hackaday links


hello readers! right now i’m probably passed out on a couch missing four teeth, which is why i’m giving you a pre-cooked, ready to bake in 60 seconds, edition of hackaday links (as opposed to zip)

i just want to let you guys know that next tuesday, i’ll be busting out a very nice HOWTO on


  1. NeoPirater says:

    I just read on CNN about the CVS Digital Camcorder, before I came on over here. I was like “Wow, I can’t wait for that to come out so that I can smash it open and see how it works!”, and behold!!! A soon to be tutorial on the damn thing…I CAN’T WAIT!!! I love this site, keep up the good work!

  2. strider_mt2k says:

    Thanks for leaving something in the fridge for us! ;)

  3. AkumuKun says:

    You’re always welcome here in Moncton, New Brunswick. We’d love to throw a special 2600 party for you guys ;D And yes, there is such a thing as a 2600 party. And, you’re free from that silly Patriot Act up here ^_^

  4. deadcell says:

    Oh I definitely agree – Canada + 2600 + LAN (http://gzn-moncton.com) + party = fun… But if it’s the states you’re planning on partying in, go to florida and check out those darned smudges… (http://www.googlesightseeing.com/2005/05/18/ufo-update/)

  5. Kyle says:

    I’m in Ridley, 6 miles south of philly – drop by one day.

  6. chevol says:

    I’ll be vacationing in NYC late June 6/15 – 6/27 we can get together and party on the city, loads of fun.

  7. Fubster says:

    If you’re going to be in florida, don’t forget to not pack clothes. You won’t need them here. It’s too hot.

  8. illegal_op says:

    I will be in Philly(Bensalem) for work from June 12th to the 24th. I hope the heat cuts back a bit Because here in Dover (near York, PA) It has benn hotter than satans testicals.

  9. NextFest says:

    Come out to Chicago, NextFest is going on (disclaimer: I work for WIRED and I spend my time looking for stuff for NextFest) June 24-26. On top of that Chicago will have Taste of Chicago going on (lots of food) and apparently the Museum of Science and Industry has the Body Worlds (plastinated human bodies) going on as well.

    Yeah I’m shilling, but I’m shilling for something that’s got a lot of tech appeal

  10. joelanders says:

    dont come to fresno if you want to have lungs in your old age…

  11. Gino says:

    nice links, vince

  12. theblunderbuss says:

    Also, it’s quite a coincidence with the xbox, since I’m doing a computer briefcase mod.

    One thing I’m doing different is drilling a hole across the two halves so I have a c-notch in each half.
    This will allow me to remove the cables, reducing any chance of them getting caught on something or just plain making the whole thing looking unclean.

  13. captsnuffy says:

    i take it you’re hacking the new disposable camcorder. I’m actually going to get one tommorrow and i’ll definitely try your hack when it’s posted (that is, if the damn thing even survives an hour with me).

  14. matt says:

    just did that plasmoid experiment. I had to improvise some materials but it worked great when i got it right.


    I used a glass, toothpick with cork stand, 3 pieces of styrofoam as a stand for the glass. 20 second interval. Video is crappy resolution as the higher resolution was not selected on the camera, and it is cut short as my father assumed it was over.

  15. prozack says:

    i live in hanford around 30 miles from fresno come here were 99% percent ”geeks” 1% idiots

  16. Evan says:

    hey, if you want to have some fun, come float the river in austin, tx… how can you beat hot women in bakinis, and drinking tons of icey cold beer at noon in a tube? and then theres 6th st…. if your into the bar scene.

    Lookin forward to that camera hack, my roomate manages a cvs and is sending some my way.

    later, i got a good hack thats full page worthy on the way, keep an eye out.

  17. haon says:

    NYC is the place to be!

  18. fasteddie says:

    After reading about the CVS video recorder the first thing to come to mind was “gee I wonder if hackaday will have anything to say about this.” can’t wait.

  19. Joe says:

    Hey! Philly’s a nice place to visit. It gets pretty boring and monotonous to live at though. I guess would know. Go get a hotel room in NYC. I think the one I stayed at was the Marriot or something. I forget, but its in Times Square and is directly across the street from Virgin Records Mega Store.

  20. cellzEro says:

    Is it just me or are the movies for the plasmoid just dead links? Oh well, matt’s was pretty cool. There are a million things you can do with a microwave… i folded a piece of aluminum foil into a hollow C shape once with the two points about 2mm away from each other. The plasma ball was massive and uncontrollable. Dangerous… yet extremely fun… I would love to take videos of this but I think i am the last person on earth without a digital camera or a digital camcorder. I love the site! Keep up the good work!

  21. ANdrew Yeomans says:

    Plasmoids are easier to create if you use a matchstick rather than a toothpick – much easier to light. Works without the glass jar too, but makes the microwave messy, so use a scrap one!

  22. Ryan Hayward says:

    You should head to my neck of the woods! You could have a special Segment called “Hack a D”eh”” Hack a day live in canada! Its cheap beer and good times!! Where Pirated music is legal!

  23. bag head says:

    i got a place for you to stay in new orleans. see titties on burbon street. hack an alligator??? its hot as hell but we’re all to drunk/stoned to give a shit.
    love the site

  24. bag head says:

    there is a train from philly to new orleans. the city just put in some wifi crime cameras..

  25. hey bag head,

    e-mail me at vveneziani AT gmail DOT com about new orleans, we’d love to come party down there! we can take the heat! let us know, and glad you guys liked the links!

  26. Deloreanz says:

    For one, the site that hosts the plasmoid information, JLN Labs, is an absolutely amazing site with tons of info. As far as a “plasmoid” goes, it’s simply a collection of plasma that doesn’t dissipate right away.

    Plasmas are really the 4th state of matter beyond gases (where atoms are dissociated). In plasmas, the atoms are further dissociated into their protons, neutrons and electrons, so that no atoms remain, only a gaseous material containing the components of atoms.

    I’ve had interest in plasmas for a while, considering they are easy to create (i.e plasma globes), and can be used for propulsion as well as other cool concepts. So really the glow you see in a “plasma globe” is acutally a collection of excited subatomic particles. And as such, differnt mixtures of gases create different colors when excited to the plasma state.

  27. wAke says:

    gnarly teeth man

  28. Matt Gilbert says:

    i’m moving near charlotte, north carolina. if you don’t mind braving The Belt, head on over. i’ve started a dorkbot ( http://dorkbot.org/dorkbotcharlotte/ ) and you should totally party with us.

  29. Jenna says:

    Y’all should come to Athens, Ga. This page (http://www.memoryflux.com/lunarclub) shows off what some of my friends and I have been up to over the last year–everything from homemade fireworks to semi-professional bootlegging. We can take care of housing and food for you guys, and perhaps commemorate your visit by forging some metal bits in an old microwave.

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