AZ Residency Day 6 – Vitor Espadinha Si Teh Luv

Day 6 star­ted pretty late. At 10 o clock we had a mini maker­bot workshop to replace a bro­ken extru­der piece, but most folks were still asleep from staying up till late wor­king on the Piano Cock­tail, so only Cata­rina and Gui­lherme mana­ged to attend and fix the bro­ken piece.

Late arri­vers João, Vitor and Mécia arri­ved shor­tly after while i tried to finish up some work on the haiku gene­ra­tor and Mau­ri­cio was wor­king on the key­bo­ard mis­chi­efs with Cata­rina. Gui­lherme was alre­ady gone, he had to pre­pare his work for the Talk Show piece down­town. A lit­tle while later Mónica and Fran­cesco deci­ded to join us in dis­co­ve­ring where Black­box was actu­ally, we got abit lost but mana­ged to all arrive on time.

The piece was pretty great! Well pro­du­ced and per­for­med! So props to the ones invol­ved was in order and back we went to our resi­dency for some food and pro­ject pushing. Gui­lherme and Cata­rina still mes­sing with the Maker­bot; Mónica blowing plants; Filipe, Ricardo and Mau­ri­cio finishing up the Piano Cock­tail; Luis and João wor­king on the meal trac­king bal­let sys­tem; Pedro hel­ping out Jorge with his Arduino issues; and me trying out a cou­ple new remi­xes of the remix.

Before din­ner we also had a short visit from a few per­for­mance rela­ted folks, see­min­gly guests from our host and fri­end here at Espaço do Tempo, Rui Horta. They see­med pretty inte­res­ted in our adven­tu­res with the new tech­no­lo­gies, espe­ci­ally in terms of networ­king and open source men­ta­lity.

There was no cate­ring on Satur­day apa­ren­tly, so things were abit more erra­tic but it all wor­ked out in the end. We mana­ged to orga­nize a nice din­ner event with nearly everyone pre­sent, and pro­ce­e­ded direc­tly to jud­ging the world famous Vitor Espa­di­nha “Recor­dar é Viver” remix compo, par­ti­ci­pa­ting was me, Sér­gio and the pro­clai­med win­ner mis­ter Pedro Ângelo.

90’s elec­tro night pro­ce­eds as i type, everyone seems to be hap­pily wor­king on their pro­jects and/or enjoying their refresh­ments. It sucks hard that tomor­row is the last day alre­ady. As a curi­o­sity note, it seems 95% of the folks here at the resi­dency use Mac’s, even if one of them does have Linux ins­tal­led.

AZ Residency Day 5 — Mistos de Porco Preto Reprise

Yesterday’s din­ner didn’t go so well. We went to pick up a few doses of “Mis­tos de Porco Preto” (means something like Mix of Dark Pig in English) at this local res­tau­rant which we had scou­ted on Tues­day as ser­ving pretty well. But we had an unfor­tu­nate sur­prise, they under-ser­ved us half our dosage. So a new quest had been unloc­ked: to retri­eve our fair share today or raise havoc!

At the lab i had no idea what hap­pe­ned during the mor­ning since i slept until very late, but right after lunch everyone scat­te­red off to han­dle dif­fe­rent things:
— Sér­gio and Fran­cesco still busy docu­men­ting their ants pro­ject.
— Tara with the plas­tic PCB expe­ri­ments.
— Jorge put­ting the finishing tou­ches on his VJ mixer frame.
— Mónica pushing her wind/fan pro­ject into a first pro­toype.
— I pushed the genhaiku abit clo­ser to ver­sion 2.0
— Luis arri­ved to the resi­dency to work on his meal trac­king idea.
— Ricardo and Filipe went on a magic jour­ney to the local “saw­mill” store to get the last parts for their piano cock­tail.
— Mau­ri­cio gave us a workshop about tiny solar robots with BEAM cir­cuits.
— And Cata­rina hac­king some key­bo­ard inter­fa­ces

So for din­ner we went to reclaim our lost dosage of Mis­tos de Porco Preto and mana­ged to suc­ceed in our ordeal! Quest com­plete! We also took the won­der­ful oppor­tu­nity to shop some essen­tial refresh­ments for tomor­rows farewell party.

Back at the resi­dency we had visi­tors from a local juve­nile the­a­ter group, we gave them a quick tour round up of all the stuff we have lying around and the pro­jects peo­ple have been wor­king in. Which went pretty well, they were all pretty mar­ve­led and exci­ted with all we had going on, asking how they could do their own and spend the rest of their lives doing what we do. Which made us happy.

The rest of the night was spent atten­ding Mauricio’s workshop and wor­king on some entry for our fast music remix compo of Vitor Espadinha’s “Relem­brar é Viver”. Results should be avai­la­ble tomor­row.

AZ Residency Day 4 — Routine Strike

Today we haven’t done anything at all. Nah, just kid­ding. We seem to have grown well adjus­ted to our new home, the days are almost rou­tine and the nights grown more social, everyone seems to be so tired that work on pro­jects after din­ner doesn’t quite work out as ima­gi­ned.

New ideas for pro­jects still pop up every other second but we’re now slo­wly star­ting to focus more on spe­ci­fics. Pedro seems to be nearly done with the OSC­Bus link to Pachube. And Fran­cesco seems to be polishing up his ants pro­ject some more, atle­ast it was rumou­red that we can alre­ady get some inputs from both the fish and the ants for our pro­mi­sed audio mis­chief ses­si­ons. We haven’t quite mana­ged to have some of those yet, but we defi­ni­tely will. We should also pro­ba­bly con­nect it to Assault­Cube, just to reuse late night gaming pwnage from our gamer resi­dents.

Sér­gio mana­ged to get the hall lights also syn­ced up to OSC so it’s now clear that com­plete and total world domi­na­tion is emi­nent.

Filipe has been busy with his secret new pro­jects and also pet-sit­ting his fishies, who seem not to be doing so great, pro­ba­bly new water tank rela­ted, so they’re get­ting a new one tomor­row!

Jorge been busy all day buil­ding a frame for his VJ mixer, it’s loo­king good by now, just wish my brain could alre­ady be able to fil­ter the dre­mel sound by now!

Cata­rina and Tiago tried to assem­ble a new breed of TV-B-Gone’s, but seem to have fai­led mise­ra­bly so far. Hope­fully tomor­row they’ll suc­ceed in a lit­tle more than just fin­ding all the pos­si­ble ways that it won’t work and we’ll have something more to show and tell to the world.

The bio­plas­tic sam­ple tests have been somewhat neglec­ted but we pro­mise we’ll report something back about them. Gui­lherme has retur­ned to the resi­dency and seems to be wor­king on some evil plans for world domi­na­tion for his robots, we hope to have some fol­low up info on that in the next few days aswell.

Meanwhile Tara has been pushing forward her plas­tic bag fabric PCB ideas with a few spe­a­ker cir­cuit tests.

All in all it seems that the daily pro­ject mee­tings have set­tled down to lunch hour. Which fluc­tu­a­tes. And excur­si­ons to the ran­dom local shops are now com­mon atle­ast twice a day. This care­fully devi­sed and hea­vily pon­de­red time mana­ge­ment scheme is easily ena­bling us with the latest cut­ting edge tech­no­logy, which allows us to put together something as exqui­site, bril­li­ant, inno­va­tive, revo­lu­ti­o­nary and so righ­te­ously dedi­ca­ted.

AZ Residency Day 3 – Ideas Are Like Rabbits On Spring

The bre­ak­fast table side pro­jects mee­ting seems to have jetlag­ged sligh­tly to lunch hour. Cold water mor­ning shower is truly revi­ta­li­zing but i wouldn’t want an encore tomo­row! Des­pite the early shock some folks cle­arly fue­led with their sleep depri­va­tion mana­ged to come up with a few other pro­ject ideas to add to our pool. Among which we seem to have a top secret face­book jun­kies clothing line and a not that top secret Boris Vian piano cock­tail idea revamp, for the drun­kards in us all to rejoyce aplenty about (rela­ted elec­tro valve expe­ri­ment docu­men­tary pic­ture below).

misc purchases

electro valve

So an excur­sion to the local city store was in order, visi­ting ran­dom local Chi­nese sto­res, hard­ware sto­res, tex­ti­les store, pet sto­res, elec­tro­nic mate­ri­als sto­res.
BTW, you should know that using a mul­ti­me­ter to pick a zip­per at a tex­ti­les store might get you kic­ked out!

misc purchases

Also, musi­cal christ­mas cards + cheap ear­plugs + sili­cone + skills = con­tact mics + hydro mics + led + cute paper lef­to­vers for our col­lage club! Be afraid!

Meanwhile, in a land far far away, Tara has been very busy iro­ning a few ran­dom plas­tic bags to cre­ate a DIY PCB pro­totype and suc­ces­s­fully unra­vel­ling many dis­tinct ways on how it will def­ni­tely not pos­si­bly work! Plus dis­co­ve­ring an advan­ced paper prin­ting tech­ni­que. Fol­low up should come within the next few days. We hope.

misc purchases

Tiago Serra and Jorge Ribeiro from xDA have also arri­ved tonight, so our din­ner plans also invol­ved a lit­tle brains­tor­ming on all of these ideas and more top secret ones TBA. Meanwhile here is another ran­dom silly photo:

silly ps

AZ Residency Day 2 – Nothing Like The Fresh Smell of Vinegar Early In The Morning

Day star­ted with a small queue to access the showers and a bre­ak­fast table side pro­jects mee­ting.

Today’s plan for world domi­na­tion invol­ved:
— Con­nec­ting OSCu­lat­tor with Pachube
— Trac­king fish in the fish tank
— Coo­king bio­plas­tic sam­ple expe­ri­ments
— Twit­ter bot with pro­ces­sing and/or javas­cript
— Taking apart old key­bo­ards
— Plan­ning a real­time vide­owall for AZ Labs

Most of the goals were rea­ched des­pite the usual set­backs.

Bio­plas­tic is sick. It’s basi­cally starch, water, gly­ce­rine and vine­gar sti­red together and hea­ted slo­wly to a pasty bub­bly form that takes a day to strengthen up. Today we coo­ked a few vari­a­ti­ons of the stan­dard recipe to make a few sam­ple expe­ri­ments with dif­fe­rent ingre­di­ent ratio, coo­king time and thick­ness, to com­pare the pro­per­ties and pos­si­bly maybe pro­ba­bly figure out some inte­res­ting use for them in future pro­jects. They take about a day to cure, so we have no con­clu­si­ons just yet, but we’re all pretty sick of the smell of vine­gar by now! Stay tuned for the fol­low up, coming to an hac­kers­pace blog near you soon.

Fish are nice. We like fish. Filipe brought some with him and seems to be plan­ning some cute trac­king sys­tem ins­tal­la­tion. A crack in the main expe­ri­ments tank hold him back a few hours while the sili­cone patch dried up, so it isn’t quite ope­ra­ti­o­nal just yet, but we’re alre­ady wor­king hard on the next evil step for world domi­na­tion: devi­sing a cle­ver way to cen­tra­lize and reuse his lit­tle fishies trac­king values. And share them with the world while we’re at it. Who knows who might need a bowl fish trac­king stream of values out there.

We took a lit­tle walk wan­de­ring about Mon­te­mor-o-Novo, quite a pea­ce­ful town as it turns out, we mana­ged to find an open res­tau­rant with some excel­lent tra­di­ti­o­nal Por­tu­guese food, which was nice. Meanwhile, back in the new tech world, our plans for tonight’s gene­ric audio mis­chief jam got held back by the lack of a mix table, some lag with nin­jam wire­less and an all­nigh­ter live bro­ad­cast stream pum­ping out of Aute­chre’s web­site.