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Thursday, November 21st 2002 11:27pm

Since a good deal of my time has been spent trying to finish up the LED sign project, I seem to be putting more notes on that page than here. Soooo...for the latest on what I've been up to, go there. :)

I'll have a finished LED sign yet, dammit!

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Sunday, November 17th 2002 10:32am

A few more notes posted on the LED sign page. It's coming along nicely.

After waiting entirely too long, it looks like we're going to see "Punch Drunk Love" finally today. I'm stoked.

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Friday, November 15th 2002 2:46pm

Much rejoicing! Lots of progress on the LED sign! I now have a working display with full computer control. Sweet. There's still some work to be done, but I really think that the worst is behind me. The main things left are: adding/tweaking some assembly code, improving the PC side software, making a PCB, and finishing up some chassis touches. Keep checking back for progress updates.

Oh yeah, and I also threw up a silly little page for the Rice-a-Roni PIC programmer. :) Stupid, but fun!

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Tuesday, November 12th 2002 3:14pm

Wow! That's about all I can say right. Negativland never cease to impress me. Their latest creation, Death Sentences of the Polished and Structurally Weak, showed up in the mail today...and man, it's the best purchase I've made in a while. The book is fantastic, and the accompanying soundtrack is mind blowing...although admittedly I'm probably into the soundtrack thing more than most people. Dark. Raw. Sick. Amazing! This proves, once again, that Negativland are the m a s t e r s.

On a similar note, I also scored self-produced King Missile III "The Psychopathology of Everyday Life" (yeah, you didn't even know they had a new release...neither did I!)...but I haven't been able to give it a good listen yet. Total props on the self release though...

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Tuesday, November 12th 2002 12:31am

I've been doing some additional work on the LED sign in an attempt to get it working in some form or fashion....and I made some scratch ass messy notes on that page to reflect that. I'm not entirely sure just how much I like the current approach that will require a PC connection at all times to change/update the dipslay (I'd much rather shove the stuff into a flash card or even an EEPROM somewhere so that the PC can relax a little more), but I think it does provide the most flexibility.

And yeah, I still haven't managed to put a page up for the wack little Elmo guitar I sliced apart...and I still haven't taken a pic of my Rice-a-Roni PIC programmer...I will...soon though.

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Friday, November 8th 2002 9:36pm

Well, it sucks, but I finally managed to get my p16pro40 PIC programmer into a case of some kind. It's been a long time coming.

I searched Wacky Willy's and Radio Crap and just couldn't find a suitable I made my own. Out of a Rice-A-Roni box. Yes, you heard $20 programmer is now mounted in a $1.49 cardboard box. Yup, the rice was good with some pork chops. It's a piece of crap...but at least it stays in place a little better. I also mounted a little toggle switch on the PCB so that I don't have to constantly unplug the power cord every time I want to program.

It's far from ideal, but I suppose it's an improvement.

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Friday, November 8th 2002 11:26am

I have recently become very interested in those Electroluminscent (EL) lights that you may have seen mounted in a low profile night-light socket. This technology fascinates me! I would really like to build a binary wall mounted clock using these lamps/lights, but I didn't know if it would be cost effective to buy the night lights off the shelf. So I did some research and discovered that there are quite a few places that sell this kind of stuff, but most of it seems rediculously overpriced, even on eBay (yeah, I'm pretty cheap).

I stumbled on a similar product using the same kind of technology -- and it seems that I have been living in a cave and didn't know that EL wire even even existed, or just how popular it has become. People have done some pretty kick ass things with EL wire...I think I have my next Halloween costume picked out, and a whole year to implement it. :)

The real delight came when I discovered a lab handout from a course at MIT. What? What's this? You mean you can screen print these EL lamps? How rad is this? This opens up all kinds of possibilities...

Now, I suppose it's time to try my hand at screen printing, building screens and such. Phase two, I suppose, will involve obtaining the right chemicals and trying out the process.