October 07, 2008

Security Cameras are Everywhere

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Found on Flickr.

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April 07, 2008

Wearable Art Challenge

The Call For Participation is here. Entry forms will be released in May on Disorient.com, are free, and due July 1. All entries can participate in a fashion show and compete for prizes at Disorient's pre-Burn Compressor annual. Deadline for entry forms is July 1st 2008. Light up our runway!

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March 18, 2008

Introducing: My Technomadism Hacks

I haven't been posting much, but I have been researching, developing, rapid prototyping, and hacking. I'm applying my love of desert camping, travel, wearable technology, and embedded computing to my urban flagship; a duosport motorcycle. Here's a first look:

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This photo shows items I transformed into a top case and a tank bag.

While commuting, the top case can hold gear from errands. While touring, it can carry as much gas a my tank holds plus water. I can remove it anytime. This allows off-roading without extra fuel sloshing around in an enlarged tank. It is made from an LP case, and stability tests will determine if it's indeed more versatile than a top case and replacement gas tank; easily at a savings of at least $200.

The tank bag is made from a folding map case, magnets, and wiring. It's appropriate that it holds my phone with GPS, a non-networked highway infrastructure computer, compass and pencil pack, map, and a solar battery charger for my bike and auuxilliary device battery. I'm sure it'll still also hold an actual paper map or two. I can't find many tank bags with top map pockets that will fit my sloped gas tank. So, I made a form-fitting one that mostly multplies the functionality of the feature I wanted most anyway; a large map pocket.

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October 15, 2007

October 13, 2007

Los Angeles regional Burning Man Decompression TODAY

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In honor of today's street festival, don thee all thy Pornj apparel, and Glam-Tech Warriors; Mount Up!

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September 08, 2006

Back from Burning Man!

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I'm back from Burning Man, and while I'm sad to leave Black Rock City, I'm glad to be back online, and really get going on some things that have been creatively festering in my mind.

The above picture is of my dome, which I built with the help of two people, my girlfriend "Spacegirl", and Mike Holly from Holly Solar.

I bought these cool joints called starplates, and made this structure out of 2" x 3" x 8' struts.. not your average building material, but extremely strong when assembled into a geometric structure. My girlfriend sewed the top of the dome, which is a stretchy silver fabric that we bought on the cheap in Los Angeles' Fabric District, as well as the sides, which are Aluminet. Mike provided a solar LED setup which kept us away from any kind of generators, which worked amazingly well. We had two work LED bricks in the dome that provided white light, a blue LED bulb that lit the dome at night, another LED brick above the entrance, and finally a green LED bulb on the top of our dome that served as a beacon for us to find our way through the maze of tents that surrounded our camp.

I plan to write a fulll tutorial on the dome construction and LED setup soon, as I have to take the dome to a local Los Angeles event named Carnevale that a friend is involved with. I also have some great video that I plan to publish on the site from my trip.

Thanks for hanging in there while I went on vacation, and I promise I'll get posting again about cool wearable, cyborg, and transhumanist projects.

Cheers,
nym

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August 23, 2006

My LEDs Arrived!

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My LEDs for Burning Man just arrived! Mike from Holly Solar totally hooked me up for Burning Man, which is why I have the ad on the left hand side of the site. I love LEDs, and he helped me with the basics to light up my geometric dome for Burning Man. If all goes well, I'll upload pictures from Black Rock City to show you what it looks like. Yeah, this is a shameless plug, but it's also a shameless plug for one of the longtime igargoyle readers, and I like being able to support those who come back to the site again and again, even when we haven't posted anything for a week ;-)

I can't wait to plug these things in! He even provided me with a big solar panel so I can recharge my batteries!

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January 03, 2006

Computer Fan Fan Boy Fans Himself With Fan Suit

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This is great. Mikey Sklar has a fan suit with 38 working fans to keep himself cool during the day and generally get attention for being a Maker.

The fan shirt does not exactly qualify as business casual at Sklar's job as vice president of a tony investment bank. "I sort of doubt there are many DIY people on Wall Street," he says. A spool of wire he found in a dumpster connected all the 12-volt fans in parallel. "When I wear the shirt I'm often asked, 'Do the fans spin?' Well, of course they do! Who would walk around wearing a bunch of computer fans that don't spin?"

I just blogged about Mikey's RFID implant. Seems like an active guy!

[ Link via Adam. Thanks Adam! ]

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October 19, 2005

RoboChrist at Burning Man

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RoboChrist Industries (aka Christian Ristow and gang) put on a performance of their leathal robots at Burning Man in 1999.

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August 31, 2005

ROAMnet terminal up!

I got the ROAMnet terminal up after the Internet at Burning Man guys got a node somewhere on 9:00. We're on 8:00, so we're getting a strong, but sometimes spotty signal. We do have some great equipment though: a panel antenna and a 200mw card. Tonight is the first night I've been able to get out and see the city. Pretty great artwork out there, curious what else I'll see or get up to this evening.

Cheers,
nym

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August 18, 2005

Mapping Burning Man

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I've been very busy recently with my yearly pet project surrounding the Burning Man festival in the Nevada Black Rock Desert. This year, I'm seeing more and more people come together with their interest in cartography than ever before. The sponsored mapping group, PlayaInfo is also expanding their geographic reach by supporting a GPSDrive friendsd server so that participants with art cars can broadcast their location to the main map. Seems like a perfect fit for cyborgs and technomads alike!

"We plan to support GPSdrive this year. That includes running a friendsd server (which is perhaps what you meant?). For anybody not already familiar, GPSDrive is a program that displays your GPS location on a calibrated raster map - and it can share your location with others (and receive theirs) via WiFi. The friendsd server is the program that collects position reports via WiFi and broadcasts them again on the same medium." -Zhahai (PlayaInfo Techie)

Here's a screenshot from the detailed maps made by the PlayaInfo team:

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And here's a GPS based map from someone named Zorro:

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My work directly involves the use of GPS units. I'm helping the art placement team, the ARTery, keep track of all the artwork on the open playa. The following is a Flash based map that has all of last year's artwork loaded, and will be used on site this year to visualise all the data collected by the ARTery, and citizen cartographers alike:

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Like last year, I'll be providing this map, along with PlayaInfo's Digital Directory map on our camp's public access PC. Here's a picture of it from last year:

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Finally, I just got done contributing to my 2nd O'Reilly book, Google Map Hacks, and of course, I used pictures from last year's burn as an example for my Google Maps Slideshow Hack.

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So there it is, a quick roundup of cartography at Burning Man, Black Rock City. I plan to blog from the event on igargoyle, detailing some of the cooler art and technology I see on the desert dry lake bed. In the mean time, I'm going to be really busy, so please submit links and descriptions to keep the site going!

If you are going to Burning Man, and would like to hear more about cartography and cool things to do with your GPS, we're holding an event on Thursday at 4:00 in camp ROAMnet in the Brane village (Cathersis & 8:00). Also there is the online tribe, PlayaMaps, and BRC_GPS the mailing list.

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Burn baby, burn.

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