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I just got off Skype with my family, and my dad showed me photos of the coffee table he made with my sister, converted from an old non-working pinball machine she bought while we were down in Portland. Doesn't it look fabulous?

Here's the original pinball machine, at the top of my parents' driveway:

My dad and sister make lots of cool stuff.

Here's the sign they refurbished for the bar my sister and her partner, Mike Lewis, own in Seattle, the Streamline Tavern (very near the Space Needle). My dad completely changed the whole way the sign was lit, making it much safer, but keeping the original look.



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Jun. 18th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
That is ridiculously cool!
Jun. 18th, 2011 08:26 am (UTC)
Yay! Isn't it, just! :D
Jun. 18th, 2011 08:24 am (UTC)
Like something from Make magazine
We have a subscription to Make magazine - my thirteen year old son is particularly interested in this sort of stuff - Arduino electronics, strange musical instruments, gadgets galore. Your family stuff looks just like the sort of thing he drools over in Make and Instructables. I do wonder if more people do this sort of tinkering in the US because of space - big garages - or if there is just a particular sort of pioneering DIY ethos. I'm currently reading an excellent book 'Biopunk' by Marcus Wohlsen about people who do biotechnology in their kitchen. Really fascinating.

Best wishes,

Jun. 18th, 2011 08:26 am (UTC)
Re: Like something from Make magazine
Biotechnology in their KITCHEN??? What do they mean by that? (I'm thinking of someone cloning themself in the sink, but I suppose that isn't what you mean...) :D Cool!
Jun. 20th, 2011 10:56 am (UTC)
Re: Like something from Make magazine
More evidence of your wonderful imagination! Your parents clearly did so much right. Unfortunately it is a bit more prosaic than that. But there is for example a wonderful example of a young woman devising a cheap genetic test for a disease her family are prone to, working with cheap lab equipment at home. There's lots of equipment that can be bought up on Ebay and the like and people with the appropriate skills are using this to work outside of the structures of universities, trusts, companies. Lots of parallels are being drawn with the emergence of computer technology - although of course the stakes are much higher with biotech. This is a book I'm going to keep to see how much any of this develops.

Jun. 18th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
Wow! What an amazing project- and nice to get a Mike n' Mary update!
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