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Junkyard olives

Fri Oct 16 2009 01:24:32 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: all-roads-lead-to-

Remember back in the nineties, when Junkyard Wars was the rage and your mom still hadn't heard of the 3rd or 4th round of DIY movement?

Remember Cathy Rogers?

cathy rogers

While cleaning virtual house, I stumbled across some of her old band's music videos and basically wondered what she's been up to. The interwebs informed me that her and the SO and babies migrated to Italy and.....

Started olive farming!? Sexy, hip, modern move huh? You'd love to? Perhaps...but silence the hunger pains and grasp the pragmatism of their story. Ok, fine, I haven't read it yet, but I wanna...and I'm rather inspired by the blog and humbled by the guardian article.

Mobility and lifestyle? Freedom and financial security? Simplicity juxtaposed with the complexity of solitude?

Regardless, it's a wonderful story and it sparks the hunger...

Makeshift soldering iron stand

Sun Oct 04 2009 23:15:51 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: phone

In the event of zombie apocalypse, I am your guy for coathanger iron stands!

coat hanger soldering iron stand

(but yes crack heads did steal my tools)

Infinity footpedal external for Pd

Tue Aug 25 2009 22:53:57 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: pd puredata external pedal footpedal

So I picked up this nice USB foot pedal at Goodwill on the cheap: infinity-footpedal I wrote some C code that allows it to act as an "external" (plug-in library if you will) for Pd. Click the above link and you can read all the gory details about how I turned it into a controller for Pd. Demo video is forthcoming.

CRM114 Discrimator at Toorcamp

Tue Jul 28 2009 21:40:45 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: toorcamp crm114 dorkbotpdx dorkbot

The midi controller I posted earlier was used to great depth in the missile silo performance that CRM114 Discriminator gave at toorcamp.

The Dickhole Keypiss MIDI controller

Tue Jul 28 2009 21:29:43 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: avr teensy dorkbot dorkbotpdx toorcamp midi

I built this little midi controller to trigger samples and control a few Pd parameters: dickhole keypiss It's based on an old touchtone telephone keypad, a rotary encoder, a two digit LED display, and a USB-based AVR breakout board (the Teensy++). The PC board was hand-etched at home, and it's mounted in a solid white, repurposed jewelry or makeup box, purchased at the Goodwill. Click the above to view more images, read the brief technical spec, and to download the code and circuit/pcb design artifacts.

Rock the Cradle Of Love Grunts

Wed Jun 24 2009 22:59:18 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: billyidol sound noise audio cutup

Sometimes when bogged down by responsibility I can find it rejuvenating to embrace the right kind of distraction.

billy idol

So my distraction involved hearing a radio cut of the Billy Idol hit "Cradle of Love" and finally following thru on a long-time desire to cut the thing into its most fundamental (read: important) parts: The grunts.

"That's right!" Sir Cyborg Himself. Despite having such a HUGE hit in the 90s, there are probably between zero and 3 people on the planet who actually know all the lyrics -- it's a slurred bozo fest of nonsense sexual innuendo and rockstar spittle. Simply brilliant.

So I leave you with ["Rock The Cradle of Love Grunts"](http://noisybox.net/blog/images/Cradle Of Love Grunts.mp3).

Classic product packages.

Sun Apr 19 2009 13:57:45 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: retro style junk

There's a new Goodwill very close to my house, so I'm able to visit frequently.

I'm constantly amazed by the quality of the packages on vintage/retro merchandise. The just don't make them like this anymore:

cassette tape recorder weights for women

There's really something to be said for not having that photoshop-polished picture perfect glossy sheen.

Over a million points in Robotron 2084

Sun Apr 19 2009 13:53:18 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: robotron gaming

I had a milestone in Robotron gameplay last week:

robotron million

This is the first time I've cleared a million points! Probably the best classic arcade game of them all!

Pd shirt idea

Thu Apr 02 2009 23:11:55 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: pd puredata shirt

There's been a fair amount of talk on the pd list lately about doing a new batch of shirts and since I've long thought it might be nice to have a pd shirt, I decided to bang out a design:

pd shirt

Now it's up to the community to decide how much they love it!

Make sound on Fluxbox volume changes.

Wed Apr 01 2009 23:38:20 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: msi msiwind wind fluxbox debian linux sound audio

scream that sound

I recently acquired a certain netbook so that I could be frugal but still have the ability to hack while mobile. Of course, I have to run Debian...it's a curse...but it rules.

Surprisingly, things work altogether very very well. I still don't think I'm that savvy, but I've gotten things to play together quite nicely. I will create a real page and post my results/settings/findings soon....but I made a stupid simple hack tonight that I thought I'd share.

So I'm running Fluxbox again. It's clean, simple, and takes up very little screen real-estate. It's been a few years, but it's as elegant and non-intrusive as I remember it.

The default keys file for fluxbox has commands that grok asla (via alsactl) and are able to nudge the volume up/down based on the magical function modifier keys (like Fn+F7 or Fn+F8 on the Wind). That's all great...but at least with the sound apps I run (including Flash!), the defaults aren't enough because this "Front" control keeps stomping on things (eg. it apparently needs to be massaged after the Master is massaged). I wish this wasn't the case, it's stupid, I should complain...Whatever.

Scripts to the rescue.

For the MSI Wind, I made three scripts, one does muting, the other two do volume up/down. They look something like this:

#!/bin/bash
for control in Master Front ; do
        amixer sset ${control},0 1+
done
aplay ~/media/sounds/volume_change.wav

The 1+ indicates volume up, change to 1- for volume down.

And then in ~/.fluxbox/keys we can map things like:

176 :Exec ~/bin/volume_up
174 :Exec ~/bin/volume_down
160 :Exec ~/bin/volume_mute

What this provides is two things. First, when you press Fn+F7, for example, the Master and Front volume levels will both decrement. The Front is changed last, so that the actual volume output level is applied. Secondly, the 'aplay' line gives a little chime to audibly indicate the volume level...something akin to the sound that those $2000 Macintoshes make.

I found this bink sound on freesound and think it works quite well.

Until I can create a real page for my Wind setup, scream loud and enjoy the hack.