I volunteer with the folks at Tekko (The Pittsburgh area anime convention). I find it important to volunteer there, both because I want to help share other cultures and experiences with others, but also because of my desire to contribute to the Pittsburgh gaming community. Most of the time I run arcade games and help out in the game room. This means that I am exposed to lots of broken equipment that would otherwise be thrown out. With the permission of the head of the game room, I dug through the trash box and found a wonderfully thrashed Gamecube controller with a cockeyed analog stick.
I took it home and forgot about it, leaving the thing on my workbench for a few months to stew. Eventually I came back to it though and soon found myself in the midst of soldering and Dremel grinding. Read the full post... about Gallery - The Gamecube 360 stick.