Too shiny

Sep. 25th, 2007 08:20 am
mdlbear: (g15-meters)
MAKE: Blog: Crazed steampunk cooling solution
While checking inbound links to his Steampunk Workshop, MAKE pal Jake von Slatt stumbled on this amazing steampunk casemod on a Polish modding forum. Really amazing, with needle guages, lots of lighting F/X, a porthole with clockworks inside, and lots of old school plumbing hardware
too shiny for words, so here are some pix )
We wants it, preciousssss. Possibly time to go buy some brass pipe-fittings.
mdlbear: (sureal time)
... Ooh! Shiny! Adult ADD / ADHD: Recognizing the Symptoms and Managing the Effects
ADD / ADHD in adults can seriously impair work, finances, and relationships. Adults with ADD / ADHD may have the following symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity / impulsivity:
  • not remembering being told something,
  • "zoning out" in conversations,
  • being late or forgetting to show up when expected,
  • speaking without thinking,
  • pressured rapid-fire speech, seemingly random, and aimless hopping from one topic to the next,
  • perceived as aloof and arrogant, or tiresomely talkative and boorish,
  • compulsive joking, often about personal life history and feelings,
  • easily frustrated or bored,
  • leaving a mess,
  • procrastination (difficulty starting tasks),
  • incompletions (starting tasks, household projects, or book reading, but not completing them before new projects or new books are begun, leaving a never-ending to-do list),
  • underestimating the time needed to finish a task,
  • insecurity and self-esteem issues because of unmet high personal expectations, and
  • often a high achiever, even an overachiever, but with poor self-image because of beliefs that more could be accomplished if not for disorganization.


Jun. 12th, 2007 08:28 pm
mdlbear: (audacity)

It seems that Musician's Friend is having a "moving our warehouse" sale. The old bear can't resist the shiny stuff, so I snarfed up a pair of CAD GXL3000 PRO multi-pattern mics for $70 each. List is $219, they say. They arrived today. Sweet!

Gave a listen to the current state of CC&S in the car -- level problems on 5 tracks, plus the two that still need major work. Getting there.


Feb. 2nd, 2007 08:14 pm
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
MAKE: Blog: Flashing LED Bra
Need something to do with all those LEDs that you were going to make into cartoon characters and place all around Boston?

The folks at Enlighted Illuminated Clothing have launched the 'nerve' bra that has 31 flashing LEDs in it and multiple flashing patterns.
image behind cut )


Dec. 1st, 2006 01:03 pm
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
I'm not kidding! has a "contact us for price" notice on the item pictured, but the handbags and hair ornaments seem real (and expensive) enough.
big picture here )
(from gizmodo)
mdlbear: (space colony)
Neiman Marcus Online -- Six-Person Space Trip Charter -- $1,764,000.00
You've wished upon a star, tried to find the man in the moon, and secretly still want to be an astronaut (remember when you were 8 years old?). Now, for the first time, the heavens are truly within reach, when you charter Virgin Galactic for the journey into space. It may sound like science fiction, but it's very real indeed.
(From Gizmodo.)
mdlbear: (audacity)
Samson Zoom H4 Handy Digital Recorder

Records two tracks at 24-bit, 96KHz, or four tracks at 16-bit, 44.1KHz. Also records direct to MP3 at up to 320KB/s. Built-in electret condenser mics plus XLR connectors with phantom power. Street price is $300, which is at least $50 less than any of its competitors.
picture behind cut -- may not be safe if you tend to drool on your keyboard )
The bad points are: no 24-bit recording in 4-track mode, and although it can function as a USB audio interface, it only does so at 16 bits. Battery life is only 4 hours; on the other hand that's roughly twice what you'll get out of a 2GB SD card at 24 bits. Bring spares.

(From Gizmodo)
mdlbear: (knit-tank)
Suissa Computers: All-Wood Cases Elevate PCs to the Heirloom Level - Gizmodo
droolworthy pictures )
The company itself is Prices are about what you'd expect when you add the prices of a high-end computer and a piece of elegant custom woodworking.

New toy

Jul. 21st, 2006 09:35 pm
mdlbear: portrait of me holding a guitar, by Kelly Freas (freas)

Went to Fry's after lunch, looking for retractible USB and Firewire cables (which I found), a compact preferably wireless trackball and a sleeve or thin case for the new laptop (neither of which I found). To assuage my sorrow and get in a little more walking, I trundled over to the enticingly close and ever-dangerous Gryphon Stringed Instruments.

There in the glass case under their front counter my roving eye lit on a cute little Meisel MCT-7L clamp-on chromatic tuner. It was only $30, and I'd been contemplating bringing my travel guitar to Portland next week.

It's pretty impressive. The box it comes in is 5mm shorter than a 5cm cube. It has a bright-green-backlit LCD display that imitates an analog meter, syncs quickly and accurately, and is more convenient than my Boss TU-12 and easier to use (and probably more accurate) than the built-in tuner on my Ovation. Shiny!

mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)

...but they only had one in the store, and it was likely to be gone by the time we needed it. The fact that I'd been to the bank earlier this morning and knew what my balance was also contributed to the decision, along with the fact that our Kitchenaid mixer is still doing just fine after 25 years or so. Of course the fact that the saleslady knows me and the [ profile] flower_cat well, and knows of our fondness for Japanese sharp pointy things...

the sales blurb; knife porn )

Happy 30th anniversary, love!

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