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If you’d like to get in touch with me but would rather do it in a less-public forum, you can email me via my Contact page.

Cheers! πŸ™‚


  1. Steve says:

    You have a very entertaining website. Very impressive and informative. As a fellow ham I’m looking forward to seeing your ham stuff. Congratulations!


  2. Stephanie says:

    Thanks Steve – I hope to get the ham stuff up by the end of the month. Gotta get my taxes out of the way first though πŸ™ then I’ll have some time to finish the missing pages.

  3. Troy says:

    Hey Stephanie,

    I stumbled upon your website through a link from another side regarding lasers… Actually, I was there looking at stuff for the fusor that I intend to build. I was hoping to send you an email, but I couldn’t find an address published.

    Anyway, I’m just down the road in Toronto, I noticed lots of interesting things on your site! I too share an interest in Lasers, Computers, Swords, Electronics, and many other things (Tesla coils, Yay!) My next big project is a Farnsworth-Hirsch fusor. I also want to build a homebrew laser someday.

    oh, and I’m a ham. Maybe we can have a rag-chew some day.

    Troy (VE3TKP)

  4. Bob Hess says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I can tell you’re dazzled by the light! I’m a laser tech, holographer, solar observer, bicyclst, and collector of antique lasers and holograms. Also interested in feng shui, product design and staying healthy! Really enjoyed drifting through your site. Have you considered holography as a medium for your work?

  5. teruo says:

    Lasers, aquarium, swords! Please marry me! I can cook! πŸ™‚

    I loved your website and will try the laser tutorial someday.

  6. Onetrack says:

    Hey – A random google search for HP 200LX brought me here as I have 5 of them in peices on my desk.. entertaining blog – πŸ™‚

    Lorne / Onetrack
    Kamloops, British Columbia

  7. Alexey says:

    Has looked your site very interesting. I wish to try to start laser ILPN-108

  8. Dan says:

    Nice! just found you online, looking for Vacuum and magnetron stuff… found some amazing people you are one! yeah from Lasers to Gastropods! NICE!
    great site!

  9. John Michael says:

    I have enjoyed visiting your site, even though most of it is over my head. I am a woodworker and would like to build a wood burning laser engraver, for small projects. I am fairly handy, can assemble, and do some soldering, electrical, replaced controls, etc. However, I cannot read an electronic diagram, as far as identifying a transister from a rectifyer, etc. I was in hope someone could give me a list of “parts” and assembly directions, so I could put one together. I have been researching on the internet, but frankly the more I read, the more confused I become. I read about making one from a DVD-RW laser, but discussion went into retcifyers, battery power, etc and I became lost. I plan on assemblying the laser on a pantagraph to copy designs on wood. Am I being realistic in believing this is doable, or am I wasting our time? The cost of a “store bought” is way out of my league, as I am on disability retirement, with a limited fixed (SS) income.

    Thank you for your time. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

    John Michael
    Hickory Creek TX

  10. Stephanie says:

    The biggest problem for building a laser engraver using a DVD laser would be that it will be very, very slow. In fact, you’ll probably burn out the laser diode before you get much accomplished, unless you can configure the system to allow for a 1:1 duty cycle (one minute on, one minute off) and employ plenty of cooling.
    DVD lasers can burn wood under the right conditions, but that involves focusing to a tight pin-prick sized dot and it takes time. Lighter coloured wood will burn much slower, and you won’t get much or any depth.
    Most of the commercial units use much higher-power lasers; such as a CO2 gas laser system rated in the 10 to 100 watt range — which contributes to the high cost.
    I’m not saying the project is impossible, just that it would be difficult and probably unsatisfactory, depending on the expected results.

  11. John Michael says:

    Thanks, that’s what I needed to know.

  12. Cautious Dave says:


    Thxs for sharing your iPhone LUL…I’m intrigued given my past history in the power associated with emotional spiritualism…that said, I’m prone to be overly cautious given some of what I’ve seen. How does one go about finding a reliable and credible “tutor” to avoid the entrapments of “solo” experimentation?

  13. Cautious Dave says:

    Whoa kitty…down girlie πŸ™‚

    Too bad I can’t upload a pic of my next best friend :-)…she likely wouldn’t get along well with “serial kitty”…one distracted moment and we would be wondering “now where is that crazy cat?”…My next best friend is Scout – female pit bull mix Nancy and I rescued along with 7 others from her litter…told Nancy not to fall in love with any of them and guess who fell head over heels for this cute little runt πŸ™‚

  14. Stephanie says:

    Dave, thanks for writing. Finding someone to work with, whom you are compatible with and feel comfortable working with, is not an easy task. Your best bet would be to first find others in your area who you could meet with and get to know, then see if you find you are comfortable with any of them enough to discuss studying or working with them.
    The internet of course is a great resource, and one way to search is to look for a “Pagan Pride” group that is in or near your location. From personal experience, I will say that working with another or in a group has its benefits, but being a solo practitioner also has merit. Thanks to the vast resources available today in the form of books and the internet, a person can learn a great deal without any group or one-on-one work.

    Scout sounds like a great dog, and lucky to have you as her rescuer. I won’t worry too much about Pixie though – despite her fearsome grimace, she’s actually quite skittish and at the first sight of a doggy she’d probably learn to fly – or at least, learn to stick to the ceiling. πŸ™‚

    Good luck Dave, blessed be.

  15. Kai Bausch says:

    Hallo you created an linux-kernel for eeepc 1008HA und posted the link to somebody. Can you send me an link at my mail-address? I’m very that my new eeepc dont have lan and wlan, so I have to Use windows instaed of my Debian I love.

  16. Stephanie says:

    Hi Kai,

    I’ve bundled up my kernel and posted it to the blog:


  17. blossom112 says:

    I have a story to tell .
    But first I would like to say I like your writings that were not related to hams or technology..ect.
    I have been in the wounderfull world of aquariums for a few years ,started with salt water ,then moving to fresh ,plecs,plants and snails .
    Call it fate that brings me to your pages !
    Just a few nights ago without warning ,(my mind was on my order of snails fish and food thas coming in the mail)
    I took the laptop from my husband .
    Low and behold….he was looking at your pages and the first thing I saw was your snails (which was confusing)
    I think I was hurt more then anything that he was looking at YOUR snails and never looking at my wounderfull collection !
    Then I find that he has been following your writings for 4 years !
    Funny as it seems we both hobbies ,so seperate and neither pays interest in the others.
    I like your stuff!!

  18. Bob Harvey says:

    Great site, and I really enjoy the hacking info. I think I’ll give the DVD Laser Diode extraction a try. Had not realized how powerful those laser diodes were. Your beacon being OTA is a shame. You should try the WSPR program from K1JT. I have a blast with it even at low power levels.


    Bob Harvey
    K2PI (Currently M0DUO)

  19. Procrastinator says:

    Interesting site. I’ve got some diverse interests also, but never got too deep into the electronics end of things. Thought I’d mention that I’ve noticed of late, there seems to be more affordable selection of 1 to 5 watt laser diodes on eBay. If you decide to use that last case you displayed on your DVD Laser page, I’d like to see the outcome.

    And for the person who asked about laser engraving of wood, you might be able to build a CO2 laser with a little more power at less than the $15,000 or more, price tag of a used one. There is someone on instructables who uses a pantograph to copy designs Could be modified to enlarge them too. his project is for a “$60 Laser Engraver / Cutter”, based on the content of this website. Adios!

  20. Fascinating collection of subject matter. I initially hit your site searching for stuff on the HP 200LX. Do you still use yours in a semi-regular capacity?

  21. Procrastinator says:

    Never heard from you regarding suggested sources of parts on eBay, but then gmail likes to eat emails.

    Just thought I’d ask if you had considered making a CNC laser cutter/engraver for plastic, (or whatever else you can cut with a laser), using an old pen plotter? There seem to be lots of cheap used plotter’s around.

    Let the inquiring minds know what your up to. Unless your busy in the real world. Adios!

  22. Stephanie says:

    Sorry if I haven’t responded via email – I’m usually pretty good but sometimes I get swamped and things get severiously backlogged.

    I have thought about using a pen plotter but the problem with using a DVD laser, or even a higher-powered unit like a 4 or 5 watt IR diode laser, is that it’s still not powerful enough to be effective. You’d really have to slow the plotter down, like to the point of measuring it in terms of cm per minute, or the laser just wouldn’t be able to mark even a plastic surface.

    I do have a 4 watt IR laser but those lasers don’t project a ‘dot’ they are more like a rectangle, and they are not collimated, so you really need to worry about focus in order to do things with it. When you do focus it down to a point it’s powerful, but it’s still not powerful enough if it is moving around quickly over a target surface.

  23. Hi! I found your page while searching for some Newton stuff.

    You have a really interesting site! I read your page about Prosopagnosia. I know a few other people who have talked about it elsenet as well. I also saw on your Serial Hobbyist page that you spend some time in Second Life.

    I’m curious, if you’re willing to talk about it: Do you have the same effect and/or the same challenges in recognizing people in Second Life? What about in other avatar-driven spaces?

  24. Stephanie says:

    SecondLife is great for prosopagnosia – everyone has their nametag floating over their head. I’d love that in real life. I have found that I am affected by prosopagnosia in SecondLife, to the extent that I don’t really notice changes in avatar faces / appearances. And with the nametags, there’s no fear of not-recognizing friends.

    I don’t have experience in any other avatar-driven places though, just SL.


  25. Chelsea says:

    Stephanie. I don’t know you but I have obsessed over magic. I know I don’t know much but I wanna know. See ever since I was little I felt there is power others do not see that roam and like I have dreams that come true and it’s strange. Yeah this isn’t anything big but I’m driving my self insane could you help

  26. Stephanie says:

    Hi Chelsea,

    Thanks for writing. I have to say right off, that I am not qualified to help you – I can try and point you in some directions that will get you the assistance you need.

    First, any kind of obsession can be dangerous, regardless of the subject. If you find your regular routines of daily life are being disrupted by this, then you should consider speaking with someone qualified – psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.

    Regarding magic, power, and clairvoyant dreams, there are a lot of books on these subjects, both positive and negative. If these are things you want to learn how to control and develop, you will find many books that can help guide you. Conversely if it’s something you want to stop and want nothing to do with, then I am certain you will find that too. My mother had ‘the sight’ when she was young but it scared her and she was able to make it go away just by ignoring it and closing her mind to it, whenever it manifested. Gradually her experiences were less frequent, then finally stopped altogether.

    In any event, I do suggest seeking professional help first to deal with the obsessive aspect of this.

    Good luck.

  27. Matt says:

    I just downloaded The Book from the app store for my iPod touch. It has some amazing things within it! And I thank you for creating it. My questions for you are these: I am well aware of the power confined within the body that can be drawn out. Are there ways to harness one’s inner power without the religious aspect of Wicca, rather just the power within? And if I can use power of my own, what price is there? Does it affect the length of my life? Can I conjure physical manifestations of this power? Please tell me, for I am very interested in the craft of self power discovery & usage; just not the Wiccan portion (I mean not to offend by saying this, I truely and humbly ask of your knowledge). Please send a response to my email and thank you so much. Blessed be

  28. Kim says:

    Hey Steph!
    Your site is looking great and lots of exciting facts as usual.
    Hope you have a great holiday- great winter pics. I too love the quiet of the dark cold.

  29. Jesi M says:

    You said you were in an coven? I’m 18 and Wiccan looking for one and I live in Brampton as well. If your coven is accepting others to the craft, please contact me by email. Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  30. Vijay says:

    I was introduced to the wonderful world of apple snails a couple of months back and I’m in love with them. I have three of them and they’ve just laid their first clutch of eggs … can’t wait for them to hatch.

    I love the pics of your aquarium and your snails. Can I contact you in case I have any questions on apple snails and can’t find them online?

  31. Stephanie says:

    Hello Vijay,

    By all means, if you have any questions let me know and I’ll do my best to help out. If you haven’t yet, you should also check out – they have a great forum there with a lot of experts & enthusiasts.


  32. Benjamin says:


    Mucho awesome website Stephanie, it’s clear you have a good healthy sense of humor; I burst into a few spontaneous giggles upon visiting. It was a nice little pick-me-up =P
    I think its great how you feel free to express yourself. I have a wonderful girlfriend who’s the same way. She too holds to the wiccan faith, it’s a beautiful way of life.

  33. harold says:

    Nice to see a girl interested in electronics/hacking.

    I love it that you have a zipit web server running. I plan to setup my own site, probably not from the zipit though. Anyway if I end up running a zipit site I’ll be sure to link to ya πŸ™‚

  34. Karolina says:

    Dear Stephanie,

    I have read with great interest your project of dvd laser. Right now I need to make some kind of not powerful but visible and very focused laser line (spot should be around 0.5mm in the distance of 1cm from the lens).
    I thought I could use your dvd project, (with rather less powerful diode), but I have one great concern: how and where I can get collimating lenses?

  35. Jeremy Smith says:

    Just wanted to say, thank you. I’m a little, no a lot watch obsessed. I’ve been happy with that I’m finding as a watch consumer. But lately have been thinking about my own creations. I’m inspired by your site and that it can be done.
    Thanks so much, especially for the links for help.
    Much appreciated,

    jeremy smith

  36. Jack says:

    OMG !!! I want to marry you for your work on the Dingoo A330.

  37. Justin says:

    I love your site and your technical abilities!! Keep up the Good work!!

  38. chris says:

    Very cute kitties. Glad you show them love. BTW you are very smart and creative with programming. A star for sure…….

  39. Hello Stephanie,

    Excellent Website you created, well done! Makes me think of my daughter, also into art and Websites and all things related.

    I am sure you won’t need all of this on your Guestbook page, please edit and omit as you see fit. On your K1 page you have the following:

    “I’ve added a 6-pin mini-DIN port to my K1 which allows for computer digital interface. It uses a pinout almost identical to the TNC port on many Yaesu mobile radios. There is audio-out, Key (ptt), ground, plus a +6v out pin. Of course, there is no audio-in line in this case since the K1 can’t send modulated audio. The audio-out and key in lines are enough though to allow a computer to do your CW for you.”

    Could you please give me more detail on this mod – I would like to have my K1 connected to the PC doing CW from the DXLab suit WinWarbler.


    Vic – Pretoria – South Africa

    1. Stephanie says:

      Hi Vic,

      I hate to admit it but it’s been several years since I did the mod to my K1 and I can’t remember what exactly I did. It won’t be very fancy though – just wiring from the mini-din connector to the appropriate headers inside the unit, for the key and the line-out audio. Sorry I’m not more help… unfortunately the memories fade after a while.

  40. Mateo says:

    Nice mod on your dingoo a320. I was wondering if you affilate?

    1. Stephanie says:

      Hi Mateo,

      “I was wondering if you affiliate?” — I have no idea what this means, so odds are that I don’t do it, whatever it is.

  41. rodrigohahn says:

    Hi! Just wanted to say I came here looking for the dingoo a320 stuff, and found myself reading about snails, radio and photography… You’re very gifted, and your site is very interesting! Keep up the good work! πŸ˜‰

  42. Hi,

    Great site. I came here from Hackaday…the Dingoo memory upgrade.

    I’m totally impress by your wide interest, I don’t feel like I’m the lone weirdo in the universe for having such a variety of hobbies and interests.

    Looking forward to reading more hacks and builds from you in the future.

    Peter in cleveland

  43. Mr. Man says:

    “I don’t feel like I’m the lone weirdo in the universe for having such a variety of hobbies and interests”

    Dude, there are lots of us, everywhere.

    We just don’t get out very often. πŸ˜‰

  44. Hubert Huber from Vienna says:

    (Planet-)Stephanie – I’m impressed. And the Zippit. Great!
    Thank you for sharing.

  45. andyy says:

    hey stephanie!
    just want you to know i think your awesome πŸ™‚ i bought a A320 and have been hacking away at it thanks to you! keep up the good work!

  46. Marius Bucur says:


    really nice website. I also came here because of the nice image viewer you did on the A320. It is a really great SDL application, and also the whole website is very neat. Keep up the good work!

  47. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the kind words! I can’t take full credit for the image viewer, someone else wrote it and I just adapted it to suit the Dingoo.


  48. Justin says:

    Hey there woman we miss you on irc #Dingoonity… Ya don’t have to hack or create to hang out… Hell just message us ever so often…

  49. Bayley says:

    Wonderful site! I love the info on lasers.
    How much IR is the laser being doubled by the crystal in the Pictures putting out, and how much green light is being produced?

    1. Stephanie says:

      Hi Bayley,

      Not sure which pics you’re referring to. If it’s the ‘cheap green laser’, that’s 500mW of IR (808nM) at the source, and the output varies from 125mW green (532nM) down to about 20mW once it warms up.

      If you’re referring to my big Class 4 IR laser where I was holding the doubler crystals in pliers, that’s 4W of IR going in, and a peak of about 250mW of green coming out. It was pretty short-lived though, the crystals weren’t designed to take that kind of load, plus it was difficult to hold it at the exactly correct position. And, it was unsafe – I don’t have any goggles that work at multiple wavelengths, so I was wearing the IR protection goggles, which are worthless for the green light.


  50. Tim Streetman says:

    Hey Lady !
    Way cool site/stuff/toys !
    Just a thought … I noticed you used the term “Perfectionist”, somewhere? on your site. I have had troubles with this all my life until recently. I finally came to the conclusion that I am NOT a perfectionist, but a “Precisionist”. This really seems to alleviate the negative connotation associated with the term. It is funny how people can label you when your young and it can be a detriment for years.
    “Hey ! Teacher ! Leave them kids alone !”
    Keep up the “Good” work !
    You ROCK Hon !
    ps Now that you have a firm grasp on Roy G Biv and beyond, time for the REAL fun ! Q factoring and beam splitting/beam controllers/light SHOWS ! have SOME fun !

    1. Stephanie says:

      Hello Tim,

      Thanks for writing! I like the term Precisionist – you’re right, it works without the negative connotations. That’s very good.

      I did start to get into light-shows at one point… I have a half-built pocket-sized lightshow I was buiding around a 15mW green laser. The whole thing would have fit in a coat pocket and would work for small settings like a house party… but my serial-hobbiest thing kicked in and I got interested in something else and sort of dropped off the laser scene.

      Like all things though, I’ve retained all the stuff and most of the knowledge, so one day (maybe when I’ve retired) I can return to it and pick up where I left off.

      Take care!

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