Month: October 2002

What next?

Journal

Funny thing about serendipity… once it happens, you have to urgently scramble to figure out how to take advantage of it or else it passes. Tonight’s EFF-OS-Posse meeting was interesting, as usual. It was at Scholtz’s (which, not surprisingly is a bit like Hanz’s in houston except it’s more of an instituation (i.e. it’s been around for a long time, the food is really good (schnitzel’s and delicious fries)), and there isn’t any boccee (sp?) […]

Project Update

Journal

Okay, let’s have a word or two about the Project.Three major projects I wanted to get “done” by the end of the year. Approximation– a welded mechanical structure that simulates a weird definition of infinity. So, I’m still on track to get the mechanical part of it done by December (just a motorized feather going up and down with a warped bird-like shell… That just leaves the outer structure (which will hold the “boulder” and […]

Home Office

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So I spent the day rearranging things in my office at home, but I’m still not getting that perfect, ergonomic Feng Shui Fantasy. I think I resolved that I would just put things in a sort-of-ok place and wait until I’ve built my own desk (with embedded computer guts) which can have a better form factor than this 6×4′ rectangle in the middle of the room. I found a few open source CAD and 3D […]

80 mph is fast

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I earned an important perspective on life yesterday.I picked up my car from Pep Boys and decided I would go looking for the hub cap (which I distinctly remember seeing roll off to the side of the road through my rear view mirror when my tire blew). I drove by the spot and sure enough, it was in the “emergency lane” on the far left… right by the fast lane. I figured I would pull […]

Scorpion Queen

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Mike just sent out an email: “I think Dave may already own this record, with the new house… Link -Mike” I giggled and giggled when I saw this… particularly at the phrase, “It was like being in a room at home, only with thousands of little friends” Thousands of little friends… shudder… Thanks for this link, Mike!

Car Tire

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Front right tire blew out on Highway 183 yesterday on the way to deliver some printed brochures to be folded and stuffed for mailing.I pulled over to the side of the road, but I only had about a foot of space to try to squeeze in a tire change. To make matters worse, I was on an elevated part of the freeway (going North 183 over Lamar for you Austinites), so if I peered over […]

Reality TV

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I HIGHLY recommend Monster Garage on TLC… It might be even more interesting to me than Junkyard Wars because the team has 7 days to work on a big project, the participants are all experts and highly skilled, and the loose “contest” is more of a facade- these guys (and sometimes gals) are just wanting to build stuff. I’ve also started to watch Dog Days (because I love puppies); it’s mostly interesting to see how […]

Hmmm.. Hard case to make.

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“Somebody posted a Whitney Houston’s new album all over the Internet over the weekend a full month before it was due to be released.” http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,66212,00.html When stuff like that happens, it makes it very difficult for file-sharing advocates. Does this fall in line with open communication of ideas?I don’t think I agree that this is allowable. This is tantamount to somebody walking into my studio, taking pictures of my unfinished robots, and then posting them […]

Open Source and EFFA

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Adina wrote an assessment of Open Source, innovation, and current tech economy. Here’s my reaction… (in the spirit of free marketplace of ideas, please provide input and ideas; contributions will be properly credited in any formal manifestation of this). EFF-Austin is organizing a series of events around Open Source and Austin Open Source, in particular. My opinion is that there are a series of a cultural obstacles that are preventing widespread adoption of OS…(This list […]