Archive for July 2011

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-31

  • Pottery Barn Kids must really think a girls place is in the kitchen. A full kitchen play set in pink. Isn't this the 21st century? #
  • Just found the math flash cards in the Boys section. Way to go, pottery barn kids. Double whammy. #
  • Ooh, nice. @DaisyDisk on the mac app store is a really nice tool to find large space-eating files on your hard drive. $10 and worth it. #
  • Moving Air from last monday! RT @somesndswelike: some nice techno!! http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/16246446 #edm #techno #music #detroit #
  • Don't let me down, Barak. Exercise the 14th amendment or maybe we'll draft Hillary early. #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-24

  • Making one last cnc jig for #beatseqr production. Here's my bandsaw moment of zen for the day: http://t.co/6uYQOPC #
  • Commencify scrolling behavior reprogramming. #lion #
  • RT @beatseqr: Great news! Mac OS X 10.7 Lion appears to work great with the beatseqr toolchain! It even installs java for you!! #yay #

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Top panel cnc jig

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Welp, this is the last jig I needed to make for beatseqr production. It holds the top panel portion of the case so the cnc router can do it’s job. When I was just making one beatseqr at a time I had much much less efficient jigs to hold things on the cnc table, so this is a huge improvement. I’m getting repeatable results that I’m happy with when I cut multiple cases in a session. There’s less guess work, less waste, and less cursing… So overall a good situation.

Also on the final infrastructural push, I designed and built a fume extractor for soldering. Which makes me happier when I’m hunched over a circuit board soldering for hours. Here are some photos :

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-17

  • Andre the giant has a pissy. http://t.co/JgrRWY7 #
  • I'm watching Common Ground Radio live on #Ustream Join us! http://ustre.am/m9KG #
  • What's this? Starving musician moving to stevens creek? #
  • Trying to cnc route an armature for a DIY fume extractor. So far so good… But you never know when you'll crash. :-} http://t.co/805cSAb #
  • Overhead fume extractor conceived, designed, fabricated, assembled, and proven in one night. Kick. Ass. http://t.co/Ew8LGJk #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-10

  • Dial soap for men: faux tool handle shaped, motor oil colored, lots of pretty pretty perfume. #
  • I can't get anything to play on the ustream iPhone app. :-/ or on their website from my phone. Regularly. #
  • WTF. I just saw the google earth browser plugin folder open up by itself briefly, and then close itself! #
  • I'm in the san Fernando valley. Having a metric pantload of flashbacks. #
  • Now I'm in simi valley. +1 more metric pantload of flashbacks. #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-03

  • It's really nice at gilroy gardens, but… There's something really weird about it. Can't quite put my finger on it yet. #
  • It's brew-o'clock! #beer http://t.co/AKfjxo0 #
  • Resident Advisor podcast 229: Commix http://is.gd/vBT2qu #
  • Instead of phone calls from businesses, I would be fine just getting email with voice messages attached, forever, starting now. #
  • I am not enjoying zynga hanging with friends. I am also burned out on Words… Don't take it personally when I bail on our game :) bbl. #
  • No wonder they can advertise on TV. Blue Moon beer is made by… coors. #til #
  • "on the belief that being associated with a major national brewery would diminish its credibility among aficionados." Bingo #bluemoon #coors #
  • Guys, I never care what your inbox count is. That one of the things you should hit the "cancel" button for instead of "tweet" #
  • Got my @Alesis IODock for iPad. Solves at least 3 MAJOR problems for me!! Very happy. Wasn't sure, but now I know, its worth the price. #
  • Using the ipad as a sound source with beatseqr. (plus maxmsp to randomize parameters): beatseqr + ipa… on #SoundCloud http://snd.sc/lreydk #
  • #BBC You. Must. Make. More. Hyperdrive. #

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Tools: Alesis IODock for iPad

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I just got my Alesis IODock for iPad. It solves some serious live performance problems for me!! Here they are:

1. Playing my iPad live is awesome, but keeping it powered up is a decision between power and midi data. Previously, I would plug in the camera connection kit for midi or a power plug. No more. The IODock has power to keep my iPad charging while in use, and a square style USB port.

2. Speaking of midi… Previously I’d have to connect a midi out usb device from my computer to a midisport UNO connected by the camera connection kit to the ipad. Giant hassles! Now with the IODock, I just go directly from the computer to the dock. No midi devices whatsoever between the computer and the iPad. Sweet!!

3. Flexible outputs… Since there are quarter inch output jacks and a headphone jack, I can use whichever I need to. Sometimes playing live, I can experience the iPad being too quiet… The headphone jack on the IODock gets *crazy* loud. So I have options for different mixing environments.

4. Looks professional. Always helps. Ima cover up this giant Alesis logo post haste, guys. (Sorry Alesis.) But the case looks good, the tilt is nice. A definite plus.

And I guess there are a bunch of other things that are in this box, but the items above cover the price of admission for me! Well done Alesis. This seems like it’s going to be a great product.

-steve

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