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I'm Jake von Slatt, a maker, tinkerer, fabricator, and all around techno dilettante living and creating just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I'm interested in the blending of 19th century aesthetics and technology with the modern world and showcasing projects of that ilk here on SteampunkWorkshop.com. While I eschew the temptation to rigidly define the term "Steampunk," I do know that it has something to do with the intersection of technology and romance. More after the break

Email: jake@vonslatt.com
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Upcoming: Hexayurt swamp cooler for Burningman!

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We're headed to Burning Man this year! I am in the process of building a Hexayurt for us to stay in on the playa. To keep it cool I'm going to build a solar powered swamp cooler. These are a few of the components that I've gathered so far. The whole build process will be here in the upcoming weeks.

Quickest Way to Clone Windows (and Windows Server) Disk with GPartEd

A quick tech note from the day job some of you might find useful.

GPartEd is a fantastic free tool for copying and resizing disk partitions, but cloning an entire Windows disk often requires tweaking boot sectors and records after the partitions are copied and this is not always easy or intuitive. The following is a simple method to clone a Windows disk quickly without all the messing around with boot sector issues.  I just used this on Windows Server 2008 but it should work on Windows Server 2012, Windows 7 and Windows 8. 
 

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The Steampunk World's Fair is this weekend!

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Hi Folks!

Come join me at the 2014 Steampunk World's Fair in Piscataway New Jersey! I'll be bringing my Victorian RV and many of the steampunk objects I've made over the years. There will be an opportunity to take a tour of the bus on Saturday and I may even have the 3D printer that I built last year up and running for you to see!

At this point I believe that the Steampunk World's Fair is the largest and oldest Steampunk con and it is certainly one that has always delivered when it come to the musical acts performing all weekend long.

Come join us! It's going to be awesome!

Why Live Music? A Serious Question

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Your car stereo. Your computer. Your MP3 player. Your phone. We’ve never had more technology enabling us to listen to music, and that technology has never been more mobile. And with services like Tunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp Last.fm, GrooveShark, et al, we’ve never had more ways of discovering new music. And due to incredible advancements in personal recording technology, it’s never been easier for amateurs to produce songs on our own, load them on every service and sync them to every device. There is recorded music everywhere, and everyone is making it.

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the CAN!CAN!CAN! Sandwich on IndieGOGO!

So there's this thing. It's called the Grilled Cheese Invitational, and it's pretty much what it sounds like. Their motto is 'Bread, Butter, Cheese, Victory!' and they're holding the last one ever this year. I'm competing and it's going to be great. This is about fun. It's about being weird and loving it. It is about the future of what grilled cheese will be, post-apocolypse, when all we have is canned foodstuffs. 

My sandwich is called the CAN!CAN!CAN! and it features canned butter, canned cheese and canned bread. It's going to be a ton of fun. To help fund my way in this endeavor I have an Indiegogo campaign that has some awesome rewards based on the graphic I've created to represent my dazzling creation. You should check it out. Watch the video, because it's seriously one of the funniest things I've done in a while. 

I'll be wearing a can-can outfit while grilling s'whiches. Because surely those will survive the apocolypse.

Check out my indieGoGo can-pain! 

 

iPhone Dock and Autodesk 123D Tutorial

A couple of weeks ago I bought a new vehicle, a 2007 Lincoln Town Car. The car came with a Satellite Navigation radio with THX certified sound. It sounded fantastic but there was no auxiliary input! Remembering this story I saw on Hackaday a little while ago, I decide to tap into the CD changer audio-in.

Here are some details plus a video tutorial on designing a part for 3D printing with the free Autodesk 123D Design software.

DIY Vibratory Tumbler

When I built the Girl Genius Radio Theater Microphone I had some brass plates water-jet cut and I bought a vibratory tumbler to polish them. The tumbler came from Eastwood and while it did a very nice job on the parts for the microphone, it failed shortly thereafter. When I took it apart I found that the bearings in the motor were shot, they had been destroyed by the vibration.

So I built a sturdier, more powerful tumbler myself. 

The Art of Distortion: Tradition & Reaction in Folk & Punk

A fiddler tunes. A woman on upright bass stretches her hands. The banjoist adjusts his strap while the mandolinist takes a drink. In this moment before a song, the possibilities of sound are only as limited as the experience and the vision of the artists onstage. From the lineup of instruments, you might expect a traditional bluegrass tune from such a group, but why not arrangements of Bach or a Rush cover or a surreal ballad in the style of David Bowie?

An instrument can really play any type music you make it play. It’s true!

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Photo: Lou D'Aprile of Louography

The Majestic Bellowphone - Hungarian Dance #5

My friend Len Solomon writes: "Here's a clip of the Hungarian Dance #5, performed on the Majestic Bellowphone. The piece was originally scored for 4-hand bellowphone, but I come to find out that I'm the only one who plays this contraption, so I used my version; adapted for 2 hands and a foot."

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