdy I am. I can’t even imagine how I would do all of the above without my phone- at the very least my desk/office would have a lot of clutter/stuff lying around!

I know it’s probably going to be what kicks off SKYNET and will end up being the death of us all … but until then I am definitely thankful for what my iPhone can do!

Thanks, Steve.