Category Archives: Fake Electronics and Music

Home Switches for CNCRouterParts.com CRP4896

I’m outfitting my CNCRouterParts.com CRP4896 CNC router with home switches. The idea is to set up sensors such that the router can start from the same place every time, automatically. I’m using these sensors. They are compact, encapsulated Hall Effect … Continue reading

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DOES IT TURN PAGES?

One of the best things about my community is that it is just chock full of awesome people. One of the bad things about being the “DIY BOOK SCANNER guy” is that people always ask “DOES IT TURN PAGES?”. Well, … Continue reading

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Wearable Computers.

Recently, Sara rekindled my interest in wear and tear, particularly how it manifests in consumer electronics. I have many great examples of wear, but none more profound than my Dell Precision M70. Few people know that Dell made high quality … Continue reading

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Some New Approaches to Book Scanning

The amount of innovation and new idea generation going on over at DIYBookscanner.org is just phenomenal, and we’re really starting to see some great development efforts, too. After a recent meetup with mathemechanical maker-genius Rob, I became a little obsessed … Continue reading

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Kinect Hacking 101: Hack a Powershot A540 for Infrared Sensitivity.

I’m crossposting this tutorial from FuturePicture.org, my other site, because I know most people subscribed to this feed aren’t checking it. Microsoft’s new Kinect sensor is garnering a lot of attention from the hacking community, but the technical specifics of … Continue reading

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You Are Not Dead is on stage now. Please help promote it.

Black Pants Productions with The Fakeproject Corporation of America presents: YOU ARE NOT DEAD: A Guide to Modern Living (Photos by Gabriel Collins!) “Your dreams and dangerous notions, our cutting-edge advice” VANCOUVER, BC: You are invited to view and review … Continue reading

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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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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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Through The Virtual Cell WIN

You may recall “Through the Virtual Cell“, an educational short film for which I produced sound and music. Quoting Dr. Slator: I am pleased to announce the winners of the South Beach International Animation Festival have finally been announced and … Continue reading

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DIY High-Speed Book Scanner from Trash and Cheap Cameras!

I am pleased to announce the release of a major project — complete plans for a high-speed book scanner made from off-the-shelf cameras and salvage. With the help of Aaron Clarke, there is now software to complete the process, too. … Continue reading

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CNC conversion progress

Though most of my time is dedicated to graduate work, when I need escape, I’m usually building tools. My CNC mill is now running under its own power, here’s a short video of the current state of the machine.

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Through the Virtual Cell

UPDATE: The IMDB page is complete and I’m on it. w00t! THROUGH THE VIRTUAL CELL I recently did some sound design work/scoring for a biology film called “Through the Virtual Cell”. There’s more information on the IMDB title page; I’m … Continue reading

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Fargo Winter Carnivale Hello

To everyone there: Thank you!! I daresay that was the best show I’ve ever played, and it was in no small part due to your presence. It was so thrilling to hear you cheering, clapping along with the beats, and … Continue reading

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Fargo Winter Carnivale 2009 Features Fake

I’ll be performing at the Fargo Winter Carnivale. The show will be at the historic Fargo Theatre on January 10th. If all goes well, I’ll be playing a later slot towards when the films will be playing, though I can’t … Continue reading

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Your Environment is Constantly Refreshing Itself.

Of the almost endless things we know to be true but can’t see, one that impresses me greatly is the refreshing and cycling of electronic devices. It’s not difficult for devices to exceed our “flicker fusion” thresholds — around 8kHz … Continue reading

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Converting DLP projectors for grayscale operation, part 2.

Now that I’ve outlined some reasons for wanting a grayscale (color-wheel-free) projector, here’s how to make one. It’s simple, and the procedure is generalizable onto pretty much any DLP/DMD device. First, turn off and unplug your projector. In this case, … Continue reading

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Converting DLP projectors for grayscale operation, part 1.

DLP projectors are interesting things. They are based on MEMS technology — in essence, a million or more tiny controllable mirrors, one for each pixel. But the mirrors are not colored. To get the final output color, the image is … Continue reading

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Foveon X3 5m / Polaroid X530

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Four Thousand.

Today You Are Not Dead: A Guide To Modern Living was downloaded from Fakeproject.com for the four-thousandth time. That number refers to downloads of the zip file; plays with the embedded player have numbered over 22,000 for the first two … Continue reading

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You Are Not Dead: A Guide To Modern Living

Five long years, hundreds of hours, thousands of dollars, and millions of mouse-clicks have gone into the making of You Are Not Dead, A Guide to Modern Living. This album of electronic music is a joint effort between myself and … Continue reading

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