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Boundary Layers Walk illustrated

The Boundary Layers walk is an outdoor education activity introducing atmospheric turbulence and stratification. The goal is to build an awareness of wind’s ...

CNES kite balloons in Guam

CNES is teaming with the National Weather Service to release tethered blimps flying 100’ above the Pacific Ocean for a month or more French press release wit...

Site relaunch in Jekyll

I’ve relaunched this blog in Jekyll, rather than Wordpress. I’ve got some fun flying stuff in the works too.

kite anemometers

Written with Ecta64. Archived 4th of March 2018 from Publiclab.org. Kite anemometers on this site, and on Github.

rubber band and PET bottle camera rig

The PET bottle rig has two components– the modified bottle and a rubber band harness for the inside. Small construction details differ for phones, small cam...

notes on assembling the Aerobie Rig

I purchased an Aerobee rig from the KAPtery because I’m real excited about the Jerk Pan mechanism. Our unpredictable late spring rains (its still spring in...

Mutoscope for Fernando, on the SIP Blog

My work for the Public Laboratory is partially funded by a grant from the Shpilman Institute for Photography, who’ve featured my Mutoscope on their blog.  Gr...

My summer, generalizations only.

Its been so long since an update.  I Spent my summer between Switzerland, studying sanitation with Cewas and Butte, Montana working on community mapping in C...

Topographic maps from fled kites

I just started building fled kites, but my fellow Grassroots Mapper Nathan Craig is already doing 3D topographic scans with them. ** He’s using **AgiSoft’s P...

Kite Fishing in Indonesia & Melanesia

Traditional Kite fishing in Indonesia, using the motion of a kite to give bait a constant motion. ** A little more history here**. I think this is the one of...

Mapping Colonialism, Talk on 4/9

This saturday I’ll be dipping in briefly to the Counter-Counter Insurgency Convergence, at Reed College.  Given my current work with community mapping, I’m v...

Reed Arts Week

The talk and workshop went great. I was too busy to photograph the flights, but will get photos soon.  Su Liu came up with a great double-layer heat seaming ...

Reed Arts Week, RAW: Geographies

I’m proud to be participating in Reed’s Art Week. I’ll be giving** a lecture and demonstration of aerospace in the arts and Grassroots Mapping tools on Satur...

Kite Balloon Development @ PLOTS

Follow the kite balloon working page over at the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science.  There’s a lot of research in there that I’ve only now go...

kite balloon futures and histories

To follow on my love of kite balloons, and the kite balloon action at the grassroots mapping list.  here are a few awesome kite balloon histories.

Open Hardware Summit Notes

Met and ran into fellow grassroots mapping folks Bonny Gregory and Cesar Harada, and my old roommate Isaac Ravishankara.

I feel this way a lot

“When sophistication loses content then the only way of keeping in touch with reality is to be crude and superficial.  This is what I intend to be.” Paul Fey...

New HTZ!

There’s a new Hack This Zine out!  Check out 10.5, where there’s a great dialogue about the coming Robocracy.  hilarious, and telling.  Flatline points out t...

Grassroots Mapping PDX: test conclusions

With help from my Dad, RJ Steinert, Samantha Mitchell, Robby Kraft, and Molly Danielsson, I’ve been flying balloons most weekends since the workshop in June,...

GrassrootsMappingPDX: Heat Seaming

Here’s the instructional video from the workshop on heat seaming balloons.  If you have the space and equipment, this will produce a lighter, more air-tight ...

warhol while you wait

I’ll have photos and videos from Grassroots Mapping up soon, Special thanks to Dustin Zemel for documenting.

Today went great

Thanks Sabrina Lindsey & Molly for bringing food, Dustin & Jane for documenting, Robby, Anna, Wade, Tuuli, Joel, Samantha, Dennis, & Scott for ma...

Thank You Lippman Co.

**Lippman Co. party supplies **gave me a business discount and two free days of tank rental on helium, thanks!

Solar Blimp to Cross English Channel

While I’m preparing for a workshop where we’ll build some solar hot-air balloons, a very different solar aerostat, running of photovoltaics, is set to cross ...

Helium Dispersion Through HDPE

In conversations on the Grassroots Mapping google group we’ve been wondering how long a homemade Polyethylene helium balloon could stay aloft.  At what rate ...

Thank You Kite Studio

A huge thanks to Kite Studio, who just gave me a free shipping upgrade so we could have enough supplies for our workshop this Saturday!

Work at Grand Detour tonight

I’ve got a 6-channel video piece up at Grand Detour‘s grand opening. Also up is work by Dustin Zimmel and Ním Wunnan. Check it out and join Research Club’s F...

a number of updates

this blog has been falling behind, I’m just going to summarize what I’ve been up to.

Links

Updated the books I’ve been reading section.  Check out Inter Ice Age 4.

Quick Links

I’ve been very busy with a trans-continental move and more… So I’m going to try to just post links regularly, rather than longer things.

Oh, Done. (forgot to tell the internet)

Lots more to come, but I finished the Mutoscope 2 weeks ago… been totally buried in work. Now in Oberlin, OH for one more week, Philly next weekend, then Wel...

No/Low Tech Magazine

Kris de Decker produces some of the most insightful and well-researched articles on technology anywhere on the internet.  He has a simple premise- novel “hig...

A Mutoscope, nearly finished

Fernando Renes’ animation finally came back from the printer’s last weekend, and Molly helped me bind it into a mutoscope reel.  since my last post everythin...

Boy Floated Away- NOT EVEN POSSIBLE

Helium can lift approximately 65lb. per 1000 cubic ft. from the images in the video, the balloon was no more than 12ft in diameter, or approximately 900 cubi...

The mutoscope running for real!

Some photos of the **mutoscope **from the last week.  It runs, it projects!  Everything needs to be tightened up (and quite a bit re-built) so it can be ship...

Re-Burbia non-finalists: Me and Molly

Molly and I only gave the Re-Burbia Competition 4 hours, and Inhabitat/Dwell didn’t like us.  That’s ok, we entered because we don’t like them either.  Our f...

Airship Profile Simulator

over at AirshipWorld, Andreas has created a new version of his airship profile simulator.  It’s only good for rotationally symetrical pressurized envelopes (...

Katie Festinger’s Farm, pt 1

Molly and I have been working/staying at Katie Festinger’s nascent farm in Chimacum, WA (near Port Townsend) on and off for the last 3 weeks.  Katie sought w...

A Pattern Language Picnic Table

Our first project in Chimacum was a social one- the farm lacked an outdoor public space.  Beth really wanted a nice central area, so we cleared out storage u...

The Puritan Panopticon

I’ve been reading Albion’s Seed, recommended to me by Paul Singer, and recently found on a bookshelf here in Port Townsend.  The Puritan history is horrifyin...

Nomadic Furniture is re-published

Nomadic Furniture is a brilliant book series, and now you can get 1 & 2 for the cost of one of the used first edition books. Hopefully the re-print will ...

Blast Domes and Opaque Projectors

A good chunk of Toorcamp occurred in a Titan 1 missile silo amongst a complex of hemispherical blast domes.  The power dome is the largest and least obstruct...

Aerospace at Toorcamp

Several amateurs played in aerospace around Toorcamp, and many more space lovers and hobbiests were present. JonM from Hackerbot, who is one of the leads on ...

Back from Toorcamp & exhausted

I achieved my primary goal of getting a ham radio license, and I met all sorts of amazing people. If only one of them gets back to me I’ll be elated (already...

Simple Solar Balloons (and spacepunk?)

After my ignite talk I met Alex Peake, who is trying to fund efforts in human potential and space exploration through the sales of a Tactical Corset (it look...

Magnificent Flight, Failed Recovery

I spent the last two weeks of March in the SF/Bay Area, and while there decided to try a new balloon. My intent- record the sounds of California by air. I...

Head Full of Glue

Superglue is for more than just putting the handle back on your housemate’s favorite mug and hoping she doesn’t notice.