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Police deny the use of flashbangs:

Make up your own mind:

Now on the first few I can see the arcs of them coming in. They don't seem to be from protestors. They're also too loud for firecrackers.

So I guess this is what it felt like to be a German Jew in the late 1930s.
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There's a cover and several pages. Artist making Dr. Seuss version of Call of Cthulu.

The Call of Cthulhu Cover by ~DrFaustusAU on deviantART
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Somewhere, a Windows fanboy just jizzed all over himself, finding sweet relief after years of impotent rage.
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Drugs are bad, mmmm'kay?

I mean, imagine the damage it would do to our society if people were more emotionally balanced!
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I've been dead lately.

I need to be alive again.

How should I regenerate and reinvent myself?
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Digital archaeology... Hey, I can see one of my old houses from here.

Cat Salon!

Sep. 26th, 2011 11:35 am
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I have small furry helpers!

They are helpful!

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This is a rough mount of the interior I made for the stump at the other end of my meditation space.

I need more river stone and to anchor it properly but it's good to see it starting to take shape.

It's made from glass slag from the bottom of a blast furnace, mounted on resin with a fiberglass backing.

I started by making a chicken wire frame inside the tree stump and then a paper-mache layer over that so it would hold it's shape. Then took it out of the stump so I could make guides and do the resin casting in sections (rotating it a bit each day)

The slab of stone across the top of the stump can also be sat on, of course or used as a table.

I have a few other things left to do but at least it's progress.

Edit: changed view to better picture.
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Today may well be "Talk like a pirate" day but isn't it a little passe?

I think we need a new geek holiday and for it, I nominate tomorrow, Sept 20th!

Why you may ask? Because, September 20th, 1977 was an auspicious day, one completely relevant to Pirates, Ninjas, LOLCats, Steampunk and Zombies!

That's right. September 20th, 1977 was the premiere of the Happy Days episode, "Hollywood, Part 3", the episode in which the Fonz jumped the shark!

So join me tomorrow and celebrate International Shark-Jumping day!

What could one more holiday possibly hurt?
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Quote of the Day: The difference between a pretty woman and a beautiful woman is that a beautiful woman has a touch of the bizarre. -RAW

I must be one of the most damn beautiful women on the planet. :)
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I think the germans followed the wrong guy with the little mustache.
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I never end up taking any pictures at BurningMan, even of stuff I make. I talked a lot about the bike stuff I was building but got no photos of it assembled and in operation. However, here's a picture of it when I was still in prototype mode: The prow on the front was painted to match the purple and white of the bike and canopy and the fluoro orange tape went away once I finished making the fiberglass connectors for the rods.

I did this project very last minute and found out even more last minute that the port marked 'USB' on the board was in fact FTDI so I had to order another part and wait for that. Between that and writing ISR timer interrupts for PWM so it wouldn't burn up the triacs on the board, I ended up not having time to do the animation I'd planned to do. I burned all my time coding around the hardware limitations of the board. :P

Anyhow, last minute before we left for Burn, I grabbed a grayscale fractal image and threw it into my code as the inputs for the channels. That's the pattern that is displayed here:
It's interesting enough that you know it's not random but definitely not what I had in mind but you can see the varying levels of brightness accomplished with pulse width modulation and you can see all channels lighting at once without the magic blue smoke escaping. So... It was good enough for prototype.

Now that I've got some more time, I can go back and do proper animation for it although on the whole I'm not completely happy with it. It wasn't bright enough and didn't really have enough channels. I think though that I can redesign their board and control many many more channels of EL Wire (In the range of many hundreds) and solve the ground and PWM issues. I am going to do a slightly easier project first to make sure I know what I'm doing and then come back and finish this one. I'll post schematics and stuff as they happen.

Anyhow... That's it. Not very exciting, is it?


Sep. 10th, 2011 10:03 am
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The top panel made me cackle more than anything I've read lately.
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Why is being a mad scientist so expensive?

I see now why most mad scientists turn to crime. I always thought it was silly. Who cares about money when you're making cool stuff but it's a vicious catch-22. You need money to make cool stuff and a bake sale to build your atomic death ray just won't work as well as robbing a bank with your janky prototype.

I don't suppose anyone has an adjustable DC lab power supply, oscilloscope, table saw, pile of arduino boards, half dozen IR distance meters for .1 - 1 meter range, fish tank air compressor, fish tank hose, various L and T connectors for said hosery, and a 24"x30" sheets of plexiglass laying about that they want to get rid of.

No? No ponies either, I suppose. Ah well... Time to fire up the janky prototype.
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Last month marked really the start of my plunge into electronics. I've dabbled weakly before but never really gotten past really basic circuits.

With the arduino kits to guide me, I've dove down much deeper. Now I'm looking at parts that are not in kits. Designing stuff that isn't an instructable. It's like porn, like a drug. So hard not to spend my time browsing parts catalogues and leering at fold-out schematics.

I dunno. The fusion of math, electronics, sculpture, art, and animation is ultra ultra sexy. I can't stop fantasizing about it.

Now I need to go find a good price on IR range sensors and a few meters of ws2801 for my next project. ^_^;
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I don't feel like I experienced Burn quite as fully this year as I have in years past. Possibly it was just that I felt like the art wasn't as good this year, but more probably, it was the broken things.

The broken things started before Burn. The SpokePOV software that I had to fix to run on Snow Leopard before I could do anything with it, the broken BMPs that Adobe Illustrator creates. The Sparkfun sequencer board and all its weird limitations. But this continued throughout our trip.

My bike came off the roof on the way to Burn. Luckily it did it at a reasonably less bad time and it's a solid steel boat anchor 1970 Schwinn so the damage was nothing a mallet couldn't fix, though it would continue to give me issues throughout the trip. I had to bend the rear rim back into a quasi-rideable shape, the chain guard was damaged a bit and causing the chain to derail, and the derailleur was also a bit wonky afterwards. I was frequently down for repairs and fixing my bike through about Friday when I finally got everything tweaked back into a good functional order.

Stacey's bike, likewise was a magnet for disaster. I broke some of the EL wire she'd soldered when I was mounting it and she had to re-solder it. Then on her maiden voyage, some crazy woman going full out on a bike nearly hit her but swerved at the last moment and plowed into a pedestrian, taking him off his feet. 10 minutes later, Stacey was less lucky and another kamikaze pilot slammed into the rear of her bike, snapping the mast of her tail and cracking the rear support for her canopy. We were able to fix them, but the number of reckless cyclists the first few days was pretty scary. I can only assume the reason there were fewer later in the week was because they'd mostly self-removed from the gene pool.

Electronics failed all over the place too. One of our solar panels got cracked, reducing our power output by 20%. This made all the electronics issues worse because the soldering iron uses a lot of power and we could only operate it for about an hour a day at full output. ALL THREE interchangeable EL Driver units we brought had cold solder joints and failed and had to be fixed. (Not soldered by us and bought from different companies) 3 strings of LED lights also failed. Stacey was able to fix 2 but one was not recoverable and we'd accidentally left our spare strings behind. SpokePOVs which had worked in testing suddenly failed for no apparent reason. We were able to fix all but one. And on and on.

I guess though with the things that broke it'd be easy to forget the things that worked. Both bike canopy designs held together. The new tent interior I made worked perfectly and was far more comfortable than our previous tent. No costume failures. No sunburns. No car problems. Stacey's safemode on the power kept us from draining the battery. Our camp was very mellow and low-drama and contained some really great people and lots of people stopped in at our camp to hang out, etc.

In truth, all the major stuff that was important for survival and comfort went right and I was so frustrated with the little things I just took them for granted. Though I guess they also kept me from seeing more this year. When your tent stays cool enough you can sleep until noon, you just don't get out and see as much. :P

On the whole, I had a really good and relaxing time, though I probably should have quit being stubborn and postponed fixing stuff until we got home.

Finally, and most important, Stacey took her final step off SSRIs at burn and has now been over a full week without them. Really really proud of her. She's been slowly stepping down for a while and it's been a very difficult road. The withdraw symptoms of them are apparently quite mean and she's allergic to prozac so she couldn't step down to that from what she was on so the last step is a rough one.
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Had a good time. Could say more but I have a lot to do. No rest for the wicked. :)

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