Short links for November 8th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on November 8th, 2007:

How to Win at Monopoly
Temperature map showing how quickly you get your incremental investment back
  • Build a xylophone out of almost anything – How-tos on building xylophones from everything from pipes, bottles, wood, wrenches, even stone.
  • Fran Holland’s Balloon Organ – Uses a bunch of standard plumbing fittings, tuned with sliders and balloons to produce weird, eerie, bagpipe-style music. A large inflated balloon to one side provides the steady air pressure for the drone.
  • The ‘Winners’ of the Wired News Saddest-Cubicle Contest – David Gunnells, an IT guy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has his desk penned in by heavily used filing cabinets in a windowless conference room, near a poorly ventilated bathroom and a microwave.
  • Julian Wolkenstein – Lovely photography from Australia’s most branded photographer.
  • Get 10% discount on Image-Line products – Use this link and get a 10% discount on FL Studio, Deckadance, Maximus, Morphine, Sytrus, Toxic 3 DirectWave, and more (someone recently use my promo code to buy an item at the Image-Line store, thanks David!, so I figured I’d plug my code once more in order to gain enough credits to actually be able to purchase something through the IL affiliate program).

Sequencer – circuit-bent sequencers

Daniel Vera, of Helsinki’s Association Experimental Electronics, has posted pictures of Sequencer on Flickr.

Sequencer is a project in which old parts from slot machines are used to create mechanical sequencers.

Images from Sequencer
images from Sequencer @ Flickr

Daniel writes:

buiding of a mechanical sequencer has begun. we got a massive amout of old slot machine, gambling-logic relay boards and there are some sequensers rising from that.. these are the pictures

Check Flickr for the images.

Link via Make:Blog


The Visible Pinball Project

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Michael Schiess (curator, Neptune Beach Amusement Museum and Lucky JuJu Pinball Arcade) writes about The Visible Pinball Project, a 1976 “Surf Champ” Gottlieb pinball machine transformed into a completely transparent pinball machine.

The Visible Pinball machine
The Visible Pinball machine, absolutely gorgeous!

Michael writes:

This project started as most do; out of necessity. I was teaching classes in Interactive Kinetic Art (pinball) and I had a need to show students what was happening inside the machine while it was running. It was difficult to prop the playfield up and trigger various switches on the playfield to simulate play. I first thought a clear window on the side would be nice but it seemed so “hacked” I then thought of making a clear playfield and then the idea of a totally see through machine hit me. That way you could see the mechanical board and the scoring in the head.

The Visible Pinball Project took more than a year from inception to creation, and can now be seen at the first public showing at this year’s Pacific Pinball Expo.

Check this Flickr gallery for more images.

Link via Boing Boing


Short links for August 13th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on August 13th, 2007: