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IMakeThin.gs

i make things!!

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http://imakethin.gs/blog/lasers" title="lasers">lasers

2008
12
January

Well my second arduino has arrived, turns out its not the one I ordered from the U.S. (in fact, I have no idea why this one has arrived :p ). I've been fascinated by laser projectors for ages after seeing one being used on the dome at epcot when I was a kid.

Just recently I came across this: Laserline, its an audio controlled laser scanner application. You attach mirrors to two speakers (one for x-axis and one for y) and shine a laser at it.

I have to build this!! I've ordered a Sony 16x diode for the laser part, its capable of burning and cutting dark paper/plastic, so should have some decent range to it :p

My aim is to write rude words on clouds :p

And great, two workmen have just arrived outside and are setting up over the comms box in the floor. Guess this is bye-bye-broadband :p


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http://imakethin.gs/blog/english-postal-system" title="english postal system">english postal system

2008
10
January

Thanks to the English postal system my birthday present from last year (september) has just arrive.

Now I have two arduino's :p


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http://imakethin.gs/blog/sound-domains-madness" title="sound! domains! madness!">sound! domains! madness!

2008
9
January

The first steps in getting sound output on my arduino are done, I've succesfully hooked up the ISD1700 chips with all the analogue gubbins that it needs and made it record from my laptops line-out. Had a little fun with this, the chip requires a resistor to set the sample rate. For what I'm doing it needs to be about 56K - the only one I could find was about 20 years old and covered in crud :/ Funnily it works but seems to vary in resistance, giving the sounds a great "fucked up vinyl" quality :d Might experiment with this and do some circuit bending style things with the other 4 I have

As of 9:45 this evening, the memory on the first chip is filled with eels :)

The next stage is to control it with the SPI bus from the arduino, shouldnt be too bad

Oh yeah, I've also gone on a domain registering bender - I now own http://upthear.se :D Thanks to Domain Hacks for that

Also ordered myself a 16x DVD burner laser module, plan to do some computer controlled laser cutting with it (or just piss cats off from miles away)


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http://imakethin.gs/blog/nabphp-progress-and-sound-making-things" title="nabphp progress and sound making things">nabphp progress and sound making things

2008
9
January

I've fixed an annoying issue with nabPHP, when I store a regular expression in the database PHP escapes everything with \'s, which is ace.... until you put it back out and stick it into a webpage then resubmit it. In short, the backslashes grow and grow and generally screw things up.

Its sorted now and running on my server at home, it seems to be working ok so a release could be coming up soon

On the Simons Pissed side of things, the ISD1700 chipcorders arrived yesterday, I've managed to record some things to it and play them back (through an old-school buzzer - no speakers here!). The analog input requires a 0.1uf capacitor (for low-pass filtering) and guess what? I havent got one :( Oddly my finger seems to work, if i bridge the connection with my finger the sound is pure and clear :p

The wonders of the human body eh?


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http://imakethin.gs/blog/recompiling-php-again" title="recompiling PHP *again*">recompiling PHP *again*

2008
7
January

So i've finally got round to installing the nabaztag stuff on my server just to find that I forgot to compile in cURL support.

Hrmph.

Off I go to recompile it *again*.

On the plus side the software actually works now, the scheduling kicks off on time and it generates the correct responses, it just cant send them to the bunny until cURL is fixed.