Short links for October 9th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on October 9th, 2007: Recycle a mouse into a camera shutter release – Using an old mouse and a 3/32″ stereo jack, Dave Schlier hacked together a nice … read more

HardDisko – hard disk music

Valentina Vuksic’s HardDisko is an installation piece dealing with raw computer sounds. HardDisko installation by Valentina Vuksic Valentina writes: Rhythmic noises are evolving from sixteen hard drives, which are orchestrated through simple power circuits. By … read more

Shocking Pac-Man: How our brains respond to an approaching menace

Wellcome Trust scientists have identified for the first time how our brain’s response changes the closer a threat gets. From the article: When faced with a threat – such as a large bear – humans, … read more

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Images from Handmade Music Night (Aug 23)

Another Handmade Music Night at Etsy Labs in Brooklyn took place yesterday, cosponsored by Etsy, Create Digital Music and Make. Cool record player type installation @ Handmade Music Night Here are some great pictures from … read more

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Kepler’s Orrery – Generative music based on a gravity simulator

Simran Gleason has released Kepler’s Orrery as open source software. Kepler’s Orrery is a generative music system that uses gravity equations to “compose” and play music. Kepler’s Orrery – Threesomes How does it work? Start … read more

Light Graffiti captured on photo

lichtfaktor @ Flickr is posting images of Light Graffiti, long exposure pictures featuring pieces done with flashlights, biking-lights and flashing LED lights. lightfaktor Light Graffiti – Berlin Dom They use 3 different type of lights … read more

Shower curtains: Why they want to be close to you

Why does the shower curtain move toward the water? David Schmidt, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, came up with an explanation. David says: Maybe it happened to you this morning: you … read more

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Sony odo: environmentally-friendly gear

I’ve experienced some “oh no, batteries died!” moments in the past, so it’s cool to see a big player is coming up with a whole range of gear which a) does not require batteries to … read more

CatCam: Adventures of Mr. Lee

If you’ve ever seen National Geographic’s Crittercam you might already have an idea what this is about. J. Perthold has made a CatCam, to track the adventures of his cat, Mr. Lee. … I thought … read more

Reel to Wheel: Bicylces and reel-to-reel tape machines

Reel to Wheel is an interesting project by Sasha Leitman, Steven Backer, Jesse Fox, and Jen Carlile. Reel to Wheel currently includes two main instruments, Hank’s Wild Ride (two bikes facing in opposite directions and … read more

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Wireless USB adapter protection hack

So my wife’s wireless USB adapter broke for the 2nd time in a year. Just plugging the USB stick in and out over a period of time caused the device (a D-Link DWL-G122) to malfunction. … read more

Candyfab 4000: Solid freeform fabrication with pure sugar

Evil Mad Scientist has an article on their Candyfab 4000, a home-built three dimensional fabricator that prints large, low-resolution objects out of pure sugar. 3D Fabricator Project: a little dodecahedron, a toroidal coil, and a … read more

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Audio “Optical” Illusions

Interesting audio illusions from Mighty Optical Illusions: Audio illusions, also known as Audio Paradoxes are sometimes to be found in nature. The best known audio paradox is known as Shepard’s paradox. It is the audio … read more

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Deep Fryer or Aquarium?

Is this a deep fryer or an aquarium? Goldfish in a deep fryer Check the video on this website! Okay, so the goldfish are just in there to prove a point. The guy who built … read more

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Musique Concrete: Transforming Space, Sound, and the City Through Skateboarding

Simon Morris is a new media artist whose work explores urban landscapes, sounds and skateboarding. Musique Concrete is an interactive performance piece which explores sound and the urban landscape through the physical movements on a … read more

BillaBoop: real-time audio driven drum controller

Create Digital Music reports on BillaBoop, a real-time audio driven drum controller which allows the user to control up to 3 drum instruments. The user can control any drum synth with the voice (beat box), … read more

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Gravity Monkey GPS Chimes

Gravity Monkey has a cool project called GPS Chimes, a Mologogo based construction that triggers Chimes based on GPS data. GPS Chimes – Hooked up to a laptop My GPS Chimes are wind chimes that … read more

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Polly want a conversation

BoingBoing has a post on the N’Kisi Project. In 2004, BBC News reported on a captive African grey parrot called N’Kisi. At the time N’Kisi had a vocabulary of 950 words, and showed signs of … read more

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Make a cassette loop for about 6 seconds

Instructables has instructions on how to make a tape cassette that loops. 6 second cassette tape loop instructions Looks like it might work! I just dusted off an old tapedeck I was going to sell … read more

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Music from a Cardboard Box?

What happens when you give a two-and-a-half year old boy a cardboard box and then tell him to destroy it? Talin Box Destroyer Wayne from Urban Myths recorded the result and created electronic music from … read more

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