Geoff: "There might be a few things on the dining table, but don't worry about it. I'll have it all cleared off."
Natalie, going downstairs to greet the brand new day: "Uh. Yeah. Okay."
Because by now, I am actually used to this sort of thing.
Contest #1: Identify the big one.
So, I vaguely alluded to a new mania take over the Bird House and its Geekier residents. And today I am prepared to share a few more clues, or details. I am not trying to be obtuse, it's just that I am not the best one to explain these matters.
What I can do is show you the sort of
When I saw the kitchen, I had a bit of fit about the mess. Not the tools and parts on the table, but the food messes left out from the night before, so I told the boys to get busy, and I went to my car, thinking I would run away from home.
I need a new plan.
So, I may not be the Geekiest resident, but I have been around enough metal shops and robotics builds to know I am looking at extruded aluminum. Just the stuff to build a strong, and light(er) weight robot chassis. Tell me you're impressed. Please.
Okay. Who's ready?
Contest #2: What is that hunking thing on the left?
Natalie, pointing to photo: "Geoff, what is this?"
Geoff: "That is a fiber optic cable spooler."
Natalie: "And why do we have one?"
Geoff, breathlessly: "'Cause it's cool.
So, I cannot run away from home, which really is okay with me, because it means I have an excuse to not shop for fancy clothes. (Malls, boutiques, three-way mirrors, fashion... these are the enemies of my peace of mind, dignity, and self-worth.)
So, Geoff, William, and Alex are building a workshop. They are gathering parts, bits, tools, and cool stuff. They have been highly successful at finding used things... cleaning them up, making repairs, and getting the cool stuff working again. They did this to a table top CNC mill. The objective is to get all the supplies and equipment necessary for building stuff. Like, making stuff. Like, robots, parts, fittings, art, sculpture, SteamPunk, woodworking... cool stuff.
Contest #3: Do you know what this is, and what it could be used for?
We are keeping a lot of these great finds for our workshop, for Maker Faire, for fun, and we are donating a lot to the high school metal shop. I may not know what some of this stuff is, or be able to explain how all of this is going to come to together, but I know one thing for sure: Geoff has good ideas, and an incredible drive... he makes things happen, and I never doubt that it will be cool. Really, totally cool.