Quidditch in Halo 5


Those of you who’ve played Halo 3 back in it’s hay day know of the custom game variant of Griffball.  Unlimited gravity hammers and swords, and trying to get a bomb in the other team’s goal.  It’s more fun then it sounds.  Well, the above video is a great new take on that game variant.

Xbox user XxHugabearXx made a forge map that looks like a Quidditch Pitch from the Harry Potter Universe.  It’s a very well done re-creation of what I imagine from the movies.  The better part though is the low gravity and the hoops.  That change it from Griffball, into Quidditch.

You’ll need the map, and the Game file, both of which you can easily download for free on Halo Waypoint.


Crazy Engineering


NASA’s JPL has a video showing real quick how they plan on making a satellite to block out the sun.

It’s not exactly a Mr. Burns type situation, yet, instead the idea is to block the light of the sun (or suns) to better find exo-planets orbiting other stars.The design is interesting, but the implications for nefarious use are too much to handle.  Fortunately, all great inventions are dangerous in the wrong hands, and blocking out the sun would indeed cost Mr. Burns levels of money.

{Nine Planets}

DIY Coptic Stitched Photo Album


Finished Book

finished spine

Those who have been following this site for at least a year know that I’m going to Alaska this summer.  Those who have been following this site for more then a few years know that I like to make things myself.  Those who have been following this site forever know that I am a crazy person, but that’s for another post.

Any Hootie and the Blowfish, I like to make things.  When I go on these National Park trips, I take a lot of photographs.  I don’t only leave them on my computer and my website for people to view, I make two different albums of them, one a professionally printed and bound album of my best, and most favorite prints, and one a scrap book.  The scrap book has the photos of me, and whoever else I went on the trip with.  I used to put all of my photos into one big scrap book, but, naturally, it got too big to hold itself.  If you remember back to my trip to The Badlands, I made my own album for those photos.  When I went to Yellowstone the next year, I made a better book.  Well both of those were nice, but I wanted something different for Alaska.  Also, both of those books were made after I returned from my trips.  Meaning it took weeks and months from when I returned until I had someplace to put those photos.  For Alaska I decided to be proactive and make an album before I left.

This is it.

Finished book

Hit the jump to see how I made it:


The Hover Bike


Remember Colin Furze, he dug a bunker in his back yard for some reason.  Well here he has built a hover bike, curtesy of Ford

It’s pretty cool, but it looks like it’s far to heavy to be useful.  Even with all the weight he cut off of it, it seems like it should still be a dozen or so pounds lighter.  It does look cool though.  I kind of want to ride it.


Secret Wooden Rings


Tiny Snow Forest

The above looks like a tiny interesting snow globe right?  Maybe an odd shaped thing.  Well, you would be wrong.  It’s actually a ring.  A hand made wooden ring with beeswax and jewelry resin making the designs inside.  Canadian jeweler My Secret Wood has created these works of art.  The two I’m showing here are nothing, they have a couple dozen different varieties.  All of them are cool.  I like the colored ones better than the clear ones.  And the small city like designs in them.  There’s a green one that says it’s underwater, but I can’t help but see Sequoias in it.

The one above is called Tiny Snow Forest, you can buy it for $110 USD.  This one below, the swirl is called Oasis Forest, it’s also on sale for $110 USD.

Oasis Forest

I wonder how difficult it would be to make something like this myself?

{Design World}

Chernobyl: A Truer Story


Yesterday I did a post about Chernobyl Disaster, and how I thought it was caused.  Today, I’ll stick with the official story of what happened.

Elephant's Foot

The above photo depicts what had been named “The Elephant’s foot” a massive blob of melted concrete, glass, sand, and raw nuclear core material.  This is what’s left from Reactor Number 4.  When it was discovered, it was giving off 10,000 roentgens per hour, for comparison, it would take about 1/10 of that to give a human a lethal dose of radiation.  This isn’t a particularly long exposure photograph, instead, the massive amounts of radiation coming off of this blob of metal is what’s causing the human there to look transparent.  That is indeed, crazy dangerous.

Here’s a video that goes over some of the events of the clean up in September of 1986.  It’s long, but it’s cool, I liked it, you should watch it too.  It’s crazy that people wouldn’t take the radiation monitors with them when they went to work.  Did they just not care?

I didn’t know that the robotics didn’t work well, or at all.  Instead they had go in and clean up by hand.  They knew that what they were doing was dangerous, and that each person who came after them was in less danger, but they still had to do it, and had to clean up.  Each shift was only up to a minute long cleaning the roof of the building.  Hundreds of soldiers there moving things one shovel at a time.  Seriously, watch the above video.

{Physics Forums}

Alternate History Thursday: Chernobyl


The first, and still, most dangerous and deadly nuclear accident revolves around the Chernobyl power plant in the Ukraine.  Many things can be said about the accident, but I’m about to dive into an alternate theory on what caused the terrible disaster.  Yes it will be outlandish.  Yes it will be crass.  Yes, it won’t make sense.  But come on, do you really expect anything less of me?


VR Pinball


I gotta say, there’s a lot of strong opinions regarding VR.  I’ve used it, but I’m not sure if I like it, or if it will change the world.  But I will note the potential that exists.  One place I didn’t anticipate is the huge Pinball industry around it.  This DIY Pinball controller is dead simple to build, but the real power comes from the Oculus Rift headset,

The side-by side view gave me a slight headache, I’m not sure I could watch many of those.  Not being in control of the camera like that is disorienting.


Starry LED Lamp


Instructables user darbinorvar put together this really cool LED lamp that lights up like stars.  You can watch her build the whole thing in her YouTube tutorial of the process below if you want.  It’s better then going through all the photos individually and remember, I’m lazy.

I really like the random way she marked where the stars should be.  It gives it a much more natural look.  I’m not 100% sure that she needed all of the LED strips she used, but hey, it works, and it only uses about 6W fo it’s all good.I’m very happy that she used warm-white light, it’s muchnicer then the harsh white light.