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29Nov/115

Rubik’s Cube Tissue Box, Take Two [NOW FOR SALE]

As some of you asked about whether those rubix cube tissue boxes which seem famous after a repeated appearance in a recent episode of "The Big-Bang Theory" were for sale we summed up all the components, added just a little for the time i'd work on it and unfortunatly it seemed like the price wasn't very satisfying.

But we didn't give up and started investigating new, cheaper methods of batch-building those nifty little tissue-cubes. Lucky for us we found a way using a well manufactured premade tissue box made from sturdy cardboard. The results can be seen here:

11Oct/111

Raid system – 8TB home storage, on budget!

With the advent of higher definition Television, growing demand for high quality lossless audio as well as general madness the need for a reliable as well as flexible and large home storage solution grew rapidly for me. Just hammering more disks into your home router / server just won't nail it over the long term. So i've set out to build a cheap (per TB), (hopefully) longlasting as well as reasonably reliable home storage system for the enthusiast (read: "tinkering geek"). This was achieved using a custom made case for the parts as well as a lucky find for the adapter card. Read on for more...

23Sep/110

Simple selfmade Ramen, take one!

A little while ago i've set out to create simple yet tasty ramen which could be cooked in (almost) any western (especially german) kitchen. As some unsuccessfull experiments showed this wasn't too easy.

I've also burdened me with some constraints - it should require as little "active chef time" as possible. There are some things you can't change, amongst them that a good broth needs time to simmer. The second was that i've tried to use as few "exotic" ingredients as possible.

The result, which can be seen to our left, is neither great nor bad - but its a good start, not too pricey as well as not too complex.

 

 

1Jul/110

More Shirt Stuff: T-Shirt Logo Ideas!

As one of our dear old projects i've ever wanted to finish will probably never go live i'd like to use this post as a kind of memorial: I'm talking about www.shareshirt.de which was thought to become a free (as in free speech) T-Shirt logo sharing site. Everything would've been high quality vectors and licensed under creative commons or similar license, we'd have links to all the large printing companies and nobody would be depandant on "spreadshirt shops" or anything idiotic like that anymore. Sadly we/i don't have the time to implement those ideas anymore, so i'll just link it to this post and always update it. Maybe, just maybe there will be a day when a real sharing site goes online on that domain ... But back to shirts, hers the overview:


But theres more! Everything including the vectors in the nice vector format "svg" will be found inside.

 

14Jun/115

DIY T-Shirt printing? No Problem! (almost)

Starting to lift the outsets of the film on the medium...


After a long dry season of posts here on blog.kanojo.de i proudly announce yet another garage-tinkering-tutorial: How to print t-shirts yourself. While this may not sound special or new at all, the technique we've chosen required a lot of fine tuning to yield *PROFESSIONAL* (and by that i mean really really REALLY good) results. So i considered it worth sharing.

 

While i must admit that i make a equipment-assumption that may not be the case for most, you can work your way around it. What i'm talking about is that recently a cutting plotter moved into this household. A cutting-plotter is almost like a normal plotter - except that it doesn't paint or print the paths (read: vector-files) you give it, but cuts. For those who don't know what a plotter is - imagine a printer that is able to print on a infinitely long roll of paper and doesn't print per line, but prints a arbitrary path (e.g. a sphere, bezier curve, etc.) at a time.

12Apr/114

DIY Ebook-Reader Cover (and how to choose a good ereader!)

I've always wanted a own EBook-Reader to read, well, mainly manga - the Sony PRS-650 Eefi's got is just gorgeous, it has all features that you can wish for in a good reader, everything in the firmware is just right - it's (speed)-optimized till the end, eats next to no battery (i suspect this is not some "general purpose" OS but a highly specialized firmware), the hardware is appropriately fast, very rugged and well-built - no gaps and whatnot to see!

If you want a Ebook-Reader just as good at a lower price you're gonna suffer - here are my experiences...

26Mar/111

Wooden Drinholder for cult drinks

As another birthday of a friend came up and we stood there with not even the slightest idea of what might make a good gift we had to get a little creative - first came the idea of collecting some nerdy and culty drinks (non-alcoholic, i think in this respect non-alcoholic has way more style) and well, give him a set of cool drinks. Next were some thoughts about how to package it and well, while thinking about some cardboard setups to pack it up the idea for this wooden drink holder which can be dual-used as a drinkholder shelf.

See the pictures below for the whole drink collection as well as the drinkholder and both put together :P.

(some building details inside!)

16Mar/113

Say hi to the KanojoFrame!

Hi and welcome to a new full fledged (i at least hope so) tutorial to hack together a fast-switch picture frame, our so-called "KanojoFrame". As i must admit the idea is not fully genuinely ours, we designed and built it with the moo-frame from the excellent business-card supplier moo.com: Moo Mosaic-Frame.

The idea is to have a frame thats front glass plate is dismount- and mountable in the glimpse of a eye thus allowing to change the contents without too much of a hassle. The other aspect is that the whole content of the frame is made up of a mosaic of mini-pictures framed by small but thick cardboard frames. You can then use cardboard spacer to lay the small framed image-"cards" (moo.com are half business cards, ours are roughly creditcard-size) out in every way you want to create a nice compilation of the works displayed!

The frame itself is quite flat, 6mm without glass, rougly 8.5mm with the glass front attached. The glass it held by a couple of strong rare-earth magnets and sits very tight, so no worries about falling glass. The inner frame can hold around 7*3(=21) of our cardboard-mini-frames, but ... see for yourself! And if you feel like it, make one yourself....

20Feb/110

New HiFirama, Black Beauty

Yay for another cool HiFi Project - a mini-monitor using the MarkAudio "cheapo Series", CHR-70 which benifits from the design- and production experience MarkAudio has from it's larger brothers but is made with budget considerations in mind - so in short it's a modern, well-designed and manufactured "mid-budget" speaker which performs just great! The cases are Teak-veneered MDF, the design is a GHP ("Geschlossen mit HochPass" -> Closed with HighPass Cap) design from a HiFi-Forum (german board) member which was influenced by the "GHP" concept of a german HiFi-magazine...

7Feb/113

Nicely lit DIY Figure-Display-Cabinets

A common problem with most of the figure display case solutions out there is lighting - how do you put enough (and nice) light in your display so the figures look good but the whole place doesn't get filled by bulky bulbs, PSUs, cables and the like.  We like to show a method of building cheap yet good looking lighting for custom glass displays as well as the common and popular IKEA DETOLF using inexpensive led-strips.

Also, as we (and probably many many others) like to use plain glass shelfs (as they're easy to mount and look good) to display figures there is the very common problem of dust and dirty laying down on the figures. The other thing we propose here is a nice method to build sturdy yet good looking glass cover you can simply place on the shelf over the figures (a box with two open sides: backside and bottom).

For building and setup instructions for those two cool concepts, please look inside :).