Personal Projects


Most of my projects start when someone tells me that something is impossible to do. Sometimes I do things in an inexpensive way that usually require expensive equipment or setups.
2021-06: Sony TV Fixing a discarded TV with parts from another discarded TV
You can see my personal projects that involve source code (in various stages of development) on GitHub.


I started writing electronic music in 1992, when I discovered MIDI. I soon discovered MOD trackers (ScreamTracker was my favourite) and later software synthesizers (Rebirth 338). Combined with a simple wave editor (CoolEdit), I made some entertaining tunes! Here are a few of my best ones.

Slave New World (1997)

A cover of Sepultura's "Slave New World" - electronic style

Joel Nider (1998)

Credit to Derek Ohta for the inspiration for this one.

Irrational Love (2001)

Virus (2002)

Nothing to do with COVID, although I considered remaking this song last year.


I started painting in 2012 as a personal challenge. I have been amazed by so many wonderful paintings in museums and art galleries, I always wondered if I could also produce something similar. If nothing else, going through the process of attempting such work gives me a deeper appreciation for those who succeed. Below is a chronological list of my creations so far.

000: Child With Father

2012. Acrylic on paper. A4

A copy of a page from my daughter's book "Dora the Explorer".

001: Raven Quill Calligraphy

2013. Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 25 cm

A picture of me and my sister when we were younger. My father was teaching me about quill pens, and how people used to write before ball-point pens. We found a raven feather outside, and cut it with a pen knife so it would hold ink.

002: Pastime

2013. Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 25 cm

A picture of my sister, building something from a wooden toy.

003: Dali and his Ocelot

2013. Acrylic on canvas. 90 x 120 cm

One of my favourite painters, whose work introduced me to surrealism.

004: Blue Katana

2013. Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 12 cm

Practicing painting shiny things - the gold and the laquer on the wood.

007: Karl Capek

2019. Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 30 cm

The Czech author Karl Capek. He is credited with inventing one of my favourite words - "robot"!

008: черепаха (Cherepakha)

2019. Acrylic on canvas. ~60 x 80 cm

A sea turtle. I painted this one right after I quit my job before starting my MSc. Now in a private collection in Israel.

009: 毒蝇伞 (Amanita muscaria)

2020. Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 25 cm

Some strange looking mushrooms that grow around UBC each year, a week before Halloween. They are as poisonous as they are pretty.

010: Purple Flowers in the Spring

2020. Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 25 cm

Some bulbous purple flowers that grow around UBC each year, in May. I have not tested to see if they are poisonous.

011: Oscar

2021. Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 30 cm

My father's father, at his TV repair shop.

012: Leaf

2021. Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 25 cm

A leaf with frozen drops, on a piece of wood.

013: Spring in the City

2022. Acrylic on canvas. 50.5 x 40.5 cm

A modern-day spider, in its natural habitat.