Tonight’s Hack Factory Cabaret is cancelled!

July 27th, 2010 by mpm

Sorry, folks, we didn’t quite reach critical mass on speakers this month. If you’re interested in visiting the Hack Factory, you should drop in tomorrow night (Wednesday) for our weekly meeting.

TC Maker Logo Wallpapers for iPhone and iPod

July 25th, 2010 by wammie

Here are a couple wallpapers for an iPhone or iPod with the TC Maker logo. These wallpapers are appropriate for the following devices:  iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch 1st/2nd/3rd Generation.  They are 320×480 pixels and 163 ppi. Enjoy and recolor as you’d like!

Hack Factory Cabaret Tuesday, July 27th!

July 18th, 2010 by mpm

This month’s Hack Factory Cabaret will be on Tuesday, July 27th at 7pm. This is a series of quick 5 minute talks on various maker/hacker topics and will be FREE to all and FUN so bring your friends.

If you’d like to present a topic at this month’s talk, mail a brief synopsis to mpm at

Happy Virtual Independence Day!

July 4th, 2010 by wammie

Happy Independence Day from Twin Cities Maker! We hope all of our members and friends are enjoying this national holiday and staying safe!

Today I bring you a little virtual version of Independence Day!

First, I’ve made a high quality synthetic recording of John Phillips Sousa’s Stars and Strips Forever. This was recorded from a midi file and played back using the excellent midi input plugin in XMPlay. I’ve done a lot of work selecting high quality soundfonts and tweaking the real time DSP for this star quality performance. Click the picture below to access this MP3 file:

Stars and Stripes March Poster

I think this sounds pretty realistic, but for comparison you can hear Sousa recordings from the real world at

My other virtual goody for the day is to point you to the excellent Skyrocket screensaver from Really Slick Screensavers. This screensaver is simply outstanding, but may require a computer with a bit of graphics oomph to run with high quality settings.

From the website:

“The most full-blown fireworks screensaver ever. It has bright lights, smoke trails, clouds that are illuminated by the explosions, sound effects, and plenty of other eye candy. Keyboard commands allow you to launch various types of rockets, pause the movement of the fireworks, and control the camera with the mouse. OpenGL is used for the graphics and OpenAL is used for the sound.”

Click the image below to visit Really Slick Screensavers and grab the Skyrocket screensaver. The author has created a lot of other fantastic screensavers too, so check them out!

Image of Skyrocket screensaver from Really Slick Screensavers

For a real virtual blast, try playing the midi file in a loop and running the screensaver at the same time! It’s an out of this world experience!