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When I’m not getting, I go to Burning Man and make some art with a crew called Image Node.

To further this, I’ve made an open-source DIY blinky kit that you can assemble at the FATlab this Saturday. 28 LEDs, 4″ square, runs off an AVR Mega168 and two LED drivers.


Check it out here

Posted on July 15, 2008


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The Acer Aspire One ZG5 is currently one of the hotter new items in the Hong Kong electronics market. It is a small (9.75″ x 6.75″) and cheap (3,400 HK$ or $436 USD) laptop running from a 1.6GHz Atom N270, 1gb ram, and an 8gb solid state hd. Out of the box it comes with a Linpus Linux opperating system (which looks like this). I found the OS to be functional but lacking a lot of what I love about Ubuntu, so I installed Ubuntu 8.04. The Aspire has no optical drive so you need to connect an external CD drive containing the boot CD. Ubuntu installs very easily on this device, the only problem I had was getting the the wireless to work for which I needed to follow these easy 5 steps.

Mine was purchased from Centrafield in the Golden Computer Arcade (one of the largest electronics markets in HK). To get to the market take the MTR to the Sham Shui Po stop, exit out of the D escalator, and look for this sign.

More photos here.

Huge love to my overly generous Chinese brother Neo for the gift.

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Posted on July 10, 2008


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Media Matters (a non-profit site dedicated to “documenting conservative misinformation”) reported that Fox News recently featured photos of two New York Times reporters that appeared to have been digitally altered — “the journalists’ teeth had been yellowed, their facial features exaggerated, and portions of Reddicliffe’s hair moved further back on his head”.

In celebration of all the retouch artistry going in the “news” I decided to make a special Fox News edition of my DeTouch project (originally intended to highlight alterations made in model photographs). The brighter the pixel value the more the image has been altered. View resulting images below and the interactive online application here:

The original DeTouch website can be viewed at

The applet was built in Processing, and the source code is here.

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Posted on July 8, 2008


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Have you ever been in the situation where you spend days trying answer all of your email only to accomplish your goal and have no one to share in your victory? All you want is a high five, a pat on the back, and a “job well done soldier!”, and yet most likely all you are left with is an empty room and a cold cup of coffee. Inbox Victory is an initiative that says, “you deserve that high five!” And here is how you get it:

1) Get your email inbox down to zero. People have various methods for dealing with their email so ‘inbox 0′ is going to mean different things to different people. A basic rule of thumb, however, is getting it to a point where no further action can be taken.

2) Open up your webcam software and take a screenshot of yourself profiling in front of your defeated foe (See examples below).

3) Leave your screenshot in the comments of this post.

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Posted on July 6, 2008


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