Transferring LM386 Amplifiers and Speakers onto a Protoboard

by Cory on November 12, 2020

Now that the thumbstick is working, I was looking into finding some more permanent buttons. To be honest, this next part is going to be a little tough, because the buttons rely a lot on the design of the case. It might make more sense fo...

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    Integrating a Nintendo Switch Joystick into an Arduino Game Controller

    by Cory on October 28, 2020

    First thing's first:

    I "rebuilt" my thumbstick breakout board with a solid piece of Amazon cardboard. I also had to redo the FPC connector soldering on the PCB after I accidentally broke it off (it's on the underside, so not visible in the pict...

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    The Raspberry Pi 4 Compute Module is Now Out

    by Cory on October 19, 2020

    The Raspberry Pi 4 compute module was released! I was keeping an eye out for this because the raspberry pi 4 has even better emulation capabilities (it can do PSP!) but until now they only had the normal form factors.

    I'm a little disappointed th...

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    A USB game controller with an Arduino Pro Micro and Nintendo Switch thumbsticks

    by Cory on October 10, 2020

    I couldn't decide how to package up this update, but I don't think the fully detailed update will be ready for a while. In the meantime, I'm just gonna post a "journal update" instead.

    So last time I said I was gonna work on the buttons and viola...

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    Digital Painting

    by Cory on August 1, 2020

    In the past few weeks, I've been trying to figure out how to paint digitally. I made these studies using Clip Studio Paint:

    Using the "oc 2" brush in this pack for reference.

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    Sound Research (Pt. 3)

    by Cory on July 31, 2020

    This is the third and final post I'm going to make about sound, for now.

    Quick recap: I caved and bought a fancy pants DAC (digital-to-analog converter) from Adafruit to pull out sound from the Raspberry Pi to my homemade speakers. This was befor...

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    Dominant Gluten and Recessive Gluten

    by Cory on July 22, 2020

    Another batch of 4 pizzas here. A lot of interesting stuff happened. First of all, I forgot to add sugar to the dough. This isn't a deal breaker but it doesn't make the dough taste as good.

    Also, what I tried to do was to knead the dough more tho...

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    Sound Research (Pt. 2)

    by Cory on July 2, 2020

    This is a second part of (what's looking to be) a three part sound series!

    I was looking around trying to figure out what I should do next and why my speaker amplifier wasn't working well. Today I just happened to take another look while procasti...

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    The Pizza Wars

    by Cory on June 10, 2020

    Tragedy has struck again, leaving these last two pizzas with lasting scars. But you know what they say--hard times make for hard pizza. Or what doesn't kill pizza makes it stronger. Something like that.

    For the third pizza, I decided last minute ...

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