Betterplace.org Blinkenlights site activity monitor

At www.betterplace.org we have the usual array of startup dashboards, analytics and things that go *ping* when something explodes, but I wanted something a bit more physical to display what was happening on the site. So, I built a real time display of what actions users were taking on the site- every time someone makes a new donation, creates a new user, or writes a new blog post etc. a blinkly light goes blinky.

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Donation map on the left, blinkenlights on the right.

 

Carry on reading to find out how it works behind the scenes:

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Backlit Movie Poster

I needed some more light in my room, so I made some backlit movie posters:

Big one and the little one

The little one was a prototype so I could figure out how to make the big one 

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Coins in Resin

This was a birthday present, it doesn’t really do anything, it just looks neat…

 

Shiny!

Shiny!

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Napkin holder

So, my mum wanted a fancy napkin holder, because putting them straight on the table apparently just isn’t classy enough.

A place for napkins...

A place for napkins…

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A coffin for Bori (don’t worry, she’s fine)

My friend Borbala Szente had a funeral and asked me to build her a coffin. She’s not actually dead or anything, but she had her funeral anyway and a grand time was had by all :-p

(she’s an artist, this isn’t even the strangest thing I’ve seen her do)

The woodworking plans came from the obviously named http://diycoffin.com/ and we did most of the woodworking at the awesome regenbogenfabrik in kreuzberg.

As usual, check out the build process after the jump…

it's always nice to see your work get put to use...

it’s always nice to see your work get put to use…

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A tardis (design by markp)

An awesome chap called markp not only made a laser cut tardis, but he also put the design files up online, so anyone can make their own: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:19824

So I did!

Some shots of the build process are after the jump:

Batman not included

Batman not included

Not only is it bigger on the inside, it's bigger on every side!

Not only is it bigger on the inside, it’s bigger on every side!

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Impact hub door sign

My friends over at Impact Hub Berlin have a new office/co-working space opening this month, so I made them a door sign:

On location!

On location!

It’s made from maple and walnut veneer, laser cut on the berlin fablab laser cutter. Then it all gets stuck together like a jigsaw and glued to an mdf panel to keep it together. The maple one has teak oil to finish it, for the walnut one I used something with a german name that I didn’t understand! (But I think is something like polyurethane)

I forgot to take pictures of the build process, but there’s a few close ups of it after the jump:

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Moar laser things

Just a couple more things I cranked out on the laser cutter because I was bored…

Woo, 3d effect!

Woo, 3d effect!

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A couple more wood peices (from other peoples designs)

I got bored and made wooden cutouts of some vector designs I found online.

The map came from Antoine Mallet :

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Check out the transparency!

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My new door sign

I got bored of my old crappy door sign for my flat and made a new one out of wood:

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Complete with 70s paint scheme

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