Emergency Quick Prototyping Pack

Emergency Quick Prototyping Pack

Between my home lab, the hackerspace that I co-run, the booths we set up at various events, and my day job, I find myself packing and unpacking electronics supplies pretty often. To cut down on wasted time (including the time I spend running to RadioShack to pick up that tiny-but-oh-so-important part that I forgot), I’ve […] more…
2014 CRASH Space Annual Report

2014 CRASH Space Annual Report

Today, April 26th 2015, is the day of the CRASH Space Annual Meeting. As the Vice President and a Board Member of the 501(c)3 non-profit CRASH Space, I’ve put together our official Annual Report for the organization’s year 2014. To all CRASH Space members, supporters and friends: please allow me to offer you our sincerest […] more…
SASL Authentication Failed using Mutt and Dreamhost

SASL Authentication Failed using Mutt and Dreamhost

Last night, I decided to set up Mutt on my Trisquel machine at home as one of the many steps towards getting my environment set up to contribute to the Linux Kernel. Sadly, of all of the steps involved in setting up that environment, getting Mutt configured with my personal email account (which I host […] more…
Robotics for Kids: Crashspace at LACMA for NextGen Art+Tech Family Sundays

Robotics for Kids: Crashspace at LACMA for NextGen Art+Tech Family Sundays

Carlyn Maw, Levi Simons and myself are leading a multi-week family-friendly workshop at LACMA this August as a part of LACMA’s NextGen Art+Technology Family Sundays program. Families are welcome to come explore the intersection of art and technology by learning how to build DoodleBots: fun, creative robots that produce their own unique works of art. […] more…
What to Bring to Burning Man: A Complete Packing List

What to Bring to Burning Man: A Complete Packing List

As I’ve packed for Burning Man each year, I’ve been maintaining and updating this list. If you’re going for your first time (or just don’t like keeping lists), I’m open sourcing mine for ya’ll to use as reference. Some of these items are optional. You may find that you need more than this. Use your […] more…
SignalObscura: The Faraday-Inspired Cell-Signal-Blocking Scarf

SignalObscura: The Faraday-Inspired Cell-Signal-Blocking Scarf

  The goal of Signal Obscura is a functional concept piece intended to help everyday people retain control over their data and traceability, in response to the seemingly limitless reach of our current surveillance state. Two Models of Signal Obscura Signal Obscura is, in short, is a flexible, wearable Faraday cage.  It functions by blocking […] more…
LED Matrix Backpack: Version 2.0

LED Matrix Backpack: Version 2.0

Back in January, I put together an LED matrix and slapped it on my backpack to test how it would work as a safety light for cycling in the streets of Los Angeles at night. For a functional prototype, it actually looked pretty cool, and fetched me a ton of compliments from passers by. So […] more…
Solr is Converting Integers to Boolean: Why?

Solr is Converting Integers to Boolean: Why?

Recently I encountered an issue with Solr that caused me a few hours of grief. If you’re having the same issue, hopefully this will save you some time. The Symptom: You’re trying to import data from your database into Solr using the import functionality and the db-data-config.xml file. Values that are stored in your database […] more…
Getting the Hang of Android Development

Getting the Hang of Android Development

Angela and I have a long-standing tradition of utilizing the necessary “Hello, World” of each project we make as a medium to express our feelings to one another. (You’ve probably noticed this if you read this blog often, or if you follow either of us on twitter.) Anyway, Brian and I have been talking about […] more…
Circuit Bending and Glitch Art

Circuit Bending and Glitch Art

I spent this last Sunday with Phillip Stearns, learning how to circuit bend 1990s-era digital cameras for the sake of making glitch art. This is my camera in it’s current state: There’s a battery pack for mobile use, but for experimentation I wired the camera to my breadboard and hooked it up to a spare […] more…
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