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The Bag of Holding

Sleep is so weird.

Posted by ApochPiQ, 25 October 2005 · 163 views

So, it's 3 AM. Usually, I'd be going to sleep right now. Today, I just (more or less) got up.

I decided that I'm tired of working on a 6 hour phase shift from my employer in Germany, so I went to bed around 8 last night to compensate. So far so good, although I still have a long day ahead of me to see how well (if at all) this scheme will work out....

More Excessive Negativity

Posted by ApochPiQ, 21 October 2005 · 129 views

Well, I found out today that the cleaning company has refused to cough up a reimbursement for the video card. Apparently, they are taking the maid's word for it that the card was, and I quote, "in the trash." That's a filthy lie and everyone involved knows it, but they're stubbornly sticking to their BS story. I can't say I didn't see this coming, but it...

Pity Me. Pity Me and My Pitiable Circumstances.

Posted by ApochPiQ, 20 October 2005 · 133 views

Well, I think this week is looking to set a record for suckiness. First there was the video card thing (we're still trying to shake down the cleaning service for a reimbursement) and then there was tonight.

I went to start working tonight and the source control server was dead. Apparently, everyone knows it is dead, but nobody knows what to do about it, or...

Son of a BITCH

Posted by ApochPiQ, 18 October 2005 · 154 views

Well, my nice, shiny, brand-new, $150 ATi TVWonder Elite came yesterday. I gleefully opened it up and paraded it around the office in all its glory, gloating in a thoroughly geeky manner. That was all good.

Last night, I left the office in a hurry, and forgot the box in my cubicle. Crazy, I know, but these things happen.

Now, a bit of perspective is in...

We All Live in a Fuschia Automaton

Posted by ApochPiQ, 16 October 2005 · 227 views

First, the most important and awesome news: X³: Reunion has officially gone gold. It is a good day indeed.

Now on to more mundane things.

Apparently, I'm not the only lunatic who's done this. The project describes how to use a PIC microcontroller to generate a PAL-compliant composite video signal. Should be fairly simple to adjust it to...

More interesting parts

Posted by ApochPiQ, 15 October 2005 · 161 views

Thanks to the comprehensive specs I got from the guy at Sharp, I managed to dig through Molex's web site and find the original part drawings for the signal input connector on the LCD panel. From there I found a cable that matched the connector specs, and then found an actual distributor of OEM Molex cables that would tolerate orders of less than 1000....

The Taming of the Beast

Posted by ApochPiQ, 13 October 2005 · 162 views

Today I found a bunch of old pictures from when I built Celes. I had sort of intended to do this a long time ago, but for a lot of reasons (none of them particularly good) I didn't. Now I have.

So, with no further delays, I present to you: the Taming of Celes. Behold, more low-quality images from a camera phone!

The Exploits of Dr Geekenstein

Posted by ApochPiQ, 13 October 2005 · 172 views

You may remember (ok, you probably don't) my post a while ago about an OEM LCD that I got ahold of. I got bored last night and sent another email to Sharp's Help Desk to see if I could get some real specs on the part and maybe a supplier for a controller for the unit. Amazingly enough, I got a reply back this afternoon.

I now have in my very gleeful...

Overengineering a Household Appliance

Posted by ApochPiQ, 11 October 2005 · 176 views

I want to build my own PVR (Tivo clone).

I want to do it inside of this:

I need good recommendations for video capture hardware (see here).

Random pseudo-intellectual observation

Posted by ApochPiQ, 10 October 2005 · 329 views

When I was a kid, I used to have this special idea of "late at night." There was of course the insanely late hour of 10 PM, which I got to see occasionally. That was "late," to be sure, but not all that big of a deal. The mysterious, magical "late" was, like, midnight or something. I remember having a sort of quiet respect for that magical, ineffable hour....

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