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DIY Lamp From Translucent Vinyl 45s – Instructable

Found another great instructable at instructables.com. Perfect project for the music fan.


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Remote Camera Triggering DIY Hack Using Long-range Walkie Talkies

Want to snap photos from a remote location, up to a kilometer away from your rig? Here’s a fairly cheap and easy project using common walkie-talkie radios to allow you to trigger your DSLR from long distance. The comments on DIYphotography.com have some suggestions on how to minimize the lag time, too.

The Awesome Foundation Gives you $1000 to do Something Awesome

Have an awesome idea and need $1000 to make it happen? Apply for the awesome grant – http://awesomefoundation.org/

Submit an awesome idea. If we pick it, we’ll give you $1,000 in cash. Yup, $1,000. Cash. Maybe even in a brown paper bag. You’ll also get access to coworking space at BetaHouse for the month of your grant. The only condition is that you be willing to tell us (and some of our friends) about what you did a month later. If we don’t pick it, don’t stress, we’ll pick a new awesome idea next month.

Train Versus Tornado Video Clip – Frighteningly Awesome

Not much to “do” through this video, but maybe something not to do: be on a train during a tornado.

My Interview with Diana Eng in Wired Magazine

(Shortcut to the article here.)

A few years back while working at Wired magazine, I put together a “Project Runway Fantasy League” so that the staffers and I would have an interactive way to discuss the show during our breakfast TV recaps. It was a fun and challenging competition that I designed to lampoon the boneheadedness of sporting fantasy leagues. And it was a huge hit in the office.

This led the editors asking me to find and interview Diana Eng, the awesomely techie P.R. contestant/designer from RISD who was striving to meld fashion with technology. The overview: with no budget or time constraints, what would her three top design projects be?

Turns out that Diana was a big Wired fan (no surprise) and happy to contribute. Her answers were wonderfully geeky and she sent in gorgeous sketches of the designs, which got the article a full page in the magazine. It’s still one of my favorite accomplishments. Here is the content of the article.

When aspiring designer Diana Eng got bumped from the fashion-design reality show Project Runway a couple months ago, geeky hearts sank. Who else could turn an interest in wearable computing and a flair for biomimetics into a chance to hang with Heidi Klum? Now that Eng’s out, she’s thinking about what to do next. We seized the opportunity and asked her to come up with three fantasy outfits that take advantage of technologies still in the lab – free of budget restrictions and 12-hour deadlines. – Mike Senese

HOT-DATA DRESS: This is a party dress, Eng says, with graphics that change based on motion -- think of a comic-y BAM! Sensors would be woven into the fabric so if they're bent slowly or suddenly, it would process that data.
HOT-DATA DRESS: "This is a party dress," Eng says, "with graphics that change based on motion -- think of a comic-y BAM! Sensors would be woven into the fabric so if they're bent slowly or suddenly, it would process that data."
THE WINDBLOWN LOOK: The fabric could perhaps be controlled by electrostatic forces or magnetism so it always looks pretty and fluttering, Eng says.
THE WINDBLOWN LOOK: "The fabric could perhaps be controlled by electrostatic forces or magnetism so it always looks pretty and fluttering," Eng says.
PUTTING IT ALL ON DISPLAY: "The color and pattern change, depending on the surroundings, so the wearer becomes the center of attention," Eng says. "It would need a really flexible LCD or a bunch of tiny screens embedded in fabric."
PUTTING IT ALL ON DISPLAY: "The color and pattern change, depending on the surroundings, so the wearer becomes the center of attention," Eng says. "It would need a really flexible LCD or a bunch of tiny screens embedded in fabric."

Tomato Plants: Day 54 – First Tomatoes Have Arrived

Great news from the tomato garden: three of the plants have started to produce fruit. They’re brand new, but looking good so far. It’s going to be a good summer.

Another Awesome Instructable Project: Solar Powered Trike

Soon as production ends on the current season, I’ll be building this. Totally rad.


Solar Powered TrikeMore DIY How To Projects

Tomato Garden, Week Three

At the start of march, I planted eight tomato plants. Let’s check in and see how they’re doing.

For comparisons sake, here’s Roma 1, the day it was planted.

This is Roma 1, the day it was planted. A baby. Its growing so fast.
This is Roma 1, the day it was planted. A baby. It's growing so fast.

iPhone Headset Won’t Work? It’s Stuck in Headphone Mode – Here’s the Fix

Discovering that the person on the other end of the phone can’t hear you talk, especially while driving on the freeway, is frustrating, scary and dangerous. Is your headset broken? Is it the iPhone itself? Do you need to repair or replace? Very frustrating.

However, as I recently learned, it’s likely a simple issue called “headphone mode” – the setting the iPhone automatically switches into when you listen to music with standard headphones (not the headset with the microphone and button). If the headphones are removed the wrong way (what that is, I do not know), the iPhone might think you still have them inserted and won’t respond correctly when you try to use the earpiece.

A call to the Apple technician recommended rapidly plugging and unplugging the headphones. However, that didn’t work for me. The other option was to restore the iPhone, erasing all my contacts, photos, etc.

Before doing that, I tried one last thing that worked immediately. Here’s what to do:

  1. Put your iPhone into iPod mode with the headphones plugged in
  2. Unplug the headphones. iPhone goes back to regular mode.

Voila, the problem is solved. Enjoy.

BMX Vampire Hunters IN PARIS – DIY Film Project


BMX Vampire Hunters IN PARIS from Mike Senese on Vimeo.

My sister and I met up in SF a few week back and did a fun video project called BMX Vampire Hunters IN PARIS. Deliberately full of mistakes, translation errors and misconceptions. Filmed on the Powershot SD1000 and edited in iMovie HD. Music: Air – Radian; Mordred – Falling Away.