Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Sometimes these bots come along at just the right time. It happens that my parents are selling the home where my siblings & I grew up. It’s the right thing to do, but still a bittersweet moment. We had a family “house-cooling” last weekend where we all indulged in a good bit of nostalgia, along with some champagne, a few tears & plenty of laughter.

Do you think the electronic beings of today look back at vacuum tubes with fond nostalgia?

I must say crafting this one in Illustrator was quite the maddening experience. Although I felt it was the perfect program for all the mechanical precision, it kept selecting the wrong paths of the zillion & three I had to create for the circuitry. I was locking everything else down, so I don’t quite understand why. Any wisdom from the AI wizards out there?

On the bright side, I discovered Envelope Mesh. Man that was handy for tweaking the perspective!

p.s. Please forgive my electronic ignorance, all you folks out there who know how circuits really work. (You know who you are!) I’m sure this configuration is ridiculous & impossible. I claim artistic license!


  1. actually, the electric circuit on the picture looks like my printed circuit board in my head!

  2. A long overdue visit...I love all of the bots of late. I'm amazed at the emotion you've conveyed coming from a circuit board!

  3. ... so glad I stumbled upon your blog. It is thoroughly delightful, what a talent you are!!!

  4. This one's really cool, but I'm disappointed that the vacuum tube doesn't have a face. After all, they were the ones with all the personality, not to mention that warm glow they emitted, and the heat they produced. And a kid can't use a circuit board as a toy rocket ship, can he?? haha. Yeah, I lean towards the old stuff :)

  5. WOoooo. I must have missed this great image when you first posted it. House-cooling: what a wonderful concept. I wonder what kid of gift would be appropriate for a house-cooling. Trash bags? An etegami painting of the old house, maybe. I'll have to give that some thought.