Archive for Open Source

Sunday Night Catch-up.

Posted in Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2013 by sethkoberg

Last post, I told you about this list of projects I’d like to finish by the end of this year. Here is an almost complete list of those projects, in random order:

  • Entertainment center
  • Shelving unit
  • Brick patio
  • Indoor Seed starter system
  • Green house/raised planter
  • Cajón
  • Pong-sat
  • Dice portrait
  • Juggling music video
  • Photo shoot

This list isn’t complete, but it is a start.

Another thing I need to work on is regularly updating this blog. I’m going to try and post an update at least once a week, on Sunday, updating what I’ve accomplished in the past week and what I plan on accomplishing in the up coming week.

Work to be done

Posted in Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2013 by sethkoberg

Well, as it seems, I have a tendency to neglect my blog and post only once every few months; however, I am hoping to change that.

I have decided to christen 2013 as “the year of production.”

Being someone that makes a habit of inadvertently creating virtual lists of things I need or want, I am attempting to have this year be the year most, if not all, of those things gets finished. This list consists of projects that I have assigned to myself for the sole purpose of being able to say, “look at what I have made! Bask in all its glory!”

These projects range from wood working to electronics, gardening to photography, and almost every craft or hobby in between.

A lot of these projects could be finished simply by throwing money at them. For instance, one thing my husband and I need is a new entertainment center, but going out to the big box store and buying one would defeat the purpose of getting my hands dirty and actually creating something.

Like Nikola Tesla said, “I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success.”

Now, it is time for me to get to work.

Lampyridae

Posted in Blog, Gadgets with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2012 by sethkoberg

Finally finishing, or, rather, mostly finishing a project, I figured it would be a good time as any to update my almost forgotten blog.

My firefly project, for my sisters wedding, has been completed as far as the technical portion goes.  All that is left is to put the board and dangling LED’s into a pretty container and dress it up to make it look good.

Getting this thing to work took a long time to figure out.  It goes without saying that I also got a lot of help online from the Adafruit forums.  Without the help from those kind people, I would have been dead in the water.

The wedding is this Saturday, and I will take some photos and some video of the finished product to post so I can show off my labor of love.

One other thing I’d like to add to the project is an LDR, or Light Dependent Resistor, more commonly known as a light detector, so the LED’s will begin flashing after the sun sets.  Once I get this put on and added to to the code, I think I’ll stuff the birds nest of wires into some paper lanterns and hang them up around town, guerrilla style.

New Year, New Stuff.

Posted in Blog, Photography with tags , , , , , , on January 4, 2012 by sethkoberg

Well, 2011 is over. It was a wild ride but it was well worth it.

As usual, its been a while since I’ve updated my blog but now I have a project in the works which has been on my mind for some time now. I’ve had this idea for a long time, at least two years, and I’m finally getting everything together to get it done.

The final product is going to be a mosaic, roughly 8′ x 4.5′, made out of beer bottle caps. The biggest hurdle I’ve faced up until now, aside from the obvious need for thousands of bottle caps, was an image to use as a basis for the image. Well, I’ve got an image now. I’ve had the image for a while, but up until recently, I haven’t thought of using for this project.

Using The GIMP and Inkscape, two open source and free graphics programs, I’ve taken the image and created a mock up of the final product.

I find it interesting that I’ll be using this image because of the subject matter and the medium being used. A young woman sitting on the side of the street, smoking, playing on her phone, made out of beer bottle caps.

Anyway, below is the mock up with a link to my flickr site where you can view a larger version.

phase2

Teaser

Posted in Blog, Gadgets with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2011 by sethkoberg

In an attempt to keep things moving along here, I’m going to expand a little bit on the last post I made.

In my previous post, I had said that I had some pretty cool things to talk about, so here is one of them:

Now, I can’t tell you too much, just enough to (hopefully) get you interested and invested in whats going on. So, for now, I’ll tell you these few points about the project:

  • It involves a stepper motor
  • Two limit switches
  • A 16 x 2 LCD screen
  • Two push buttons
  • One potentiometer

Thats about as much as I think I can tell you without giving away too much. I have mentioned this project in posts on other websites, so if you are reading this and you think you know what this is for, please don’t spoil it for everyone else. Also, if you do think you know what it is, you can email me if you want to ask about the project.

Electronics

Posted in Gadgets with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2011 by sethkoberg

As you may have noticed, one of my hobbies is photography.

Another hobby of mine is electronics.

Ever since I was young, I’ve had great pleasure in destroying things, specifically electronic devices, and trying to figure out how they work.

Until recently (3 years ago), I had no idea how to break out into the world of hobby electronics, or hacking, as it can be known. Then I heard about this wonderful thing called Arduino.

An open source, educational, prototyping platform designed, in my mind, for people who need a kick in the pants to get up and make stuff.

Anyway…

I’m working on a project based off of the Arduino, which I’ll be posting a lot about once I get rolling with it.

Like I said, I’m new to electronics and this is a learning experience, so bear with me.

Let the blogging begin

Posted in Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2011 by sethkoberg

Blog #1. Here we go.

Hopefully, this site will be a cluster-fuck of all my creative endeavors. Spanning multiple disciplines, from photography to electronics, and everywhere in between. I hope to demonstrate my skills, talents, and ideas, but most importantly, string you along for the ride and hopefully teach you something along the way.

Let the party begin…