Young Love in Coney Island!

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to make 3d scanned portraits of two young couples from Staten Island. It was very sweet to see young love at work. I’m quite pleased with these scans and will be printing them today. They were young but the girls were hopeful about them one day being used as a wedding cake topper! MikeJessica2-PRINT


The Scan-O-Tron 3000: Bringing the World a New Form of Portraiture!

Coney Island Scan-A-Rama is close to hitting 50% of of our funding goal, but we have only 10 days left! We really need YOUR help to get the word out to make out Kickstarter campaign successful!

Some new mentions this week:

With less than two weeks left we really need all the link love we can get, so anyone who has media connections please help get the word out! Secondly, anyone with any connections to event planners or fundraisers who might be interesting in offering 3D portraits at their event or gala, please send them our way- we need one or two high end supporters!

Now with no further ado, I wanted to address the open hardware aspect of the project. Its not the highest production value video I’ve ever made, but here’s a video that goes into the Scan-O-Tron 3000, the hardware 3D Scanning rig that I’ve been developing (which will be released on Thingiverse at the end of the campaign). This video is a little more technical- for the geeks out there- and is about the operation of the equipment, as opposed to my earlier post which was more about the experience of being scanned. For backers $20 and up I will also be releasing a video of my file cleanup routine in Netfabb Basic to you as a sneak preview before it’s available to the rest of the world. Enjoy!

Makers, you can already check out my Lazy susan design for full body scanning here: , and download loads of sample 3D full body scans off my Scan-A-Rama collection here:

Have a great weekend and please help make this happen!

(after years in the making) The New Website has Launched!


Coney was first launched around 1994-5 when Mosaic first came out. The site most would recognize went live in 1997-8, and lived on (and on and on and on… way past when it should have!). Stacy Horn at donated hosting to us when Coney Island USA had a staff of 1. My Friend (Mermaid Parade Chief Justice) Mark Alhadeff and I started planning a new database driven site as early as 1999, but for various reasons it never happened.

In the meantime the old site grew organically with many different disparate systems- We had an ecommerce portal, an active forum (Yabb), an email blast (Mojo Mail – now Dada Mail, but also Constant Contact for Members), various cgi based calendars before we standardized on Google Calendar, plus assorted random cgi-polls, etc that had been implemented over the years. Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Twitter all grew to be a part of our outreach efforts over the years. For the last 5 years I have been trying to roll all these systems into one package that would allow us to build upon. I identified Drupal as the package that we could build on, and when Drupal 7 reached maturity, I knew the time had come.

Finally, last summer I vowed that we cannot go another season under the old site. I drafted Mark and his company to help me make the new Coney a reality. I began designing these pages about 18 months ago over Christmas break. The focus of the new site was to:

  • Provide a clearer focus on the Coney Island USA organization: Who we are, what we do and why we do it
  • Better calls to action to support the organization’s fundraising efforts
  • A central calendaring system for managing display of events and linking to
  • Database driven so that non technical staff can manage and update events/pages with a minimum of training.
  • Merging several of these previous disparate systems, and providing a roadmap to integrate the others.
This is a first pass getting us up & running on the Drupal Platform. We have lots of ideas for the site’s future, but today we’re just glad to be live! We will still be using the legacy message boards and email blast systems for a while, but these are features we hope to eventually roll into the Drupal build. For now what we have is going to suffice to get us through the 2013 season. I’m sure there will be some hiccoughs along the way, but this will be a great foundation to build on!