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.