Archive for June 2006

ex-Mac users

Mark Pilgrim’s list of Ubuntu essentials for ex-Mac users:
Cory Doctorow:

Mac guru and software developer Mark Pilgrim recently switched to Ubuntu Linux after becoming fed up with proprietary Mac file-formats and the increasing use of DRM technologies in the MacOS. I’ve been a Mac user since 1984, and have a Mac tattooed on my right bicep. I’ve probably personally owned 50 Macs, and I’ve purchased several hundred while working as an IT manager over the years. I’m about to make the same switch, for much the same reasons.

Thank GOD! Maybe we can start a paypal donation account for his laser tattoo removal fund.

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show: Chabot #2

Well, we had a fine old time at the Chabot Space and Science Center… again. :) Chachi had an amazing set of music. He’ll be playing again in August at the Blue Monkey event during the Zero One festival in San Jose.. details to follow soon… anyway, big ups to everyone who came out, kind of a trek, but we appreciated it! here’s a few photos:

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More fun with electricity

at some point when I was finishing my projector, I shorted a circuit and tripped a breaker… the only problem was that I couldn’t figure out which breaker was the one I tripped. None of the circuit breakers in the box fixed the dead outlets in the garage… ok, well, the dead outlet in the garage. The other two outlets in the garage were fine. Turns out the two good ones were accurately labeled “plugs” in the breaker box. But the main outlet I use for all my powertools wasn’t working. Also not working was the garage door opener. I guess it was on the same circuit with some magical non-breaker. I was starting to worry because I just couldn’t figure out how to get those outlets working again.

Then more interesting things happen. The outlets on the outside of the house aren’t working. so that’s three that I can’t trace to a breaker now. Then R said that her outlet in her bathroom wasn’t working. wow, 4 outlets not hooked up to a breaker? That’s just too freakin’ weird. Huh.. well her outlet is GFCI protected, yeah? It should have the red thingy to reset the outlet… Oh. a sticker saying it’s GFCI, but no red reset thingy. Mine has one of the red reset thingies…

wait.. this one outlet is the circuit breaker for all these other outlets? In my bathroom? You gotta be kidding me. I pushed the reset button, and guess what? All the outlets are working again! :-\

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it lives… and breathes

I’ve been working on my projector like crazy because of my upcoming Chabot show date. Here’s a photo of the first test firing with optics, but no LCD yet:
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then here it is from last night with the major wiring completed with switches for fans and the bulb. This lets the projector run fans after the bulb is off… glad to get that taken care of… plus I got a cool looking lighted switch to boot.
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I wish it were actually this bright.. that’s probably too long of an exposure to capture the brightness accurately.
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Back to Chabot…


This friday June 23, 2006, from 8pm to 11pm, I’ll be showing at the Lunar Lounge Express at the Chabot Space and Science center in Oakland, Ca… If you missed the last show in May, here’s your chance to check out my Processing/Arduino video projects and a live musical performance by Chachi Jones!

DoBox artists create soundpack for PSPKick!

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All of you Sony PSP homebrew fans out there are probably familiar with PSPKick, the sample-playback drum machine/sequencer. Well, a bunch of the artists here at DoBox Recordings have joined together and created a soundpack for PSPKick which you can download from here. There are samples created by DoBox regulars like Qorser and Steve Cooley, as well as ones created by close pals of the netlabel like Mattski and Noka.

Oh, hey, that’s not plugged in right…

Oh, hey, that’s 120V flowing right up my arm…

Wow. Funny how I’ve been working with some fairly dangerous shit in my workshop lately, and knock on wood, haven’t hurt myself in a long time. Then i go and accidentally plug in my powerbook power supply wrong ( missed one side … ) and get a niiiice shock up my hand, arm, and down to the metal stuff in my pants pocket on the same side. The LED flashlight in my pocket was on for a good 10 seconds after the brief second I was acting like a capacitor, I could see if through the material of my jeans…

Oof. We live in a dangerous world.

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Pause for Irony

Man am I late to the party or what? Oh well.. Joss Whedon says in the DVD extras for Serenity of the cut scene showing Inara teaching her students to use a bow and arrow that people said it made it look too much like Wonderwoman. then he says “Pause for irony”. Then later he says of most of the cut scenes involving Morena Baccarin, and he says … “I do plan on making it up to her at some point…” Mmhmm.

Also.. wait.. Joss Whedon.. Ja Sweden?

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apple laptop screen holder

I have a 17″ powerbook. When I’m on the couch, either reclining or with my feet up on the coffee table, my laptop suddenly turns into an unusable device because in order to make the keyboard egronomically comfortable, the screen wants to fall down and close. I came up with a solution as show below. I also have a Sketch Up model available on the 3d warehouse.
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Us and them

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this is a new sculpture I’ve created. It’s made out of Teak and stainless steel. This actually used to be a futon bed that I bought used from a coworker, held on to after we bought nicer furniture, and eventually harvested / reclaimed once I had a thickness planer. The metal parts are from a new light we installed in our kitchen… they were the extra extension tubes that we did not use. Originally I was trying to make a tool to help me make repositionable, repeatable rubber stamps for some of my other sculptures. The thightening mechanism is pretty good. Loosen up the wingnuts and they all can slide around on the rails. Anyway, I think I’ll be listing this on etsy soon. You saw it here first. :)

Us and Them: a tribute to growing up and finding someone to love. I intentionally spaced the objects as I did to suggest personal space boundaries and a couple’s rejection of the herd. In spite of the split from the group, they are remaining connected by the common rails of humanity.

Google Sketch Up for the mac

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Hey, Jono says that Google Sketch Up for the Mac is out!

I’ve created and uploaded a model of the workbench I’ve made 3 times for my workshop at home to the 3d warehouse. Download and create your own workbench today… for cheap! :)

Oh, yeah, here are the links to the 3 movies I made while making said workbenches. :)

http://homepage.mac.com/djcatnip/iMovieTheater24.html

http://homepage.mac.com/djcatnip/iMovieTheater18.html

http://homepage.mac.com/djcatnip/iMovieTheater27.html

pro x fade video

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Wow. wowowowow. Go watch this clip.

400 watt lightbulb


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insert joke about getting an idea here…

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Family Dog

Holy crap, go watch these three movies on youtube:

http://www.milkandcookies.com/article/3523/

An animated short from people including Spielberg, Tim burton, danny elfman, and steve bartek

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70 items sold, 50 feedback, 100% positive

Firefoxscreensnapz017Here’s the update on my Etsy journey. I’ve sold 70 items on Etsy, many of them multiple patch sales, and as you can see I have 85 people on etsy calling me a favorite. Today I got my 50th feedback rating, and I’m rockin’ it 100% positive. Etsy’s been very good to me. :) Big huge gigantic thanks to all my customers, Etsian and non-etsian.

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