It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween…

Halloween? What? John, it’s June… Yes, yes it is. I have had an idea for a prop I want to build since the after Halloween sales netted me some faux planters. The idea is to have a skull burst from under the “dirt” of the planter. To do this with enough speed to startle anyone will require theist of pneumatics. Tonight I sat down with my Dremel in hand and built the inner workings. I’m proud to say that as of 10:15 pm I have a basic working prop.
the solonoid I’m using is a low amp model capable of being directly driven from a micro controller. This means I should be able to add in lighting, sound and perhaps even fog all controlled by whatever trigger I wwant.
I’ll post pictures soon.


Open Mic Night

Last night Karl and Gabi joined me for my weekly open mic night at the StoneFire Pub in Yorkville, IL. It was nice to have some friends there with me for a change. Granted I’ve made strides in befriending the regulars but it’s much nicer to have a chance to hang out with my regular friends too. It’s especially nice that I didn’t have to go a hundred miles out of my way to do so too.
So anyway, we sat around had dinner, talked, and listened to the regulars that show up. There was much silliness, and beer. Speaking of, is it a bad sign that I can walk in and sit down and the bartender immediately walks to the back to the “special” cooler to retrieve beer for me? No questions asked, no nothing… Yeah, I’m a creature of habit… I like my Hacker-Pschoor, what can I tell ya…