It’s been about a year and half since I last touched this. Truth be told it’s been sitting in my desk drawer since the last post. But I finally got around to breaking our the wires and hooking it up on a breadboard. It was pleasantly straight forward.
The big “trick” in getting it to work is to put a jumper in between the IPOD_TX and IPOD_DE lines (Dark Green and Black) Once you do that, and supply 3.3v, it’ll turn on.
Since I don’t have any RCA jacks, or a 4 pole 3.5mm jack, I just used a 3 pole jack, with video on one channel and audio on the other. (Then I just used the same audio input for both the left and right channels.)
Once this was all set: SUCCESS!
Unfortunately, some time in the last year and a half, I lost the cover for the inline remote.
Printrbot is definitely the slickest looking 3d printer I’ve seen yet. And the price? At $500 this is the cheapest 3d printer to hit the market yet.
I remember just two and a half years ago when MakerBot Industries opened its doors and announced the cupcake, which at the time was released at $750 for the kit and could be assembled in a “weekend” (of the people I know who got them, I don’t know anyone who managed to get it up and running that fast.) Since its release, they’ve made a lot of improvements on the machine, discontinued that model, and now sell the Thing-o-matic kit which is an excellent machine, and has a great community around it.
What do you think? I think we’re probably around 5 years away from the sub $100 mark.
An article over at the Atlantic tells of a study by google, with a large sample, that shows that 90% of people don’t know how to search a page or document for a word.
“90 percent of the US Internet population does not know that. This is on a sample size of thousands,” [Dan Russell, a search anthropologist at Google] said. “I do these field studies and I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve sat in somebody’s house as they’ve read through a long document trying to find the result they’re looking for. At the end I’ll say to them, ‘Let me show one little trick here,’ and very often people will say, ‘I can’t believe I’ve been wasting my life!’”
I can’t believe people have been wasting their lives like this either! It makes me think that we need a new type of class in schools across the land immediately. Electronic literacy. Just like we learn to skim tables of content or look through an index or just skim chapter titles to find what we’re looking for, we need to teach people about this CTRL+F thing.
It’s crazy at first, but then, lets think about this: where is the “find” command kept? Yes, it’s CTRL+F (or COMMAND+F) but if you don’t know the shortcut key, where do you find it?
It’s under the “Edit” menu! Sure, this makes sense in a text editor when I want to “find and replace” something. But, in that same text editor when I’m just looking for a certain section, or when I’m looking for a phrase on a web page, am I editing? No. It’s a prime example of bad UI design, hiding one of the most useful functions around in a illogical menu. And why? At this point: because it’s always been there. In the beginning, because it’s where it was in word processors.
It’s time we move the find command out of edit, and make it easy to…well…find.
Just for fun: Here’s a quick shot of the teleprompter we hacked together at the shoot on Tuesday. It’s a LCD screen with the base taken off and then held with a combination of bungie cords and tape to a ladder while the camera and tripod sit directly under the ladder so that the lens can be right below the teleprompter.
It worked! …but next time, I definitely want to build something a bit more prepared.
I had a video shoot for a client yesterday. On past shoots I’ve used an iPad and teleprompter+ by Bombing Brain Interactive. The app itself is pretty solid, but getting a script into it can be a bit of a chore. Also, the remote control app is a bit flaky, and crashes a lot more often than I would care for, so between takes I wind up just running around the camera to reset the teleprompter, and then running back behind the camera to start recording before the text gets into place. It can be a real hassle.
This time around I decided to take a laptop and an external monitor so that I could control the teleprompter from behind the camera with ease. The only problem was that all of the teleprompter applications I found cost more than I really wanted to spend. I had a little bit of extra time on my hands, so I built one in flash.
This wound up working a lot better than the iPad. Getting scripts in place was easier, resetting between takes was faster, and making edits on the fly was simple.
Next I’d like to build a teleprompter box to actually go in front of the lens. For now though, I just secure the monitor right over the camera lens. It’s not as perfect as putting it in front, but it’s still pretty effective. (Don’t put it below the lens. Looking below the lens makes the talent look nervous and uncertain about what they’re saying. If they’re looking right above the lens however, it gives the illusion that they’re actually looking into it.)
If you want to use Quick-Prompt, I’m releasing it for free here:
Dumpster Drive is a file-sharing application that recycles digital files. Using dumpster diving as a model for recirculating unwanted objects, Dumpster Drive allows others to dig through files that you delete on your computer in a passive file-sharing network. Instead of simply erasing data from your computer, the software allows users to extend the lifecycle of their unwanted files and pass them on to others.
I lurked on a conversation on Namesake today with founder of MindshareLA, ProjectFresh, and creative engineering firm Synn Labs, Dough Campbell. (Bio shamelessly copied right out of that conversation.)
Great takeaway from that conversation that I want to share with you: