Author Archives: Matthew Jones

About Matthew Jones

Writer, Programmer, Astronomer, Dreamer, Wisher, Fighter. Always striving to be better than I was.

Self-lighting Light Bulb

I went as Uncle Fester from the Addams Family to my brothers wedding. (It went along with the theme of the night.) Part of the costume involved a light bulb that lights up on its own. I created an instructable … Continue reading

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San Francisco Amateur Astronomer banners

I created some Banners, Parking Signs, and Stickers using the SFAA Logo for the club. They were all created using the CNC Vinyl cutter at the techshop. Being my first venture into that area, I’m actually impressed with how well … Continue reading

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Laser Engraved iPhone

Did some laser engraving on my iPhone. Turned out pretty well. I’m happy with the results. What do you think?

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Rhythm Player – Arduino Based Rhythm Automatic Game Player

This is the code behind an Arduino based Rhythm game (Rock Band, Guitar Hero, etc) automatic player. The project consisted of 3 sub-projects: Rhythm Player Midi – This project is designed to read the midi files from the disk and … Continue reading

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Rock Band – Visual Detection

As I started working on my Arduino Rock Band Player, I originally attempted to read the screen and watch the notes as they scrolled down the screen. It was an interesting project that let me attempt my hand at scaling, … Continue reading

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Programmers, Hackers, and Technology. I glimpse behind the hollywood myth.

I wrote a new post for Fictorians about how my profession is common misconstrued via television and in movies. I tried to give a realistic view, but I wonder how useful it’ll be. I figure it might help some author … Continue reading

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Free tickets to San Fran Writing Conference? Yes please!

There is an amazing opportunity to get free tickets from Writers Digest to the San Fran Writing Conference coming later this month. Editors, publishers, and authors will be in attendance making this a prime place for networking. Best part is, … Continue reading

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Have a good Thors-day? (Thursday)

Thursday is named after Thor, the Norse god of thunder. As you may have seen via recent media, namely the movie that is coming out that bears his name, Thor is well known for his giant hammer, Mjolnir. This hammer … Continue reading

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Happy Wōden’s Day! (Wednesday)

Nearing the end of my “Gods of the week” series, we reach Wōden’s Day. Wōden is the Old English equivalent to the Norse god Odin. Both gain their origins from the Roman god Mercury. Mercury is the god of trade … Continue reading

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Happy Mars/Tiwesdæg (Tuesday)!

Continuing with my look at the gods as we approach the holidays, today we look at Mars. (Mars was translated into Tiw in Old English.) Mars is the Roman god of war and was worshipped by the soldiers of the … Continue reading

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