Monday, August 31, 2009

Not your usual Halloween

magazine. This is the October issue of Nuts and Volts, not something you are likely to find at your local newsstand :)

Learn how to make your very own "Dungeon Keeper"

No cupcake decorating, felt cut crafts or hot glue candles here.

No, lots of diagrams of semantics, example code and parts lists that likely need to be ordered from Jameco or Ramsey.

For the record, I learn this through osmosis; live with a programmer long enough and you will be amazed at the things you actually understand. :D

Husband being the geek that he is, has a subscription to this magazine that has articles on how to build all kinds of cool electronic stuff. Most of this is way over my head, I understand the basics, but this is pretty technical. If you know who Parallax is and the the Basic stamp, this is kind of a fun publication...that has bits that might help you with your prop controller. Or give you great ideas of how that will actually work for a Halloween prop. Or like read (or try to read) about a project and your brain starts to melt.

I have to immediately go out the shop and carve something out of foam before the melting takes over the whole brain.

I have on occasion asked husband to explain something to me, only to get the look that says "how sweet honey, but no, go back out in the garage and carve some foam." :D

Our friend Jon Williams from EFX TEK writes regularly for this magazine, so it is always fun to see what he is up to.

Anyway, just had to share, likely the oddest Halloween themed magazine you will see this season.


  1. I don't know anything about electronic... yet. I'm planning to delve into that maybe next year, maybe later but I have the feeling I won't be able to do what I really want in my haunt without this knowledge. It seem very exciting. The only question that remains is if my brain will be able to support all this information or if it will have a "stack overflow" error.

    Have a great evening!

  2. LOL! "Stack overflow error" That is good!



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