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2022-05-27Of life and love: Add some recent thoughts and discoveries.
2022-02-27Learning to ice skate: Add notes about baking new skates.
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Filtering by tag: DIY

Panther's DIY Wapanese Bed

Building a Japanese style bed from wood


I needed a new bed and already for a good while I'd wanted to build one. I decided to DIY a bed in a somewhat simple yet quirky fashion. Check out the article how it went and build one for yourself, too!

Updating PC hardware in the 2020s

Optimization still requires knowledge


In December 2019 I updated my PC to cutting edge technology. Unlike in my older PC article, things aren't yet obsolete, so I figured I'll write what one needs to bear in mind if they want to optimize a new PC build. I'll also discuss some hardware/firmware bugs that still bother modern components.

Learning to ice skate

Tips for newbies, from a somewhat experienced beginner


A couple of years ago I bought ice skates and made a tool to make them more compatible with my feet. Now it was time to actually finally put the skates to good use. My knowledge about ice skating and fitting skates has reached epic proportions. Check out my newbie tips from the article and get adviced and encouraged!


2022-02-27Add notes about baking new skates.

Converting modules into bitstream format

A study on tracker music conversion


If some of your favourite songs happen to be originally tracker music, you must have wondered what would be the best way to convert them into bitstream format. I did an empirical study about it. Read on if you, too, sometimes bang your head to a power plant techno.


2020-05-11Add case study: Unreal Tournament soundtrack.

Metal strap rocks

I like to fix things using metal strap


I guess most people tend to resort to something specific when something needs fixing. The most common must be duct tape. I like metal strap, the perforated variety. In this short article I introduce some ways in which metal strap can be used for a lot of things.

ESP8266 deep-sleep repeatedly

How to deep-sleep for a long time and save power


I made my indoor plant a soil moisture meter which reports the values to Azure cloud. However, I had some trouble making my D1 mini board to sleep and wake up reliably. Turns out, just calling the deep-sleep function once doesn't do the trick. I had to deep-sleep for several shorter cycles before reporting the measurement. Check out the article for a brief how-to.


2019-11-23Add power consumption measurements.

Widening narrow ice skates with a DIY tool

I guess I have weirdly shaped feet


As a kid, I never learned how to skate properly. Due to my wide feet it was super hard for me to find fitting skates. Eventually I just bought some decent ones and, since I don't have any contacts to boot punchers, decided to build a tool to make them more compatible with my feet. In this article I introduce the super simple tool that you can make too.

Detachable cable and wireless mod for the AKG K701 headphones

Tested with the new FiiO BTR3 (a review)


For a long, long time I've been thinking of modifying my original Austrian-made AKG K701 headphones to have a detachable cable. After owning the headphones for eleven years, I finally did it. At the same time I kind of made them wireless using the new FiiO BTR3. Check out the article to see how they fit together.

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