Electrical Engineering Student, Retro Gamer, Musician, and Dreamer. My mission, to have a good time and make the world more fun!

Anchorage, Alaska
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Things I've Built

Pi Grrl 2

I started building this project almost a year and a half ago... finally got around to finishing it.

Technician Folk Art!

When your sitting at your workbench with a stack of obsolete AMD CPUs and a laptop that happens to have a huge american flag sticker on the back.... The most expensive set of blocks I have ever made :) Patriotic :>

Retro Computer Restorations

I am not going to picture all of them here, but I love checking out the technology of the past! Pictured is a heathkit/zenith Z-120 after a full restoration to working condition.

Abusing a defenseless logic IC

This is an overdrive pedal that seriously abuses a logic IC to get that transparent yet over driven sound that everyone loves :)

Homebrew Guitar amp

Amps are expensive... and when you are hunting for "YOUR" sound... what better way than to build it from the ground up. Behold, my guitar amp project. I learned a lot about valves, if you want to try I recommend checking out

605nm Laser

Back when I was building lasers I needed a small laser to align the larger ones. So I built one, this is the visible beam from my 605nm laser. It really is pretty. :)

Broken TurboGrfx 16? I don't think so!

Sometimes you have to do what ya gotta do. I wanted to play some of the great TG16 games, these mods bypass the defective RF circuit and without modifying the TG16 itself let you get full video and stereo out... without all the snow.

Sega Master System Mods

Like the NES, the master system will always have a place in my heart. That still doesn't stop me from trying to improve on an already great design!

NES Mods

I have done a LOT of retro console restorations and mods over the years. Everything from composite mods (pictured) to stereo and overclocking. These are a lot of fun to do and you learn a lot about how the old circuits functioned.

Atari 7800 Controllers

The US controllers for the Atari 7800 are very difficult to use. I converted some old Sega Master System controllers to do the job and have every button functional. If you just use stock sega controllers, they do not function properly.

Atari 5200 controller

This console is notorious for having the worst controllers ever designed. I love the games, so I build myself some new controllers to enjoy them. These have been featured on various gaming websites.

Music stand "hack"

Just what it says, I wanted a nice stand for my boss BR900CD recording system, so I converted a music stand by "hacking" it. Literally.

Functional laser "raygun"

This was another "its snowing outside" project. It features a 1.5 watt 405nm laser. As with all my laser projects, I do wear the proper eye protection.

MAME Cabinet

I pulled a 1982 joust cabinet out of the trash. It had been stripped and the monitor was dead. I repaired the CRT and build a new panel for it. It can run MAME or jamma compatible boards.

Tin Whistle... sorta

Not high tech, but sometimes you just have to relax. Done in an evening this was a great project during a local snow storm. It has a very warm, mellow tone and is made from copper and silver.

CO2 Laser version 2

With the success of the first one, I had to do the only logical thing... build it bigger! This is a picture of the plasma chamber I blew after learning the fun art of glass blowing! :D

CO2 Laser for less than $100USD

I got bored one winter and decided ... lets build a laser! Only 2 rules: It had to be cheap, less than 100 dollars and I could only source parts from the local hardware stores. I ended up in several magazines for this one :)

Commodore 64 Media PC

This is a project that I did over 10 years ago now, has it been that long? I managed to squeeze a complete computer into an old nonfunctional C=64 and using a picmicro, interface the existing keyboard. It was a great first MCU project.

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sample wrote 09/20/2015 at 19:18 point

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Davse Bamse wrote 10/29/2014 at 12:48 point
Hi. I have just seen your presentation on Ternary logic. May I ask for a copy of the slides? I am trying to write a program that can simulate ternary logic. Maybe even simulate the computer you are sketching :-)

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ThunderSqueak wrote 10/30/2014 at 02:49 point
There are copies of the needed information in the project itself right now :) Some of the truth tables are up as well, I plan on doing a video on the math part of it when I get some time as several people have asked me to demonstrate it for them.

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Benchoff wrote 07/22/2014 at 00:16 point
Hey! I met a friend of yours at HOPE this weekend. There's a hackaday t-shirt en route to you courtesy of him along with a few stickers.

Keep being awesome.

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ThunderSqueak wrote 07/22/2014 at 02:56 point
Oh Cool! I look forward to seeing it :)

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Eddie Krassenstein wrote 07/15/2014 at 01:16 point
I'm interested in perhaps doing a story on your Toner/Laser 3D printer for Could you please email me with some more details at

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ThunderSqueak wrote 07/15/2014 at 07:05 point
Sure when I get a chance to put more info up, I will be putting everything on this blog as I build it. ^^ Just waiting for payday to go pick up some parts :)

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k. Joel Winkler wrote 07/03/2014 at 01:43 point
hey you still around?? I'm checking out the CO2 Laser Project and it's great. Questions ,,, Oh I have a few...

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ThunderSqueak wrote 07/15/2014 at 07:07 point
Thanks, and yes I am still around. Just working 2 jobs and keeping busy :)

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skyberrys wrote 06/06/2014 at 00:55 point
Hurray Space!

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ThunderSqueak wrote 05/01/2014 at 07:21 point
Now to see if I can get into space! :D

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FLAGG wrote 05/03/2014 at 13:49 point
Best of luck!

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