Archive for July, 2008

Medeco high security lock picking

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Medeco high security lock picking I usually don’t reblog my work, but I think I did a pretty good job with this 3AM Hack a Day post.

Batman onomatopoeia

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Batman onomatopoeia Index of all the onomatopoeia used in Batman. Has transcripts per episode and episodes per word.

First earthquake: Chino Hills Earthquake

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Twitter _ Eliot Phillips
I had just stepped out of the shower and the whole wall I share with my neighbor appeared to move. I didn’t know what was going on. I heard rumbling and wall was moving, “Does my neighbors closet shake my apartment?” I placed my hands on the wall and tried pushing. Nothing happened. The moment was gone and I left for the office. When I arrived I was asked “Were you riding during the earthquake?” That was my only indication as to what had happened.

The now

Monday, July 28th, 2008

The NowI noticed that every picture of me on the main page has a beard. A glorious beard. Well, that’s not in line with reality, so I have provided the picture above of my daytime habitat.

Vimeo bans gaming videos

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Vimeo bans gaming videos Please limit your videos to inspired creativity like the fishstick. [via Waxy]

My mechanic

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Floor shift
My mechanic is awesome. I mentioned earlier that the panel truck had blown a power steering hose. Being new to LA I contacted the only hotrod person in the area I knew, which led me to Morgan Auto Service. It’s within 2 miles of my house. I took the truck in, they replaced the hose, gave it a much needed oil change, and got it back to me within the day. Much better than the epically bad service I received in Vegas.

While in the shop, Dave pointed out that it looked like the shifter was about to break. I told him that it actually had broken and he was looking at the repair. I didn’t have time to fix it then. About a month later the headlights went out (the electrical system is the weakest part of this build). I took the truck in and had them fix the lights and investigate the shifter linkage. The whole column would have to be replaced… or we could convert it to floor shift. I went the floor shift route. It’s an automatic so I chose a short shifter and had them put it as far forward as possible. I think it turned out really well and they even recut the custom floor mats to fit perfectly.

The panel truck maybe problematic, but it’s a huge relief to finally have competent mechanic close by.

Notacon

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Terminal Tower
Immediately after moving to Santa Monica, I headed to Cleveland for Notacon. Well, not right away. First, the power steering hose had to blow on the panel truck while visiting Sarah.

Notacon is a hacker convention, but is interesting for featuring Blockparty, a demoparty. You can find my posts about Notacon on Hack a Day. The conference was okay. The 12 hours it took Holiday Inn to get me into a room were freaking awful. Cleveland sucks. Knowing my track record for hating on places, I’ll end up moving there some day.

Update

Friday, July 25th, 2008

hack-a-day
Okay… I’m going to attempt to get this blog back on track by doing short daily posts, not necessarily current ones, but what I’ve been up to in the last four months. Looking back I realized that I never announced what I’m doing right now. I’m working fulltime as Head Editor of Hack a Day. I left AOL/Propeller.com at the end of March. I’ve been writing quite a few posts at Hack a Day while trying to acquire more and more contributors.

I haven’t been posting much here, but I do post quite frequently to both Twitter and Flickr (thanks to my geotagging/autouploading N95).

Last Lecture Professor Randy Pausch, 47, Dies

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Last Lecture Professor Randy Pausch, 47, Dies

Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn’s Olympic short

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn’s Olympic short