fake lightning is annoying, thanks CSI New York [11:59 pm]
bye awk, hellow nawk [6:46 pm]
at Mode, with the angelinic guys [8:05 pm]
programming, yay [3:26 pm]
programming [1:55 pm]
Today's digital cameras have a limited dynamic range compared to film. If you shoot a photo of a landscape with a beautiful cloudy sky, your landscape will be properly exposed, but your clouds will be washed out or vice-versa. High-Dynamic Range photography allows you to circumvent your sensor's limitations by taking multiple photos with different exposures and combining them on your computer. All you need is a camera capable of manual exposure settings, a tripod and a computer and you'll be on your way to HDR mastery. Presented by Dave Bullock.
I'll be showing (for the first time) the individual RAW files that I combine to create some of my favorite HDR shots.
oh hai computer, i can has program you? [9:31 pm]
preparing to leave a day of work programming and go home to do some programming [7:46 pm]
time to jump on the blue line and head to LB for hotel, dinnner then boat party [4:06 pm]
programming on my day off [11:02 am]
booked hotel in LB for post-drum'n'bass-boat party.... it's our 3 year engagement anniverary [10:11 pm]
drinking whiskey with the wife unit [9:46 pm]
sides all prepared, house mostly cleaned, turkey in the oven... time to run to ralphs for last minute supplies.... hosting 12 people in ... [3:28 pm]
Dorkbot Socal, an eclectic group of nerds, geeks, hackers, makers, builders and breakers, arranged a tour of Mister Jalopy's secret laboratory / garage / headquarters: Hooptyrides, Inc. Mister Jalopy is featured on the cover of the current Make magazine, sitting atop his "Urban Guerrilla Movie House". His Giant iPod, a wooden entertainment console containing a Mac Mini and utilizing the original controls of the console, previously appeared in Make.
Hoopytyrides HQ is located in an old, dual-bay auto shop, with many of the original accouterments still intact, including the pinups that adorn the walls of the basement machine shop, old-school hydraulic lifts and a Clayton dynamometer. Mister Jalopy describes himself as more of an assembler than a engineer, pointing out that he simply takes apart existing technology and puts it back together to better suit his needs. Either way about it, Mister Jalopy's creations are fun, functional and attainable by interested makers who want to create their own repurposed entertainment equipment.
Mister Jalopy perched on his Urban Guerrilla Movie House, a mobile pedal powered projector build from a mixture of old furniture, vintage cans, salvaged optics, an LCD monitor and a bicycle.
You can check out the rest of the photos after the jump.
relaunching snitter... again... it keeps crashing [4:00 pm]
Dear Lightoom, You should really consider processng my exports even when you're in the background. KTHXBYEBBQ [2:16 pm]
Dear Lightroom, [2:16 pm]
Here is a selection of the portraits I shot at BarCampLA4:
You can check out the rest of the photo here in my BarcampLA4 gallery.
A few months ago, before the iPhone was released, I put my email address into an AT&T/Cingular form so I could be notified when it was available for purchase. I later decided that AT&T's horribly privacy (NSA) track record was enough reason not to switch to their service so I'm sticking with T-Mobile for now. I just got an email from them, trying to get me to buy some random crap, and I decided to click on the "Remove Me" link at the bottom of the page. That link brought me to the following page:
It appears that they want your address, cell phone number, landline number, name and email address to remove you from their email list. It turns out that they just want your first and last name and your email address for the removal to work, but the form is certainly not clear about that and I'm sure plenty of folks fill out the whole thing. I didn't put my actual name into the fields, but added something a bit more colorful that I'm sure nobody will actually read. Anyhow, the mass email should really just have a link that removes you, instead of taking you to this horrid form.
I just landed in Reno, NV for the Super Computing '07 (SC07) conference. I am here on assignment for WIRED News. Keep an eye out here and on wired.com for photos of clusters, supercomputers and various other cool and interesting toys from assorted government and industry nerderies.
So I won a Basic Stamp kit from ebay last week. Last night I had a chance to play with it. I went through the included book, and got through most of it. In the end I built the following:
That is a servo on the left, the basic stamp has some code in it that detects the position of the potentiometer in the lower center of the breadboard using capacitor discharge timing and then moves the servo to match the pot's position. The 7 segment display lists a number between 1 and 10 depending upon the servo's position. The white colored LED actually flashes either red or green depending on if you're rotating the pot clockwise our counter-clockwise. It was fun to build and actually not that hard.
I am really excited about programming microcontrollers and I'm looking forward to my next projects. At some point soon I feel like I'll be able to finally hack the Furby. You can check out the code I wrote here.
Update for Riyad:I made the thing on the left spin when I turned the little white knob on the right. I did this using magic.