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gameboy custom build 

just finished this custom DMG with an aftermarket IPS LCD, shell and buttons! I love how it came out but it was a surprisingly tough build. I accidentally zapped the original motherboard I was going to use (the DMG's design makes it too easy to send -30v straight to the CPU) and killed the first fancy LCD I tried to install (which the vendor kindly replaced). and THEN I discovered the speaker didn't work, so I had to reopen to diagnose. but it's all fixed now and works great!

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weaving, 3d printing 

this is actually the first 3d model i've ever made, and (somehow?) the first thing i've ever printed in a 3d printer. the whole process was very fun and satisfying! after having used it, the only change i'd make to the loom would be to slightly offset one of the rows of pegs (as it is, the warp ends up slightly diagonal if you're warping like i did, by running the thread from one side to the other and back)

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i needed a way to sample yarn and color combinations without the hassle and waste of warping my regular loom, AND i wanted to learn how to make 3d models for 3d printing... so i made my own little 3d printed frame loom! i designed the model in freecad and printed it with one of the ultimakers in my department's shop. the loom is so small that i didn't bother with a heddle—i wove "manually" using a long tapestry needle and beat the weft with a 99c hair pick from walgreens.

gameboy repair success! 

i finished (mostly) this backlit gameboy pocket build! i ended up using another gbp screen i had for the backlight mod. the bivert chip i bought was a dud, i think, but the backlit display looks fine without it imo. this model of the gameboy pocket didn't include a power led, but the aftermarket lens i bought has an opening for one, so i ended up rigging the most homemade power led mod imaginable (just soldered a through-hole led and resistor between vcc and ground)

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gameboy repair setback! 

boo i ruined this one when i was desoldering the ribbon so i could get to the back light (the front half of the ribbon is very delicate and it's easy to accidentally rip the connectors right off of it, and no way to fix because the connectors lead straight into the tiny tiny matrix controller chip). oh well! now i have an extra gameboy pocket motherboard for some future mod...

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@jalefkowit wow inflation is really hitting the housing market hard

gameboy/electronics repair 

the only problem is that the company that made this flash cart no longer exists, and the software to flash it only runs on Windows XP (if you can even track down a copy). so I'm stuck with the games I flashed on there back in like 2012. fortunately these games are bangers: Metroid Fusion, Klonoa, and Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga

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gameboy/electronics repair 

another first for me: I resoldered a surface-mount chip in this old flash cart of mine for the GBA. I opened the cart up and found that the SRAM chip (in the upper right corner) had separated from its solder pads somehow—one side was completely loose, and a bunch of pins on that side were bent. I used fine tweezers to bend the pins back, then soldered it back in place (with the help of a lot of chipquick flux). it's not pretty but it does work!

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gameboy repair 

still waiting on my polarizing film and i do wonder at this point how many people have walked past my office wondering why i'm wearing sunglasses and playing gameboy, like some magazine ad from the 90s

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weaving 

i finished another towel set! these are handwoven on my 15" rigid heddle loom, with cotton yarn (the lilac color) and a cotton/linen mix (the white color). both towels are from the same warp but i tried to give them different styles by mixing up the weft a bit (one towel has weft stripes with the white linen, the other has areas of warp/weft floats and i left a bit of fringe on the end). i learned a lot from this project and i am pleased with how they came out!

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Proud of every thing I've accomplished here but it's finally time to leave Torment Nexus. Looking for my next adventure! Specialized in scream coagulation and pain substrates, if you're expanding your team let's have a conversation!

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the wheels on the bus go left and right
left and right
left and right
the wheels on the bus go left and right
the bus is tokyo drifting 🎵

gameboy repair 

i removed the polarizer by carefully lifting it with an exacto knife and peeling away... and then just scrubbing it with isopropyl alcohol and a q-tip for like 45 mins. (i used the exacto knife a few more times, very carefully, to lift some stubborn bits.) the eventual goal here is to install a backlight mod. i know they sell fancy ips lcds for the pocket now but honestly i kinda love the look of the lcd on the pocket

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gameboy repair 

removed my first burned polarizer today, from a game boy pocket lcd. it was less difficult than i thought it would be. (tedious but not difficult.) pics show what it looked like beforehand, the middle of the process, and after the polarizer was removed completely (including all the adhesive). i don't have new polarizer film yet, but my sunglasses are polarized, so i used them to check to see if the screen still works (it does!)

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@selfsame@tiny.tilde.website allow me to present my latest work: 'comet guy'

animated in blender with geometry nodes and the ClayDoh shader. music 'looptober 2020 #15' by me, selfsame

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Mastodon friends/artists! Clara Fernández-Vara and I are curing an in-person exhibit in Santa Cruz in December, HOPS AHEAD, and calling for work related to alternate and speculative words and interactive narrative. Deadline is JULY 31. Please see the full call & link to the submission form:

https://nickm.com/misc/Hops_Ahead_Call.pdf

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Indie Bundle for Abortion Funds is NOW LIVE

100% of the proceeds from this bundle will go to the National Network for Abortion Fund's Collective Power Fund, which moves money directly to abortion funds across 20+ U.S. states, with a particular focus on the South and Midwest.

The Indie Bundle for Abortion Funds includes almost 800 works by over 600 developers, writers, artists, and creators, and you can pick it up until July 13th here;

https://itch.io/b/1472/indie-bundle-for-abortion-funds

I posted the text of "Material Paratexts," my keynote talk for the International Conference on Computational Creativity posts.decontextualize.com/mate

the talk begins with a field report of my own experience with making paratexts for computer-generated works (i.e., introductions, afterwords, blurbs). then I propose "cistextuality" as a concept to accompany Genette's "transtextuality," and apply this concept to various assumptions and techniques that are prevalent in computer-generated text

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