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WordPress out of memory error

August 13, 2009

Hmmmm, so after a long period of flawless service, my copy of WordPress has started to run out of memory. When I try to upload images I get “Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 2144 bytes) in /blog/wp-admin/includes/image.php on line 147″ It looks like the amount of memory allocated […]

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Test patch for the PAiA 9700s synth

August 3, 2009

After I finished the 9700 I was looking for a way to test it as a whole. The one thing missing from the PAiA website was a test patch with a sound file, so that you can check to see if all the bits are doing what they should. I think that my synth is […]

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They were on sale!

August 3, 2009

I bough 15 dollars worth of stuff from Walmart the other day, just so I could make one of these: I got the idea from the excellent http://www.cibomahto.com/ website. Keeps me entertained for hours, but then I’m that kind of person…

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PAiA Theremax driving a 9700s Analog Modular Synth

August 2, 2009

I just spent about a week building the 9700s modular synth. It took a bit longer than anticipated – but these things really can’t be rushed. I now know why analog synth gear costs so much – it takes forever to assemble! I hooked up the Theremax theremin to the CV of the VCO just […]

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New Synth cabinet

July 30, 2009

I recently spent some time learning how to refinish/finish wood properly. Up until recently I would just bung on some varnish and call it a day – but there’s a lot more too it than that. WoodCraft put me right on how to apply dye/stain/toner to match one wood finish to another. I’m also trying […]

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Scientists create a real green laser…

July 28, 2009

You may not know this, but green lasers are actually 2 stage infrared lasers that have the frequency doubled (and the wavelength halved) into the green part of the spectrum. They are only about 6% efficient, whereas red and blue lasers are “pure” lasers. BUT… [Via Slashdot on Ars Technica:] “Ever wonder why projector systems […]

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A few video clips of Jarre’s latest harp…

July 17, 2009

I just found these clips on youtube… A couple of things I noticed, one is the flare on the camera lens when he breaks a beam. This manifests itself as a vertical broken line – due to the pulsed or scanning nature of the harp. Another thing is he sometimes seems to hesitate before selecting […]

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Nikola Tesla’s birthday

July 10, 2009

Today is the birthday of Nikola Tesla, I just wanted to preserve the neat logo that Google did today… And my attempt to recreate one of his devices… Hopefully the Google lawyers won’t come get me… Hang on, there’s somebody at the door…

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The New Dalek gun…

May 15, 2009

I just replaced the old 6v piston pump with a new 12v car washer pump. It has much more kick to it, but the problem is I’m going to need a bigger water tank.

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…and that’s as close to guarantee of satisfaction as you can get.

April 2, 2009

I just watched The Long Good Friday – I’d forgotten about the X classification. That means it’s really, really good. Or something…

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