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Space travel is awesome. Here’s a random photoshop I did to commemorate the safe return of the shuttle, woot! Earth photo is mine, Hubble photo and starfield (taken by hubble) courtesy of NASA.

Right before their safe return, @Astro_Mike wrote “On day 12 on a night pass over India I say 2 shooting stars entering the atmosphere below me, streaks of light below, I made 2 wishes.” I am willing to bet good money that one of those wishes was “Please let me not become a shooting star on reentry.” 😛



Grand Canyon

so i embarked on an epic roadtrip with my school buddy Eugene. all told we demolished over 7500 miles, and visited 22 states. i am working on a google map of the whole journey, and a bunch more photos like these which i’ll be uploading.

Grand Canyon

serendipitous calamity


so my car got messed up this past week, mostly my fault, ironically after i finally bought some touch up paint for fixing a chip on the hood i’ve had for years. the passenger side doors had the body totally scratched to shit, so i brought it to a crappy place in queens which did (expectedly) a crappy job fixing it. i had to drive to ct to pick up my grandma from the airport, so on the way i dropped by a junkyard i had been to before. i found an identical car to mine with perfectly intact doors and a hood scoop identical to the one i always wanted, and paid just about the same i spend on the crappy repair for the doors, hood and a new grill:

oddly enough, despite the hood scoop not being functional (usually they are for a turbo intercooler, which my car lacks), i really like the feel of having it there 🙂

playing with artoolkit


augmented reality is cool. a symbol on the paper i am holding is providing data to project the 3d object onto the 2d webcam image. using a crappy webcam and the ARToolkit software.

non carputer car post


KYB GR2 struts + Tanabe GF210 springs + subaru impreza wagon = joy

best upgrade ever, it feels like a new car 😀

carputer revamp


i just finished reinstalling the touchscreen in the dash, its previous location wasn’t working out because solder connections of the vga cable kept wearing out.

i bought a new usb gps dongle with an external antenna, it uses the NXP swGPS system; only a sirfstar III chip is onboard, and the satellite calculations are offloaded over usb to the computer. while the software gps com ports were present and recognized as NMEA signals, i wasn’t able to get them to successfully acquire any satellites, much to my chagrin. i’m replacing it with an older serial over usb gps which has dedicated hardware for locking onto the signal. luckily i can exchange it for a part i am confident will work.


so far i’ve had working:

  • bluetooth obd 2 connector – just needs to be  moved inside the dash so it doesn’t obstruct my knee when i use the clutch.
  • front / rearview camera – i’m torn between a forward viewing infra red cam or a rear view camera, as my frontend (centrafuse) only supports one webcam at a time. though it strikes me that since my top screen is rca in, i could buy a cheap video game rca switch to change “channels” and have  it switch through frontview/rearview/computer inputs.
  • bluetooth edge internet – decent speed, but not really enough for google earth, which i want to use. i might have to upgrade my phone when tmobile goes 3g.
  • gps – oh yeah, i miss my gps like hell, i’m sick of getting lost.



mmm, bulletpoints for productivity:


  • build frame for ftir multitouch table
  • gather materials in one place
  • get laptop working
  • find possible usb video capture for input from old digital camera both already converted to IR
  • webcam will work, but speed/optical quality sorta blow

clodbuster bot

  • get arduino communicating with servos
  • acquire 7.2 v nmh battery
  • acquire sensors: ultrasound, ir or camera based
  • acquire propeller board for image processing?


  • solder together lead acid recharge kit
  • get 2x9v AC transformer
  • bung it all in case
  • fix/upgrade speakers
  • solder amp kit
  • build hd mount
  • add bluetooth and wifi


  • sand down led strip on tips
  • epoxy in place
  • acquire/build mount
  • drill side hole for touchscreen output cable

old vcr media pc

  • assemble mounting plate
  • build hdd mounting rack
  • acquire decent hdtv & raid cards


  • figure out which dash parts to remake
  • cut down on cables inside dash
  • replace bezel
  • acquire lcd display or use palmpilot for roof screen

whew, too much to think about