Monthly Archives: March 2010

Subway Bombing in Moscow.

There’s been a dual suicide bombing in the center of the Moscow subway system. Having been right outisde a market bombing in Moscow, I know how intense and deeply unsettling these things can be. Here’s hoping you are safe, here’s … Continue reading

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Late Notice: The Why in DIY Book Scanning

Guest: Daniel Reetz, founder and steward of the DIY Book Scanner community Where: MIT Media Lab E14-240 When: Wednesday March 24, 2010 14:00-15:30 Hope to see you there. Special thanks: Mako.

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Final Flood Photos.

I’m on the road, now — heading out of Fargo. But I wanted to share these few remaining flood photos before I go. Basically, these photos show you the lake behind my home. hee hee

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Black Pants, Our Friends In Canada, Fundraising For You Are Not Dead On Stage.

I’m proud as punch — You Are Not Dead is being brought to the stage in Vancouver, CAN by Black Pants Theater. I’ve been waiting for the right moment to announce this in a big way — but I’m in … Continue reading

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Upcoming Talk At Harvard’s Berkman Center, Hope To See You There.

I’m totally excited about my upcoming speaking engagement at Harvard’s Berkman Center. So excited, in fact, that I’m going to use the opportunity to announce the release of a few new, exciting projects from the forums here. It’s going to … Continue reading

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DIY Book Scanner Visits St. Anne’s School.

My nephew asked me to be his show-and-tell a few weeks ago. I finally made time to visit him today. The visit was a total success. I presented the DIY Book Scanner project to kindergarteners, 4th graders, and 5th graders. … Continue reading

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Red River Rising.

This is probably the last day that I can update this animation, since the flood waters are now running under the giant mud iceberg I stand on to take them. I was stopped by a cop on my way back … Continue reading

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Yesterday and Today

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The Red Giveth, And The Red Beateth Your Ass.

Last year, the Red River very nearly destroyed Fargo. I covered it in an extensive series of photographs and videos. I’ll be doing the same this year, as the oncoming flood looks at least as bad. Some advice: Don’t live … Continue reading

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Late notice; speaking at UND

Sorry for the late notice — again, personal issues — but I’m speaking at UND tomorrow, 4PM, Merrifield 300. I’m going to talk about the DIY Book Scanner project generally, some of our newest, most exciting developments, and furthermore, I … Continue reading

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Uniden BCD396XT non-standard “USB” cable and a source of connectors.

I’ve been modifying radios, scanners, and mobile phones for years. I’ve learned from experience that these industries are total bastards when it comes to connectors and pinouts. More often than not, the connector on any mobile device, including phones, is … Continue reading

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Pfaff 130 Rebuild

Last year, I had the good fortune of finding a Pfaff 130 on the curb. These machines are famous for their power and durability. By this, I mean that they are just as comfortable sewing through five layers of canvas … Continue reading

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DIY Book Scanner Community Progress.

The DIY Book Scanner community has been crazy-active lately. Seems like a new scanner build happens almost daily (though I’m sure it’s less than that). First and Second builds by Alumrich. Possum’s simple and awesome build (lots of neat ideas). … Continue reading

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