Today, I’m putting up a walkthrough of the soldering process for my latest boards, in case you want to make your own Strand Controller. A lot of people get scared off by the surface mount parts, but they really aren’t that bad. With a basic set of soldering tools and a bit of patience, you can have this board together in under an hour. I’ve gotten it down to about 20 minutes per board, if I’m in the mood to work without interruption!
So, these just showed up:
This is the latest design of the Strand Controller. I am building six of them for the show this summer. Still waiting on the components from Digikey, but with luck there might be a build log up this weekend :-)
I’ve been spending a lot of time on the mechanical and electrical bits of my car, but the exterior has been sadly neglected. The paint’s not in great shape, and there are many blemishes. I don’t know what I’ll end up doing about it (if anything), but today I got the notion to try and fix a few of the things that annoy me.
Today, I’ve tackled an ugly plastic bit on the trunk, the aluminum delivery pipe, and the front grille.
Read on for photos:
After a long hiatus, I’ve started to get this site up-to-date again. Stay tuned for more posts on my current and upcoming projects!
I’m currently working on some neat lighting software and associated hardware that will be part of an art installation (details coming soon). I’ve also been doing some car hacking as I work on fixing up and tuning my Saab 900.
In other news, I recently finished my most recent batch of beer, a one-off Citra/Bravo double IPA that is almost (but not quite!) too hoppy. Next up, a Weissbier and a more tame IPA, both timed to be just in time for Firefly.
I haven’t been recording much music so far in 2013, but I do have a few ideas in mind that might show up on the internet before too long.