Archive for January 2004

Mini Lathe update

Great progress today with my limited time resources. I’m so glad I built that rolling cart for my closet. It really helps cut down on set up time and tear down time. Anyway, I cut the channels and angle cuts for the bases… slightly erroring, as usual, in the process. The instructions say “Carefully lay out the channels for the i beams”… which is really hard with my cheapo tablesaw and wobbler dado blade. I cut both the 36″ and the 24” pieces exactly the same, so I’m just going to march onward and adjust the dimensions of things to match what I have to work with at this point.

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Tune recycler?

TuneRecycler uses unwanted Pepsi/iTunes Store winning codes and spends them on indie bands available through the iTunes Music Store.

“When you buy major label music on iTunes,” Wilson explained, “the musician usually gets nothing, because they’re in perpetual debt to their label until they sell more than 500,000 CDs. And at best they only get 8-14 cents on a $1.00 song. We want to get some of Pepsi’s money going to actual musicians, not just record label CEOs and RIAA lawyers.”

Link [Boing Boing Blog]

I keep seeing this posted around and around. Exactly how are they going to do this? It sounds like they’re just saying “Hey, if you don’t want that free song and aren’t going to use it, give it to me, and I’ll use it, then the artist will at least get some money from somebody using the code.” Which is… brilliant if you were the person who came up with that scheme. But otherwise, do you really think Pepsi is going to talk to you if you collect 0.05%, 0.5%, heck 5% (5 million winning caps? 5 million people saying “no thanks, free digital music ain’t for me”??) of the winning caps and say “Distribute this song-cash equivalent to the artists!”… it’s flawed logic. A nice idea, but hey, how about this idea… Don’t fucking sign up as an artist under one of said evil record labels. It’s not like they were born into slavery and need emancipating. Signing on the dotted line is just like signing any legally binding contract. You sign away rights in exchange for services. The best thing you can do with a winning pepsi cap is use it so that the independent labels get a share of that free publicity, and as the doors gradually open to completely independent artists being able to get into iTunes, said evil record labels will have no place on this planet anymore. Just don’t waste your winning cap on a fucking britney spears single for pete’s sake. There’s a lot of independent label stuff up there now. Do some homework and apply the power you’re given towards being part of the revolution. Record labels only have power if you keep giving them your money.

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] Eight security experts held a Red Team exercise on
] January 19, using a GEMS server and six AccuVote-TS
] terminals, replicating an election scenario with no prior
] knowledge of source code. As suggested by the earlier,
] Hopkins report, the team quickly guessed the hardcoded
] passwords to administrator and voter smart cards. At a
] cost of less than $750, they were able to reset voter
] cards to allow multiple votes with the same card and
] suggested similar abuses with forged supervisor and voter
] cards. All 32,000 statewide terminal locks are identical,
] and the team picked them in less than 10 seconds,
] allowing physical access to the PCMCIA bay, which
] contains cards for the modem and the ballot definitions
] and results. These cards could be tampered with,
] destroyed, or stolen for their valuable data. Attaching a
] keyboard to the terminals allowed resetting of all
] counters in the PCMCIA bay without an administrator card
] needed.
]
] The server was missing over 15 Microsoft security
] updates, and the team was able to use the flaws used by
] the “Blaster” worm. By using insecure USB ports or more
] secure CD drives, the team was able to modify results and
] databases


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It’s completely horrifying that anyone would think using Micro$oft for a voting system was ever a good idea. It’s NOT. It’s a BAD IDEA which deserves NO funding or consideration, period. Are you listening, Mike Honda??

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mini Lathe update

Welllll, bad news yesterday and today.

Yesterday an extra set of 3 step pulleys showed up at my office. That’s my fault. I should not have tried to cancel the order from McMaster-Carr.. I should have just ordered the rest of my parts and forgotten about it. (Still waiting for my knobs and bearings… :( )

Ace called me too, to let me know that the v-belt I no longer need because I ordered one through McMaster is available to pick up at local store. Great. Thanks. So, now I have an extra pair of pulleys and a matching v-belt. Stellar.

Then, today the biggest problem yet: electricmotorwarehouse.com shipped me a motor, but it appears as though I somehow, some way, even thought I’m 90% sure I ordered the right motor, but they shipped me a motor I can’t use. It’s a 1/3hp 1/2″ dia. 4.5″ shaft 3 speed motor without a housing or mounting bracket. Unusable for me :( :( :( so, I probably have to pay a restocking fee, and definitely have to pay for shipping this thing back to them.. in michigan.. and I’m in california. What a bummer.

So it’s looking like it’ll be at least 3 weeks before I can try out my lathe (assuming I get my bearings soon, although without a motor, I’m not really doing anything).

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the big three oh

Woooo, today I am 30 years old.

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Truemajority.com

This is one of the most effective pieces of political advocacy I’ve ever seen. Ben Cohen, the Ben of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, narrates a short Flash movie for TrueMajority.org, in which he explains — using Oreo cookies — the way that the federal budget is currently apportioned, and how little rearrangement would be necessary to renew all of America’s social programs. The examples are vivid and charming, and the logic is compelling.

The only thing I’d change is adding a fast-forward, pause and rewind button. I wanted to refer back to specific sections of the movie, and the “play all the way through” interface really frustrated me (just taking this screenshot was really hard).

Link

(via Vertical Hold)


[Boing Boing Blog]

This looks really cool. This looks exactly like what the EFF does when you register there as well.. they send you email alerts for when you voice can make a difference. They even have it set up where you don’t even need to visit their site, just reply to the email they send you. very cool! I encourage you to watch the flash movie and visit their site.. read up on their material and I think you’ll agree it’s worth your time to be a part of this. -Steve

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Walk-through spoiler for Ikea : the game

Shop Notes 73 Mini Lathe image gallery

I’ve started photo documentation on the mini lathe.


click here to view

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GREP modification for JaneBuilder UPDATE script

Ah, grep. You gotta love grep.

Jane Builder has a great update autojane, this modification will change the update all records to update only variables that you pass into the update script… I’m building a large page with a lot of variables per record, but I don’t want to update all the variables on one page at a time, so I’m breaking it down to about 10 screens. This grep mod will let me pass in the 8 or 10 variables per screen to one updater script so I don’t have to have 10 updater scripts, just one testing each variable in the entire table to see if it’s receiving an updated value.

search with : \t\$sql \.= “(.*)='” \. \$_POST\[‘.*’\] \. “‘,”;\r
replace with: \rif($_POST[‘\1’] != “”)\r\t{\r\t\t$sql .= “\1='” . $_POST[‘\1’] . “‘,”;\r\t}\r

was: $sql .= “email_subject='” . $_POST[’email_subject’] . “‘,”;

now: if($_POST[’email_subject’] != “”)
{
$sql .= “email_subject='” . $_POST[’email_subject’] . “‘,”;
}

grep saves so much time. :)

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ipod 2 Go

whoa, an RSS Reader for my… iPod.

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shopnotes mini lathe

I’ve decided I’d grossly underestimated myself, and that I’m capable of making the Mini Lathe pictured below, without the assistance and mentoring of the woodworking class i was hoping to get into this quarter at the community center. (but did not)

What’s interesting about the project I’m building is that they show you two alternative uses for the lathe, bowl turning with a faceplate and disc sanding with an attachment. I’m thinking I’m going to build an extra platform for a steadyrest and later, I’m going to see if I can fashion a drum sanding table out of this as well. What’s the difference? It’s almost exactly the same mechanics. I see no reason why I can’t utilize the motor and driveshaft assembly for a sanding table.

holy crap it’s been really reallyhard tracking down some of the parts, though.

First of all, the 9″x5/8″ USS Bolt in the headstock is not “all thread” like one of the drawings (exploded perpective assembly drawing) leads me to believe, it’s only threaded in the last inch and a half or so. The detail drawing of the hardware assembly does accurately show thread in only the last 1.5 inches. I only noticed this after I made my best guess at buying what turned out to be the correct hardware. By the way, “USS” means “Coarse Threaded”… Don’t spend 3 hours going to every hardware store looking like I did.. that’s all it is. I found mine at Orchard Supply Hardware. They were super helpful.

Next, finding 3 step pulleys has proven to be extraordinarily challenging online. The article says “my local hardware store had to order them for me”… they’re talking about ACE, after many hours and hours of research I come to realize. Here is the link to the pulleys I’m ordering. 3 step x 5/8″ bore.

Stop collars… I found them, finally.. Bitsnbores.com… part number 11900625 5/8″ stop collar $2.65 apiece! Excellent! might as well order a couple extra.
Update: reid tool has these as well. I believe the part numbers are:
LSC-10 LSC-10SS 11/8 .6260-.6280 1/2 5/16-18 $1.49 steel, $5.09 stainless steel

The motor was relatively painless. I found This page quickly, and decided that the second motor listed, the 1/3 horsepower one, would probably do fine. Will the fraction of a horse more power than the 1/4 horse they suggested make a difference? I figured for 6 extra bucks it’s worth it. I’m already in for over $60, might as well step up a little.

Knobs… There’s a 500+ page PDF catalog available for Reid Tool, the vendor suggested at the back of the magazine for knobs.. which is a blessing and a curse. They have about 8 or 10 pages of knobs in their catalog. I picked the one I thought was correct one time, went back through the catalog a second time and picked the exact same part, so we will see if I made the right choice. Before I did that, I called them and said “Has anyone called about this project?” No. “Do you have any idea which knobs I need? There’s 8 or 10 pages of them in your catalog.” No. “ok, thanks.. <sigh>” I suspect this is the correct part:
(qty. 10) JCL-132 – 5/16-18 1″$1.18 and,
(qty. 4) DK-22 – 5/16-18 1 1/2″ $1.79 I think corresponding tee nuts would be WN-125, $5.39 per box of 100

We shall see.

4 threaded inserts from reid:
STI-225 1/4-20 .394 .551 .300 .303 .669 $0.32 each
(4) 1/4″x20 knobs
4JCL-127 1.58 .45 .49 .95 .63 1/4-20 .98 $1.38 each
bearings: (qty. 2) NB-1095 from Reid.

Update 2:
to be honest, I’m over-ordering on some of the parts, because I’m planning on doing some other things with the motor, as stated above… here’s the boiled down version of what I’m ordering.

Update 3:ACE hardware cancelled my order for the 3 step pulleys. My next door neighbor Duane properly reminded me what my old room mate Jason has told me a couple of times… McMaster-Carr is the end-all be-all of parts and materials. Pulleys are re-ordered and en-route. I shoulda ordered everything from here in the first place. Doh!

update 4: I remembered that I had only requested a quote from Reid, so I ordered everything from McMaster-Carr… yesterday… Half my order showed up at work today! that was FAST! … so, that’s the two pulleys, the flange bearing, a couple of knobs, and the stop collars (aka Shaft Collars). Woohoo!

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lulu.com

lulu.com appears to be an interesting way to do what everyone says you should do with your spectacular snapshots: sell them as stock photos. check it:


Buy my stuff at Lulu!

Their 20% commission is pretttty good if you ask me. 16 out of 20 bucks coming back to you per sale is good money.. now all you have to do is market the heck out of your stuff… always the hard part.

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MoveOn has launched a campaign to convince CBS to change its policy. Here’s the polispam they’d like people to send:

Subject: The ad CBS will not air

Dear friend,

During this year’s Super Bowl, you’ll see ads sponsored by beer companies, tobacco companies, and the Bush White House. But you won’t see the winning ad in MoveOn.org Voter Fund’s Bush in 30 Seconds ad contest. CBS refuses to air it.

Meanwhile, the White House and Congressional Republicans are on the verge of signing into law a deal which Senator John McCain (R-AZ) says is custom-tailored for CBS and Fox, allowing the two networks to grow much bigger. CBS lobbied hard for this rule change; MoveOn.org members across the country lobbied against it; and now the MoveOn.org ad has been rejected while the White House ad will be played. It looks an awful lot like CBS is playing politics with the right to free speech.

Of course, this is bigger than just the MoveOn.org Voter Fund. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) submitted an ad that was also rejected. We need to let CBS know that this practice of arbitrarily turning down ads that may be “controversial” – especially if they’re controversial simply because they take on the President – just isn’t right.

To watch the ad that CBS won’t air and sign the petition to CBS to run these ads, go here

MoveOn.org will deliver the petition by email directly to CBS headquarters.

Thanks.

[Lessig Blog]

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Kerry senate attendance rate for 2003

that’s not important anymore. what’s important is that GWB be rightfully ejected from the top leadership position.

download the PDF packet in .SIT format and in .ZIP format.
Full page and 4-up layouts.

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penguin batting practice

jono sent this to me.. http://62.116.30.115/yetineu/ click and hold until the penguin is within batting range, then leggo! I like how the penguin looks over at you when it’s done sliding. Aside from penguin batting practice, they also have other games now.. go check it out.

update:Whoa, a lot of you sure are looking for penguin batting practice. I just checked google, and it appears as though many of you are looking for penguin batting practice. Pretty cool. Welcome, please check out some of my other articles. :) -steve.

Check out my artwork….

this is not mine, but it’s funny.

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