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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-06-27

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case design updates

Progress is slow but definitely still happening. Along with determining if silicone buttons are doable, I’ve been working on how I can produce cases at home instead of farming them out, or having to get up to techshop and the serious hassle that is to get time in on the laser. My CNC router has been put to hard labor and here are some of the preliminary results:

here’s an early test. many things wrong.

Here’s the results of about 3 tests later. Much closer. I’ve solved some of the hardest problems, now I just need to get a workflow going and I think I’ll be in good shape.

And then here’s the latest test of a new (to me) product from Smooth-on that has a much firmer feel than the test results we showed at Maker Faire Bay Area 2010.

And here’s how they look in this newest prototype case:

My camera (soon to be my *old* camera) somewhat exaggerates the brightness, but it’s still very readable.

I wasn’t able to de-gas the silicone, and it really really needs that to achieve the water-clear property it’s capable of, however, the bubbles serve as a very effective diffuser of the LED light from underneath. The only drag is that while I was able to get relatively few big bubbles in the casting, there were still some. Degassing would solve that, but it would be almost a thousand dollars in new machinery to do that. So I’m not sure if this is the direction I want to go in, but it’s a possibility. Testing it out has helped to at least answer the questions in my head about whether this is something we *should* do. The answer is still “Hmmmmm I dunno yet” but at least now that’s because we can try using the prototype and see how it performs. Maybe it will be an option we offer.

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case design updates

Progress is slow but definitely still happening. Along with determining if silicone buttons are doable, I’ve been working on how I can produce cases at home instead of farming them out, or having to get up to techshop and the serious hassle that is to get time in on the laser. My CNC router has been put to hard labor and here are some of the preliminary results:

here’s an early test. many things wrong.

Here’s the results of about 3 tests later. Much closer. I’ve solved some of the hardest problems, now I just need to get a workflow going and I think I’ll be in good shape.

And then here’s the latest test of a new (to me) product from Smooth-on that has a much firmer feel than the test results we showed at Maker Faire Bay Area 2010.

And here’s how they look in this newest prototype case:

My camera (soon to be my *old* camera) somewhat exaggerates the brightness, but it’s still very readable.

I wasn’t able to de-gas the silicone, and it really really needs that to achieve the water-clear property it’s capable of, however, the bubbles serve as a very effective diffuser of the LED light from underneath. The only drag is that while I was able to get relatively few big bubbles in the casting, there were still some. Degassing would solve that, but it would be almost a thousand dollars in new machinery to do that. So I’m not sure if this is the direction I want to go in, but it’s a possibility. Testing it out has helped to at least answer the questions in my head about whether this is something we *should* do. The answer is still “Hmmmmm I dunno yet” but at least now that’s because we can try using the prototype and see how it performs. Maybe it will be an option we offer.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-06-20

  • Would James Carvill be so outspoken about the federal govt. response to the BP fuckup had Hillary won? I think not. #
  • My newest #beatseqr customer has received his box, so here we go. :) #
  • Two totally different earthquakes during our vacation in palm desert. Thaaats enough thanks. #
  • Hdmi output on the new mac mini. Nice! #
  • My IPA is out of the bucket and into the keg. I carbonated some and tried it. Crazy delicious. #homebrew #beer http://yfrog.com/4b8ywj #
  • Introducing WordPress 3.0, Thelonious. What are you waiting for? http://wp.me/p4Ez4-mg (via @wordpress) #wordpress #
  • At barnes and noble having a starbucks and reading a book with kindle on my iPhone. #
  • I'd tweet about a movie I just saw for the second time, but that would break rules one and two. #

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Announcements • Bootscats 1.44

Click on the headline to read about this cool app.


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-06-13

  • Currently having my brain explode at Southern Lumber in san jose. #
  • Big ups to wwdc team, I'm here and sitting down at the start if the keynote. #
  • Wwdc or WTF?? #
  • Video calls have landed. #Wwdc #
  • cripes, I wish xcode worked with php. #
  • This reader feature seems cool. Gotta wonder how publishers will react to having their ads stripped from view. #
  • Huh, I wonder which team wrote bing.com's HTML5 code… seems to have apple fingerprints on it. #
  • Cant get into sessions.

    If((employee) && (#wwdc2011)){ attend=FALSE;#itunesu=TRUE;} #

  • Having stomach issues today. Anyone else at wwdc who had chicken yesterday in the same boat? #
  • I think I slept 18 hours today. C'mon stomach. Get it together. #
  • I caught myself saying this this week. RT @grandmabomb: BOOTS CATS BOOTS CATS BOOTS CATS BOOTS CATS. #
  • RT @boxbanga: New! 21st Shuffle on #SoundCloud http://soundcloud.com/rhythmist/21st-shuffle #
  • starting to get some decent progress on a new case design. http://yfrog.com/6wn9dij #beatseqr #

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Announcements • Roxor 2.6

hey there. So Apple rolled out a new version of Java 6, and it appears to have solved the problems of it not letting compiled processing apps to launch. So! this is really good news because there are a ton of now deprecated setup steps that you can replace with just making sure system update has run and you have the latest java installed.

go get it here: http://beatseqr.com/downloads/roxor2_6.app.zip

Statistics: Posted by stevecooley — Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:51 pm



Announcements • Re: steppa 041

this means you don’t have to download the max5 runtime… you can just download the compiled executable app instead and skip all the extra steps. woot.

Statistics: Posted by stevecooley — Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:49 pm



Announcements • steppa 041

great news! Derek got an executable version of steppa running, so you can go grab it here, along with the source code: http://beatseqr.com/downloads/steppa041.zip

Statistics: Posted by stevecooley — Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:48 pm



v3.2 circuit boards are on order

pending any kind of hold my board house may have for my order, I’m expecting a new small batch of boards to arrive in a couple of weeks. There are a couple of changes that I hope will translate to improvements.

1. the older style potentiometers that required headers, wiring, and holes drilled through the circuit board are now replaced by pcb-mount style potentiometers. I’ve tried really hard to get it right, so I’m hoping I did.

2. fader mounting holes are resized to be the correct size… or.. a better size. I’d made an error on the v3.1 boards in forgetting to fix the problem I saw on the v3 boards. So they should go in easy peasy now.

3. mounting holes are going to be fabricated by the board house. It took me a while to figure out that I can get them to do that for me. :) The net result is that a significant amount of work will be reduced to a couple of machining operations once I get the boards. The cost to get them to do the final machining operations was far outweighed by my ability to do it on my bandsaw in no time.

4. Electrical testing. This extra board house option will further increase my confidence in the product I sell. I could test the boards myself, but I’d rather be working on more creative things. I figured it was best to leave this important step up to people who are experts at quality control.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-06-06

  • Well hello, http://createdigitalmusic.com #
  • RT @HeartofChaos: CRYPTIC ARTISTRY http://bit.ly/cti0nN we're headlining 12-1:30am #hapticsynapses #beatseqr #
  • I think the problem with BP is that they're still treating this well like a recoverable asset. #
  • just saw the BP ROV lose it's circular saw attachment. As messed up as this situation is, I'm glad we can see what's happening. #
  • our band haptic synapses is playing Friday night at midnight @ Billiards— SubZER0/South First Fridays. Check out our beatseqrs! #
  • I'm milling an acrylic top panel to test out feeds and speeds… I may die of boredom watching this run at 20 inches per minute #beatseqr #
  • 4395.7 seconds to mill the top panel. Man! that's… 73.25 minutes. Zzzzzzz. still a lot to dial in for this process. #beatseqr #
  • zomfgwtf, i read the cnc job report estimate wrong, 4395+117+2881+2450 seconds = 164 minutes. :( Hmmm. Need to rethink things. #beatseqr #
  • Alright, so if SubZER0 goes until midnight, that makes us the instant afterparty at the billiards place. :) @artwalksj #hapticsynapses #
  • FYI, President bush never "encapsulated my feelings" over a fraudulent war and its US$trillion in national debt. #
  • Brew day!! extra IPA in the kettle! http://yfrog.com/0vt5jsj #homebrew #beer #
  • BP has resumed profiting from this catastrophic fuckup. Whew, right? And it's only leaking like X000 barrels a day now. #solveforx #
  • Don't wait for dark to come to @subzerofestival today or you'll miss out on a bunch of great performances!! (via @subZEROfestival) #
  • RT @ben_fry: RT @kate_sheppard RT @pourmecoffee: Irony spotted at BP station. http://bit.ly/dfOTei #

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Robert Hood M-Plant mix (via @boxbanga) http://bit.ly/bHqVz6

Robert Hood M-Plant mix (via @boxbanga) http://bit.ly/bHqVz6

perspective

man, I thought making beatseqrs was hard. Pfft, easy town compared to this:

http://www.archive.org/details/VisittoW1950_2

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