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Eccentric Cubicleby Kaden Harris
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Who says office cubicles need to be dreary? In this book, author Kaden Harris (creator of www.eccentricgenius.caEccentric Genius) introduces aspiring and die-hard Makers to a highly entertaining parallel universe of surreal office-based projects that are sure to pique the curiosity of even the most jaded office mates.
From desktop guillotines and crossbows to mood-enhancing effects and music makers, each project presents a different set of challenges and opens new avenues of Maker lore. There's a strong emphasis on the basic mechanical theories and principles of the devices presented in the book, as well as the fabrication techniques you need to use. But this is far more than a book of project how-tos. Eccentric Cubicle offers oblique industrial design and fabrication philosophies, countless cultural reference points, and innumerable bad puns. This book is a dream come true for you office-bound souls who are tech DIY enthusiasts, hobbyist engineers/designers, and Makers at heart. Imagine having your cubicle sport projects such as:
Scavenging and repurposing materials and components at every opportunity, he challenges and inspires you to modify and adapt the projects and designs to meet your own scale, performance, and aesthetic requirements. Bring character and life to your office desktop with Eccentric Cubicle.
Book News Annotation:
Harris, the product of an unorthodox career path and an overused library card, leads readers into a parallel universe of desk-sized, scrap-material building projects that will personalize office cubicles and incite pure envy in co-workers. The projects combine basic metal and woodworking shop techniques with alternative material sourcing and lateral design paths. From scale model Greco-Roman projectile launchers to mood-enhancing audiovisual effects, each project offers a different set of challenges, fabrication philosophies, social commentary, and bad puns. The personal desktop guillotine ("Active Deskchop") is the author's most popular project. Each project includes step-by-step directions illustrated with color photos and diagrams on every page. An introductory chapter reviews tools, shop techniques, and tips for scavenging materials. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Far more than a book of project how-tos, this book offers industrial design and fabrication philosophies and countless cultural reference points from the perspective of an enthusiastic purveyor of artsy nonsense. Projects can be modified and adapted to meet size requirements.
About the Author
Kaden Harris (a.k.a. the Eccentric Genius: http://www.eccentricgenius.ca) makes antiques from a parallel universe: museum-quality miniature catapults and machina arcana, handcrafted corporate gifts, and executive rewards. He lives in Vancouver, B.C., with his wife, "The Sourceress," and six shopcats: Tolka, Miqo, Aggie, Jasper, Pugsley, and The Giant Cat-Bear.
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