Monday, April 28, 2008

LEGO Light Switcher

This video demonstrates how the LEGO light switcher I made works.

Rest assured, I did not damage my home's electrical or structural integrity in any way. As you can see in the video, the device can be easily removed and the light switch can be used the old-fashioned way. Why anyone would want to do that when they have this awesome device is another matter.

In the video, I'm controlling the light switcher with the RCX remote, but it can also be controlled from my computer via NQC commands (See this earlier post). It will soon become apparent why this method of control is useful...

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mmmm, homemade chocolate chip cookies. (recipe)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Homemade Hamburger

Cost of ingredients for hamburger from QFC: $15

Patty Ingredients: 1lb ground beef, 1 handful bread crumbs, 1/2 chopped onion, 1/4 cup beef broth, 1 egg, salt, pepper, spices.

Mix together.

Shape into patties.


I can has Hamburger!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Seattle Snowstorm

This is what we call a blizzard in Seattle.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

I'm not a big baseball fan, but with a little arm twisting, I was dragged convinced to attend my first baseball game last Tuesday. The Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 11 to 6. Apparently, they also set a record for most suicide flys in a game or something. I'm not sure because it was difficult to follow what was happening due to the fact that I was freezing to death the whole time.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Experiments in Weed Control

The rocky area next to my driveway is infested with weeds. I thought it would be a cinch to move the rocks, put in some landscaping fabric, and then move the rocks back. Of course, it's always harder than it sounds.

Three hours of backbreaking labor later, I'm not even a quarter of the way done. I discover the fabric is all used up, due to me greatly underestimated the size of the area. I also find that I need to buy more rocks in order to cover all the fabric, and I have no idea where to buy them.

There may also be a problem with the fabric. When I bought it I chose the one that said most durable or something of that nature, thinking it would be the best at stopping weeds. I didn't realize this would also mean that it would prevent water from seeping through. I guess I'll have to wait until it rains to see if I created a very large, shallow pool.

I probably should have just used roundup.