Media praise for Eccentric Cubicle

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"Kaden Harris' prose is clean, spare and danged funny (witness such section headings as "A Warning to Woodworking Purists" and "The Rites of Springs: Roll Your Own Boinginess"). It just does my heart good to know he's out there, thinking of ways to keep stuff out of the waste stream, and better yet, returning it to use. I almost wrote "good use," but didn't -- only because not everybody needs a mini guillotine on her desk. Seriously though, it warms my heart to think that somebody somewhere spent the time to make a desktop chopper and document the process so other out-of-the-box thinkers could follow along. That Harris was the one to do it is outright providential. If you like the guerilla DIY style of Make and Craft magazines, you'll like this book. 'nuf said."
-- Susan Prosser, Amazon.com

"As I've often said about DIY books, you can have tons of fun simply reading the book. Harris is an engaging and downright funny writer who is constantly including sassy asides, historical trivia, and jokes. For example, on the bubble machine project, he included 6 large grapefruits and a volleyball net into the parts list, just for yucks. A lot of DIY books are dry and to-the-point. Not this one...Eccentric Cubicle is an educational and entertaining read, whether or not you want a mail-flinging ballista on your desk."
-- John Baichtal, GeekDad: Wired Blog Network

"If you're comfortable working with tools and such, this book will be a fun stretch for you. If you're brand new to the MAKE culture, this is probably a bit beyond your initial capabilities (unless you're just plain stubborn, incredibly talented, or both). But if you're into these types of contraptions and want an entertaining read by a talented builder *and* writer, by all means go for it."
-- Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings

"Harris won't let you get lost. He offers help and humor along the way, including an entertaining and practical guide to finding your way around a scrap metal yard, where you'll need to journey to find parts. There's no way to know what impact an Eccentric Cubicle project might have on your office mates or your career. As Harris puts it, his objects are "just basic, well-fabricated mechanisms performing unexpected functions, wrapped up in odd industrial design." In other words, stuff that sets your cubicle apart from the crowd."
-- Martha McKay, North Jersey Media Group

"From a homemade bubble blower and a desk guitar to a guillotine, this book takes you step by step through some pretty odd projects. Your cubicle definitely will be the talk of the office."
-- Melissa L. Jones, Arkansas Democrat Gazette

"This is the ultimate guide for those who have a desire to make their work environment more exciting, and perhaps, dangerous. The author, a talented inventor has written, and thankfully illustrated, a do-it-yourself guide to building a unique collection of oddities that are certain to enliven any cubicle. His Active Desktop is a clever version of a French revolutionary guillotine; his Haz-o-Matic, is a haze producing fog machine; and the iBlow USB Bubble Machine is rather self-descriptive. The book makes fascinating reading even if you lack the talent or desire to actually build one of the projects."
-- Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report

"If you're already comfortable with soldering metal, turning wood, and playing with electrical wiring, then this book will point you in the direction of some fun gadgets and gizmos to make. If you're a neophyte like me, this book may inspire you to explore your tool drawer and look at scraps in an entirely different way."
-- Anna Creech, Blogcritics Magazine

"Eccentric Cubicle offers oblique industrial design and fabrication philosophies, countless cultural reference points, and innumerable bad puns...This book is a dream come true for you office-bound souls who are tech DIY enthusiasts, hobbyist engineers/designers, and Makers at heart."
-- Manfred Moser, Vancouver Island Java User Group

"Harris, the product of an unorthodox career path and an overused library card, leads readers into a parallel universe of desk-sized, scrap-material building projects that will personalize office cubicles and incite pure envy in co-workers. "
-- Shannon Hendrickson, SciTech Book News



"Eccentric Cubicle is an educational and entertaining read, whether or not you want a mail-flinging ballista on your desk."
--John Baichtal, GeekDad: Wired Blog Network