Saturday, May 28, 2005

First showing: American graffiti (I'm nervous!)

I really didn't know what to expect on this our first public mobmov. We already have about 50 people on the mailing list and I didn't know if 1) any, or 2) all, would show up. The showing a few nights before garnered no unknowns, so who knew? We held it up at the Lawrence Hall of Science, and we filled the parking lot. No kidding. Only three cars showed up at first (two couples I didn't know plus my friend Menzies), but little by little more people trickled in. At one point we had 8 cars in the parking lot, from seniors on an evening drive, to a car full of teenagers looking for some fun. It was absolutely magical meeting everyone, and watching their faces light up when they learned they could join in our movie!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

"almost first" public showing

Unfortunately, this was a lesson learned in showing confidence - I was sure it would work, but in the mailing I made it seem that this was a "beta test". I'll bet most people decided to wait for the real thing. Yeah, that's right, sadly no one showed beyond my friends. It was still fun though, and the Lawerence Hall of Science was really cool because it was foggy and we experimented with the lights. But where is everyone?

Saturday, May 07, 2005

James Bond and a buzz


This was our first true attempt at FM transmission and we ended up spending a lot of time just getting it to work perfectly. I learned a lot about how FM transmission works, and we seemed to get it almost perfect. Unfortunately, we had a problem with buzzing, meaning that the occupants of the rav had to adjust the cabling once in awhile to get rid of an annoying buzz that would crop up from time to time. I'm going to look into this further and try to fix it.

Friday, May 06, 2005

We're over the airwaves

And it was everything I hoped it would be and more. We'll see all this in motion soon.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

FM on its way

The new FM transmitter is on its way! Track it

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Sadly, more delays in store

I went ahead and bought the Ramsey FM25 from hobbytron.com last weekend. Big mistake. Their site looks great, but they're obviously a one-man shop. The products are listed as in stock (even "on sale") but in fact they have none in stock and won't be getting them in "for weeks". They didn't even bother to let me know until I asked them where my order was.

So I cancelled my order there and bought one off eBay. It worked out being a little more expensive, but they guy is based in Santa Barbara, so I figure it might have a small chance of getting here by the weekend.

Even still, rain is forecast ths weekend, so most likely, the first showing will be the weekend of May 14th. Thanks for your patience!