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>> SuperHouse Ep 4: Making home automation gear run quietly

Sat, Nov 10th 4:08pm 2012 >> SuperHouse

I put up SuperHouse episode 4 a while ago, and forgot to blog about it! Slack.

Anyway, it's up now so please check it out!

I have another 2 episodes partly filmed, and work done for a couple more after that so hopefully they'll begin coming through more regularly.

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>> Miranda Skerman to co-host SuperHouse

Fri, Sep 5th 9:04am 2008 >> SuperHouse

People use all sorts of strange images as their online profile picture, like on Facebook and MySpace, and in IM clients. Most people put a picture of their own face but others put in pictures of their pets, or their kids, or some celebrity or model that they like. It's pretty normal to be on a site like Facebook and see Brad Pitt or Linda Evangelista staring at you from the profile of a person who you *know* looks nothing like them. So it was quite mentally jarring recently to see a profile picture for Miranda Skerman and have the first reaction as "oh yeah, another substitute-a-model-for-me profile", then do a mental double-take, and think hang on, that really *is* what she looks like, not just what she wishes she looked like. Which is a roundabout way of coming to the point that Miranda has agreed to co-host the new TV show I'm putting together, SuperHouse. Woot!

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>> Jondo the mandroid is RX-8 enabled

Sat, Jun 21st 2:20pm 2008 >> SuperHouse

Well, it's been a long time coming but *at* *last* I've got my hands on the car that was designed specifically for me. I've previously owned an RX2, 4 RX3s (one of which is still in a shed at my Mum's place), an RX5 (briefly, mainly as a donor car for parts), and an RX7. In early 2000 when I was talking about getting another RX7 Ann didn't like the idea because they're only a 2 seater, and she said that Mazda needed to build a 4 seater version. It was about that time that stories of the RX-EVOLV project started leaking out of Mazda, and I knew that if they ever actually built it I'd have to buy one. Stephen and Elspeth were kind enough to let me drive their RX-8 while I was up in Brisbane a little while ago, and about a month ago I started seriously looking for one. Mission accomplished, because now we have a new member of the family:

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>> Secret project progressing nicely

Thu, Jun 5th 9:15pm 2008 >> SuperHouse

Turns out I got my weeks stuffed up: after preparing a talk for phpMelb I discovered that the meeting is next Thursday, not today. Which is great, because there were two exciting deliveries today and so I get to play with new toys instead of doing a talk! The first package was one of these little babies, a Canon HV30: It's a compact little camera, but unlike a typical consumer camcorder it does high-definition widescreen at progressive 24 frames/second (1080i/24p, for those who care!) which is what you need for broadcast-quality footage. It also a lot of the manual controls you'd normally only find in professional gear - all for under $1200! Very sweet. This is what will become the "B" camera for my secret project, ie: the camera we take into nasty places like under the house and inside the ceiling. The primary camera will probably be a Sony HVR-Z1, but that hasn't arrived yet. The other package was a pair of radio mics. Only cheapies (good ones cost more than a camera!) but I did some quick testing tonight and the audio quality seems pretty good. They'll do for filming the pilot, at least, and we'll see what happens after that. Which reminds me: last week I went into a local specialist camera shop that has a decent range of quality video gear, and gave them a laundry list of gear that I wanted including the HV30, the HVR-Z1, radio mics, lighting, and other bits and pieces, and they couldn't give me prices on the spot so they said they'd call me back the next day with a good price. And they never called! You'd think that when someone walks in and says they want to buy $10k of gear they'd actually bother following it up, but apparently not.

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