Build vs Buy

This dilemma is one of the hardest problems in software.  The problem exists in many other spheres, but I think it’s worst in software because it’s so hard to understand the cost of either option at the time the choice has to be made. This is further complicated by the fact that those who are […]

Open Digital 8 – Alignment

While waiting on parts, I did a number of experiments with the original Raspberry Pi camera module I have to see if I could capture some pictures through the Super8 camera’s lens.  I started by simply trying to point the camera module at the aperture and ran into a few problems. The first was that […]

Sweating Net Neutrality

Just to be clear, I support net neutrality. I think it’s essential to the function of the Internet, and I think anything else is contrary to the design of the network. That said, I think our time would be better spent engineering a solution to the problem that net neutrality aims to solve, which itself […]

Open Digital 8

I’ve often complained that no one seems to make a proper indie movie camera anymore. There are phones with cameras and there are still cameras that can shoot movies and there are even “action cams” which can be mounted anywhere and take enormous abuse, but there doesn’t seem to be a modern equivalent to the […]

More Field Repair & a Makerfaire

Last week DONOR-1 required another service call to The Idea Studio. This time it was squealing like a pig and with some help from Josh we were able to diagnose this as a problem with the coin acceptor. We waited about a week for the replacement part and headed to Fond du Lac to verify […]

Tiny Project: Record Crate

I’m experimenting with a new sort of project post for the many small projects I do.   I don’t usually bother to document and share these projects because it’s more work to write them up than to do the work itself, but I’m going to try to develop a more concise style of post that […]