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Tommy Gun: Lit (light-up yo-yo string!)

October 9th, 2013 by Tommy Gun

(Yo-yoing starts at 1:27) – This is the video I started in 2004 that was teased at the end of my “Circle Grind” video as “coming soon.” Well, in 2013 I finally finished it! It has some new footage, but I purposely did old tricks to match the tone and time of the video.

Download this video here.

My Videos, Skill Toys, Yo-Yo

I Was the Foreman On a Jury in Chicago! Here’s What Happened.

June 19th, 2013 by Tommy Gun

juror-stickerI was summoned for jury duty and, like most people, I didn’t want to go. The idea of sitting on a jury actually did interest me, but the biggest problem was that there’s no way of knowing how long a trial will last. You legally can’t get fired for having to serve on a jury, but I’m a freelancer—so that doesn’t help me at all. If I’m not home, I’m not working, and no one will care why.

But it ended up being a great experience, and now that it’s over I can talk all about the case. First, I’ll talk about the whole process (in Chicago, at least), for anyone interested. Feel free to skip down if you’ve already served, or are only interested in this specific case: Skip to The Trial Begins
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Events, Life, Science / Skepticism

Tommy Gun’s Treadmill Desk (component breakdown with prices) [updated 1 year later]

May 6th, 2013 by Tommy Gun

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Hate reading? Watch the video! (More info here, though.)

 

This is my treadmill desk! As of this writing, I have been using this for five months. This is not a new idea (I’ve wanted to do this ever since I saw¬†this video five years ago), but I haven’t seen anyone use these particular parts. If you’re interested in “building” one, this page will give you Amazon links, prices, and advice (though I’m certainly no expert). Prices are what I paid on Amazon; they may have changed since then. Links will open in new tabs.
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Life, Photos

These matches say you’re lying!

October 28th, 2011 by Tommy Gun
“I don’t know any York!”

“You don’t know any York? Well these matches say you’re lying.”

These matches say you're lying - close
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How to remap your TypeMatrix (or other) keyboard keys with autohotkey

February 5th, 2011 by Tommy Gun

I just got a couple of the new TypeMatrix keyboards. I’m friends with the owners, and years ago I made their promo video:

The new version is great, but some of the keys have been switched around, and I’m very picky. Luckily, autohotkey allows you to remap keys very easily (I always have a script running anyway). AHK can do tons of amazing things, but for our purposes we’re just going to do some simple remapping. The basics are:

  • Download and install AHK
  • Create a new text file (with notepad or whatever), and add the code below. Save it with the extension “.ahk”
  • Double-click on the .ahk file you just saved, to launch it

It may seem confusing at first, because AHK is not a program you launch. You simply install it, and then launch each script individually. You can also create .exe files so you don’t need AHK installed, but I prefer to keep them .ahk so I can keep editing them at any time easily (I change my mind a lot).
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Coding, Life

The Beckoning of Lovely (10/10/10) – Review

November 16th, 2010 by Tommy Gun

On October 10th, 2010 I attended “The Beckoning of Lovely”:

The Beckoning of Lovely is an expanding film project involving hundreds of strangers from around the world. Amy Krouse Rosenthal initiated the project last fall by filming a spontaneous public gathering on 8/08/08 at “The Bean” in Millennium Park. The event was a beautiful testament to the power of community, cooperation, and hope amongst strangers in the name of all things lovely. The project has since evolved into the making of a full-length feature film.

What exactly the event would entail remained vague, but my girlfriend wanted to go, and it sounded like it could be cool. I watched the 08/08/08 video, and it seemed like it could be something akin to the mp3 experiment (except with more art, and no mp3). Here’s the 08/08/08 video:
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Events, Life

“Lion’s Den” Photo Gallery

November 4th, 2010 by Tommy Gun

Here are most of the photos I took at the film shoot for “Lion’s Den.” I was trying to get “action shots” of everyone there, so a lot of these aren’t the greatest, but I figured the people in them still might want them. Some are a bit blurry, badly framed, and taken in low light, but I removed the really bad and redundant ones. Here is the flash gallery:

http://spikedskull.com/pics/lions-den/

I recommend clicking the “full screen” button at the top right, and turn on autoplay if you’d like. You can also use your arrow keys to cycle through the photos. If you want to download these photos, you can browse the raw directory here:

http://spikedskull.com/pics/lions-den/images/

The flash gallery lists the file names if you just want a few. Otherwise, you can use an FTP client, or a Firefox add-on like DownThemAll! to download them easily.

Movies, Photos

New cellphone

August 13th, 2010 by Tommy Gun

At Pitchfork I found a cool lost cellphone, but instead of keeping it we were able to track down the guy and give it back. I liked it so much that I bought the same model on ebay. Yesterday it came, AND SOMEONE STOLE IT from my doorstep. All I found was an empty, ripped-open box. Awesome. Just further proof that there’s no such thing as karma.

Life

Fun with Heteronyms

April 19th, 2010 by Tommy Gun

Heteronyms are words with the same spelling, but different pronunciation/meaning. My friend and I were trying to come up with sentences that can be interpreted two different ways; here are a few of mine (italics on the heteronyms):

The President’s handwriting was sloppy on the treaty, so he resigned.

Hand me that sakazuki, for Christ’s sake!

The tailoring on my new shirt was terrible, so I stuffed it in the sewer.

Random

Confusing Sign

January 27th, 2010 by Tommy Gun

Please stay on that side of the rope.  Thank you.

Wait, so, uh…should we cross? Everyone is shopping on this side.

Life, Random