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Sat Dec 07 2002 16:40:00 GMT-0800 (PST)

I remade the intro page. But you probably already realized that if you're reading this. I really didn't like the feel of the previous one -- I think the new one "fits" a little better (if that's even possible). And yeah, in case you were wondering -- that's me at a young age right after I finished a monster game of Laser Blast on the Atari 2600. I beat 100k points, which I believe was supposed to get you into the Activision club and they would send you a patch...but apparently we never sent in the pic. :( Maybe I can scrounge one up on eBay some day...

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Thu Dec 05 2002 08:10:00 GMT-0800 (PST)

Maybe you knew this, maybe you didn't, but Topato is made of poison!!!

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Tue Dec 03 2002 11:03:00 GMT-0800 (PST)

You know, the first cup of coffee that comes out (before the pot is entirely full) is basically espresso. It's good, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it "thins" out the rest of the pot when you drink it. My brother and I caught Sigur Ros up in Seattle last Tuesday. It was a great show, totally hypnotic and drony. A good time was had. I also kicked his ass in the great-family-ping-pong tourny of '02... :) I'm having a really hard time NOT reformatting to install Linux as my primary desktop. I suppose I could keep a Win2k partition around "just in case" and also for those very few games I never play...it's just so much work. I really can't think of anything that I do on any regular basis that can't be accomplished (perhaps better) on a Linux setup.

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Thu Nov 21 2002 23:27:00 GMT-0800 (PST)

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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Sun Nov 17 2002 10:32:00 GMT-0800 (PST)

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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Fri Nov 15 2002 14:46:00 GMT-0800 (PST)

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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Tue Nov 12 2002 15:14:00 GMT-0800 (PST)

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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Tue Nov 12 2002 00:31:00 GMT-0800 (PST)

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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Fri Nov 08 2002 21:36:00 GMT-0800 (PST)

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 case...so I made my own. Out of a Rice-A-Roni box. Yes, you heard right...my $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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Fri Nov 08 2002 11:26:00 GMT-0800 (PST)

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.