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Archive for 2009

Photography: Heatings’s Kills

Heatings’s Kills


Photography: Red Truck

Red Truck Another picture of the truck in front of Cardrona Hotel in New Zealand. HDR from three RAW exposures. f/11, 1/50, ISO 100, 32.0mm. Canon Digital Rebel.


Photography: Gaelic Whisky

Gaelic Whisky IMG_6705_6_7_tonemapped.jpg HDR from three exposures. Closeup of the sign at the Cardrona Hotel in New Zealand.


Photography: Cardrona Hotel Classic

Cardrona Hotel Classic HDR from three exposures of the Cardrona Hotel in New Zealand. Apparently a place that is often photographed.


Franz Josef Glacier

For Christmas 2009 I was at Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand. I rode my kh36 out to it and walked to the top of a little mountain/rock: . HDR of the KH36:


Photography: Mt Cardrona Station, NZ

Mt Cardrona Station, NZ. After driving down Mt. Cardrona there is quaint, and often photographed, hotel.


Shoe Rack

Louise and I need a shoe rack that looks nice. I decided to design something pretty in Sketchup. Here is what I came up with while on vacation: The vertical side pieces have a slight curve to them, and the bottom pieces have a slight arch. I’m planning on using cherry for the outside, and staining the outer pieces slightly darker than the inside sheet pieces (which will be 1/2″ cherry ply). The shelves will be 3/4″ maple. The overall size will be 52″ tall by 28″ wide by 16″ deep. Download the Sketchup file (coming soon, email me to... [read more]


Heli-muniing

Today was one of the best days ever. A bunch of us in New Zealand went “Heli-muniing”. For the uninformed, that is taking a helicopter to the top of a mountain and riding our muni (mountain unicycles) down to the bottom. Totally awesome. The adventurers: Andy (the ringleader/organizer), Irene (his lovely wife), Nathan (who provided rad pictures), Beau (who rode almost everything), John (amazing rode it without a brake!), Scott (who rode it with 125mm cranks), two guides from Fat Tyre Adventures and myself (on the geared 24″ mountain unicycle). Some of the great pictures by Nathan Hoover. John Foss... [read more]


Coronet Peak, NZ

Today I rode from Queenstown to Coronet Peak. Here’s a shot of my geared KH36, with the road in the background.


In New Zealand for UNICON

A few days ago I left for a trip into the southern hemisphere, New Zealand. There is a big unicycle conference called UNICON in Wellington, which is at the bottom of the north island. I flew into Queenstown in the south island with a few friends of mine, Nathan, Grace and Beau and we have been having a great time! We are going to spend a week hanging out and cruising up north in our rental car, and then two weeks in Wellington for the conference. UNICON is the world championships for unicycling, I’m going to be competing in mountain... [read more]


Madagascar: HDR Town

HDR Town, Madagascar A cool picture, in that it looks like a mini-model. f/22, Canon digital Rebal, ISO 200, 3 shots HDR, 17.0mm


Adjustable Unicycle Handlebar

I was never happy with the last handlebar I made for my KH36 road unicycle. It attached underneath the base of my seat, and despite it being carbon fiber it still flexed quite a bit and I was afraid it would break. It also never felt quite right — I wanted it to be slightly lower, and slightly more forward. On my KH24 geared muni I have a handlebar that attaches to the seat post and has always felt great. Using the seat post wouldn’t work for my KH36, since I’m short and run the seat all the way as... [read more]


Tandem Unicycle Video – first time!

Here is a short video of me (in the back) riding the tandem unicycle with Jason. This was our third try. With practice, I’m sure we’ll be able to ride it.


Building a Tandem Unicycle

My last post introducing my Tandem Unicycle originally started out with a step-by-step process of how I built it, but for some reason I lost the post. Here is how I made my tandem uni: This idea is not my original idea. A few years ago at a “California Mountain Unicycle Weekend” a guy named LobbyBobster on the unicycle forums brought one and I gave it a try with Beau Hoover. Here’s a picture of the creator and their tandem, which looks much nicer than mine! So, from seeing this uni two years ago and based loosely on this picture... [read more]


Tandem Unicycle

The Tandem Unicycle Project EDIT: Here are the tandem unicycle construction details for the makers out there. EDIT: A short video of me and Jason trying to ride it: riding the tandem uni. EDIT: For all the traffic visiting, I recommend watching the Africa Unicycle Video. It is much better!


Madagascar: Chameleons at Night

Chameleons at Night While in Madagascar Louise and I did two guided night walks. It was quite amazing, as you could shine the flashlight in the trees and chameleons would show up bright white. They varied in size, and this one was tiny (think pinky size). It was difficult to photograph them; the first night it was raining and I didn’t bring the camera, and the second night we didn’t see any close enough to get good shots. This shot turned out “okay”, but not great.


Madagascar: KH24 on Isle Saint Marie

While in Madagascar Louise and I did a short ride from Isle of Nattes to Isle Saint Marie and up the road a bit. The picture needs to be cropped slightly; you can see the power lines in the top right of the image.


Zanzibar: Monkey Looking

Monkey Looking The red colubus monkey in Jozani Forest, Zanzibar off the east coast of Africa. Darn cute monkeys!


Madagascar: Ring Tailed Lemur in Tree

Ring Tailed Lemur in Tree HDR from three exposures. Taken on 7/29/09 12:00pm. ISO 100, f/6.3, 100mm. Louise and I were treated to seeing a TON of lemurs in Isalo Park, Madagascar. This guy was sitting up in a tree and holding still enough for me to capture three shots and create a subtle HDR. The non-HDR version doesn’t look as vibrant as this one.


Madgascar Natural Pool

This was a great little oasis at Isalo Park in Madagascar. The area was called “Piscine Natural”. HDR from three exposures. f/22, ISO 100


Custom machined cranks

I machined out one ounce out of each of my KH Moment 125/150mm cranks. I went with a big pocket, just like what I did for Joseph’s cranks. Hopefully they won’t break! I also tried my geared KH 36 coker out with the 125 mm crank holes. It feels like it takes a lot of power to keep the thing moving at a basic pace (like 15 mph). But, they really scream for slight downhills and probably add 1 mph to my speed (or more on steeper downhills — I was pushing 24 mph without any effort on one downhill).... [read more]


Aerial Cube

I just finished another project: the Aerial Cube. Louise and I saw the cube at a circus show last week, and I thought “Hey, I could make one of those!”, and Louise asked “Can you make me one of those?”. So, here it is! The cube is made out of 1″ tubing that is 1/8″ thick. I bought it at a local metal place – “Sims Metals”. I cut 45’s with my little Grizzly horizontal bandsaw: And drilled+tapped some holes into a piece of steel to create a jig to hold the tubes at 90 degrees: And then welded two... [read more]


Massai Girl

Massai Girl in an East African Village 6/25/09, f/2.8, 1/1000, ISO 100, 200mm


Blue Tree Software is now closed

Blue Tree Software, my shareware “company” that I have had for many many years is now closed. If you visited http://www.bluetreesoft.com you will be redirected to corbinstreehouse.com. I plan on releasing my flagship product, WallChanger, as open source. The applications all run on Windows, and I only use MacOS, so it might take a while for me to post the source somewhere and rebuild a “freeware” version. If someone wants to build it for me and remove the reg code stuff, let me know…I’ll send it to you. Screen shots of my old website in QuickLook (boy, I designed that... [read more]


Blog moved..

I recently moved my blog and website from one server to another (hopefully better, where I have less downtime, and no data loss!). My Pictures gallery is down, but let me know of anything that doesn’t work (comments work again!) corbin


First Machining Project: Vise Stop

Every machinist needs a good vise stop. Here is mine, 100% completely made from raw steel, except for the bolts bolting it to the vise (which are too long — I need to buy new ones): The knurled wheels use split collars to tighten the bolts down. The larger knurled ones work much better than the smaller ones (require less force to tighten the things down), and I may make some more larger ones. So, how did this project come to finally being finished? I searched the net and found some great links on things people had done. I initially... [read more]


Milling machine tune up

My 1990 Enco Milling machine was starting to get quite a bit of shake at certain speeds. It has a variable speed head, and one of my friends, Bevan, recommended against getting the vari-speed, since they are sometimes prone to having trouble. But, I really do love being able to dial in the speed with the turn of a small wheel, and even though it was a pain to do, I tuned up the head and now it runs smooth again. I took the head apart, carefully labeling stuff on my bench: The main problem was a bad v-belt. The... [read more]


Baobab Trees in Madagascar with Water

7/26/09 4:42:01 PM. f/13. 1/200. ISO 200. 34.00mm with the 17.0-40mm Canon lens. Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT


MIG welder

I picked up a used MIG welder a few weeks ago. The thing is totally cool; MIG is the way to go (Bronson was right!). I already used it to weld a few little things; a custom grinder stand, and a little piece of steel to a nut. These are things that would have been a pain to do with the oxy-acet torch.


Louise Silk at Berkeley Juggling and Unicycle Festival

Louise Aerial Silk at Berkeley Juggling and Unicycle Festival Summer, 2009 Featuring: Louise Lovelle H.264. 54.75 MB, 4:51 duration. YouTube version



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