I officially earned an important geek merit badge just now: I wrote my first complex class from scratch. Sure, I’ve hacked around code before, and tinkered with excellent suggestions from ITP’s awesome residents & professors — but now, I identified the need for an object, and wrote the damm thing myself (starting, of course, with [...]
Graphically, the concept is fairly simple: assign each five minute interval of a quilt “square” and fill that square with a unique geometry, a pattern that represents how a sleeping couple slept during that five minutes.
We enjoyed sitting down together and reworking the code.
Amelia created a nice list of functions that called ofTriangle(). [...]
The whole point of PhoneGap is to make web apps less, well, like web apps. So, when you click a an image with an href (a link to another page or function) and a big ugly orange bracket highlights the picture, it’s a bit of a give-away. And by give-away, I mean that takes away [...]
If you could look at yourself with your eyes closed, what would you see? Usually, the only time we get to see our closed eyes is in photographs. I wondered, could we create an application that allows us to review the appearance of expressions when our eyes are closed in some kind of real-time experience?
We were asked to play around with Firebug, a great little tool for watching changes to HTML and CSS markup languages change how webpages look on the fly. The tool is more elegant than my description suggests. Below, a before-and-after screenshot of some tomfoolery using Firebug on the PhoneGap test app code.
Today, I collaberated with a friend to create a ‘Herzog Sleep Machine’ application: “The Burdon of Dreams”.
There’s an event at ITP called 3-in-3, which is an informal invitation for students to create one project each day. Obviously, this limits the scale, and puts the emphasis on completion, rather than the “fail-hard” attitude that sometimes [...]
What an intense first semester. I was honored to present a prototype of the FolkBox in the Winter Show. Folks responded very well (the people who attended, that is — although the machine performed admirably). While it was great to demo the functionality, still a lot was left to do in order to make it [...]
Attribute the scare quotes to the fact that that there is a *lot* of electronics that still need to be inserted. But, the “device” (sans microcontroller, power, and little intangibles like “programming”) is living happily on the guitar. It’s exciting. The last few days have been a sometimes tortuous exercise in trying to mill precise [...]
Continuing to work on my guitar “fretbox” assistive device. Used my cheap digital calipers ($15 on Amazon) to measure the distance between the guitar frets and strings, drew up a quick guide in illustrator, and then drew circles over the strings whose diameter corresponded to the diameter of the solenoids I’ll be using.
Found a solenoid that is strong enough to depress a guitar string– and at 1/2 an inch diameter, it seems possible that I’l be able to find a layout that could accommodate six of them, side by side, in a vertical row on the fret board.
Nick Yulman suggested that I stagger the solenoids– [...]