The Clock

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The Clock

Gislain Benoit hand soldered this beautiful three-dimensional working clock that doubles as a work of art.  Contained above are all of the analog components necessary for a working clock in what you would typically find contained inside of a microchip.  What’s more, telling of the time is done via measuring the phases of electricity from a standard 60Hz US outlet.  Setting the time is done via magnets. Pretty ace if you ask me.

I particularly like the three  dimensional factor contained in the soldering of the components,  So often single two dimensions are used and for that reason electronics are pretty ugly.  But this one is really tastefully done.  I’m sure more time was spent drawing out the layout of the components than was spent soldering it all together.  Ok, maybe not.

component view

I know it’s mounted under glass, but I would still be concerned with those wires breaking, or getting shorted out.  I think covering it in epoxy would be a better solution.

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Debate 0

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There’s a US Presidential debate on tonight?  Did you hear?  Now, I try not to get too political on this site, after all, there are plenty of other reasons to hate and vilify me, but you should watch it.  I’m sure it will be very entertaining to watch to say the least.

That’s all, public service announcement over.

Halo in Halo

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I’ll say what I want about Halo 5 – I hated it, it was the worst of the series – but the Forge abilities are astounding.

Xbox Live user xXBarthXx and presumably some buddies have made a literal Halo in the Halo game.  I find this pretty neat.

As the reddit comments suggest, a map like this that actually rotated would be pretty ace.  Hopefully 343 reads these forums and boards and will have something similar in Halo 6.  However, it will probably be half baked.  Here’s to hoping though.

Here’s a video of the gameplay.  It looks pretty interesting, but the video needs some editing, I don’t want or need to watch an 11 minute match.  But you can!

 

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Astro Core

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Having gotten more into the art of time-lapse, I’ve discovered that adding motion to them makes them that much better.  However, manually panning and tilting a tripod head is difficult and often gives poor results.  There are tons of dedicated motion controls out there.  However, I never really thought about how they are actually supposed to work.  Programming in motion is not a trivial task.  That’s where the people at Astro Core come in.  They have hooked up a normal rotating disc to Bluetooth and a smart phone app.  Using the gyroscope on your smart phone, move it in the motion you’d like to capture.  That gets translated into the code necessary to turn the disc properly.  They even work together, so you can have record movement in all 3 axis.

They have a Kickstarter, it still has 20 days left, but it’s already reached it’s goal.  They expect delivery by December 2016.  I’m thinking of getting one, I need clarity from the creators on if it will work with my camera though.  No use getting something that I can’t even use.

{Peta Pixel|Kickstarter}

The Simpsons Did it First

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The Simpsons is about to start it’s 28th season tomorrow night.  Every year I look it up, and every year I’m astonished that it’s been airing almost my entire life.  Naturally, with something that has about 600 episodes to it’s name, it’s bound to have tried to predict something, or in the Simpsons’ universe, poke fun at something.  In fact, there’s an entire sub-reddit dedicated to times and things where The Simpsons’ did something, and then real life caught up to it. Some things are inevitable, while others are pretty out there, and still, a generation of people grew up watching and being inspired by the show, so it’s only fitting that those people took inspiration from it.

Indeed, that’s what half of the items in the above video are – directly influenced by The Simpsons, not some far out thing that the show invented first.  Still, it’s a quick video to watch, what do you have to loose?  After all, you are reading this, you can’t be doing something important.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow night for the premier of the new season.  I’m sure it will be great, or it will suck, either way, people will talk about the show, because it’s still on, and it’s still upsetting people!

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Jabba’s Sail Barge: Halo 5

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Xbox Live user TyGoss recreated Jabba’s Sail Barge scene from Return of the Jedi in Halo 5’s Forge.  Seriously, it’s such a shame that I hate the multiplayer of Halo 5 or I would be back in playing it right now.  These levels look like a ridiculous amount of fun!  Maybe they’ll make it better in Halo 6, maybe, I don’t have faith though, none at all.

{reddit|Halo Waypoint}

All I Play-Oh

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On the eve of the release of the greatest game on the Xbox 360 I re-present you this great video showing the game that re-defined everything.  Ok, maybe I over-exaggerated a bit, but like the general theme of the video, Halo is all I Play-Oh.  It was the reason I bought a Xbox, and an Xbox 360, and an Xbox One.  Unfortunately with Bungie’s departure from the series, it probably won’t be a reason to buy any future Xbox that comes out.  Halo 5 was my least favorite of the series, there was not enough focus on The Master Chief, there was too much “evolved” spartan battle that just didn’t fit the Halo universe in my mind, and more importantly, there was no sense of urgency in the game.  In the original 3 it was one man against the Covenant and The Flood.  Both are missing in 5, instead you’re helping some Elites to kill other Elites, and you’re all too politically correct to call each other by what you really want to say – Elites and Demons, no it’s Sangheili, and Spartan.  Such a shame…

Drone Racing

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Drone Racing is a thing.  I’ve posted about it before, I can’t remember though if I posted about the Drone Racing League (DRL), I think I did.  It’s a cool thing to watch the highlights and edited videos of.  I’m not sure if I would watch a live race.  ESPN however is hoping differently.  On Sunday October 23, 2016 they will air the first of 10 episodes for the 2016 DRL season.  Honestly, I don’t see it succeeding, at least not at any level approaching those traditional sports reach.  I’m not talking Monday Night Football numbers, or even Saturday afternoon hockey.  I think it will be a stretch to get in the millions of viewers to this.  But we’ll see.

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Disappearing Lake

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Unfortunately this isn’t just a magic act.  The above video shows the disappearance of the the once great Aral Sea in Kazakhstan.  This is a completely man-made “phenomenon” when the Soviets diverted water that fed into the lake for irrigation of crops.  Over time naturally, humans got greedy and wanted more water until eventually one of the largest lakes in the world was split up into four individual lakes 10% of it’s former glory.

It’s a sad overview of the effects of man, and with satellite technology, it’s even easier to see the effects.  Typical me would say that this is the result of the terrible Soviets, and communism, and I would be partially right, but at it’s core, it’s a trait of humanity in general, not limited to a single source of politics.

{Peta Pixel|NASA Earth}