And now for something completely different – JOYSTICKS!

My first fully assembled model.
My first fully assembled model.

I have always wanted a thumbstick for Apple II gaming. It’s the form factor we are all more accustomed to these days. Also, Apple II joysticks on eBay are typically overpriced and who knows how much wear-and-tear they already have on them. So I finally got around to learning some practical electronics to build my own. I ordered some thumbsticks, capacitors, resitors, potentiometers and buttons and using some online resources, built my own joystick!

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Turntable Battlestation & Record Shelf

Very sturdy and ergonomic
Very sturdy and ergonomic

After a long time of not really having a proper place for my 1200’s, I finally broke down and built a custom turntable battlestation and record shelf. It took me most of last weekend (thanks to my patient family for letting me do that.)

I started with a shelf design, and modified it to only have two levels which are specifically sized to hold 12″ records and be at a height that is comfortable for me to DJ at, without bending over too much and incurring back pain. (more…)