Monthly Archives: June 2017

Roasting in the Shade – The Panels are Mounted!

After a few weeks of aluminum tooling, the solar panels are on the van! Literally gory details here. Lot more pictures here. I’m planning on leaving for the West Coast in about two weeks.

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Game Design Retrospective

In 2010 I quit my corporate job to become a indie game designer. Before The Great House Remodel ate my life, I managed to get two games in the Apple iOS App Store. I haven’t worked on a game full … Continue reading

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Slashing Trees and Slapping Gods

The road into the property needed trimming up to 11′ so that Junior’s new fan and solar panels won’t have to endure undue sylvan fondling every time I drive somewhere. It took over four hours in the blistering heat in … Continue reading

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Art Therapy for Demon Trees

And so the Universe’s War Against Scott’s Trip to Portland Begins… At a moment of maximum carefulness (no irony) I managed to do this to my van: I was carefully trying to pull under a tree between two other cars … Continue reading

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Screaming Drills, Power Trips, and Nuclear Fusion

I created my first solar panel mounting rail! In about a week, my panels should be on the van generating power. I used 1/4″ thick 3″x 3″ aluminum angle for the mounts, which turns out to be Wild Overkill. I … Continue reading

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Thrift Store Score – Bose and Apple Edition

It’s been a great week for thrifting! I found a 2nd generation Apple TV with remote for $5, a Bose rechargeable iPod Sound Dock for $7 including power supply, and a great straw cowboy hat for hot outdoor days for … Continue reading

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The Empty Echo of Bats

Batman is dead! Long live Batman! I retired the Batcave, the home of our router, on the same day as Adam’s West’s death. Due to very short cables, our Dark Knight has lived in the Batcave outdoors for over a … Continue reading

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A Dish Best Served Cold

I ordered the fridge for my van conversion, the last major component I needed before I start installing things! I got a 4.2 cubit foot Vitrifrigo with a 12VDC Danfoss compressor. Details are on my Official Sprinter Source build page … Continue reading

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Co-Sleeping With Conversion Parts

With the order of my Vitrifrigo 12VDC fridge, I now have every major component I need to live in my van full time. The This week I will start sleeping inside. Am I giving up the yurt? No. Going on … Continue reading

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Bolting On Aires

Our mild spring means that it’s only in June is it routinely getting over 90 degrees. The yurt, while protected by trees, is hot and muggy at the steamiest part of the day. I’m really focused on getting Junior, my … Continue reading

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