Mike HeaversWeb, Writing, Creative Coding


Automated screenshot image sequences on a mac with applescript

I recently worked on a video project which required taking a series of nearly ten thousand frames of 1920x1080 still images from a program called Golly - which simulates Conway’s Game of Life. While the program has a built-in script which can create animated gifs, these are very slow to work with in After Effects, and very slow to create for complex patterns. In addition, they could only be created for the 1:1 scale in Golly, and I wanted to really focus on the macro details of cellular

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Infrared Tripwire LED Stair Lights

I built a pair of very unsafe stairs to my loft, and after falling off them one morning and nearly destroying my laptop in the process, I decided to make some motion triggered lights for the stairs. While contemplating giving the stairs an effect like Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean Video, my end goal was to have them be subtle and simple and all the wiring to be hidden, so as not to get the whole thing vetoed.


I found these LED strips at adafruit. They’re way overblown for my

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Arduino Secret Box

I’ve been looking for a way to improve my skills with circuits and arduino, and figured a surprise box for my girlfriend would force me to learn. I had a simple idea - items placed in the box would activate a secret door in the box with a special surprise inside…

I thought I’d share a little of my process so that anyone who’s interested can avoid making the same mistakes I did, and hopefully learn a few things too.

My initial attempts were way too overblown for my skill level. I wanted to

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