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Here’s a quick and easy one for you all. I found my turntable recently, just in time for my copy of the new Daft Punk album to arrive in the mail. While listening to it, I decided that I wanted to post the album art on my wall, but I didn’t want to risk any adhesives or tacks damaging my precious albums. I thought about building a shelf or a bookcase, but I also happened to be lazy and low on cash.

After browsing Home Depot aimlessly for a while, I found myself looking at wall trim. I found a strip of 1/2 in J trim and almost squealed in joy, in a tough and masculine way, of course. This was exactly what I needed, and would only run me $7 for 12 feet of the stuff.

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Perfect!

The plan was fairly simple. I would cut the trim into 3 inch pieces, drill two holes on the long side of the trim, and then mount them on my wall using wood screws. I would need two pieces on the bottom to hold up the vinyl, and then one piece on top to keep it from falling over. The half inch trim would be big enough to hold even a double album, but small enough to stop single albums from moving around too much.

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A three inch piece, with the two holes drilled in.

I put up 11 albums this way before deciding that I had enough for the time being. I still have enough pieces left to put up about four or five more if I want to.

Here are some images of my walls, decorated by some of my favorite pieces of album art.

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The best part about this setup is that if I want to replace an album with something else, or listen to one of them, it slides out easily. The record is completely unharmed, and I can easily slide it right back in.

 

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I was picked as a winner of the competition because I said that I would create some wicked custom lighting for the game “Artemis : Bridge Simulator”. “But what IS Artemis?” you ask. Since I just had a session of the game last night at i3Detroit, I figured I’d type up a quick post explaining the game and why it’s perfect for a DIY enthusiast. This way, when the project is complete, my readers will be able to appreciate it even more.

Taken from the Artemis homepage :

“Artemis is a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game for Windows computers, and now IOS devices too.

Artemis simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together. One computer runs the simulation and the “main screen”, while the others serve as workstations for the normal jobs a bridge officer might do, like Helm, Communication, Engineering, and Weapon Control. Artemis is a social game where several players are together in one room (“bridge”) , and while they all work together, one player plays the Captain, a person who sits in the middle, doesn’t have a workstation, and tells everyone what to do.”

Basically,  it’s a Hollywood Sci-fi simulator. We currently play in a small area with a couch, a couple of chairs, and two tables. A projector and screen are installed into this small area, and the lights are turned off before play. On its own, it’s pretty nice. The couch is really comfortable, and with the lights off there’s still a pretty good atmosphere to play in.

The DIY aspect lies in two important details. As I mentioned previously, the game supports DMX output. This game was pretty much made for bright dramatic lighting and fog machines. The second thing is the fact that it’s actually fairly easy to create custom USB controllers. After the lighting is finished, we have plans of making custom control panels such as a weapons station with a big, shiny red “FIRE” button.

After the MyKi project, you might see an occasional Artemis post as I make something really cool to fit into i3Detroit’s play area. I’m looking forward to sharing some great projects with you all soon.