New Project: DIY Aero Garden

I’ve always been amused by / interested in Aero Gardens, an aeroponic tabletop indoor growing system for herbs and small plants. But $200 seems like a lot to spend on a wannabe space-age novelty item. So I started looking into what exactly they’re doing. And decided I want to attempt to make my own. Aeroponics […]

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Canon Camera Hacking With CHDK

This short and somewhat boring clip is the result of playing around with CHDK (Canon Hack Development Kit). I’m working on a stop-motion animation for Tinysaur, but sadly neither of my cameras (a Canon Digital Rebel XT and a Canon SD1100IS Point and Shoot) had a built in timer that would shoot over and over […]

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Life-Size Katamari Lives

A long time ago, in a galaxy identical to this one, I wanted to make a life-sized Katamari, and use it to play Katamary Damacy on PS2. My friend Eric Skiff shot a video, and while it’s not quite a polished project, I decided it’s time to share it with the world. It uses an […]

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Weight Hacking

I was dismayed recently to find my WiiFit calling me fat. Yes, it actually said (in its squeaky little voice) “that’s overweight.” While I’m not in the habit of letting an $80 plastic washboard dictate my lifestyle, my pants agreed. They said “lose 5 pounds or buy new pants.” Since I’m self-employed and like designer […]

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Tinysaur Display

I’m helping my friend Sara at the Squidfire Holiday Market in Baltimore, Maryland on Sunday. She suggested I bring some Tinysaurs, and so I made a display to neatly hold the Tinysaur kits. I generated the pattern with a python script I wrote, using the sdxf library. If you’d like to make your own, the […]

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Adam Mayer explains pointers to art students

I don’t have a background in CS. In fact I got my degree in Crafts. Yes, you can get a degree in Crafts. And I have one. Most of my programming skills are self-taught, which is fine most of the time but occasionally gets me into trouble. Recently I learned about pointers the hard way, […]

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Made the CCC blog!

Woo, Nick did a lovely write up for my Chaos Communicatin Congress talk over on the CCC blog. Now I just have to finish getting my talk ready…

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Python library for generating DXF files

I’ve gotten a little frustrated with the limitations of using Processing to generate PDFs for laser cutting. Primarily, there’s no support for “hairline” thickness lines, which add an extra step to getting things ready to lase, and there’s no way to separate lines into different layers so it can be hard to work with the […]

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Mysql_Awesome_Query

Hm it’s been a while since I’ve posted, been busy with a lot of boring, non-hacking stuff. Travesty! But here’s something vaguely interesting: Often when I’m writing a bunch of PHP I want to be able to see the MySQL queries its generating. Usually I just comment out the mysql_query() and replace it with an […]

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Lamp progress

The lamp is coming along nicely. The shades are cut from translucent white acrylic, and the stems are cut out of wood. Each shade is a 1.5″ cube. I wired them up with LEDs to test things out, and Bre lent me a camera to film them with. Now to get it to talk to […]

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