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Most influential Person - Millard Harkrider

I’ve taken a pledge to be grateful and show gratitude for people in my life. It’s for my quest to be and remain a happy person. For day two, I wanted to write a longer form version of my gratitude because I have lost touch with this person, and have not be able to find a way to send him a thank you for being awesome. Today’s person is Millard Harkrider....

Beginning Studio Photographer Gear

.essential { color: #E83D0C; } .nice { color: #BA0DFF; } Recently, my sister asked me for a list of gear that would be a good beginning studio photographer setup for yearbook pictures. Since I was putting together a list of her, I thought it would be good to make it a public list, in case other people are interested. I’m going to color code the list below with the following colors having the following meanings: essential, and Nice to have....

Fading between different "scenes" in processing

I’m working on developing a series of processing sketches which I will display as part of upcoming artwalks, possible projected onto me as I’m doing hoop in the space. As such, I needed a way to easily switch between different sketches on a single screen. This doesn’t quite do that, but it comes close. Basically, I didn’t want to have multiple PApplet objects floating around, so did something a bit different....

Quadcopter Failio

Delayed update because I’ve been having a bitch of a time getting my quadcopter to work properly. First, the documentation on how things were supposed to be wired up was just plain wrong, but once I get that straightened out, I still couldn’t really get it off the ground. Come to find out, and I hope I didn’t ruin my battery, but the motors are underpowered for the weight. Weighing the quadcopter, it is about 1....

Quadcopter Build Day One

Controller Setup Transmitter Configuration The first order of business is the bind the receiver to the transmitter and configure the transmitter for . This is necessary since you don’t want stray transmitters to be able to control your quadcopter. I found a pretty good guide for the Hobby King transmitter that I have. I ended up using t6config because turborix didn’t work correctly on my computer. The settings that I used are as follows for the different sections:...

Datalogger build day one

I received my Tiny Circuits package on Tuesday, and started playing around with it that night and the next day. They are amazingly easy to work with, except one thing: my big fingers have a hard time screwing the super-tiny nuts onto the bolts to hold them together, but that’s just an annoyance more than anything. Stacking the tinyduino, usb adapter, accelerometer, and sd card shields together, in less than 10 minutes, I had what would eventually be my datalogger....

A wedding in Winthrop, a road trip

Four hours away from Seattle is a small, western-themed tourist town called Winthrop. It’s a quaint little place, if you turn off your cynicism for a moment. Everything is themed after the old west, and it lends itself to a laid back attitude and slow movement, and not just because of the heat. About ten miles from Winthrop, up a winding road, is Sun Mountain Lodge, a resort and spa. When we arrived, a wedding was being setup....

Trapeze Datalogger Project

Project Abstract An accelerometer equiped datalogger is strapped to a person doing aerial (trapeze, and rope) to measure the force applied to that person through different movements. Parts List A small number of parts are needed, mostly in thanks to tiny circuits and their amazing products. I could have gone with the lilypad version of these, but opted to not make it part of my clothing since aerial is so rough on fabrics....

Change of Flight Controller

My MultiWii board was missing pins and has zero documentation, so I decided to return it and get the KK2.0 because it’s well documented, well supported, and has some good features. It’s lacking the automatic gimbal control for cameras, but whatever. The price was roughly the same....

Quadcopter Parts, Final List

IMPORTANT UPDATE! I forgot to order one part! DOH! So my kit is not complete when these orders come in. You need a programming cable for the transmitter. Otherwise, you can’t change the settings. This is the one you need. USB cable to program transmitter The Final Parts The last pieces needed to put the quad together have been ordered. Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) You need four of these bad boys, and I decided to be lazy and order a 4-in-1 ESC that has 4x20A ESCs with BEC (battery elimination cutoff?...