Archive for August 2011

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-08-28

  • wuh-oh… my dad's on a FWD:FWD:FWD:FWD: spree #
  • "Those who worship the Muses end up running a museum." –Bruce Sterling, Holy Fire #
  • RT @EMSL: New blog post: Microwave Oven Diagnostics with Indian Snack Food http://t.co/GPVQCe6 #
  • In other news, the rest of the tens of thousands of employees at AAPL are continuing to kick ass. #
  • Got a new MacBook Pro for work. Transferred files from my old machine in 4 hours and now I'm *fully* up and running. Awesome! #
  • Another FWD:FWD:FWD:FWD: email from my dad. Snopes.com to the rescue! #
  • Two Straight up artillery vehicles just rolled through downtown Campbell #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-08-21

  • The clothes drier lint is decidedly pink now. #
  • Watching episode 50 of st:tng … I can totally relate to Deanna Troi's excruciating audiation. Everytime I hear bon jovi, same thing for me #
  • Hmm, should I have a michelob ultra pomegranate raspberry or a michelob ultra tuscan orange grapefruit? http://t.co/A2h5zC2 #neither #
  • zomfg check out this CNC driven fine art painting machine!! #
  • http://t.co/89t0IZc Robotic Painting Machine #
  • Someone just tripped on my laptop power cord, and it didn't even disturb the magsafe side, but it almost destroyed the power plug side. :-\ #
  • Hey, every fucking business: I might survive if you just turned the Sirius/XM off. Let's try it and find out. #
  • Perhaps our societal decline in intellectual thought is in part being caused by a perpetual lack of silence. #
  • You know that thing where you think something will work, so you try it, and it does? That happened to me again! #objectivec #
  • Hmm. On the bubble. #

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Benjamin Grosser’s Robotic Painting Machine

Usually, I post stuff about what I’m up to with my art projects. I’ve been spending the vast majority of my free time on Beatseqr. One of the primary tools I use to fabricate them is my CNC router. Recently, I added a vertical attachment mount for a dremel tool. That did get me thinking about other uses for my cnc machine. Benjamin Grosser has taken it to its logical conclusion. I love it!! All this does it make me think about more ideas, so Well Done, Ben.

http://bengrosser.com/projects/interactive-robotic-painting-machine/

Interactive Robotic Painting Machine (2011) from benjamin grosser on Vimeo.

I’ll be honest, I’m doing things in quartz composer and processing that I wish I could do on the canvas. So maybe I should follow Ben’s lead. The unspoken lessons here are: 1. set your expectations low on the resolution of the resulting product, especially if you want to cover the canvas without it taking all day. 2. Don’t worry about cleaning the brush. 3. Do worry about the fluid viscosity of the media. 4. love the result for what it is now. Let the historians decide if it’s good or not. The process is awesome, and that’s worth a lot to me.

Family reunion

That’s a lot of beatseqrs!

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Version 4.51 multiples

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Whew. One more of these units is out on loan, and one more needs a case+hardware… And that’ll be all of this version. 4.52 will be *extremely* minor tweaks…


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-08-14

  • We saw Midnight in Paris last night. Really enjoyed it. Some of the historical references went over my head, but got most of it. #
  • This is the funders of the tea party manipulating the markets. #
  • This is just obscene. Institutional investors basically cashing in a 5% bonus in one day. #
  • Today wasn't a total waste of time, it just had a severe success deficiency. #sigh #
  • Nothing like rolling back 4 hours of effort after hitting a mental wall. #goatherding #

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Top panel final

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It took a few iterations, but I think this works. Oh. Haha. I just realized how similar this look is to the version 3 acrylic cases. That’s probably why I like it. Anyway… I know the whole world is collapsing, but I’m pretty much done with research for version 4.51. I have a few of these boxes, then capacity for about more 10 boxes. Then I start to run out of some parts that are end of life’d, and I’ll have to re-evaluate my options.

What I do need to do is set up some customer relationship management infrastructure. But, I can do that behind the scenes.


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-08-07

  • What are the chances of someone posing a primary challenge to the president for the Democratic party? I'd love to see some debates. #
  • Wow. Don't you love it when you think something will work, you try it out, and you find out you were right? #almostneverhappens #
  • RT @CollinMel: My new app – Circuit Sidekick is now available for iPad! http://bit.ly/phTvNe #
  • http://slowclapforcongress.com/ #
  • Add your executive vice president's iPhone to your developer provisioning profile? Yep. #
  • Coulda should woulda, Nancy Pelosi. #
  • #SAFEWAY RT @somesndswelike: Attention retail stores: Your Choice In Music SUCKS. Turn it down. Nobody likes your stupid ear worm music. #

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Artwork overlay test results

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Interesting. Took a *long* time. Food for thought.


Top panel laminated artwork overlay experiment

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I’m going to test out a laminated paper artwork overlay. Here’s a first pass. Actually … Second pass. First one sucked bigtime. This one feels pretty good. I’ll post another photo when it’s laminated and mounted to the case.