Sunday, November 21, 2010

Camera Phone Macro Lens DIY + Macro Photography

After reading lifehacker's post here on using a DVD lens as a macro lens for a cellphone, I decided to try it for myself, needless to say I am very impressed. The photos turned out very well for a camera phone. I ended up putting a nice scratch down both sides of the lens in my haste to get it out so I ended up using a lens from an old PS2 I had lying around, I don't have pictures of that because I sliced my hand pretty good trying to open the case up. Anyways, on to the photos:
Here are the tools I used for disassembly: 1 Phillips Head Screwdriver, One Flat

Friday, October 22, 2010

EDC + Zippo Holster

So I got some better pictures of my EDC and I also got a hold of this SWEET Zippo Holster that appears pretty old... anyways... enough of my random babbling and onto the pics.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

More Moleskine Art!

More Skine Art!

DIY Tool Roll from Canvas Bag

Using one of those military duffel bags you can get (sorry, I forgot to take a picture before I cut it up...) I decided to make a tool roll to stick an emergency tool kit in for my truck. I cut the seams and took the large center section with the handles. I folded the cut ends towards the middle and got to sewing.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Zombieland Playing Cards!

How I wish they made them, since they don't, I drew my own! Pics!

Oakley Oil Rig Project: Finished! Plus Phone Painted...

Ok I finally got around to finishing my Oakley Oil Rig project. I ended up painting them matte black and it turned out decent enough for me... but I may sand them down and hit them with another coat sometime. Now for pics!

Friday, September 10, 2010

My Personal EDC (Every Day Carry)

"Everyday Carry, or EDC, generally refers to small items or gadgets worn, carried, or made available in pockets, holsters, or bags on a daily basis to manage common tasks or for use in unexpected situations or emergencies. In a broader sense, it is a lifestyle, discipline, or philosophy of preparedness." ( This is my personal EDC, what I carry, and why I carry it:

Oakley Oil Rig Project, Update

So I have the glasses all sanded down, from here I will take one of two options, either I will borrow a dremel and try to make them look like carbon fiber, or I will tape them up and paint them flat black to hide any flaws, I'm thinking I will try the dremel tool first to see how that turns out and then try the paint. If both of those fail, the glasses will be given away.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Moleskine Art Pt. 1

I carry around a large Moleskine blank sketchbook for when I get bored (ALOT) and decided to try my luck at drawing one of the dragons from Reign of Fire, it turned out much better than I thought and gave me an idea, why not put all my semi-artwork up here? so I am. I present: my miserable artwork (I promise I'll get better!)
I thought this was a really cool image of the Moleskine logo

Oakley Oil Rig Project. Pt 2.

Ok, so my first attempt with the Oil Rig sunglasses has failed, miserably. The paint would not smooth out or sand down at all and i just had no luck with them...
The new plan is to bring them back to a matte or flat black. they are sitting in a bucket of solvent right now which hopefully will help. Here is what they looked like after they were painted

4Runner sunroof swap!

Ok, so I have been driving around with a shattered sunroof on my 4Runner (2nd gen 1991) for about a year now, it doesn't leak but it looks really bad. A few days ago I was carousing a local Pick-N-Pull (BIG thanks to Cory) and happened upon a sunroof the same color as mine, SCORE! $20 bucks later I had me a newish new-to-me un-cracked sunroof! The awesome part was that I got the ENTIRE sunroof assembly minus the motor and switch, which isn't a problem as both of them I had to buy new for my truck.
The entire job NEEDS 2 people but I would recommend 3 who know what they are doing, me being my usual dive-right-in-not-knowing-what-I'm-doing self started doing it alone but ended up enlisting the help of my mom who just so happened to be at home. Now, on to the pictures!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Review: Moleskine Notebooks and Zebra Stainless Pens

For my first review I will be talking about Moleskine Notebooks as well as Zebra Stainless Pens for EDC (Everyday Carry) and general usefulness. Currently I EDC a Zebra F-301 Compact Pen that I disassembled and painted with a gunmetal wheel coating I've had lying around for a few years, as well as an extra-small Moleskine Soft-Cover notebook (3 1/2"x5 1/2"). I absolutely love them both and have used them quite often. I do wish the Moleskine was thicker but for what I need it works perfectly and I barely notice that it is taking up space in my back pocket! There is just something unique about physically writing things down in a notebook instead of typing them into a cell phone to be forgotten. Moleskine sells their notebooks directly through their site, but I got mine at Barnes and Nobles The Zebra F-301 Compact Pen is my writing instrument of choice. It easily opens into a full size pen but is compact enough to fit into my jeans coin pocket. The line is smooth and does not bleed through paper or "blob" together, yet is easily readable.

Now for Pictures!!!

FIRST POST!!! Also, Oakley Oil Rig project

Well, for my first post I want to share a small project I just started, I found a pair of Oakley Oil Rig sunglasses on the beach but they were really beat up so I have decided to paint them a flat white and get some new lenses for them. Taking them apart was probably the hardest part of the project so far, I ended up pulling the right side of the lens out by pulling up on the support and pushing out on the lens, then repeating the process on the left side, the arms were somewhat more difficult but I just twisted them out of place and they came right out, it was scary at first to come so close to breaking a pair of Oakley's but I think it will be worth it. I sanded them down until I got a good surface for the paint to bond to and the Oakley symbol looks like a burnt metal. Right now I am trying to decide between either Ice Iridium, Emerald Iridium, Titanium Iridium, or Black Iridium Polarized. If you have any ideas post them in the comments!