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Title: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on June 26, 2014, 08:39:09 AM
So I haven't really mentioned it here I think, but in addition to trying to make it as a rock star, I knew I had to stay busy in other ways. Nobody's going to take an engineering graduate seriously if all he's been doing for two years is play guitar in a "totally awesome" grunge band, right?

So I started work on something new. Guitar pedals. I've always been keen on creating my own sound, and it seemed only natural to apply my engineering knowledge to take it to the next level and make something out of it.

So I'm launching my first guitar pedal, the Grav-A. Check it out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLUefgeZv3Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLUefgeZv3Y)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: JDog053 on June 26, 2014, 11:14:36 AM
I have always wondered about you, aside from making some great game music! Will check that out when I'm on lunch :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on June 26, 2014, 05:54:33 PM
Wow that's pretty awesome. While I know nothing about guitar pedals so can't really comment on that, it's really cool that you've managed to put a project like this together.  Good luck. :)

So what are the features that separate one guitar pedal from another?  Like I say, I know nothing :)

EDIT:  I was slightly disappointed to see your other website with all this stuff on was down the other day.  I thought you'd stopped doing it, so this was a pleasant surprise. :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on June 27, 2014, 05:08:28 AM
I have always wondered about you, aside from making some great game music! Will check that out when I'm on lunch :)
Haha, thank yoU! I do try to keep busy, this is one of my main things at the moment. :)

Wow that's pretty awesome. While I know nothing about guitar pedals so can't really comment on that, it's really cool that you've managed to put a project like this together.  Good luck. :)

So what are the features that separate one guitar pedal from another?  Like I say, I know nothing :)

EDIT:  I was slightly disappointed to see your other website with all this stuff on was down the other day.  I thought you'd stopped doing it, so this was a pleasant surprise. :)
Yeah, the site was down for a slight refresh and repair.

Thanks! The main features that make this a little special compared to the run of the mill guitar pedals out there is the two-stage tone control and clipping options. Three clipping options allow you to change the shape of the signal, giving three different base flavours to work with. The two-stage tone control allows you to modify the way the tone control works using the "body" knob, which helps dial the pedal in for your particular guitar and amp.

I've gotta do another video that better breaks down the features and benefits of the pedal, keep the momentum up!



Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on June 27, 2014, 10:03:03 PM
Ah very cool.  So what other post processing can you theoretically do with a pedal?  Could you reduce the bitrate and make it kinda 8 bit sounding?  Or actually have a CPU in the pedal that changes the sound completely so the guitar effectively becomes a midi input?

It's all interesting stuff :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on June 28, 2014, 12:00:51 AM
This pedal's all done with analog hardware, simply distorting the signal by clipping it and adding some tone controls. However, I have some DSP-based pedal plans down the road if things go well here that will do very exciting things very much along those lines.  ;)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: Prime_8 on June 28, 2014, 04:29:36 AM
sweet . I could never play , but had good friends who could for years , and was always doing custom filters and such , even remote pickups when the prostuff was prohibitively expensive .
( i had the advantage of being a radioshack store manager at the time so raw supplies were all about . LOL )

would be cool to see if you could build a arduino or a knockoff  as a post-processor board , i think it would be fast enough , and there are even blue tooth and/or a wifi shields that could let you stream directly to a laptop or WiFi network or adhoc to laptop at a site .
 
any rate , cool stuf man .


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on June 28, 2014, 05:04:17 AM
sweet . I could never play , but had good friends who could for years , and was always doing custom filters and such , even remote pickups when the prostuff was prohibitively expensive .
( i had the advantage of being a radioshack store manager at the time so raw supplies were all about . LOL )

would be cool to see if you could build a arduino or a knockoff  as a post-processor board , i think it would be fast enough , and there are even blue tooth and/or a wifi shields that could let you stream directly to a laptop or WiFi network or adhoc to laptop at a site .
 
any rate , cool stuf man .
Cheers man! Yeah, I built a DSP platform last year. That'll be our second release, we wanted to start with something a little simpler for our first production run. It's amazing what you can do these days with electronics!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on June 30, 2014, 02:50:20 PM
This pedal's all done with analog hardware, simply distorting the signal by clipping it and adding some tone controls. However, I have some DSP-based pedal plans down the road if things go well here that will do very exciting things very much along those lines.  ;)
I've no idea what DSP is  :P but a quick look on Youtube shows you can do some really cool stuff.  Looking forward to following that development  :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on June 30, 2014, 04:05:02 PM
Digital signal processing :) So basically, digitizing a signal, playing with it, and then in this case, converting it back to analog. Allows you a huge scope to do interesting things!

A local newspaper has hunted me down... photoshoot tomorrow. Fun!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on July 03, 2014, 09:38:00 PM
Digital signal processing :) So basically, digitizing a signal, playing with it, and then in this case, converting it back to analog. Allows you a huge scope to do interesting things!

A local newspaper has hunted me down... photoshoot tomorrow. Fun!
Oh wow very cool.  :man:  We demand a link if the article appears online. :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: Prime_8 on July 05, 2014, 06:48:44 PM
way cool .

I grew up analogue .  i wanted to make a parametric eq just using coils, rheostats/slides ,  resistors and a few slightly expensive but accurate capacitors .
it worked , but that was 20 years ago . lol
i used to make delay coils and filters to make home theater sound before it was just a button  set on the amp.

if I had a site like sparkfun when i was younger , and few bucks who knows what i would have built .

it has been ages since I heard of new launching a electronic device vs software . lol , that is so opposite from the days in my old store .lol


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on July 06, 2014, 09:25:49 AM
way cool .

I grew up analogue .  i wanted to make a parametric eq just using coils, rheostats/slides ,  resistors and a few slightly expensive but accurate capacitors .
it worked , but that was 20 years ago . lol
i used to make delay coils and filters to make home theater sound before it was just a button  set on the amp.

if I had a site like sparkfun when i was younger , and few bucks who knows what i would have built .

it has been ages since I heard of new launching a electronic device vs software . lol , that is so opposite from the days in my old store .lol

You're so right, all the sparkfuns and arduinos and the internet and such make it so much easier than it used to be! I remember when I was a teenager mucking around with PICs and assembly, oh god  :-[ things are so much easier now.

so did you do a lot of audio stuff back in the day? Sounds like you've got some hardcore knowledge!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: Prime_8 on July 13, 2014, 05:43:34 AM
i was a radio shack employee and manager for some 12 years . lol

i grew up analog , and hacking stuff to do what i want .   
there was a set of note books radioshack sold long before i worked there .
mim's engineers notes . man each one was a course in applied electronics , but they were 5x6 and bound to fit in a mini 3 ring binder .
i had them all.  i had ' things your phone company does not want you to now ' , and rite up to digital stuff . but i never made that jump to connecting stuff to my rig .
mainly it was to make or enchance om R/C creations .
but later i became a car audio nut ,  and home theater installer before most people even knew more than 2 speakers was cool.  << that meant hand winding delay coils and filters . lol

then i found coding , i mean re found coding .

http://www.forrestmims.com/ (http://www.forrestmims.com/)  << i had all his note book format ones , looked like his hand writing and drawings .

now i just dont have the $$ to explore modern maker scene lol .
coding is a touch more forgiving on the budget . lol


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on July 13, 2014, 02:57:49 PM
coding is a touch more forgiving on the budget . lol
but not on stress levels :)


now i just dont have the $$ to explore modern maker scene lol .
It's getting to the point with stuff like Raspberry Pi, Arduino etc will be cheap as chips so we can all tinker with projects we could only have dreamed of years ago.  Robots anyone?  ;D

I want to get some LED strip lights mounted around the big TV like that Phillips Ambilight(?)TV system from years ago....and have my games send colour information to them.  Mono lighting up the whole room would be epic.  :man:

Actually now that I've said that I really really want to try it.  Hmm.  :bunnymonkey:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on July 14, 2014, 03:35:49 PM
For a while I had a little temperature sensor running connected to my router, so I could check the temp and humidity at my house remotely. My cousin had worked his system over a little more and had cameras and remote control of things like radios, his alarm, fans, etc., was cool stuff. However, it did get abused... he gave us the password and we'd jump on switching things on and off. He got home from a wedding at midnight and was woken up at 2AM by someone turning his bedroom fan and light on and off :P The best bit was the final touch, a BTTF-esque voice synthesizer that greeted him when he returned home.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on July 14, 2014, 10:31:03 PM
For a while I had a little temperature sensor running connected to my router, so I could check the temp and humidity at my house remotely. My cousin had worked his system over a little more and had cameras and remote control of things like radios, his alarm, fans, etc., was cool stuff. However, it did get abused... he gave us the password and we'd jump on switching things on and off. He got home from a wedding at midnight and was woken up at 2AM by someone turning his bedroom fan and light on and off :P The best bit was the final touch, a BTTF-esque voice synthesizer that greeted him when he returned home.
Haha.  Technology is best when it's abused  ;D


New Raspberry B+ specs.  While not a huge jump they obviously don't want to go above their 25 price point so are just adding bits and pieces as component prices drop.  I kinda like that approach. 

http://www.lifehacker.co.uk/2014/07/14/5-best-new-features-raspberry-pi-model-b (http://www.lifehacker.co.uk/2014/07/14/5-best-new-features-raspberry-pi-model-b)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on July 16, 2014, 11:27:26 AM
Have you seen these TheKhakinator?  Crazy stuff.  The notes about their design is arguably more interesting than the sounds they make mind.

http://ciat-lonbarde.net/plumbutter/ (http://ciat-lonbarde.net/plumbutter/)

http://ciat-lonbarde.net/cocoquantus/index.html (http://ciat-lonbarde.net/cocoquantus/index.html)

(http://ciat-lonbarde.net/plumbutter/newplum.jpg)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on July 17, 2014, 05:38:05 AM
That's some mad stuff.  ;D I always respect people that dabble with modular synths and the like, I'm generally much more a fan of keeping things down the line a little more ;)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on August 08, 2014, 07:40:05 AM
FYI I just bought for $20 shipped a 5M string of high brightness RGB LEDs. Ridiculous we can make that for $20. WITH a remote and power supply.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on August 08, 2014, 10:30:46 AM
FYI I just bought for $20 shipped a 5M string of high brightness RGB LEDs. Ridiculous we can make that for $20. WITH a remote and power supply.
Haha I did exactly the same when I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago (around 10 here).  I stuck a rectangle of it around the back of the TV and it's pretty great (the sticky tape on the back isn't very strong so you may need to fix it with some other glue).  Lights up the whole wall in the dark and looks pretty impressive so a couple of people have asked me for details so they can do the same.

I'll get around to messing with controlling it over wifi sometime and then hopefully add game controlled support too.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on August 11, 2014, 05:06:59 AM
FYI I just bought for $20 shipped a 5M string of high brightness RGB LEDs. Ridiculous we can make that for $20. WITH a remote and power supply.
Haha I did exactly the same when I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago (around 10 here).  I stuck a rectangle of it around the back of the TV and it's pretty great (the sticky tape on the back isn't very strong so you may need to fix it with some other glue).  Lights up the whole wall in the dark and looks pretty impressive so a couple of people have asked me for details so they can do the same.

I'll get around to messing with controlling it over wifi sometime and then hopefully add game controlled support too.
Sounds cool, there's a bunch of Ambilight clones on Hackaday I've seen, interested in your eventual implementation!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on August 11, 2014, 05:16:11 AM
So I've been showing the Grav-A around lately and shot some video. The campaign's going well but it's going down to the wire. Crowdfunding campaigns are ridiculously stressful. I'd say maybe only try it if you've got a major IP and you /know/ you're going to hit your target. :P
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kosBRQw2cg8&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kosBRQw2cg8&feature=youtu.be)

With 4 days to go it could go either way. #tense #wakemewhenitsover


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on August 11, 2014, 12:28:54 PM
So I've been showing the Grav-A around lately and shot some video. The campaign's going well but it's going down to the wire. Crowdfunding campaigns are ridiculously stressful. I'd say maybe only try it if you've got a major IP and you /know/ you're going to hit your target. :P
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kosBRQw2cg8&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kosBRQw2cg8&feature=youtu.be)

With 4 days to go it could go either way. #tense #wakemewhenitsover
Saw that earlier.  Great vid.  Always good to see user reactions :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on August 13, 2014, 08:30:30 AM
So I've been showing the Grav-A around lately and shot some video. The campaign's going well but it's going down to the wire. Crowdfunding campaigns are ridiculously stressful. I'd say maybe only try it if you've got a major IP and you /know/ you're going to hit your target. :P
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kosBRQw2cg8&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kosBRQw2cg8&feature=youtu.be)

With 4 days to go it could go either way. #tense #wakemewhenitsover
Saw that earlier.  Great vid.  Always good to see user reactions :)
Thanks! Yeah, was good, everyone that's been trying it has dug it a lot. Just about whether or not that converts to actual sales. Going down to the wire, really rather tense! Exciting though. Just moved into a new place, a townhouse 20mins out of the CBD. Got a nice spot for a desk and to set up my music gear etc. Is nice!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on August 13, 2014, 10:11:19 PM
Just moved into a new place, a townhouse 20mins out of the CBD. Got a nice spot for a desk and to set up my music gear etc. Is nice!
Nice.  I'm going to pretend I know what CBD is lol  :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on August 14, 2014, 08:01:27 AM
Just moved into a new place, a townhouse 20mins out of the CBD. Got a nice spot for a desk and to set up my music gear etc. Is nice!
Nice.  I'm going to pretend I know what CBD is lol  :)
Central Business District - general term to mean the heart of the city. I guess perhaps not used in the UK cause you guys just have "London", whereas we have several distinct major cities spread out by hundreds of kilometers?


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on August 14, 2014, 07:08:25 PM
Central Business District - general term to mean the heart of the city. I guess perhaps not used in the UK cause you guys just have "London", whereas we have several distinct major cities spread out by hundreds of kilometers?
Ah righty.  Yeah most things are centered in London.  Also we have a lot more, but less distinct cities than you, with many businesses now out of town in trading estates and business parks. 


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on October 20, 2014, 12:49:16 AM
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/city/inventor-lewin-day-creates-new-single-guitar-pedal-to-replace-multiple-gadgets/story-fni9lkxa-1227095396750 (http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/city/inventor-lewin-day-creates-new-single-guitar-pedal-to-replace-multiple-gadgets/story-fni9lkxa-1227095396750)
As promised, a link to the article. Actually the second one they've done now, came at a good time, just launched my online store :D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on October 20, 2014, 01:30:15 PM
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/city/inventor-lewin-day-creates-new-single-guitar-pedal-to-replace-multiple-gadgets/story-fni9lkxa-1227095396750 (http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/city/inventor-lewin-day-creates-new-single-guitar-pedal-to-replace-multiple-gadgets/story-fni9lkxa-1227095396750)
As promised, a link to the article. Actually the second one they've done now, came at a good time, just launched my online store :D
Oh man that's fantastic.  :)  I didn't realise the direction you were taking Grav Corp in and the big plans you had for it.  I hadn't really thought beyond the crowd funded thing TBH.

Good luck with it all :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on October 20, 2014, 02:08:45 PM
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/city/inventor-lewin-day-creates-new-single-guitar-pedal-to-replace-multiple-gadgets/story-fni9lkxa-1227095396750 (http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/city/inventor-lewin-day-creates-new-single-guitar-pedal-to-replace-multiple-gadgets/story-fni9lkxa-1227095396750)
As promised, a link to the article. Actually the second one they've done now, came at a good time, just launched my online store :D
Oh man that's fantastic.  :)  I didn't realise the direction you were taking Grav Corp in and the big plans you had for it.  I hadn't really thought beyond the crowd funded thing TBH.

Good luck with it all :)
Oh yeah, this is my main game. Thanks man :D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on October 22, 2014, 12:25:13 PM
Oh yeah, this is my main game. Thanks man :D
Might be a good idea to include your press coverage on your site and Tweet some links ;)

Press coverage always looks impressive and makes your business seem a bit more legitimate. :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on October 23, 2014, 11:37:25 AM
Oh yeah, this is my main game. Thanks man :D
Might be a good idea to include your press coverage on your site and Tweet some links ;)

Press coverage always looks impressive and makes your business seem a bit more legitimate. :)
Yeah, good tips. Trying to keep on top of everything at once in addition to the band and the electronic side project... :P



Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on October 23, 2014, 08:05:09 PM
Yeah, good tips. Trying to keep on top of everything at once in addition to the band and the electronic side project... :P
Yeah all the little things soon add up. :)

Speaking from experience of juggling 3 games on multiple platforms  :P  ...I found I needed to get super organised just so I can keep track of where I'm at, with the bonus that better organisation makes for more productivity.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on October 29, 2014, 04:20:52 AM
New mastering of brightside along with a filmclip!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukVUnNGMSNE&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukVUnNGMSNE&feature=youtu.be)
I'll email you the updated master soon fog - it sounds a lot "tighter".

(http://i.imgur.com/EHn6gyF.png)
Nice touch  ;D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on October 29, 2014, 11:52:07 AM
New mastering of brightside along with a filmclip!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukVUnNGMSNE&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukVUnNGMSNE&feature=youtu.be)
I'll email you the updated master soon fog - it sounds a lot "tighter".
Awesome.  No idea whats going on in that vid   :bunnymonkey:


(http://i.imgur.com/EHn6gyF.png)
Nice touch  ;D
Seriously?  It's been like that for over a year  ;D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on November 05, 2014, 10:26:01 PM
Never underestimate how much of a pain in the ass it is to get three different things to all line up and fit together. Triple the pain when you're trying to work with people on the other side of the world. This week has been (and continues to be) terrible.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on November 05, 2014, 11:55:40 PM
Never underestimate how much of a pain in the ass it is to get three different things to all line up and fit together. Triple the pain when you're trying to work with people on the other side of the world. This week has been (and continues to be) terrible.
Hang in there buddy.  I'm sure it will wok out and be worthwhile in the long run :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on December 29, 2014, 02:36:23 AM
So in the end I managed to beat the cases into shape. I'll never, ever order from that manufacturer again. XD Absolutely terrible at what they do and became quite rude when I tried to deal with the fit and finish issues.

I had to manually redrill every case to fit properly, which was quite frustrating. However, out of all that I managed to find another casing manufacturer who got things right first time. It's a huge load off my mind.

I fulfilled my preorders and have been taking orders from there onwards. It's been going pretty well. I need to be making more sales though. I'm totally over handbuilding these things though. It just takes too long. I'm looking at doing a board redesign and getting the PCBs prepopulated in China as it's too much work at the moment.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on December 29, 2014, 01:00:50 PM
Ouch.  Sounds like a lot of hassle that you could really do without.  Looking on the positive side, it's all part of the learning process and you've now found a more reliable supplier for future projects. :)

Have you started thinking about future plans yet or do you just want to get this out of the way first?


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on December 30, 2014, 02:20:43 AM
Ouch.  Sounds like a lot of hassle that you could really do without.  Looking on the positive side, it's all part of the learning process and you've now found a more reliable supplier for future projects. :)

Have you started thinking about future plans yet or do you just want to get this out of the way first?
Yeah, absolutely. As they say, it isn't done until it's shipped :P So having shipped out all the orders I had was good.

Future plans are going ahead. I'll keep handbuilding Grav-As unless there's a huge order and I have to switch to something more sustainable early. In terms of new products, I'm working on a 4 channel passive mixer, really simple, which I'll have the PCBs for made and prepopulated in China so it's as simple as bolting them into a case and boxing them up for sale. I'll use that to get me familiar with working with the Chinese manufacturers and then launch my big showstopper project mid next year, ideally.  ;D

(https://scontent-a-nrt.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/q84/p526x296/10421352_1544611302453900_5520343313202285335_n.jpg?oh=fe72308184a51d175becc92c81782872&oe=553BB2A6)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on December 30, 2014, 01:35:06 PM
Is that real?  It almost looks like a render.  Love it ....no idea what it does mind  :)

It's only when I started looking at guitars that I saw how huge the market for fx pedal etc really is.  The choice is massive.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on December 31, 2014, 04:32:33 AM
Yep, it's real :) It's a simple 4 channel passive mixer - four stereo inputs, four volume controls, one output. Not something typically you'd want in the past, but these days there's a lot of easy-to-use starter gear like drum machines, synths and such (such as the KORG volca line, KAOSS pads etc) and people also like to use their iPods or laptop as part of their DJ set. Inspired by what someone else built, I put this together and am going to see what demand there is. It's a cheap gadget that could help a lot of people when they take those first tentative steps towards putting their electronic act on stage.

As for what else I've been working on... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Py4ChGIxfk&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Py4ChGIxfk&feature=youtu.be)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on January 02, 2015, 09:40:55 PM
As for what else I've been working on... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Py4ChGIxfk&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Py4ChGIxfk&feature=youtu.be)
Oh I've already seen and commented on that.  Love it.

I've no idea how you can turn your hand to so many different musical styles.  Seriously impressive  :man:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on January 03, 2015, 03:07:09 AM
As for what else I've been working on... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Py4ChGIxfk&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Py4ChGIxfk&feature=youtu.be)
Oh I've already seen and commented on that.  Love it.

I've no idea how you can turn your hand to so many different musical styles.  Seriously impressive  :man:
Thanks :D For a laugh, listen to what it sounded like ~5 years ago - Jaguar Moon – Anarchist Bloom – Listen and discover music at Last.fm (http://www.last.fm/music/Jaguar+Moon/_/Anarchist+Bloom) :P


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on January 04, 2015, 07:39:57 AM
At least you've progressed.  I'm still writing e+, the exact same game I released 5 years ago.  :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on February 15, 2015, 06:52:12 AM
At least you've progressed.  I'm still writing e+, the exact same game I released 5 years ago.  :)
Haha, it sounds like the Steam release and Ouya and all that has trapped your development time lately, hey? I'm sure your next stuff will launch to quite some accolades. :)

So I launched the gMIX Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/91711176/gmix-the-4-channel-stereo-mixer-without-batteries/) on Friday. I didn't even get around to advertising yet; just posting on a chiptune forum I frequent to do some research led to me finding out there's some serious demand for this, and so I rushed the launch vid and have already hit my target just from that circle! Great feeling  ;D Now I've set a stretch goal and will start more serious advertising for it. The weak Australian dollar has made it popular with US peeps!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on February 15, 2015, 11:34:32 AM
That's awesome :)  You must be building up quite a reputation that will be a great help for future products.

What's next? Don't pretend you haven't already thought about it ;)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on February 15, 2015, 01:00:34 PM
That's awesome :)  You must be building up quite a reputation that will be a great help for future products.

What's next? Don't pretend you haven't already thought about it ;)
The next project's kind of already finished in my head, but not in the flesh yet. :P It was actually going to be the first ever Grav Corp release but instead will be the third. I actually need to begin the final design very soon, I guess I've been letting that launch, a bunch of shows, and the EPs I'm working on get in the way. I can't say what it is at this stage, but I do hope it'll be a bit of a game changer.  ;D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on February 16, 2015, 01:14:52 PM
That's awesome :)  You must be building up quite a reputation that will be a great help for future products.

What's next? Don't pretend you haven't already thought about it ;)
The next project's kind of already finished in my head, but not in the flesh yet. :P It was actually going to be the first ever Grav Corp release but instead will be the third. I actually need to begin the final design very soon, I guess I've been letting that launch, a bunch of shows, and the EPs I'm working on get in the way. I can't say what it is at this stage, but I do hope it'll be a bit of a game changer.  ;D
Colour me intrigued :)

EPs too?  Awesome.  :man:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on February 17, 2015, 05:47:36 AM
(https://40.media.tumblr.com/b4862ece503d93d82f2cbe9d3803a742/tumblr_njwi1rfdvw1tfmn3so1_540.png)

The chiptune show/videogame night I'm putting together. It's quite draining trying to promote live music in this city, so I decided to try and go all out with a little extra reason for people to come down and party. Can't wait to see how it goes. :D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on February 17, 2015, 10:49:06 AM
Oh man that looks great  :man:

Are you responsible for the entire music and entertainment scene in Adelaide?   ;D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on February 18, 2015, 01:34:47 AM
Oh man that looks great  :man:

Are you responsible for the entire music and entertainment scene in Adelaide?   ;D
Thanks :D It was a rather long effort that poster, but I'm very happy with it.

Funnily enough nothing could be further than the truth! This is the first sort of "event" I'm putting on other than organising my own shows in the past. There are some proper big things that happen in Adelaide (i.e. Fringe Festival) and lots of people out there organising and booking shows... which can actually make it very hard because there's some big fish and it's a very small pond in Adelaide.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on February 23, 2015, 01:45:13 PM
I see you're way over your Kickstarter target now  :man:

Can I ask why you chose Kickstarter over the service you used last time?


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on February 24, 2015, 01:27:50 AM
I see you're way over your Kickstarter target now  :man:

Can I ask why you chose Kickstarter over the service you used last time?
Yeah, was good. Still umming and ahhing over whether to dump big coins on advertising to try to go bigger. There's a lot of services that contact you promising 100 press mentions of your campaign for $300 US or whatever; it's big money though, and the vast majority look suss. Having your drones post about a Kickstarter on a Blogspot does not a press insertion make.

I chose Kickstarter because of visibility. Everyone knows what a Kickstarter is. Nobody's heard of a Pozible, you know? So I went KS this time as it was tiring trying to explain the thing last time. :P


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: JDog053 on February 24, 2015, 11:16:11 AM
Glad to see you've achieved your goal! :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on February 25, 2015, 04:58:51 PM
I chose Kickstarter because of visibility. Everyone knows what a Kickstarter is. Nobody's heard of a Pozible, you know? So I went KS this time as it was tiring trying to explain the thing last time. :P
Makes sense.  I remember asking you about Pozible at the time too :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on February 28, 2015, 11:58:53 AM
Glad to see you've achieved your goal! :)
Thanks! Need to do a bit more promo to see how far we can push it :D
I chose Kickstarter because of visibility. Everyone knows what a Kickstarter is. Nobody's heard of a Pozible, you know? So I went KS this time as it was tiring trying to explain the thing last time. :P
Makes sense.  I remember asking you about Pozible at the time too :)
Yeah. Overall most of them have fairly similar fees, etc. Decided to try KS for this one and so far seems okay!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on April 04, 2015, 06:41:36 AM
Was good to complete the Kickstarter at 300%. Now I've been busy preparing manufacture of the rewards, and to a very pleasant surprise, been fulfilling orders to Indonesia. Will be exploring that market a lot more I think soon.

Work continues apace on my latest project... some of the side work I've been doing for it I threw up on Github and got some attention. :D http://hackaday.com/2015/04/03/high-speed-ssd1306-library/ (http://hackaday.com/2015/04/03/high-speed-ssd1306-library/)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on April 04, 2015, 12:30:13 PM
Was good to complete the Kickstarter at 300%. Now I've been busy preparing manufacture of the rewards, and to a very pleasant surprise, been fulfilling orders to Indonesia. Will be exploring that market a lot more I think soon.

Work continues apace on my latest project... some of the side work I've been doing for it I threw up on Github and got some attention. :D http://hackaday.com/2015/04/03/high-speed-ssd1306-library/ (http://hackaday.com/2015/04/03/high-speed-ssd1306-library/)
Good stuff. :)  Playing with a Pi &  Arduino is on my list of things to do when I get the chance.  I need to get my game synced light-show built :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on April 05, 2015, 09:35:03 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTX5yXpGcl4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTX5yXpGcl4)

Shot some video while spending my last few hours in Melbourne before a flight. Cut it into an abstract piece. Great city.  :snake:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on April 05, 2015, 07:23:14 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTX5yXpGcl4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTX5yXpGcl4)

Shot some video while spending my last few hours in Melbourne before a flight. Cut it into an abstract piece. Great city.  :snake:
Nice.  I liked the last vid you did too.  I've heard that track before haven't I?  I remember loving the bit I heard a while back.

I just need to persuade LSD to do one of the tracks for mono now ;)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on April 06, 2015, 06:26:04 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTX5yXpGcl4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTX5yXpGcl4)

Shot some video while spending my last few hours in Melbourne before a flight. Cut it into an abstract piece. Great city.  :snake:
Nice.  I liked the last vid you did too.  I've heard that track before haven't I?  I remember loving the bit I heard a while back.

I just need to persuade LSD to do one of the tracks for mono now ;)
Yeah, I released Archibald Died So I Could Dream back in November I think! Cheers :)

When the time comes, I'll be ready haha!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on April 07, 2015, 11:00:14 AM
When the time comes, I'll be ready haha!
Cool  :man:

I'm not sure when that will be TBH.  I'm still thinking of doing mono straight after 1982 and feedback, but I'm desperate to do something totally new and having "finished" 1982 and feedback such a long time ago they don't really satisfy that new project itch.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on June 18, 2015, 02:40:44 AM
I got very tired of people who bring their acoustic guitar to every party, and made this with a mate as a bit of a response... :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RParBwH_Fc


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on June 20, 2015, 08:32:52 AM
Haha great :)

I'm not going to ask the relevance of the shower scene.  I'm sure you had your reasons  :bunnymonkey:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on July 06, 2015, 02:23:53 PM
https://soundcloud.com/lsd-music/sand-guardian-guardian-of-the-sand

 :elephant: Gotta stay fresh. :elephant:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on July 09, 2015, 08:25:10 PM
https://soundcloud.com/lsd-music/sand-guardian-guardian-of-the-sand

 :elephant: Gotta stay fresh. :elephant:
That's awesome.  I want to write an arcade puzzle game with that music  :bunnymonkey:  Yeah a puzzle game....no idea why it has me thinking of that and not a shmup, but it does.

Where are the samples from?  Just you?


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on July 10, 2015, 12:32:40 AM
https://soundcloud.com/lsd-music/sand-guardian-guardian-of-the-sand

 :elephant: Gotta stay fresh. :elephant:
That's awesome.  I want to write an arcade puzzle game with that music  :bunnymonkey:  Yeah a puzzle game....no idea why it has me thinking of that and not a shmup, but it does.
Thanks dude :D I'd say probably the trap beat to it is what gives it a bit of a different feel and would suit it to more contemplative puzzle gameplay vs. many of my other tracks with more conventional dance beats which are more "actiony".


Where are the samples from?  Just you?
So I've scraped some free samples sites here and there which is handy, but the showstopper sample that the song is based on is from this hilarious Vine (Vine is a video site dedicated to 6 second videos).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1-LbTJoCuM
I always laugh so hard at that. XD


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on July 29, 2015, 11:42:22 AM
Quote
That's awesome.  I want to write an arcade puzzle game with that music  :bunnymonkey:  Yeah a puzzle game....no idea why it has me thinking of that and not a shmup, but it does.
Thanks dude :D I'd say probably the trap beat to it is what gives it a bit of a different feel and would suit it to more contemplative puzzle gameplay vs. many of my other tracks with more conventional dance beats which are more "actiony".
I really should write another puzzle game some time.  DUOtris is probably my most played self-written game so it's surprising I haven't been tempted to write another.

Perhaps this tune will inspire me :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on August 03, 2015, 10:58:32 AM
Not sure if I said but I scored a full time engineering job starting next year which is awesome. For the last few years I've been working a night job 20 hours a week because I wanted to just do my own thing for a bit after finishing my degree. So lately I've been winding down new product development for Grav Corp (no longer super necessary to try and earn a living that way) and just delving into whatever takes my fancy. At the moment, trying to hunt down an old compact Macintosh on eBay (missed a sweet SE the other day :( ) for fun and working on getting an old Video 8 camcorder going.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on August 08, 2015, 08:42:11 PM
Not sure if I said but I scored a full time engineering job starting next year which is awesome.
That's fantastic news.  If you enjoy it half as much as I did my engineering design job then you'll love it.  I'm sure you will. :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on August 10, 2015, 07:01:34 AM
Not sure if I said but I scored a full time engineering job starting next year which is awesome.
That's fantastic news.  If you enjoy it half as much as I did my engineering design job then you'll love it.  I'm sure you will. :)
Thanks mate :) I'm starting out in manufacturing (aluminium die casting) hoping to make a leap into full on design down the track. Super eager to get stuck in!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on August 14, 2015, 09:08:53 PM
Thanks mate :) I'm starting out in manufacturing (aluminium die casting) hoping to make a leap into full on design down the track. Super eager to get stuck in!
As part of my apprentiship many moons ago, I spent some time working in our foundry and it was great, like nowhere else I worked.  Giant crucibles pouring 50 tons of molten iron while you stood a few meters away. 


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on August 22, 2015, 06:05:24 AM
Thanks mate :) I'm starting out in manufacturing (aluminium die casting) hoping to make a leap into full on design down the track. Super eager to get stuck in!
As part of my apprentiship many moons ago, I spent some time working in our foundry and it was great, like nowhere else I worked.  Giant crucibles pouring 50 tons of molten iron while you stood a few meters away. 
I toured the place and they had forklifts carrying around crucibles of molten aluminium, mad haha.

https://soundcloud.com/lsd-music/lsd-x-les-incoiffables-cva

An old mate of mine did an LSDJ version of Anarchist Bloom mashed up with one of their own tracks. So good.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on August 24, 2015, 06:43:54 PM
https://soundcloud.com/lsd-music/lsd-x-les-incoiffables-cva

An old mate of mine did an LSDJ version of Anarchist Bloom mashed up with one of their own tracks. So good.
That's pretty great....although I do wisj I'd turned the volume down on my headphones first  :o


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on October 09, 2015, 01:38:37 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mswyztGYpY

This video was the culmination of a ton of work and I learned a lot about filming in the process. Massive fun... looking forward to the next vid we do. I've been doing a lot of Youtubing lately, which is fun as I quite enjoy video. :D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on October 09, 2015, 09:11:52 PM
You guys had way too much fun doing that.  Have you got Beverley's phone number?  ;D

BTW I had a good laugh at one of your recent Slide Reviews....although I must admit I was expecting a music review when I clicked on it  :bunnymonkey:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on October 12, 2015, 01:44:03 PM
You guys had way too much fun doing that.  Have you got Beverley's phone number?  ;D

BTW I had a good laugh at one of your recent Slide Reviews....although I must admit I was expecting a music review when I clicked on it  :bunnymonkey:
It was such a good night. We basically put out the drinks and said "come what may". :P

Good ol' Slide Reviews, glad you enjoyed it :D Got some big ideas for season 2, but first, the Christmas special...  :elephant:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on October 21, 2015, 12:09:10 PM
We basically put out the drinks and said "come what may". :P
Always good for the creative process.....although I wouldn't recommend coding under the influence unless you want to spend the next week correcting things.  :rhino:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on October 21, 2015, 02:26:21 PM
We basically put out the drinks and said "come what may". :P
Always good for the creative process.....although I wouldn't recommend coding under the influence unless you want to spend the next week correcting things.  :rhino:
Haha. Yeah, back in the days me and the boys used to code on embedded projects on the weekends but more than a beer or two in the lab would put a spanner in the works.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on October 24, 2015, 02:16:32 PM
Haha. Yeah, back in the days me and the boys used to code on embedded projects on the weekends but more than a beer or two in the lab would put a spanner in the works.
While coding under the influence of alcohol isn't a good idea, it should be mandatory for everyone to be pissed up during game design meetings at all big developers.

Just think how wonderful and refreshing the resulting games would be.  :man:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on October 25, 2015, 05:20:00 AM
Haha. Yeah, back in the days me and the boys used to code on embedded projects on the weekends but more than a beer or two in the lab would put a spanner in the works.
While coding under the influence of alcohol isn't a good idea, it should be mandatory for everyone to be pissed up during game design meetings at all big developers.

Just think how wonderful and refreshing the resulting games would be.  :man:
Good call. Try and convince a bunch of rowdy developers that they have to make ANOTHER COD game. It wouldn't happen!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on November 23, 2015, 09:46:48 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLPDvYVsGK8

The end of a collaboration I started back in February. Good fun.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on November 23, 2015, 10:19:29 PM
Man you keep busy :)

Good stuff.  How did the collaboration work?  Who did what?


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on November 24, 2015, 12:45:06 AM
Man you keep busy :)

Good stuff.  How did the collaboration work?  Who did what?
Haha, thanks mate! :)

So the artwork for the 7", VHS cover & stickers, all that sort of business was handled by "Max Planck", a friend of mine from university. We collab'd on the first track, Rainbow Default, and I threw in a few production ideas when he was putting together receive/return. I then put together the music video. A lot of fun... just funny to think it literally took us all year to put out a couple of songs we started back in early February :P Time flies!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on November 28, 2015, 10:31:12 AM
So the artwork for the 7", VHS cover & stickers, all that sort of business was handled by "Max Planck", a friend of mine from university. We collab'd on the first track, Rainbow Default, and I threw in a few production ideas when he was putting together receive/return. I then put together the music video. A lot of fun... just funny to think it literally took us all year to put out a couple of songs we started back in early February :P Time flies!
So you did a bit of everything then.  :man:

Coming from someone that struggles to do one thing well, what's it like to be multi-talented?  How do you find the time lol.  :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on December 08, 2015, 01:55:40 AM
So the artwork for the 7", VHS cover & stickers, all that sort of business was handled by "Max Planck", a friend of mine from university. We collab'd on the first track, Rainbow Default, and I threw in a few production ideas when he was putting together receive/return. I then put together the music video. A lot of fun... just funny to think it literally took us all year to put out a couple of songs we started back in early February :P Time flies!
So you did a bit of everything then.  :man:

Coming from someone that struggles to do one thing well, what's it like to be multi-talented?  How do you find the time lol.  :)
For someone who "struggles to do one thing well", you've certainly built up a great reputation and had a lot of press for your games over the years.  ;D

I think it might be a case of finished products not truly showing the time investment. The whole RYO-001 project took a full 8 months or so to realise. Not full time work but a fair whack of free time. And unfortunately I still lagged too much on one of the key features, the VHS aspect of the release, and so we got absolutely no press at all for it. Kind of annoying when you have no existing fanbase and then you botch your biggest release of the year - but you learn from these things. :P But it was great fun and the vinyls and tapes look great.

One of the main things is I scored a job (that starts next year) in July. This allowed me to wind down my Grav Corp time investment (because I no longer need to push that as a potential career) and combined with my night job of only 15-20 hours a week, I do have a fair bit of time. Since I quit the night job a month ago I've been free to do my own thing full time.  I've been ramping up my Youtube activity which has just recently taken a hit as I've been on a 10 day holiday around Australia and am leaving in a few days for China!

But yeah, I guess TL;DR - I worked the minimum at a menial job I needed to get by in order to maximise my time for personal projects. Through that I have a middlingly above average aptitude in a variety of fields I like (video editing, electronics, and so on) but I'm not particularly good at any of them.



Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on December 08, 2015, 02:23:30 AM
Publicity and press coverage wise, if you haven't got an existing following then it's pretty much down to luck theses days.  Music making and game development is so much more accessible now that the markets are flooded and a lot of great music and games get lost in the noise.

And conversely a lot of crap gets coverage because publishers can afford to pay for it or it somehow "goes social" (eg. Flappy Bird)

Enjoy China. :)



Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on December 08, 2015, 02:35:57 AM
Publicity and press coverage wise, if you haven't got an existing following then it's pretty much down to luck theses days.  Music making and game development is so much more accessible now that the markets are flooded and a lot of great music and games get lost in the noise.

And conversely a lot of crap gets coverage because publishers can afford to pay for it or it somehow "goes social" (eg. Flappy Bird)
True enough in many respects. I guess the trick is to focus on making your product the best it can be; everything else can only follow.
Enjoy China. :)
Will do, cheers :D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on January 04, 2016, 05:45:17 AM
Slide Reviews Christmas special never happened. It got to the point where I didn't have a great idea and didn't want to phone it in.

China, on the other hand, did happen. And was next level awesome. Shot so much content I had trouble with maxing out my phone storage. Had to offload from my Nexus 5X to a flash drive with an obscure Apple cable and also to the cloud. Mad times. Gonna be months before I'm done with all that content.

Now I need to figure out a quick video to put out while I sort my move to Melbourne.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on January 04, 2016, 02:43:37 PM
China, on the other hand, did happen. And was next level awesome.
I'd love to hear or see more about that trip.  China is one of those places where I'm sure the reality of it is entirely different from the public image it has through the media.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on January 05, 2016, 03:34:20 AM
China, on the other hand, did happen. And was next level awesome.
I'd love to hear or see more about that trip.  China is one of those places where I'm sure the reality of it is entirely different from the public image it has through the media.
Very much on the money - not at all what I expected in many ways. Can't wait to bring it to Youtube. ;D

I'd say the number one thing that struck me is how insanely capitalistic it really is over there. And I'm not just talking about the special economic zones like Shenzhen either. You're tripping over McDonalds and KFC in the big cities. Huge malls. HUGE malls.

Another thing is the weird security. Every subway station has an X-ray machine for baggage, which half the time you can walk straight past without stopping even if you have a backpack. You then step through a metal detector. No matter if it beeps or not, keep walking. Maybe 1 out of ten times you'll stop, the person manning it will entirely pantomime scanning you with a hand scanner and you'll walk on. It's security theatre. It's almost like they're just employed for the sake of it.

Another anecdote, though - coming back from the Great Wall, you head back to the bus station by hiring whoever's around with a car and pestering you for business. You gotta haggle hard if you're not a local because they'll try and rip you off. Not my strong point but my friend is quite talented (and looks Chinese so they didn't try to screw us over as much). So we get in the car - note that the seatbelts aren't just optional, but frowned upon. The ones in the back seats of cabs in China are generally covered with a seat cover, and if you try to use them in the passenger seat the driver will often try and make you take it off. In many areas, lane lines are but a guide, often ignored.

So we're driving down the mountain and there's a police unit out doing breathtesting. The driver stops, the police officer leans over with the breathtester. Without leaning over, or even considering blowing into the unit, the driver blows a puff of air in the general direction of the police officer and is waved on. We immediately burst into raucous laughter. Never seen anything like it. Wish I'd got that on video, I tell ya.  :kangaroo:

Pollution is bad in all cities; often over 200 PM2.5. Beijing is next level - hitting over 500 twice while were there. Australian cities almost never top 25.  ;D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on January 09, 2016, 12:17:12 PM
Looking forward to any Youtube vids you post :)

Another thing is the weird security. Every subway station has an X-ray machine for baggage, which half the time you can walk straight past without stopping even if you have a backpack. You then step through a metal detector. No matter if it beeps or not, keep walking. Maybe 1 out of ten times you'll stop, the person manning it will entirely pantomime scanning you with a hand scanner and you'll walk on. It's security theatre. It's almost like they're just employed for the sake of it.
That's what a lot of security is everywhere really.  Giving he public the illusion that they are safe when in reality there's little you can do to prevent terrorist attacks etc.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on January 12, 2016, 11:40:02 PM
Today begins the big move to Melbourne. Got two weeks to find somewhere to live. Hopefully sort something quickly and can then come back for all my vintage gear... ;D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: JDog053 on January 13, 2016, 12:05:38 PM
Hope the move goes well! Your China trip sounded great too.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on January 13, 2016, 02:34:46 PM
Today begins the big move to Melbourne. Got two weeks to find somewhere to live. Hopefully sort something quickly and can then come back for all my vintage gear... ;D
What's with "the big move" then?  Work?  Chasing the Rock'n'Roll lifestyle?  :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on January 18, 2016, 09:12:55 AM
Hope the move goes well! Your China trip sounded great too.

Today begins the big move to Melbourne. Got two weeks to find somewhere to live. Hopefully sort something quickly and can then come back for all my vintage gear... ;D
What's with "the big move" then?  Work?  Chasing the Rock'n'Roll lifestyle?  :)
Thanks guys :D Yeah, scored a job back in July, which starts Feb 1. Got over to Melbourne and have found a decent sharehouse already so things aren't too bad, but I did leave my laptop (my main PC) at home for fear of it being stolen in the hostel I was staying in before I found a place. Stupid mistake, because now I'm waiting for it to be posted and it's taking forever... :P I bought a $59 10 year old HP laptop and am trying to upgrade it to Windows 10 so I can install my video editing software and get another YT vid up in the next few days while I wait for my main machine to arrive haha. Silly paranoia got the best of me.

The job's engineering in a die casting factory; should be fun. Very keen to start; not least because my funds are running down and my first paycheck's still a few weeks away. :P



Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on January 20, 2016, 12:48:23 PM
The job's engineering in a die casting factory; should be fun. Very keen to start; not least because my funds are running down and my first paycheck's still a few weeks away. :P
Excellent.  Congrats.  :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on January 24, 2016, 11:38:08 AM
The job's engineering in a die casting factory; should be fun. Very keen to start; not least because my funds are running down and my first paycheck's still a few weeks away. :P
Excellent.  Congrats.  :)
Thanks mate :D One week to go before I start. Keen.

As for what happened in China, here's a taste ;D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sytS5EBhGOE


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on January 27, 2016, 11:00:40 PM
Oh man that looks like so much fun.  I want one of those ice bikes  :kangaroo:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: JDog053 on January 28, 2016, 09:33:35 AM
yeah, that looks awesome! China is such a vibrant place :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on March 07, 2016, 11:27:24 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQLBgA0a7t8&feature=youtu.be

Those of you who consider yourselves veterans of the BinaryZoo (hahah okay it's all of us at this point) may remember my electric scooter projects from yesteryear (2008-2012). Well, I had some coin and got stuck in to a new one. The plan is this time to basically start with an electric scooter and improve from there. It's good fun.

The new job is pretty rad. Hard work but pretty interesting stuff. Lots of big machinery, too. It's a struggle but I'm dedicated to putting out a new vid each week on Youtube. At the moment I'm juuuuust about able to keep up, getting one out every 6-9 days but I reckon I'll have to give myself a couple weeks off soon. :P


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on March 08, 2016, 11:35:38 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQLBgA0a7t8&feature=youtu.be

Those of you who consider yourselves veterans of the BinaryZoo (hahah okay it's all of us at this point) may remember my electric scooter projects from yesteryear (2008-2012). Well, I had some coin and got stuck in to a new one. The plan is this time to basically start with an electric scooter and improve from there. It's good fun.

The new job is pretty rad. Hard work but pretty interesting stuff. Lots of big machinery, too. It's a struggle but I'm dedicated to putting out a new vid each week on Youtube. At the moment I'm juuuuust about able to keep up, getting one out every 6-9 days but I reckon I'll have to give myself a couple weeks off soon. :P
That was great.  Seemed appropriate that there were crutches in the background  ;D

Just watched your Apple & Amiga haul vid too.  I loved that one.  Amiga is still my favorite system ever.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on March 09, 2016, 06:56:15 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQLBgA0a7t8&feature=youtu.be

Those of you who consider yourselves veterans of the BinaryZoo (hahah okay it's all of us at this point) may remember my electric scooter projects from yesteryear (2008-2012). Well, I had some coin and got stuck in to a new one. The plan is this time to basically start with an electric scooter and improve from there. It's good fun.

The new job is pretty rad. Hard work but pretty interesting stuff. Lots of big machinery, too. It's a struggle but I'm dedicated to putting out a new vid each week on Youtube. At the moment I'm juuuuust about able to keep up, getting one out every 6-9 days but I reckon I'll have to give myself a couple weeks off soon. :P
That was great.  Seemed appropriate that there were crutches in the background  ;D

Just watched your Apple & Amiga haul vid too.  I loved that one.  Amiga is still my favorite system ever.

Hahah cheers man!

Yeah, it's great to finally have an Amiga of my own again after... probably... 15 years or so :P Definitely probably my favourite system too. Just something about it!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on March 09, 2016, 11:49:19 AM
Yeah, it's great to finally have an Amiga of my own again after... probably... 15 years or so :P Definitely probably my favourite system too. Just something about it!
I love seeing stuff like that Dick Smith stuff too.  In the early 80's it seemed everyone was releasing a home computer. 

Eventually it more or less ended where everyone had a Sinclair or Commodore, but before that I played on friends Amstrads, Acorns, BBC, Dragon, Oric etc

I had to laugh at that comment about the magazine and being single in 1982 too as that was me back then.   :bunnymonkey:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on March 13, 2016, 12:47:33 PM
I had to laugh at that comment about the magazine and being single in 1982 too as that was me back then.   :bunnymonkey:
I think it's me right now. I was supposed to drive back home this long weekend to visit friends, head out on the town for some drinks and escapades... but due to a small injury I wasn't up to it. Instead I've spent the last 3 days tinkering with my A590 hard drive expansion and connecting to the A500 over serial with my '97 Toshiba laptop... :P


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on March 29, 2016, 05:18:59 AM
Hope y'all had a good Easter! Mine was going great until the Sunday night... was back in my hometown, partying with the boys, when I saw a skateboard and thought it would be a safer idea to have a go before getting drunk.

No matter - I managed to dislocate my shoulder all the same. :P Missing more work than I would like and it's gonna be tough to work on projects with a shoulder sling and a large ambulance bill but one must plow on regardless!  :kangaroo:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: JDog053 on March 29, 2016, 11:32:50 AM
Not good, hope you have a swift recovery!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on March 30, 2016, 05:36:34 PM
Hope y'all had a good Easter! Mine was going great until the Sunday night... was back in my hometown, partying with the boys, when I saw a skateboard and thought it would be a safer idea to have a go before getting drunk.

No matter - I managed to dislocate my shoulder all the same. :P Missing more work than I would like and it's gonna be tough to work on projects with a shoulder sling and a large ambulance bill but one must plow on regardless!  :kangaroo:
Ouch.  :(  Get well soon. 

You'll soon be too old for all this skateboarding  ;)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on April 29, 2016, 09:45:21 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mcVxtS6cNw

I genuinely thought I'd have edited all the China vids by now but I'm not even halfway through! Fun though.

Been doing a video a week (okay... every 8 or 9 days :P) for a long time now; it's quite difficult to keep up with, however. Weighing up the benefits of dropping back to a more rigid fortnightly schedule instead of the current "once a week... ish" I've been doing now. Especially because I really need to make some more music to support the videos; I'm scraping the barrel for fresh tunes at the moment; I was lucky for the above video that I found a score I entered into a competition from years ago that I'd never used.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on April 29, 2016, 05:57:25 PM
Great vid.  China really is an amazing mixture of the old and new, tradition and western culture.

Watched the XJ220 vid too.  Loved that game although the Lotus series is still my favorite.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on April 29, 2016, 11:59:19 PM
Great vid.  China really is an amazing mixture of the old and new, tradition and western culture.
Thanks mate :) Definitely agree there, I was incredibly surprised by the sheer consumerism and penetration of Western brands. McDonalds everywhere.

Somehow this episode came together very easily and felt like it flowed really well. Somewhat like the beers...  :kangaroo:


Watched the XJ220 vid too.  Loved that game although the Lotus series is still my favorite.
I had both growing up but always gravitated towards Jaguar for some reason. I should revisit the Lotus games; which was the best in your opinion?


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on May 02, 2016, 08:28:26 PM
Watched the XJ220 vid too.  Loved that game although the Lotus series is still my favorite.
I had both growing up but always gravitated towards Jaguar for some reason. I should revisit the Lotus games; which was the best in your opinion?
Probably the first one although that's probably because I had so much fun playing split-screen multi-player on it.  And IIRC the later games added a few gimmicky tracks and obstacles that I wasn't keen on.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on May 09, 2016, 01:22:16 PM
Love the retro Oscilloscope in the new vid.  Great find. :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on May 10, 2016, 08:40:58 AM
Love the retro Oscilloscope in the new vid.  Great find. :)
Haha, thanks mate! I actually scored two, and made one good one and one passable one from the parts. Grabbed that one from an e-waste bin, really great when you find tools you need.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on May 16, 2016, 01:52:47 PM
I bet you've been inundated with offers for use of a runway.  lol. Because everyone has one of those  ;D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on May 17, 2016, 09:11:39 AM
I bet you've been inundated with offers for use of a runway.  lol. Because everyone has one of those  ;D
Haha! I wish. I had one offer that was PERFECT except it's 18 hours away by car so that's not practical. I had another offer a bit closer but I haven't yet determined whether it's suitable for my needs yet. I think I need to do some more research on who owns the local airports and whether they'd be interested in lending me a bit of one...


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on June 20, 2016, 07:56:57 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/ZTg27Af.jpg)

Blew up my Pi Zero working on TKIRV. Wouldn't be so bad (it's a $5 board) except they're sold out so my only option to continue development is to shell out $30 for a normal sized RPi. :(


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on June 20, 2016, 01:54:56 PM
Blew up my Pi Zero working on TKIRV. Wouldn't be so bad (it's a $5 board) except they're sold out so my only option to continue development is to shell out $30 for a normal sized RPi. :(
Ouch. What are you actually using the Pi for on TKIRV?


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on June 21, 2016, 10:10:20 AM
Blew up my Pi Zero working on TKIRV. Wouldn't be so bad (it's a $5 board) except they're sold out so my only option to continue development is to shell out $30 for a normal sized RPi. :(
Ouch. What are you actually using the Pi for on TKIRV?
As the main goal is remote control over the cellular network, and I need to send back full motion video, the Pi will be the main brains of the whole show. It'll both control the drive motors and steering and also feed back webcam video. The Pi's a great choice for this because as a Linux computer it's going to be (I hope) super easy to get things running as an RC car over WiFi and then simply sub in a 4G USB stick as a replacement network adapter. :D

I was so lucky, I thought, yesterday. I got an email indicating the Pi Zero was back in stock. I jumped at it straight away... and they were sold out. Instantly. In a minute. Noooooooooo D:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on June 22, 2016, 10:22:26 PM
I was so lucky, I thought, yesterday. I got an email indicating the Pi Zero was back in stock. I jumped at it straight away... and they were sold out. Instantly. In a minute. Noooooooooo D:
Get a Pi 3 and use the extra processing power to control the on-board weapons systems  :bunnymonkey:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on June 27, 2016, 09:09:11 AM
I was so lucky, I thought, yesterday. I got an email indicating the Pi Zero was back in stock. I jumped at it straight away... and they were sold out. Instantly. In a minute. Noooooooooo D:
Get a Pi 3 and use the extra processing power to control the on-board weapons systems  :bunnymonkey:
Ahahah! I almost did, though the full-fat Pi models weren't my first choice as they use a lot more power than the Zero, which is critical on a solar powered vehicle. In the end I got lucky and snagged one somewhere else! Very happy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goeBbEIcq9w

This was probably the hardest episode to edit so far; but it was also one of the most rewarding. Note the chiptune remix of Cowboy Metaphor during the mountain sequence, a song I wrote back in 2009 as an angsty teenager. ;D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on June 29, 2016, 12:31:23 PM
Beautiful..  Good job you like tea  :)

Did you get to the bottom of the Che Guevara stuff?


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on June 29, 2016, 12:57:38 PM
Beautiful..  Good job you like tea  :)

Did you get to the bottom of the Che Guevara stuff?
I think it's just decoration! Nobody there seemed particularly communist or anything. I guess it was because we were on holiday but we really didn't talk politics with the locals, would have been interesting though...


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on July 31, 2016, 01:20:36 PM
I'm working on a Python version of Gravity Wars; getting there slowly. Having a bit of a problem at the moment though.

I'm wanting to draw the missile trails onto a seperate "screen"... like an overlay, 1920x1080 in size, and then I want to blit that entire screen to the main screen every frame. But this is too slow and I can't even run at 60fps which for a 2D game in 2016 is pretty pathetic :P

But I need to do this because the missile trails need to be persistent. I might have to go back to doing what the original game did in the 80s, and just draw the missile trails straight onto the main buffer and then every so often wipe them all away. But that's inelegant, too. :/

More thinking required!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on August 02, 2016, 08:43:05 PM
I'm working on a Python version of Gravity Wars; getting there slowly. Having a bit of a problem at the moment though.

I'm wanting to draw the missile trails onto a seperate "screen"... like an overlay, 1920x1080 in size, and then I want to blit that entire screen to the main screen every frame. But this is too slow and I can't even run at 60fps which for a 2D game in 2016 is pretty pathetic :P

But I need to do this because the missile trails need to be persistent. I might have to go back to doing what the original game did in the 80s, and just draw the missile trails straight onto the main buffer and then every so often wipe them all away. But that's inelegant, too. :/

More thinking required!
Why Python?  (I don't know much about it.)

Have you tried just drawing the entire trail every frame?  If you optimise the lines you draw so you aren't drawing one for every frame of movement then it's a surprisingly efficient way of doing it (It's what I did for my "Trail" drawing code)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on August 03, 2016, 09:46:05 AM
Python cause I like it I guess haha. I dunno; Frets on Fire used it and xkcd always says its a great language so I tried it with Pygame and it's kinda decent.

So what I'm doing is, I've created a... I forget what DarkBasic would call it but basically a 1920x1080 image in memory. You know, like a 1920x1080 bitmap I can draw stuff to, called missileTrail. Each frame I draw the missile's current position to missileTrail and I never clear it. So over time, the missile's path is drawn on this 1920x1080 image. Then, every frame I draw missileTrail to the screen (which is another 1920x1080 image that you can write to, i.e. the display), and I also draw a couple sprites for planets directly to the main screen, not missileTrail. I think the problem is Pygame (or perhaps SDL which it's a wrapper for) has some issues doing large writes like that. Generally most pygame resources recommend using dirty rectangle optimizations which I'll try next. There's also hardware acceleration but in the age we're in that doesn't sound necessary and also it's apparently only really reliable on Windows and I'd like to ideally keep this portable at this stage.

I might do as you suggest and draw the whole missile trail each frame. Is there an easy way of taking a series of individual point positions and turning it into a series of less intensive lines to draw?


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on August 04, 2016, 12:27:47 PM
Lots of things you could try :)

It really depends on how you're drawing the lines onto your render image in Python.  Native Line command?  Stretched sprites? Individual pixels?  And it depends on how fast Python is at drawing to a Render Image rather than the screen (some languages are terrible at this)

What I'd try first is a combination of a Render Image and drawing the lines every frame (This is similar to what I did in mono to avoid having to update the background Render Image every frame.)
Start by drawing the lines to screen and then at set intervals (x secs or x lines) draw these lines to the RenderImage so you don't need to draw them every frame any more.  Just tweak the interval between Render Image draw calls to maximise performance.

And whatever you do I'd definitely look at optimising the lines you store.  ie. if a missile is travelling in pretty much a straight line for 10 frames then just store a single line and not one for every frame.

Incidentally your render image size (1920x1080) is pretty big and some platforms wont like that.  I'd be tempted to try it 960x540.  As well as possibly improving performance, resizing it to screen res will give you free AA and make your lines look nicer.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on August 04, 2016, 12:36:17 PM
Fog, damn bro. You're a champ. ;D Will have to start testing things out.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on August 16, 2016, 09:16:43 AM
jesus. 12 and a half hours spent getting a webcam to stream properly off the raspberry pi. haven't had a "linux day" like that since I was a teenager.

What's a Linux Day? If you meet any 3 of the following, it's a Linux Day:
-googling and finding six different ways to achieve the given task
-finding the optimum solution to require the compilation of some random code
-following some outdated instructions that tell you to add the wrong repositories to apt-get
-seeing they want you to use "make" and knowing it's going to be a bad time
-you use make, it turns out to be a bad time
-everything keels over and you have to reimage the system
-you give up and go to bed
-you eventually find an oblique reference to a problem someone found years ago that still hasn't been fixed
-you eventually get everything running after having found some random scrap of text that happens to be the perfect code to fix the whole problem

I tell ya what. Back on track now.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on August 16, 2016, 01:21:52 PM
jesus. 12 and a half hours spent getting a webcam to stream properly off the raspberry pi. haven't had a "linux day" like that since I was a teenager.

What's a Linux Day? If you meet any 3 of the following, it's a Linux Day:
-googling and finding six different ways to achieve the given task
-finding the optimum solution to require the compilation of some random code
-following some outdated instructions that tell you to add the wrong repositories to apt-get
-seeing they want you to use "make" and knowing it's going to be a bad time
-you use make, it turns out to be a bad time
-everything keels over and you have to reimage the system
-you give up and go to bed
-you eventually find an oblique reference to a problem someone found years ago that still hasn't been fixed
-you eventually get everything running after having found some random scrap of text that happens to be the perfect code to fix the whole problem

I tell ya what. Back on track now.

HaHa.  Have to admit I've never dabbled with Linux and I've read too many stories like this to ever want to  :bunnymonkey:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on October 08, 2016, 03:24:32 AM
https://soundcloud.com/lsd-music/cowboy-metaphor

You may or may not remember me posting the original version of this track way back in 2009. I retooled it for CHIPTUNERY; this featured in Chinatrip episode 5 in the mountain sequence. Just got around to releasing it now.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on October 08, 2016, 02:26:48 PM
https://soundcloud.com/lsd-music/cowboy-metaphor

You may or may not remember me posting the original version of this track way back in 2009. I retooled it for CHIPTUNERY; this featured in Chinatrip episode 5 in the mountain sequence. Just got around to releasing it now.
Yup, that's fantastic.

Every time you write a new tune I think "yeah I know exactly what game idea that would be perfect for."  So tempted to stop work on Zynth for now and work on a game again but I like to see a project through.  :bunnymonkey:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on October 09, 2016, 08:07:07 AM
https://soundcloud.com/lsd-music/cowboy-metaphor

You may or may not remember me posting the original version of this track way back in 2009. I retooled it for CHIPTUNERY; this featured in Chinatrip episode 5 in the mountain sequence. Just got around to releasing it now.
Yup, that's fantastic.

Every time you write a new tune I think "yeah I know exactly what game idea that would be perfect for."  So tempted to stop work on Zynth for now and work on a game again but I like to see a project through.  :bunnymonkey:

Thanks ^___^

Zynth looks really cool and quite out of the box. Can't wait to have a go at it.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on October 11, 2016, 08:06:47 PM
Zynth looks really cool and quite out of the box. Can't wait to have a go at it.
"Out of the box" might be right as my original idea was to create a musical toy using Auduino or a Raspberry Pi.  Still might if I ever get the software side of it finished.  :bunnymonkey:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on October 27, 2016, 02:52:48 PM
Zynth looks really cool and quite out of the box. Can't wait to have a go at it.
"Out of the box" might be right as my original idea was to create a musical toy using Auduino or a Raspberry Pi.  Still might if I ever get the software side of it finished.  :bunnymonkey:
Speaking of "Out of the box", here's something that's been almost a year in gestation and three months in the actual works. I felt a lot of pressure to get the song half of this project right so I kept putting it off, but here we finally are. Teardown/mod video of the calculator real soon.

I like mucking around with this sort of thing. Limitations breed creativity and so on. Can't wait for Zynth ;D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlQxk9IPQ34&feature=youtu.be


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on November 03, 2016, 03:37:51 PM
That's great.  Looking forward to that teardown video :)

I expect Zynth to sound a bit like that modded calculator....if you sat on it.  :P


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on November 23, 2016, 08:18:53 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYufIaR41S4

Teardown. :D

I've left my job at the major automaker as a graduate die casting process engineer to work as the digital marketing guy for a company building agricultural sprayers. The engineering job wasn't quite my style, didn't get to do a whole lot of design... or really, any... at all. It was just churning spreadsheets and being unable to solve any casting issues because the 40 year old machines were breaking down every 40 minutes. So I found something that allowed me to leverage my video skills and I was pretty stoked to get it! Keen to be doing video work in a professional sense now. Bit of a curveball  ;D Plus it let me move back to my home city where my darling partner is  :elephant:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: JDog053 on November 23, 2016, 10:19:58 AM
That's great news, well done!  ;D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on November 24, 2016, 10:00:38 AM
That's great news, well done!  ;D
Thanks mate :D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on November 24, 2016, 10:19:27 PM
Even though it's pretty basic by today's standards I'm still surprised at how little there is inside one of those calculators.  Less opportunities for hacking and fun  :bunnymonkey:

So I found something that allowed me to leverage my video skills and I was pretty stoked to get it! Keen to be doing video work in a professional sense now. Bit of a curveball  ;D Plus it let me move back to my home city where my darling partner is  :elephant:
That's great news.  Congrats.  I was lucky enough to do a job I loved for almost 30 years so I appreciate what finding a job you feel at home doing means.  Money isn't everything. :)

I should employ you to use your video skills on 1982.   :bunnymonkey:  Not having a video is the main reason I haven't officially released it yet (Greenlight, ich.io etc) as I've no idea artistically what to do wihen it comes to videos.  :P  Just recording 1 minute of gameplay seems uninspired and lazy.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on November 26, 2016, 01:12:10 AM
Even though it's pretty basic by today's standards I'm still surprised at how little there is inside one of those calculators.  Less opportunities for hacking and fun  :bunnymonkey:

So I found something that allowed me to leverage my video skills and I was pretty stoked to get it! Keen to be doing video work in a professional sense now. Bit of a curveball  ;D Plus it let me move back to my home city where my darling partner is  :elephant:
That's great news.  Congrats.  I was lucky enough to do a job I loved for almost 30 years so I appreciate what finding a job you feel at home doing means.  Money isn't everything. :)

Cheers mate :D Funnily enough I was very lucky, as the new job pays better, too. You'd be surprised at what the major automaker paid, quite low for the field actually. But as you say, money isn't everything. They couldn't have convinced me to stay for double :P

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I should employ you to use your video skills on 1982.   BunnyMonkey!  Not having a video is the main reason I haven't officially released it yet (Greenlight, ich.io etc) as I've no idea artistically what to do wihen it comes to videos.  Tongue  Just recording 1 minute of gameplay seems uninspired and lazy.
Ah yep, yeah video is key these days. Sometime in 2017 we might have to put something together. :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on December 08, 2016, 03:25:30 AM
It was around about 2005 or 2006 that I started following BinaryZoo & Hackaday on a daily basis. Now I've been a playtester & musician for Binaryzoo, and today, my first article that I've written for Hackaday goes live. Feeling pretty good about life right now.  ;D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on December 08, 2016, 09:33:35 PM
It was around about 2005 or 2006 that I started following BinaryZoo & Hackaday on a daily basis. Now I've been a playtester & musician for Binaryzoo, and today, my first article that I've written for Hackaday goes live. Feeling pretty good about life right now.  ;D
Awesome.  Don't make me search next time  ;)

http://hackaday.com/2016/12/07/laser-cut-lego-in-mdf/

Really cool idea.  Everyone loves LEGO.  I want a modular synth system built out of LEGO with different wave generators etc assigned to different brick types with all the complicated stuff done in software as opposed to having any electronics in the bricks themselves.

And the zoo thanks you for your musical input.  My "new year resolution" is to start developing games again after Christmas regardless of where we are with Zynth and I'd love to work together again.  :man:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on January 03, 2017, 02:03:40 AM
New Year's Eve was good fun, went down the beach for a couple of days at a mate's holiday house. Got the crew together and tried to build a huge sandcastle and then a huge trench. Not easy but good fun!

My car's still out of action, and the car I bought to replace it is too, as removing the car alarm on it wasn't as easy as I'd hoped. Waiting for parts. FUN. :P


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on January 03, 2017, 12:17:23 PM
My car's still out of action, and the car I bought to replace it is too, as removing the car alarm on it wasn't as easy as I'd hoped. Waiting for parts. FUN. :P
Haha.  Well at least you know the immobiliser works  :P

If I didn't know better I'd swear this was you  :man:  Slides, bikes, synths, crazy builds....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWqImNULtao


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on January 04, 2017, 06:23:17 AM
That's rad as hell - I can't believe it doesn't have more views. Awesome build and puts out some listenable tuneage - more than you can say for most DIY synth builds ;)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on January 06, 2017, 12:58:43 PM
That's rad as hell - I can't believe it doesn't have more views. Awesome build and puts out some listenable tuneage - more than you can say for most DIY synth builds ;)
You ever built a DIY synth then? :)

I'd still love to build a physical controller for Zynth if it's any good


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on January 07, 2017, 03:48:06 AM
That's rad as hell - I can't believe it doesn't have more views. Awesome build and puts out some listenable tuneage - more than you can say for most DIY synth builds ;)
You ever built a DIY synth then? :)

I'd still love to build a physical controller for Zynth if it's any good
I think I mentioned a little while back, I'm not sure - I coded a basic wavetable synth on an Arduino Duo back in 2015. Good times. No envelopes if I remember correctly but it sounded okay and had 8 note polyphony, played over USB midi. Bit of fun but nothing too out there :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on January 08, 2017, 09:59:43 PM
I think I mentioned a little while back, I'm not sure - I coded a basic wavetable synth on an Arduino Duo back in 2015. Good times. No envelopes if I remember correctly but it sounded okay and had 8 note polyphony, played over USB midi. Bit of fun but nothing too out there :)
Nice. I've a feeling I should know what things like wavetables are when designing a synthy bit of software  :P  Ignorance probably means I'm experimenting more than I otherwise would though and in this case that's a good thing.....or so I keep telling myself :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on January 11, 2017, 12:51:55 AM
I think I mentioned a little while back, I'm not sure - I coded a basic wavetable synth on an Arduino Duo back in 2015. Good times. No envelopes if I remember correctly but it sounded okay and had 8 note polyphony, played over USB midi. Bit of fun but nothing too out there :)
Nice. I've a feeling I should know what things like wavetables are when designing a synthy bit of software  :P  Ignorance probably means I'm experimenting more than I otherwise would though and in this case that's a good thing.....or so I keep telling myself :)
Haha, yeah sometimes fresh eyes are the best rather then being bogged down with all the assumptions of how to do things already in the field.

Wavetables are literally just a table of amplitude values that describe a wave. You then playback those values at varying rates to create the wave at different frequencies. Gets a little more complex than that but pretty simple :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on January 17, 2017, 08:54:10 AM
Wavetables are literally just a table of amplitude values that describe a wave. You then playback those values at varying rates to create the wave at different frequencies. Gets a little more complex than that but pretty simple :)
Ah right.  I think that's pretty much what I'm doing.  Building an array of frequencies and volumes every time one of the variables are changed by the user.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on January 28, 2017, 09:13:37 AM
Have a slide....

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C3OzSZIUcAAdP6I.jpg)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on January 30, 2017, 12:06:16 AM
Have a slide....

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C3OzSZIUcAAdP6I.jpg)
hahaha somebody got creative! i can imagine that would be scary to more than a few kids out there...


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on April 22, 2017, 01:10:56 PM
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/whatuptkhere/a-coffee-table-book-of-supermarket-end-displays

After a few years away, I'm climbing back on the horse. Hoping this is my biggest crowdfunding campaign yet.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on April 26, 2017, 11:24:10 AM
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/whatuptkhere/a-coffee-table-book-of-supermarket-end-displays

After a few years away, I'm climbing back on the horse. Hoping this is my biggest crowdfunding campaign yet.
Have you sought professional medical help?  ;D

Good luck  :man:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on June 25, 2017, 11:42:34 AM
Back working on the TKIRV rover project this week. Got a speed controller in it now so it's a little more controllable rather than zooming about everywhere.

Hardware's working great. Now I can crawl the thing around at a much more controllable pace in tight areas.

However, the problem is, the original code sent a single byte from controller to vehicle, using four bits, setting bits for forward, reverse, left, and right. This obviously doesn't leave a lot of room for implementing throttle control, or indeed, any other form of commands being sent from controller to vehicle.

I'm going to have to code a more complex messaging protocol, I think, with headers and so on. Should be a bit of fun, albeit quite a bit of work. I think it's better to set out and create a system that's expandable now, rather then hack around, and have to do it anyway when I want to implement more advanced features later, like GPS and so on.

It's really fun once the hardware's working, because then you can just SSH into the rover and grind on the software. Looking forward to it!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on June 26, 2017, 11:49:06 PM
Back working on the TKIRV rover project this week. Got a speed controller in it now so it's a little more controllable rather than zooming about everywhere.
Can't believe you had no speed controller in it before  ;D  Even McLaren F1 realise how important that is (when the engine actually works).

You still doing music Lewin?


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on June 29, 2017, 10:18:09 AM
Back working on the TKIRV rover project this week. Got a speed controller in it now so it's a little more controllable rather than zooming about everywhere.
Can't believe you had no speed controller in it before  ;D  Even McLaren F1 realise how important that is (when the engine actually works).

You still doing music Lewin?

Hahah. :D

Music... sort of. I'm working on a cassette tape that /will/ include some new content that I haven't released before. That said, with my time split between a full time day job, Youtube, and writing and producing video for Hackaday, I find very little time (or, if I'm honest, motivation) to do music. I just don't find myself /wanting/ to do it. My cassette could have come out months ago if it was higher on my priority list but I just don't find myself yearning to do it as much as I do other things.

I may return, one day, but I'm not sure.

The one thing that gets me wanting to do it again is every so often when I do actually listen to music and remember the handful of really good times (rather then the many bad times) I had playing in a band. Such as when I heard this recent cover by Alex Lahey, an up and coming Australian artist who has some great originals too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTG8WdnGGwk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4QPLp1SUew


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on June 30, 2017, 09:19:25 AM
Torn is a great tune.  Although I went slightly off it when Natalie Imbruglia didn't reply to my marriage proposal.  :kangaroo:

Music... sort of. I'm working on a cassette tape that /will/ include some new content that I haven't released before. That said, with my time split between a full time day job, Youtube, and writing and producing video for Hackaday, I find very little time (or, if I'm honest, motivation) to do music. I just don't find myself /wanting/ to do it. My cassette could have come out months ago if it was higher on my priority list but I just don't find myself yearning to do it as much as I do other things.
Yeah I'm not surprised you struggle to find time.  Being talented at so many things is a curse.  ;D  I struggle to find time and I'm only semi-competent at one thing  :man:


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on July 01, 2017, 04:35:11 AM
Yeah I'm not surprised you struggle to find time.  Being talented at so many things is a curse.  ;D  I struggle to find time and I'm only semi-competent at one thing  :man:
Haha, you are too kind  ;D

I'm actually gonna go dig out my guitars from the shed for the first time in 18 months today, so I guess I'll see what happens. XD


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on July 01, 2017, 01:14:08 PM
Yeah I'm not surprised you struggle to find time.  Being talented at so many things is a curse.  ;D  I struggle to find time and I'm only semi-competent at one thing  :man:
Haha, you are too kind  ;D
Yeah calling myself semi-competent probably was a bit kind  :bunnymonkey:

Let me know if you get back into tune making for potential future collaborations :)

And you have mail ;)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on August 05, 2017, 07:41:19 AM
Becoming an engineer again after an enjoyable stint as a digital marketing coordinator (read: professional Facebooker & videographer). Wrote an article about my experiences.
http://hackaday.com/2017/08/02/why-i-got-the-job/

Now heading to Vietnam for two weeks of holidays which should be awesome fun.  :) Not gonna turn it into a big production like chinatrip (which I have one final episode to edit - can't believe it's been 1.5 years already!) but might sneak in a cheeky KFC review while I'm over there. :P

Keen to try and bring some fresh energy to my Youtube channel when I get back. My day job has been insanely busy of late and I think I've lost sight a little of what I should be doing. Time to rectify that!



Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on August 08, 2017, 02:13:41 PM
Enjoy Vietnam.  Try and visit that island bar that they went to in Top Gear.  Actually they made a good job of making the whole country look fascinating.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on August 22, 2017, 11:04:28 AM
Enjoy Vietnam.  Try and visit that island bar that they went to in Top Gear.  Actually they made a good job of making the whole country look fascinating.
I actually looked that up - the Ba Hang bar in Ha Long Bay - and I couldn't really find it! From my research prior to leaving, I found a bunch of scattered forum posts of people that had tried to track it down and failed, in the two or three years following Top Gear's visit. I suspect they perhaps moved the bar and possibly even renamed it to escape a growing tourist horde. I didn't get down to Ha Long bay itself (but visited Cat Ba Island) but I've heard it's becoming a bigger tourist thing.

It's a super interesting country, and I greatly enjoyed riding a motorbike/scooter through some of the smaller towns/cities where the traffic only reaches mildly terrifying at peak times.

One problem I did have though was the food. In a lot of the places I stayed, the seemingly local restaurants had strange menus, where you could order some local dishes, or spaghetti, or burgers, or fries, or pizza, or a sandwich... it was quite strange. I guess nobody wants to miss out on a tourist dollar so they try and cater for everyone but I can confirm I ate at some pretty dodgy places. Gastrointestinally, I suffered greatly. Read into that as you will.  :-[

Great trip overall though. Da Nang beach was beautiful. Hoi An's beach was nice too, until we started itching and noticed the oily fuel coating our skin from the little put-put boats. :P


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on August 23, 2017, 07:15:25 PM
Oh god yes, I forgot how terrifying the traffic looked on the that Top Gear episode.  ;D

I look forward to the Youtube uploads :)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on August 24, 2017, 02:01:30 PM
Oh god yes, I forgot how terrifying the traffic looked on the that Top Gear episode.  ;D

I look forward to the Youtube uploads :)

Just a couple from Vietnam actually - some ending clips in the Huawei video I put up yesterday and a video to come of me making a satellite phone call on a plane.   :P

I took Vietnam as a bit more of a chill trip. Chinatrip was such a huge effort (and still isn't finished almost 2 years later!) and was awesome fun, but I wasn't convinced I could produce something as watchable given the plans I had for the holiday.

I'm looking at doing a trip with one of the Chinatrip alums next year though, so there may be some action there ;)


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on October 03, 2017, 09:37:32 AM
Doing lots of car stuff lately which isn't great for Youtube because everyone's already done everything to an MX-5 already. The other day I watched a video of Rob Ferreti using one as a snowplow. Madness.

Been a struggle as due to entertaining circumstances I am couch surfing until I can find a stable lease. It's funny to think that I've moved something like 8 times in 5 years.  ;D

Hoping to get the last episode of Chinatrip out.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on October 03, 2017, 06:51:57 PM
Been a struggle as due to entertaining circumstances I am couch surfing until I can find a stable lease. It's funny to think that I've moved something like 8 times in 5 years.  ;D
I haven't lived in that many places in my life  ;D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on November 07, 2017, 11:22:09 AM
Moved house on the weekend and it was horrid as always.

One of the sheds has a hole in the roof and the toilet is leaking.

All the upheaval of the last 6 weeks or so has really put a dent in my Youtube efforts. Perhaps it's an excuse but I just haven't made good content; it's hard to get good work done when you're crashing on sofa beds and trying to set up a new home.

Hoping for some normality to be restored so I can get good videos out again. I've got the parts, just suffering for the time to build. Still got tons to do getting this place set up.

That and I have a record to release which was supposed to be finished 3 or 4 weeks ago. XD

Bring on summer!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on November 08, 2017, 02:43:43 PM
You still manage to put good content out.  The one about developing the Grav Fx was really interesting.

You seem to move around a lot :)  Are you looking for somewhere 'permanent' to settle down?  I'm not sure what the house buying and renting situation is like there.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on November 09, 2017, 11:08:36 AM
You still manage to put good content out.  The one about developing the Grav Fx was really interesting.

You seem to move around a lot :)  Are you looking for somewhere 'permanent' to settle down?  I'm not sure what the house buying and renting situation is like there.
Thanks for the feedback. I was pretty happy with that one. Will be interesting to see if it picks up more views over time.

I'll be stuck renting for a long time yet; house prices are rough in Australia. I live in a state where they're much cheaper than elsewhere and even still it's a struggle to put together a deposit.

I'm hoping this place works out and I can just rent here for a few years, haha. I haven't really enjoyed packing everything up on such a regular basis. The one saving grace is that almost all my stuff was already in boxes because I never lived in any one place long enough to properly unpack :P


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on November 20, 2017, 12:03:42 PM
I'll be stuck renting for a long time yet; house prices are rough in Australia. I live in a state where they're much cheaper than elsewhere and even still it's a struggle to put together a deposit.
Much the same here.  I've no idea how young people save enough for a deposit these days.  It's no wonder many are staying at home with parents until their late 20's.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on November 21, 2017, 07:52:25 AM
Wage growth is the only thing that'll save the proletariat. Would be good!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on December 12, 2017, 09:52:54 AM
Moving house and unexpected health issues have left me rather behind on putting out video; I've missed twice now.

I really had to just take the foot off the pedal, unfortunately. I decided that Chinatrip needed to be finished and so I'm dedicating myself to getting it done, when it's done.

Hopefully after that, things can amp up again. Work is sadly busy as hell and there isn't much of a proper break in sight, but I think I'll try and take a week off around my birthday cause f**k this for a laugh.

On a happier note though, the video I'm putting out feels like it's going well and it'll be great to finish it. Onwards and upwards  :D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: JDog053 on December 13, 2017, 12:17:33 PM
Sorry to hear about your health, hope it improves!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on December 14, 2017, 07:42:21 PM
Moving house and unexpected health issues have left me rather behind on putting out video; I've missed twice now.

I really had to just take the foot off the pedal, unfortunately. I decided that Chinatrip needed to be finished and so I'm dedicating myself to getting it done, when it's done.

Hopefully after that, things can amp up again. Work is sadly busy as hell and there isn't much of a proper break in sight, but I think I'll try and take a week off around my birthday cause f**k this for a laugh.

On a happier note though, the video I'm putting out feels like it's going well and it'll be great to finish it. Onwards and upwards  :D

Take care of yourself mate.  Working yourself to exhaustion, be it for work or other interests, is to nobody's benefit in the long run.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on December 19, 2017, 12:22:28 PM
Thanks fellas. On the mend now, was a rough few weeks there but hopefully all under control now. :)

After much work, I can finally call the Chinatrip series complete. It's a great feeling, but bittersweet in a way. I've finished telling this big story... but now I need to find a new one. More adventures are on the cards, I reckon. Got some great videos coming out after this one, too.

https://youtu.be/lqhQEOaUgf0


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on December 20, 2017, 09:57:50 AM
Awesome.  Off to watch it now.  From that screenie of an ice-bike I know I'm going to love it already  ;D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on December 20, 2017, 11:09:12 AM
Awesome.  Off to watch it now.  From that screenie of an ice-bike I know I'm going to love it already  ;D
Key quote of the episode: "What the hell is an ice bike?!" :P


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on January 03, 2018, 01:10:03 PM
Great final episode  :man:

My favorite line was something like "I'm cold.  Mao is cold"  ;D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on January 04, 2018, 08:56:13 AM
Great final episode  :man:

My favorite line was something like "I'm cold.  Mao is cold"  ;D
Hahaha, thanks mate! Was really happy with how it came together in the end. :)

Definitely pushed the limits with a few of the things we said in Tiananmen Square (particularly off camera) but made it out unscathed  ;D


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on January 06, 2018, 02:08:34 PM
Yeah really enjoyed it.  Great production, very entertaining and of course cracking music :)

I'd love to go to the Great Wall.  I live next to a Roman wall called Hadrian's Wall (https://lonelyplanetwp.imgix.net/2017/11/hadrians-wall-sunset-shutterstock_671391334-1a8aa2ccaa56.jpg) , but it's nothing like the scale or condition of that... although to be fair it is over a thousand years older.

Got any other trips planned?


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on January 07, 2018, 03:09:05 AM
Ah yes, have heard of Hadrian's Wall. Incidentally, and I guess as mentioned in the video, I was surprised to learn that the "Great Wall" isn't really one big wall, it's a buncha walls, which were all built at different times and kinda linked up and then became known as a single "Great Wall".

Nothing really on the horizon, considering an Australian roadtrip for a few days, but nothing major. Would be cool to do something Chinatrip esque again, but I very much feel that a lot of luck came our way in terms of getting the right group in the right mood. Come what may!


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on January 09, 2018, 03:17:53 PM
Ah yes, have heard of Hadrian's Wall. Incidentally, and I guess as mentioned in the video, I was surprised to learn that the "Great Wall" isn't really one big wall, it's a buncha walls, which were all built at different times and kinda linked up and then became known as a single "Great Wall".
Your video caused me to have a look at Wikipedia and I hadn't realised they were built over such a long period of time.  I assume the bit you filmed on was one of the newer sections?


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: TheKhakinator on January 10, 2018, 07:06:52 AM
Yes, Mutianyu. Some of it had restoration work done as recently as like, the 50s I think? Wild.


Title: Re: What I Do.
Post by: fog on January 18, 2018, 09:43:51 PM
Yes, Mutianyu. Some of it had restoration work done as recently as like, the 50s I think? Wild.
Well our Hadrians Wall hasn't been restored for 1000 years so has good reason to look a bit decrepit.  Well that and that fact farmers knicked all the stones from it over the years  ;D