Luck can get you far


While the quality of the video is pretty crappy at some points, there are a few WTF moments. My favorite is when the guy gets out of his car. I wont say what happens, but its…the best.
There is one clearly staged clip, the one with the bank, if I remember correctly, that was part of a series of ads some company made. Good ads too. Don’t remember what it was for, so it must not have been that good of an ad, or they just cut the last 10seconds out where they tell you what they’re selling, probably that one.
Anyway, watch these clips, some of them are dumb, not luck, but alot of them are luck.

DIY SLR Lens Case

I’m going on vacation on Monday.  I’m also bringing my camera, and my lenses.  I just got this super sweet 11-16mm ultra wide lens. And now have no room in my old camera bag for my stuff.  (Plus I’m taking my dad’s flash, and a couple other things.  So I found this large, old camera bag in our basement.  It fits all of the stuff I’m taking, except it’s big, and my lenses don’t have cases, so they’d roll around in there on the flight, and stuff.  So with the help of my dad, we made a custom case for two lenses, and one will remain on my D60.

We choose to use some Great Stuff foam insulation as the insulation, and zip-lock bags as the containers.  Because that foam gets everywhere, and never comes off, I didn’t take any pictures of actually spraying it in, and stuff like that.

We used soup cans to stand in for the camera lenses, because again, that foam gets everywhere.  As it turns out, a soup can is the perfect diameter and height  for the Nikon 18-55mm VR, and 55-200mm VR lenses, for the 55-200mm, we added a can of tuna to the top for some extra height, as it is taller.

Step 1. Prepare the Bags

Prepare the bags.  Place the lens stand in in a zip-lock bag, close it, and do it again.  Put both those bags into a larger 1-gallon bag. This 1-gallon bag will serve as the container for the foam.  The inside bags are so that we can remove the soup cans and have a cavity, if they weren’t there the foam would stick to the cans and they’d be stuck.   Place all of that inside the camera bag compartment.

Note – if you want this to be part of your camera bag, then just put the two soup can bags into a compartment and continue.

Move them around until you get them in a comfortable position.

Step 2. Spray the Foam

This is the hardest part of the job.  You can’t fill it up with foam for 2 reasons

  1. It will expand to about 4x the size
  2. The top will dry first leaving no air to dry the bottom, and you will be left with liquid goo

I made the second mistake at first, and had to redo it all.  But that’s ok, learn from my mistake.  Spray a bead of foam all around the bottom of the larger bag.  Let it sit and harden for at least an hour.  Look it over, if it’s hard keep adding a bead of foam until you reach the top of the soup can.  Don’t worry if when it expands it covers the top of the can, (like in the photo to the right), you can cut that away later.

If there are pockets of liquid, you have 2 choices.  Start over, or cut some holes.  If there’s only a bit of liquid, I suggest cutting holes.

I cut a strip along the side of the gallon bag to let some air in to harden the foam that got stuck.
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Step 3. Opening  it up

After it’s hard begin to cut away the top of the larger bag until you get to the top of the soup cans.  Cut any foam away if it got in the way, and cut open the tops of the inner bags.  Remove the soup cans and look at the holes you just made.  Test it out, take the lenses and put them inside make sure they come out easily.  If it’s tight anywhere, just cut some of the foam away.  It might be a good idea to cut two notches alittle way down the sides to slip your fingers in, just to make it easier to take them out.

Step 4. Finishing Touches

After you open it up and get it all perfect, you need to close the edges off.  If not only to make it look nicer, it will protect your lenses from the foam that could scrape off, keep expanding, and generally, just get everywhere.

I used some masking tape, but any tape should do.  I folded it around the edges of the openings, and then wrapped it a few times to cover the holes I cut in the bag, and give it a finished look.

If you noticed in the above photos, there’s not much of any padding on the bottom.  That could be fixed in two ways.  You could cut a slit in the larger bag and spray some foam in there, or you can do what I did which is easier and cleaner.  Get some sponge foam, or cloth, or balled up newspaper, and put it on the bottom of the holes.  This has the added benefit of lifting the lenses up an inch or two and making it easier to take them out.

I used squares of sponge foam that I had laying around.  I cut myself 4 pieces of it and put one in each hole:

Another benefit of adding the foam is that now I can fit all three of the lenses in the holder (not at the same time of course).

After that’s done, put it in you’re camera bag, and enjoy your new lens holder.

Another benefit of this is that the system is removable, so if you get a new camera bag, you can take that out and still have perfect holders.

On a side note, I love my 11-16mm Tokina, it’s awesome, there are more on display over on my pictures’ site.

I Love it!.

Iowa are you for real?

iowa?
Iowa? Really? Is this your true colors? Bing at 75% I don’t get it. Not even Microsoft’s homeland have that much, in fact you double them. What is this? Especially considering from the looks of it your neighbors haven’t even heard of Bing, let alone use it and love it!
And something is lacking because there is a too small percentage of Yahoo on this poll. I’m by no means a Yahoo user or lover, but they do something Google doesn’t directly advertise themselves, so you would think that some people would use them.
No matter how you look at it though, it’s a blow to Microsoft and Yahoo, and just stating the obvious to Google. {Time}

Lightning!!


It’s been kinda stormy weather lately, but not the type of storms where there’s alot of lightning.  Or if there was it was all durring the day, and that made for bad photos.  That changed about 30 minutes ago tonight.  I stood on my front porch and took about 40 arbitrary length shots of the storm, closing the shutter after every flash.  Of them I got 11 good shots with a bolt in it, and two really amazing shots.  Some of them I know I got a bolt, but there was just so much light (and/or the shutter was open too long) that everything was lit up.
Just felt the need to share these awesome photos with the world.

Crazy German Man


This guy is insane.  He straps some custom made inline skates to his feet and decides that a normal skating trip down a steep hill isn’t scary enough, so he goes down a roller coaster.  Wow.  And if that’s not enough, he made some other custom skates and got pulled behind a car going 190 MPH,  and went behind a Bobsled, and raced an airplane, and it looks like he has his own custom roller coaster in his back yard that he practices on.  This guy is crazy.  I mean, I would be hard pressed to ride these Ski slope slides, this guy rides a roller coaster on a skates.

Ok, I figured out what he needs to do to top this one.  He needs to go on a steel coaster, and do some loops.

{Gizmodo | Daily Mail}

Total Eclipse of the Heart


Well the Sun is the heart of our Solar System.  And in Asia there was a Total Solar Eclipse, which is awesome.  I want to see one of those one day.  Isn’t it kinda strange that the moon is the perfect size to totally eclipse it when their paths intersect?  I think that’s weird.  I mean, what are the natural coincidences of that?  What about the fact that the Moon has a pretty circular orbit, or a pretty circular shape?  All point to strange things in the history of our solar system.  We think the Moon is natural, but there’s just too many coincidences for me to fully believe that.

Now I’ll get into some crazy conspiracy/story talk…

We did land on The Moon, 40 years ago Monday.  But its what we found there that’s the reason we never went back.  Not something like a stone obelisk, but something that scared us.  In my opinion, the Moon is s staging ground.  It’s a jumping stone to the Sun.  The inhabitants of the Moon of Iapetus. 19,000 Earth years ago (only 650 Years on Saturn), the Juneians discovered the power of space flight.  They had prospered for Nearly 1000 years on their own Planet, (moon).  They worshiped Saturn and it’s rings of life, for once every year the Moon traveled through the Rings replenishing their supplies and giving hope for the next long year.  However around 600 years ago a rogue Comet was discovered on an intersect course with their beloved god of the Sky Saturn.  They prayed, and researched ways to prevent it, but everything they did showed there was no chance, the comet would strike, it was just a matter of where.

Then something amazing happened.  The rogue comet grazed an asteroid in mid flight, and was deflected and deformed.  It soon went on spiral course to it’s death.  The gravity field of Saturn and it’s Moons crushed the comet before it could scar the god’s skin, and one more ring was added to it’s belt.  But this comet didn’t just explode anywhere, it pushed the moon Iapetus through the rings, and altered it’s orbit.  Life quickly changed on the surface, and soon, the Juneians were left with just memories of their dear home to go by.  It was then that they went on a pilgrimage to the Sun.  The second light bringer in their sky.

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They felt that if they could get to the Sun, they would be able to collect it’s energy up close store it, and then use it to propel their forsaken planet back to it’s original orbit.  Their journey has taken them many millions of miles, over many hundreds of years.  And they are still too far away to collect enough energy.  Their ships can only travel a few dozen million miles at a time before they need repair and recharge.  However, the closer they get to the Sun, the quicker it is to recharge, repairs take as long as needed though, there is no speeding up manual labor.

About 200 years ago the Juneians arrived at our Moon.  The landed on it, and began their repairs and recharge when they noticed something odd about the planet below.  It was full of life, and intelligent life at that.  They have spent the last 2 centuries studying us and learning from us, but they dared not meet us.  When humanity began to explore their heavens, the Juneians became concerned.  Surly they would find us, and then what would happen?  They had witnessed the massive war, and the destructive power of their weapons, they did not want their mission to fail, but at the same time, the power in those weapons had the potential to fix their planet.

So when the humans landed on their Moon for the 3rd time the Juneians made first contact.

And that’s where I’ll end my story for tonight.

Faces, in Clothes

I see Darth Vader in that, well, sorta, it reminds me of Darth Vader, let’s leave it there.  It looks like that’s made of socks, a shirt and a tie maybe.  Weird.  Here’s some more examples:

I like the use of shadows for the eyes, very nicely done.  Also, this looks like a shrunken head.

Not quite sure what that’s made from, but the redness, and large mouth remind me of red lips on a cartoon character, specifically Jessica Rabbit.

That’s clearly a mummy.  The fact that it’s made from an White button down shirt kinda suggests the mummyness that happens to people when they get corporate jobs.

there’s a few more examples over here.

Science! At work!

I don’t take to well to the modulated voice, but i learned some interesting stuff.  I learned about the Leidenfrost effect first hand:

The Leidenfrost effect is a phenomenon in which a liquid, in near contact with a mass significantly hotter than the liquid’s boiling point, produces an insulating vapor layer which keeps that liquid from boiling rapidly.

That’s from wiki, I have no idea what it means, but after seeing the video, I can easily explain it, and that’s the power of video science!!  As for the actual effect, I believe it, why not, it makes sense, and I’m all for believing random internet videos that I stumble to, that’s half the fun of the internet!  (I hope Mythbusters get on this) {source}

North of South?

Here’s a neat little text that figures out where your accent is based, Northern, or Southern United States.

The most interesting part is choosing the different answers and finding out where they are most commonly spoken.

As it turns out I’m 45% Yankee, which means north.

Military robots are a Bad Idea

When will the military learn.  Have 4 Terminator movies not been enough to show that robots do not belong on the battlefield, or making the decisions, or anywhere besides a book.  You would think that anyway.  But it seems that saving one human life on the battlefield is worth killing 1000 human lives in 5 years.  I don’t know about you, but that’s not logical.

A company has designed a robot that can take power from biomass.  This is an awesome concept.  If we can power a robot from biomass, why not a car, or an airplane, or a house?  No, first we make a military application of the technology, then it filters down to the public (in actuality, that’s how it’s happened for the past 100 years or so).  But the implemtation of the technology is wrong.

They are working on a robot that feeds on all sorts of biomass, that includes dead human bodies on it’s endless search for whatever it was programed to do.  Well I’m going to take this situation a few steps further because I have an imagination, and I know how to use it.

So, you made this robot, it can roam the land forever using plants and animals for food.  There’s a storm, it gets struck by lightning, it gains sentience, instead of a fun loving awesome robot like Johnny 5, we get a killing machine sent on a mission from Hell to destroy all humans.  It’s not long before this robot learns how to construct primitive versions of himself by abducting other robots and hardware.  Soon enough there’s an army of biomass eating baby robot killers.  Under orders from the HERO (Human Eradication-Relocation, Organization) high command, the army soon overwhelms the humans in the outlying areas of war torn countries.  Soon all traces of humans are gone, and the military is in the process of considering dropping atomic bombs to cover it up.  Unfortunately for us, our fear happy government is too scared to use the one weapon that can save us, and HERO quickly makes its way across the seas and oceans and comes ashore everywhere.  There are too many of them to be effectually contained.  The only hope is to wipe them all through a coordinated global nuclear strike.  But time is running out.

The HERO high command being born of the military, has access to the codes and satellites used and knows of this plan.  They have sent drones out on missions to consume the components of the nuclear bombs – yes they have evolved to consuming all matter now.  Also, HERO high command has carved out themselves an underground base in sub-Sahara Africa for multiple logistical reasons, so should the drones fail, the high command will still be around.  And then it’s a simple matter of going topside and flourishing, because radiation has no effect on a machine.

The world is slowly falling to the agents of HERO.  There is no turning back now, the robots have won.  Even with the nuclear strike, enough of the drones survived to wreak havoc with the surviving humans.  A group of humans have banded together to form a resistance.  The call themselves the Robot Revolutionaries, RR.  They have captured many agents of HERO, and have reverse engineered much of them.  They have also discovered something, a plot that could destroy what we know of humanity at present.  There is not much that can stop it, but for a lone person named A.E.P. Who is this A.E.P.?  He must be found, but he could be anywhere in history…
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