18 Years of RasterWeb!


I started this blog in 1997, and somehow I never managed to quit. There are some archives and some old archives.

18 years of this is pretty crazy. Some people start blogging and quit after a few months. Some people only write one post. Some people said blogging would never last. I’m not sure what to say to those people… so I’ll just keep posting.

Thanks for reading!


Day of Making

Day of Making

The Day of Making is upon us! Help me celebrate June 18th (which also happens to be my birthday) by pledging to not just make things, but help others make things. Pledge to share your knowledge with others, to help make the world a better place.

Start a new project, finish an old project, tell others about a project… Don’t sit idly by consuming when you could be creating. Check out the Make: Projects site, or Instructables, or Hackaday Projects.

I'm a Maker


June 18th


Well, I made it one more year… Take that, Silenus!

Cake courtesy of OpenClipArt.


Birthdays, Anniversaries, Updates

Robot Plate!

Well, we’ve been busy! In fact, we’ve been so busy we missed our own anniversary. That’s right kids, on August 5th, 2012 we celebrated 15 years of blogging. I suppose that’s pretty good. I probably should have planned some sort of celebration. Oh well, I guess I have (almost) 5 years to plan for the next milestone.

Speaking of milestones, and birthdays, and August 5th, I now have a child that can legally drive a car. That seems crazy. Crazy but true… I look forward to being a passenger more often. Except…

MM Racing
Concept art

…when I drive in the Power Racing Series next year. I mean, assuming there is a next year. I ended up going to Maker Faire Detroit and got pulled into the Milwaukee Makerspace Racing Team. It was a lot of fun, and now I’d like to do it again next year. Yeah, sweet.


What else have I been doing? Well, I made this sweet video of the building of Red Lotus with Time Lapse Bot as well as other posts, and I continue to hack at my RepRap and 20 other projects. (Including at least one with lasers.)

Amusing, if you know my making activities

I’m also still selling buttons, and doing other things, like planning the next 3D Printing Meetup happening August 12th, 2012. Oh, I’m also hoping to be awarded $25,000 this year. I’ll let you know if that happens or not.

This may be my new car

There’s more, but I can’t think of it right now because I got interrupted 10 times while writing this post…

So what have you been up to?


Makey Birthday!

Makey Birthday

Hey folks, it’s a month out from my birthday (June 18th is the day!) and while I typically appreciate the gifts people buy for me, this year I want to make a request, and it goes like this:

1. Make me something!

Yeah, you (together with your own two hands) should make me something. Chance are you’re creative in some way. Maybe you can knit, or draw, or paint, or write a poem or a short story, or compose a song, or take an amazing photo, or maybe you are good with tools, can work with wood, can weld, or cut paper and glue it together, or maybe you make things in the kitchen, like lovely cakes or pizza pies.

If you need some inspiration, check out some of the stuff they highlight on Make, or check out the Flickr photos in the Make or Craft pool. If you really don’t think you can make something yourself, Etsy has things that other people make.

2. Give me money.

Yeah, those are the choices. Either you make me something, or just give me money. (Any amount is fine.) Seriously. Don’t go to the store and buy some mass-produced consumer good. Just make me something, or give me money. How simple is that?

Note #1: In the event you give me money instead of making me something, the money will be used to procure things like food or gasoline.

Note #2: In the event that I get awesome handmade gifts from people, I’ll blog about them, as long as people give me permission to do so.