My buddy Andrew has some Christmas-themed lawn ornaments that shine lasers onto his house, and a neighbourhood kid keeps knocking them over. He asked me to help him build some wooden shelters to protect the lasers from vandalism, and we decided to make them look sort of like gingerbread houses.
The houses are simple pine boxes with fat finger joints on the corners, and slat roofing. We painted them flat brown and accented the edges with white paint.
I had intended to get this video out before Christmas, but Christmas happened, so it’s out now. But hey, at least it’s still December.
I buy a lot of electronic and mechanical junk at garage sales and antique stores with the intention of taking it apart to figure out how it works. In this video, I dismantle a desktop calculator and learn about the inner workings of its printer mechanism.
On this week’s show Tyler, Derek, and Jon talk about how video game giant Electronic Arts angered the rage-filled wasps nest that is the armchair developers of the internet by putting micro-transactions into Star Wars Battlefront II. The company later removed the monetization scheme from the game (at least temporarily), but not before Reddit lost its collective hive-mind about the decision.