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Thursday, June 02, 2005

I have to get me one of these! $11 at Wal-Mart, the JuiceBox. This thing has a tiny LCD, runs linux, plays music, costs $11, and rocks. Ahh... cheep gadget lust:) You can find out more about this little thing at


Here’s a great mobile blog. I'm currently in a defensive driving course listing to Mr. Taylor instruct us all on safe driving. Wow, people are scary! Anyway, I just spent the last two hours planning out a car mod that should be a lot of fun. Most people know about factory carputers. They annoyingly ding at us when our gas is running low, or flash our break lights when we "toe" the pedal. They can also show our remaining miles of gas, the outside temperature, or our direction of travel. Sure you can get these things in a new car, but what about that 97' Civic in your driveway? I decided to design a little carputer of my own to automate a few simple tasks in my vehicle.

The first thing I thought I’d conquer is small stereo volume adjustments depending on vehicle speed. When a car is at rest road noise is at a minimum and your stereos volume can be fairly low. However, when vehicle speed increases so does road noise, to combat the added noise you turn up the volume on your stereo, right? When you hit a stop-light your stereo is a touch too loud. A microcontroller could automate this very easily.

Why stop at stereo volume. With a microcontroller, I could automate windshield wipers and headlights to start. Everything I automate needs to be manually controllable and I need to be able to cut the automation when necessary. That’s the concept, time to move on to building the thing.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Urban Spelunking

I ran across this picture while setting up the site and I thought it might be a great way to start things off. The mole above is Steve, an good friend from high school... "What is he doing?" you ask. Urban spelunking, journeying into the depths of a city through any open crack you can find. In this case we entered a storm water intake at one end of a valley, made our way under a car dealership, a major highway, and finally a Wal-Mart Super Center. Urban spelunking and Urban exploration is catching on all over the world here are just a few sites to look over. Before you go out and try this yourself, make sure your safe... tell someone where your going and check the weather.

Cave Clan Australia

Urban Exploration Resource
Infiltration Zine