A plain black box. Not exactly thrilling material to work with. But wait. The remote, while not exactly stylish, is distinctive. So being the left-brained person that I am, I jumped at the idea, as it was more of a reverse-engineering project than a creative one. I promptly whipped out my Roku remote and a pair of calipers and started measuring. Based on the size of cardboard that I had, 10.2:1 was the perfect scale:
This project took me much longer than expected - a good 10 hours one Saturday due to a few last minute flubs. I spray-painted the cardboard and cut the buttons out of black foam core. To get the button logos just right, I found a high-resolution image of the remote and blew up each button and printed it out to use as a stencil. The arrow buttons and the Roku lettering are actually paper taped on, and the rest are white paint and sharpies. Towards the end, I got tired of being exact, and eyeballed the placement of the buttons. All-in-all, it turned out well.
At the party, I got tons of comments and lots of laughs. Walking around in that costume in a packed courtyard with hundreds of people wasn't exactly a picnic, and another downside (upside?) was that I only got to eat one chocolate-dipped strawberry during the whole party. I guess I was born to wear costumes like these, as my Dad and sister so kindly reminded me of Halloween when I was four years old. My mom, being the seamstress that she is, decided that I would be a Christmas present, requiring nothing more than cutting three holes into a wrapped, bottomless box and sticking it over my head. My sister was not amused at our decreased loot-gathering velocity due to my unwieldy costume.
Meanwhile back at the party, I got my picture taken with several Netflix execs, including CEO Reed Hastings:
The next day, I even and made it onto the HackingNetflix blog. I'm famous! Here are some of the insanely talented folks I work with:
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