Corbin's Treehouse - Corbin Dunn, Santa Cruz, CA
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Photography: Truckee Airport

Camera: I was on my way to go snowboarding in Kirkwood and stopped by the airport to grab this shot.

Photography: Truckee, Lake Tahoe, California – Russell Valley Sunset

March 2018 Camera:

Video: Grand Canyon + UNICYCLE = Arizona Trail Adventure (Part 3)

Part 3 of our Arizona Trail unicycle adventure. This was some amazing scenery.

Video: The Arizona Trail was HARD on a Unicycle! (Part 2)

Part two of my Arizona Trail adventure!

Photography: Blue Hawaii Sunsets

Blue Hawaii Sunsets - taken in Lahaina when I was doing an extended stay in Maui.

Video: The Arizona Trail on Unicycle (Part 1)

My introductory video about the April 2017 adventure of riding the Arizona Trail on my unicycle.

Photography: Dying VW Bug

  Down by the river off of East Zayante Road in the Santa Cruz mountains is an old VW bug that is slowly rotting away. 

Electric Mini Boat

Electric Mini Boat! My friend Josh at rapid whale came up with this awesome mini boat powered by a 12v battery. Check out more details on his Mini Boat page.

Woodworking: Jewelry Rack

My wife requested one thing for Christmas: a custom made jewelry rack. Originally I was thinking of welding something together out of old gears and sprockets, but the power went out right when I was about to get going on it. Instead, I went outside with the chainsaw to cut up some old wood for the fireplace. One oak tree stump has been rotting nicely and was full of termites. I hacked off a quarter and noticed how beautiful the wood looked, and quickly got inspired to save the wood. I made a few slabs by hand, and then had... [read more]

VFD South Bend Lathe Upgrade: Part 1: Motor and VFD selection

The 110v motor on my SouthBend 13” tool room lathe from the 1950’s is slowly dying. It stalls a lot, and I’m forced to take really light cuts, even in aluminum. It slowly decreases speed after prolonged use and eventually stops. It also usually stalls on start, so I have to give it a starting spin by hand to get it going. I’ve also been a bit unhappy about not having a precise speed control. So, it is time to upgrade! Here’s the original motor installed and after I pulled it out:           It is 1... [read more]

Code Reviews, Part 2: When to do them, and how to avoid them

Part 1 discussed why you should not be done code reviews. Part 2: When to do code reviews and how to not do them. If you are creating mission critical code, then by all means: have every change reviewed by someone else. In other words, if you are doing the drivetrain logic for my Tesla, then have someone else review every single change twice. If you are writing core kernel code for an OS where making a mistake would stop hundreds of other people from getting work done, then yeah, you need to get all your code reviewed. More often than not,... [read more]

Code Reviews, Part 1: Don’t do them.

You probably don’t need to be doing code reviews. Have confidence in the code you write, and understand it well. Click through to read all the details on why.

Sailing: Crabbing in Moss Landing

Some ramblings about where to go crabbing off Moss Landing in a sailboat, and the equipment I use.

Plug Bug: Fixed, and then broken again

The electric bug constantly has stuff going wrong with it. I got it back on the road and registered as a salvage vehicle. I could finally drive it to work again, but I’m a bit nervous about using the carpool lane since it only has one of the required three stickers showing.  A few days later I noticed it was pulling strongly to the left on the freeway when I was braking. So, I popped of the brakes, and the pads were pretty worn. A few days later I had some new pads and it was once again braking in... [read more]

Plug Bug: Carpool stickers going bye-bye

I had to tear them off. It was a sad day.

Plug Bug: Rear Apron Mod – make it removable!

The rear apron on my bug got severely damaged in the accident. I had to replace it, and I decided it would be nice to make it removable instead of spot welding it back in. So, here’s a video of me hacking it together.

Plug Bug: Transmission/Transaxle Assembly

Okay! Here is a video of me assembling the transmission on my 1969 VW Bug.

Plug Bug: Transmission Disassembly

I took the transmission apart and recorded it!

Plug Bug: Transmission Decisions

The bug was rear ended last year, and the motor/transmission combo was pushed forward, shearing the rear transmission mounts off (they are rubber) and severely squishing the front mount. I cut out the old front mount and welding in a replacement; thank goodness they are easily available from online sources, otherwise I’d be fabricating one.  I’m documenting my transmission work on video, but I’ve come across a question. I’m attempting to rebuild an older transmission that pops out of fourth gear. I had bought it on eBay a few years back when having some problems with my leaking main transmission... [read more]

Video: Eisley the TRAIL DOG Goes to Slickrock!

Eisley, the super shiba mutt, goes for a bike chase in Moab on the Slickrock trail!

Video: Custom Tap Handle from Redwood and Steel

Here I hack together a custom tap handle for my homebrew kegerator setup. Some quick work on my lathe followed by a little bit of minimal woodworking to get something looks a lot better than the stock handle.

Plug Bug: Working on repairs…

It has been just about a year since my 1969 VW electric bug was rear ended. I was driving to work and stopped in traffic, but the gal behind me didn’t stop and squished the bug! Dealing with insurance took months, and I finally got a settlement for the bug, which was deemed totaled. For about $800 I had the opportunity to buy it back as a salvage vehicle, and I snapped up that chance.  I wasn’t too motivated to work on it…other things came up, and I was enjoying driving my Tesla Model S. But now I’m at the... [read more]

Video: Wedding Ring from Steel and Pennies!

Lexi and I got married! We made our own wedding rings from some stainless steel that was in my workshop. But the nice added touch was melting some pre-1982 copper pennies on top to add a center accent line.

Photography: Eisley the Trail Dog

Everyone thinks that their dog is the cutest and best animal ever.

Photography: Arches National Park in Utah (But Not the Actual Arches)

Arches National Park in Utah - I drove around and stopped at a few choice places to grab some photos. You can't walk in here without a permit (and I didn't have one).

Photography: Colorado Trees in Motion

Taken while I was hanging my head out the passenger window of the Tesla!

Photography: Durango Fields

While driving the Tesla through Durango I stopped to grab a couple of pictures. This was taken across from a place that sold fresh honey.

Photography: Molas Pass, Durango, Colorado

A beautiful picture from Durango.

Photography: Lahaina Sunset Series – Gentle Ocean

More pictures from Lahaina during awesome sunsets. This was taken past the reef where the waves are gentle.

Photography: Lahaina Sunset Series – Golden Sailboats

More gorgeous sunset photos from Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.

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