Research List #43

Currently Researching:

  • Antennas for SDR setups (as my current setup is entirely too anemic)
  • Plugins for Minecraft PE servers (running on Raspberry Pi)
  • Pi-Hole for ad blocking (I’m going to end up with a stack of Raspberry Pi computers running, aren’t I?)
  • Raspberry Pi Rack mount solutions (this is totally a thing).
  • Multi-cam security camera setups with minimal wiring
  • vinyl plotters
  • digital calipers

Research List #42

I’ve not done one of these in a while, and I’m trying to write here more, too. So: currently researching:

  • EF-M 22mm Lens from Canon
  • Maranez Watches (and other micro brands, especially those using Seiko’s NH35 movement)
  • A desk mounted iPhone charging dock (that accommodates a case)
  • PowerPC “Modern” browsers (I don’t know if this is even a thing)
  • IKEA Spänst lights (usb powered light tubes)
  • Alternatives to iTunes on a Mac (I’m using TinyPlayer right now)
  • Compounding interest
  • Bookmarklet Javascripts to modify webpage CSS

Research List #41

Currently Researching:

  • DIY Motion Controlled camera sliders (with, ideally, pan and tilt, but that’s likely outside what should be the initial scope of the project)
  • Better rivets for clothing (closer to what’s used on jeans)
  • Modular Panel Mount connectors (for new desks)
  • NAS solutions (it’s hard to find decent non-Atom based units for reasonable money)
  • Alternatives to the GShock GA100
  • Backup generators (given the number of multi-day outages I’ve had in the last two years…)

Research List #40

On the oddball Research List

  • I’ve stumbled down an internet hole into vintage mechanical watch land, so… Seiko 6309-7040/9 (and, were I a wealthy man, Tudor M.N. and so on)
  • Motorola mdt-9100
  • Cubix PCI Expander chassis
  • DIY pipe VESA monitor mounts
  • Better local mass-storage for my computer workstation (I naturally lean towards rack mounted systems, but those are expensive)
  • Quick Release tripod plate systems
  • Alternatives to a Joby 5K Gorilla Pod

SitRep

Updates!

  • The new shoulder bag prototype is done. I’ve used it for about a week now, and while it’s answered some questions, it’s prompted others. I like having a good small shoulder bag again. I like the colors and textures I went with. I’m not sure I love how narrow it is. And I’m not in love with how the main access zipper moves when it’s converted into a backpack. But that’s what prototypes are for.
  • I’ve done a draft of a vest (waistcoat?) for myself. This is new territory for me. I’ve sewn lots of things from scratch. I’ve altered and repaired all sorts of clothing. But I’ve never made clothing from scratch. So: pattern first draft is made; I’m going to source some suitable material and sew a prototype of that. It’s one of those things I’ve wanted for a long time that I’ll never be able to convince myself to spend the sort of money required to buy a commercial version. So I’ll (eventually) make my own.
  • Finally figured out some organizational aspects of the studio space that should leave me with significantly more room to work in. I’m not sure it’ll ever be done (or stop evolving), but it’ll be a nice step forward.

Current Research:

  • Apple M01110 Keyboards
  • Apple HiFi conversions
  • GoogleVoice over a “real” cordless phone
  • Pallet blocks (machining style)
  • USB Embroidery Machines (and the apparently awful software that runs them)
  • Robust-ness of the PLEX live tv (and DVR) functionality

Research List #38

Things I’m Researching:

  • Correct flux/brazing rod combinations for brazing steel
  • Rackmount enclosures for Hackintoshes (plus multi i/o breakout boxes)
  • Mini (micro) amplifier stereo setups (Dayton DTA-120 et. al)
  • ACRNYM shoulder strap configurations
  • shoe rubber midsole suppliers
  • Magnetic door latches
  • Modifying a Circular saw into a Track saw
  • DIY Car Vinyl wrap application (and sourcing supplies)

Research List #37

Things I’m digging deep into:

  • Re-tailoring jackets- especially jackets with felled seams.
  • Making picture frames (larger format…)
  • Real-time digital dashboards (importing custom data?)
  • Analog representations of digital data
  • Vegas cubes
  • Cable Cord cutting (as it exists in 2016)
  • Custom firmware for hand-wired mechanical keyboards
  • Nomenclature/Directory structure for logging large amounts of digital footage
  • Rack-mounted large storage arrays (see above)
  • TIG welding

Research List #36

Trying to do these more regularly. Though I’ve no idea who (besides me) finds them useful.

Current Research:

  • Mechanical Keyboards (as in mechanical-switch actuated vs membrane switch)
    • 35% vs 40% vs 60% Keyboard form factors
    • Custom Keycaps for said mechanical keyboards (for mounting on Cherry MX Clear switches)
    • Fully custom aux keyboards for media keystrokes
    • Aesthetically pleasing USB -> Mini USB cables
  • Alternate graph paper patterns
  • Curing Air-drying clay without cracking
  • Sizable Mid-Century Dining room lighting
  • TIG welding rigs (110v units)
  • Military Nose art

ResearchList #35

I haven’t done one of these in entirely too long.

Current Obsessions:

  • Desert Storm Night Camouflage
  • Document Boxes (aluminum)
  • Rack Mounted Firewire 800 (or, maybe USB 2.0) Storage solutions
  • New Shoulder bag design parameters, referencing
    • TOPO Designs
    • Able Archer
    • The Hill People
  • Air-Hardening Clay
  • Custom Palet racks

Research List #34

Current Obsessions:

  • Brunley Kwaiken (and the offshoots…)
  • Kodachrome processed via Caffenol (weird cyanotype effect)
  • Caffenol recipes (and the best uses for each…)
  • Reloading 126 film cartridges
  • Workflow for a BMPCC into FCPX
  • Vintage Russian 35mm lenses
  • Building a new fly fishing bag (NF-P-126)
  • Waterproofing/resisting cotton duck cloth
  • Better sourcing for ITW GT Cobra Buckle (black, 1.5″)