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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Catapults, Puzzles, Village of the Damned

posted by on June 21 at 12:25 PM

Being laid up after hurting oneself doing something reckless is, it appears, the new black. Or pink. Or whatever.

Andy Dick is also couchbound for “doing a stupid stunt I was dared to do.” (But did you have surgery, Andy? To reconstruct your ankle using the bones of the dead? No? Then I win! In your FACE!)

Anyway, these nerdy videos by local yokel Bre Pettis [UPDATE: Sadly, he has left us for NYC.] help pass the time. I can’t make things more sophisticated than a house built of popsicle sticks and glue. I’m more of a construction voyeur.

Pettis records a vodcast for Make Magazine on things you can make in a weekend (catapult, one-speed bike, robots, a mind machine that will synch your brain to beta, alpha, theta, and delta brainwaves) and interviews with other people who make things.

(He also has a gamer photo-challenge site that seems designed to get video gamers out of the house—it’s seems like a kind of therapy or public service or something.)

Now please enjoy this interview with a man who makes weird 3-D puzzles and found his calling in the 1960 horror movie Village of the Damned.

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bre moved to NYC.

Posted by brian | June 21, 2007 12:41 PM

Hey, my grandma had ankle surgery. You're as cool as my grandma.

(I have seen my grandma do a kegstand.)

Posted by Jordyn | June 21, 2007 1:17 PM

Crazy. I want one of his puzzle boxes.

Posted by Carollani | June 21, 2007 1:45 PM

Eww! Bones of the dead? Beware lest ye have to ferry souls for the next ten years.

Posted by Nay | June 21, 2007 1:48 PM

I'm hoping they'll tell me where the treasure is buried.

Posted by Brendan Kiley | June 21, 2007 2:13 PM

Damn, I knew Bre was too good for this town. Glad now that I bought one of his locked paintings at a gallery auction a few years ago.

Posted by I hardly knew Bre | June 21, 2007 4:15 PM

Goddamn I'm tired of these black-frame-retro-glasses robot motherfuckers with their "I'm in a retro band!" attitudes and their mall-retro sweaters. UGH. Got my fill at, thanks very much. HEY RETRO DOUCHEBAGS! STOP WEARING BLACK FRAMED GLASSES! YOU ANNOY THE FUCK OUT OF THE REST OF US! DO SOMETHING UNIQUE AND FIND AN IDENTITY BEYOND THE VERIZON "CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW" ASSHOLE. But the puzzles and the puzzlemaker is really cool! Neat!

Posted by YES I CAN HEAR YOU NOW | June 22, 2007 1:17 AM

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Posted by ntyfmizsu hnrigd | June 25, 2007 6:16 PM

I'm in NYC and Seattle. That makes me bi-coastal which is fun to say.

Posted by Bre | June 28, 2007 4:48 PM

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