My (Not-So-New) Side Project

So I alluded to this back in November, and now I’m ready to share a little more. It’s a project I’ve been working on—in one capacity or another—for nearly a decade.

It’s a book and a website/blog I’m working on at the same time. Here’s an excerpt from a recent post I wrote explaining the book:

I’m writing the book I wanted to read when I first got out of the hospital, back in 2004.

I’ve been trying to write that book since then. I’ve had a ton of false starts. But I think I’m finally getting somewhere.

This time, I’m keeping three key things in mind.

The site is very much a work in progress; many sections are just placeholders. But feel free to poke around and let me know what you think. Thanks!

My DIY iPod case

When I got a shiny new iPod touch as a graduation gift this past summer, I was eager to find a case that would spare it from my clumsiness.

I wanted a case that:
• enclosed the iPod fully (i.e. no cut-out space for the screen) so I could toss it in my bag and not worry about smashing the screen.
• offered heavy duty protection.
• looked good. not one of those weird gummy cases or hard plastic ones.

My solution: hollow out a book! Here’s how I did it (for free).


I got a book for free outside of the best thrift store in the city: Philly Aids Thrift.

I think it's a book from the Jehovah's Witnesses

Scary stuff!

First, I traced an outline of the iPod with a pen, and cut around that outline with an Olfa blade (kind of like an Xacto mixed with a utility knife). Then I flipped to the next page, traced the iPod again, sliced, and repeated.

Here's the space I made.

It took a while, but I eventually got a space that holds the iPod just right.

It also functions as a theft-deterrent, since no one would suspect a shiny little computer inside of the book!