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For Mardi Gras this year (2016), we built a steampunk pirate airship that doubled as our liquor cart for the Chewbacchus parade.  The internet was pretty sparse on steampunk airship how-to's, so we figured we'd document ...

steampunk airship

airship

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For this project I set out to compose & produce some tunes using some old midi instruments and production software. It had been quite a few years since the last time I fired up any of this equipment, and I haven't ...

Digital Music Project

digital music

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  The "What's New" app is complete!  It was a great experience from start to finish, despite quite a few hindrances along the way.  If you'd like to try out the app, it's live ...

What’s New App: project complete

web development

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This project isn't quite as new to me as the Arduino project, since I've been working in web development for many years now.  However, it's been quite a while since I've built a useful web app without any monetary ...

What’s New App: day 1

web development

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Here's a catalog of the best pictures from my Arduino-powered high-speed camera trigger ...

High Speed Photography: best pics

arduino

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My first seed project is complete, with excellent results.  If you missed the pictures, check them out here, here, & here. After a week of scraped-together after work hours, I planned, built, & tested the ...

Arduino Camera Trigger: schematics, code & next steps

arduino

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Water droplets were cool, but eventually it was time to move on to breaking some shit.  Since I only have a week for this project, I stuck to two types of objects - eggs and glassware. The fundamentals are the same with ...

Arduino Camera Trigger: breaking some shit

arduino

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Success!  I've spent the past two days photographing water droplets at high speed, with a pretty wide range of results.  The main factors so far have been: Liquid color & viscosity Container width & ...

Arduino Camera Trigger: water droplets

arduino

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After making the necessary modifications for actual use, I have a fully functional system.  I've set the code up to accept either the laser tripwire input or the piezo sound/vibration input, and have set some basic ...

Arduino Camera Trigger: studio setup & first photographs

arduino

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Despite the distractions of the NFL playoffs, the camera trigger project is coming along great.  I've wired up both sensor types that I'll be using - the laser "tripwire" as well as the sound / vibration sensor. ...

Arduino Camera Trigger: circuits & code

arduino

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The real inspiration for this project was the Arduino itself. For anyone not familiar with the Arduino, it's a popular microcontroller that allows you to interface with a wide range of electronics & robotics through ...

Arduino Camera Trigger: day 1

arduino

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We are a group of friends, adventurers and amateur near-space photographers, constantly testing the limits of modern technology as well as ourselves.  This blog is dedicated to our adventures in near-space photography - ...

Space Balloon Crew

space balloon