Jun 052014
 

On Friday night I experienced what is probably my most spectacular hardware failure yet. I was working on a project for our upcoming Interactive Show, a chandelier with 150 or so individually controllable 5 watt incandescent bulbs:

chandelier
A small piece of the chandelier during testing.

Anyway, it was way too late and I was rushing to get the last controller board finished on the outer ring of the chandelier, which has 7 controllers and 52 lightbulbs. I plugged the very last controller in backwards and flipped the switch…
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Jun 042014
 


On ~*June 28th*~ we’ll be hosting a new class on hacking NES cartridges for art and various related shenanigans. Cory Arcangel’s Super Mario Clouds is a well known work of digital art where a Nintendo game cartridge was modified to just show the clouds in the game. He also happened to release some instructions on how to reproduce his leet hax! In this workshop, we’ll be creating Super Mario Clouds from old NES cartridges, bringing modern art to your living room without having to splurge at Art Basel. Some basic soldering, desoldering, and programming will also be covered as a bonus since that’s how old NES cartridges are hacked.

Limited to 12 spots and includes your very own old Super Mario cartridge.

This class will be taught by NYC Resistor member David Huerta and Jon Dahan, who crafted this workshop after his experience re-creating it at the Metropolitan Art Museum’s Media Lab. Sign up on Eventbrite.

Jun 032014
 

Mega Mario

Megascroller is the 512×64, 32-sided upgrade to Octoscroller, which was the eight sided RGB update to the venerable six-sided red LED Hexascroller. Megascroller is featured as one of the art pieces at the upcoming Interactive Show — on the giant cylinder you can play different video games in the round. Unlike normal side-scrollers, you have to move sideways to keep up with the onscreen characters. Here’s a video as we play-test Mario (source code) and discuss some tweaks to the game to enhance the fun (there is some interaction with the camera shutter that makes artifacts in the movie).

Buy your tickets now! and come see Megascroller plus lots of other fun interactive art at the 2014 Interactive Show. The doors open this Saturday at 8pm! The show is over and was great fun! Here’s a video of Mario being played in the round sometime late last night:

GET LAMP

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Jun 022014
 

GET LAMP
Two weeks ago we salvaged two PDP-11/34 minicomputers, VT1xx terminals and assorted parts. Since then we’ve spent some quality time in the 1970s, cleaning Unibus contacts, reseating cards and replacing bad capacitors in the VT100 analog boards. Both of the CPUs start up fine and we’ve been able to read data from all of the RK05 and RL01 drive units. Still haven’t touched the tape drives, so no digitized monkey brains yet. Instead, here is a video of running Colossal Cave Adventure compiled from the original FORTRAN IV sources under RT-11v4 on our PDP-11/34:

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May 312014
 

laser-beer

Interactive Party – Homebrew Bar

So with the interactive party around the corner,  Travis Collins and I ( Matt Joyce ) have been working on the final touches for 3 homebrew beers that have been brewed at NYC Resistor.  I figured that I would take a moment to introduce you to each of them.

NYC Resistor is on the site of a former brewery that operated from 1850-1907, finishing it’s days as the Federal Brewing Co.  They used to brew German style bock beer to beer purity standards.    Things in the US have changed considerably since the hay day of Brooklyn’s brewing industry.  Among those changes is our complete departure not only from German style beers but from beer purity laws as well.  Much of what we drink in the US, isn’t even allowed to be called Beer in some parts of Europe.  We don’t care.  We left Europe and told those stick in the muds to shove off for a reason.  We love freedom, and exploration, and really wild new things.

So, for this party, I put together at least one new wild beer for your consumption, revulsion, or love.

Buy tickets here!

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May 302014
 

Come the NYC Resistor Interactive Show on June 7th and see Max Henstell’s “Beauty is in the Eye of the Bulb-Holder,” a 4-foot chandelier with 150 bulbs. All lights are individually addressed and programmed. You are invited to swing from it at our party! No you’re not.


The event usually sells out so BUY TICKETS while they last!

NYC Resistor Interactive Show
@NYC Resistor
Saturday June 7th @ 8:00
87 Third Avenue between Dean & Bergen in BROOKLYN!!!
$15 

May 152014
 

PDP-11/34 cabinets

We rescued two PDP-11/34 computers and their associated equipment from a storage unit in the Bronx and have been working on getting them running again. The computing system included multiple RK05 hard drives, two RL02 decpack drives, a TU11 tape drive and tons of media, including “digitized monkey brains“. Read on for more details and the exciting boot sequence.
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May 152014
 

ishowOh wow.  Check out our annual party and fundraiser that invites hackers from around the region to show off their cool interactive projects with beats and beers provided.
Join us for a blinkin’ good time!

The event usually sells out so BUY TICKETS while they last!

NYC Resistor Interactive Show

Saturday June 7th  @ 8:00

87 Third Avenue between Dean & Bergen in BROOKLYN!!!

Emma-Ohnoes

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May 072014
 
Emma Ohnoes

Emma-O judges your cloud infrastructure.

Every now and then, a particularly hard storm hits an undisclosed datacenter in Virginia where a huge chunk of The Cloud faces off with actual clouds to see which one can keep electricity running through it the longest. Sometimes the data center loses, causing DevOps teams and assorted other developers to get calls and tweets from literally everyone telling them their site is down.

Usually this sort of apocalypse is indicated with a tiny icon on a web dashboard, visible only to the people already panicking and frantically reading up on High Availability and Multi-AZ Deployments. A little red icon doesn’t quite convey the gravity of the sky falling, so I figured the best indicator of cloud infrastructure status would be the Buddhist king and judge of hell, Emma-O (aka Enma-O aka Yama). I happened to have a scan of an Emma-O wood sculpture from a previous project at the museum I work at (btw we’re hiring), so I scaled it up a bit and printed a copy in transparent blue-ish PLA. Continue reading »

May 052014
 

A quick word of warning for those coming to Laser Night tonight: our laser is having some power issues and is not operating at 100%. We’re working to fix the issue as quickly as we can, but we probably can’t cut anything thicker than a couple of millimeters at present. We’ll sing out once everything’s up and running again!

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