macro iphone lense

I made this macro lens from a from a disposable camera, a rubber grommet and a piece of plastic from a generic Tupperware lid. You can just slide it over top of your camera lens on your smartphone. The pictures below are from my wife’s iphone.

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Photos by Becca Kuhlmann.

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Neil Degrasse Tyson is coming to cincinnati!

So, I just heard today that Neil Degrasse Tyson is coming to Cincinnati! I can’t believe it! I’d love to go see him speak. If you’re in the CIncinnati area and want to go see him too, click here to see about tickets.

The Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey series NDT has been helping to revive just completely blows my mind. Seriously. It is amazing. If you haven’t watched it yet, you really should. It’s a documentary series that talks about all sorts of things…science, biology, astrophysics, astronomy, knowledge in general and even history…and many many other things, too. It breaks what we know about the universe down into smaller parts and explains them in ways that normal people (people who aren’t rocket scientists) can understand. Also, the special effects for this series are seriously out of this world (pun intended)! I feel like all of these things combined are making it “cool” to like science and technology…and that is pretty damn cool, if you ask me.

Aside from Cosmos just being an all around kick-ass show, I feel like Neil Degrasse Tyson is just a super cool guy that oozes wisdom. Check out this short video titled The Most Astounding Fact and you’ll see what I mean. It’s pretty amazing and since it’s Monday, we could use all the inspiration we can get, right?

Book Love

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Last year, my wife and I decided to get creative and make each other gifts. This is what I came up with. She loves hand made gifts AND books, so I thought this was perfect. Also, it was pretty easy to make. Have you ever made a gift for your significant? If so, what did you come up with? I’d love to hear about it!

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Doggy Penthouse

Ok, so, as crazy as this may project may seem, you have to admit that its pretty clever. Its a doggy penthouse! As I mentioned in my Mid-Century Dog Bed post, we have 2 pups. Both of their kennels are in our kitchen that is not-so-big. In order to save space, I came up with a solution that not only looks cool, but saves space! I simply stacked the smaller kennel on top of the larger one and cut out plywood pieces that would act as a ramp. I then covered the plywood with some old carpet pieces I had laying around in the basement. This way, our little Chihuahua, Edgar, would have some foot traction while walking up to his second story home. Pictured below, though, is Lulu. She actually lives on the bottom floor of the Chihuahua house.

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Photo Restoration

Aside from electronic related projects, I do enjoy playing around with Photoshop from time to time. I was asked to touch up some old photos for a family member and this is probably the best I’ve done yet! It took some time, but with a lot of cloning and lots of layers, I think it turned out pretty well. There is something very rewarding about doing this kind of work. It’s incredible to see the difference between the old and the restored version. Hooray for Photoshop!

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Steampunk Pendant

 

I was at second hand shop not too long ago and saw some old watches laying around. It reminded me of this little gem that I designed and hand crafted a few years ago. The metal shell of it is an old locket that I picked up at a thrift store. I fused together old watch parts in combo with vintage jewelry pieces and adhered them to the interior of this shell base to create this steampunk inspired necklace. The clear cover is made out of resin. I actually thought about maybe starting my own shop and selling these on Etsy at one time. Maybe I still will one day! Let me know what you think!

 

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New toy

For Christmas, I got a Elecno Scarab Robot Kit! I was so excited that I started to build it right away! Ha! I am a kid at heart, after all. So far, I am about 25% of the way finished. I still need to break out the soldering iron and work on the circuit board, but its coming along. Here is an in progress shot of where I am now. I’ll be sure to post a video when its finished!

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Well I finished this little robot kit. They had pretty clear instructions, without having to take you by the hand and show you. If you follow their instructions it is fairly simple to do. Even for the complex build that it is. I have it programmed to backup and rotate to the right after it strikes an obstacle. IMG_6148 IMG_6149 IMG_6153 IMG_6152 IMG_6151 IMG_6150

Here is a small clip of it in action.

Cincinnati Maker Faire

This past summer, my brother-in-law and I went to the annual Cincinnati Maker Faire. This is the 2nd one to date that has been held here in Cincinnati and although it was considerably smaller than last year’s event, it was still pretty cool. There were a lot of great companies and organizations there. I was really thrown back at how many 3D printers and print companies were there giving demos. 3D printing technology is definitely something that is making a break right now. I’m super excited to watch the advancements here in the course of the next few years.

My favorite part of the whole show, though, was the Oculus Rift demo station. There was a wait of about 40-50 minutes to get a turn with the headset, but it was well worth the wait. Although I’m not a hardcore gamer, I do enjoy learning about the technology and ideation that goes into creating stereoscopic displays and applications, so it was cool to be able to talk with the rep that was there. I would love to get one of these for myself!

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mid-century dog beds

This is an older project of mine, but cool nonetheless. I made these 2 mid-century dog beds for our 2 pups. I first got the idea from a DIY post Our Nerd Home did. I used my own measurements and whatnot but the idea is basically the same. The tan one is just a tad larger than the purple. My wife painted them and picked out the fabric for the cushions but I sewed them myself! The dogs love to lounge in them on lazy weekends so I’d say this project was a huge success!

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Photos by Becca Kuhlmann.