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30Nov/080

Ambient Mood Lighting Project

This is something I've been throwing around for a few years--ordered the main components tonight.  Should be ready to start building in a couple of weeks--damn hong kong shipping times.  The controller supports 32 channels, at 500ma each.  Most LED's are 20ma so that's 25 LED's per channel maxed out--but since I'm using RGB LED's, that's 3 channels to power even a single RGB LED.  I can make 10 "modules" of 25 led's each--thats alot of LED's though.

BoM:

x50 10mm RGB Common Anode LED's

LED-WIZ 32-port USB Lighting and Output Controller

Some kind of U or h channel steel stock

4 conductor cable--might just use cat5

Resistors, tbd based on psu and number of led's per module.

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15May/080

Webcam, USB Missile Launcher, Profit $$$

So I got a couple of these usb missile launchers off Woot! a few weeks ago.  They are pretty neat so long as you disable the lame SFX, toss a webcam ontop and remote desktop in and screw with someone baaaaad.  I have one of these in my shared office at work, it's scares the hell out of people when something shoots at them for no appearnt reason...

usb missile launcher

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10Apr/080

New toy

The one on the right is my old, the new on the left is the new one my GF got me. Bigger is better.

powerplay

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19Mar/080

Flashpaper & Cotton Shooter

Me and Brian put a flashpaper gun together a few weeks ago, it's shoots fireballs a few feet.

flashpaper gun

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1Mar/080

7.1 Receiver

So I just got a JVC RX-D301 7.1 Receiver off woot a few days ago for like ~$105

Panasonic Receiver

So far I'm impressed--it outperforms the Sony receiver we have that is 3x the size and about a year and a half old. I've only got 5 speakers hooked up so far but hell there isn't any 7.1 dvds yet anyway...cool feature is a little usb soundcard it comes with to send audio from a computer to it wirelessly, l33t. Also has a USB-B jack on the front to plug it directly into a computer to work as a soundcard

Front L/F and Surround L/F Speakers are Cambridge SoundWorks THX something or other.

Surrounds

Surrounds
Center is some POS Panasonic I took off my brother's 5.1 system

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27Feb/080

Rockband

I picked up rockband the other day for my 360, I had a bunch of gamestop gift cards and some amex ones too. Paid like $12 out of pocket. It's fun so far but $2 a song to download additional is a bit much. I'll probably only play it for another week before I get bored of it...

Rockband

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2Jan/080

Traffic Light

A buddy gave me this awhile ago and it sat in a corner until today...

trafficlightmount.png

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