Hexayurt for Burning Man

Author: | Categories: Projects 5 Comments
Update: Well painting the yurt was a bad idea, at least using the paint to shield the tape from the sun was. For the most part it adhered very well to the tape, but after a week in the hot sun it lost flexibility and flaked off. We had

Hexayurt Swamp Cooler for Burning Man!

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized 4 Comments
My family is going to Burning Man this year! I've been twice in the past and there have been a few things about my experience that were less than comfortable. The biggest problem I had on the playa was sleeping during the hot days in a tent. Once the sun

Quickest Way to Clone Windows (and Windows Server) Disk with GPartEd

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized 9 Comments
A quick tech note from the day job some of you might find useful. GPartEd is a fantastic free tool for copying and resizing disk partitions, but cloning an entire Windows disk often requires tweaking boot sectors and records after the partitions are copied and this is not always easy or

The Steampunk World’s Fair is this weekend!

Author: | Categories: Steampunk No comments
Hi Folks! Come join me at the 2014 Steampunk World's Fair in Piscataway New Jersey! I'll be bringing my Victorian RV and many of the steampunk objects I've made over the years. There will be an opportunity to take a tour of the bus on Saturday and I may even

Why Live Music? A Serious Question

Author: | Categories: Music No comments
Your car stereo. Your computer. Your MP3 player. Your phone. We’ve never had more technology enabling us to listen to music, and that technology has never been more mobile. And with services like iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp Last.fm, GrooveShark, et al, we’ve never had more ways of discovering new

the CAN!CAN!CAN! Sandwich on IndieGOGO!

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
So there's this thing. It's called the Grilled Cheese Invitational, and it's pretty much what it sounds like. Their motto is 'Bread, Butter, Cheese, Victory!' and they're holding the last one ever this year. I'm competing and it's going to be great. This is about fun. It's about being

iPhone Dock and Autodesk 123D Tutorial

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
Autodesk 123D Design iPhone dock tutorial and 2007 Lincoln Town Car SatNav Radio Audio-in hack. (Jump to 7:20 in the video to get straight to the tutorial) A couple of weeks ago I bought a new vehicle, a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. The car came with a Satellite Navigation radio with

DIY Vibratory Tumbler

Author: | Categories: Favorites, Projects No comments
My latest feat of post-apocalyptic engineering. Post-apocalyptic engineering is when you use parts on hand no matter what. There is no going to the hardware store because THERE IS NO HARDWARE STORE!! When I built the Girl Genius Radio Theater Microphone I had some brass plates water-jet cut and I

The Art of Distortion: Tradition & Reaction in Folk & Punk

Author: | Categories: Music No comments
A fiddler tunes. A woman on upright bass stretches her hands. The banjoist adjusts his strap while the mandolinist takes a drink. In this moment before a song, the possibilities of sound are only as limited as the experience and the vision of the artists onstage. From the lineup

The Majestic Bellowphone – Hungarian Dance #5

Author: | Categories: Music, Video 1 Comment
My friend Len Solomon writes: “Here’s a clip of the Hungarian Dance #5, performed on the Majestic Bellowphone. The piece was originally scored for 4-hand bellowphone, but I come to find out that I’m the only one who plays this contraption, so I used my version; adapted for 2