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Digital Analog

Bernie Rohde makes clocks.  That’s nothing special to be honest, in the last hundred years or so clock making has gone from being a master level skill, to something overlooked and simple.  Sure, the science of time keeping has advanced greatly over the years, they even decided to add a leap second to the day for some unnecessary reason this evening, probably breaking much of the internet in the process, but making clocks, that’s not that hard anymore, mostly because it can be so forgiving because we have so many other things that we rely on for the accurate time.

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Well, Rohde’s clocks are something different.  He started out life as a TV repairman.  Except, in the last decade, TVs have gotten much less repairable, and more consumable.  So his line of work dried up as more and more of the relics from the 70s and 80s were replaced.  He still had many of the various electronic pieces used in the TVs transistors, resistors, capacitors, all the important things.  He decided to use those various electronic pieces to make clocks.

A circular grid of LEDs makes up the face of the clock, then a circuit of these simple resistors, and transistors, and capacitors keeps the time and illuminates the LEDs as the hands of the clock face.  He does all of this by hand, for truly unique, one of a kind art pieces.  No two are alike, but each one is made of the same guts.

I like this blue & green clock below, with the see through face.  But I also like the one above that just takes you back to the 1960s when computers were this complicated and scary and also full of wonder.

Illuminated Clock


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Very Custom PC Case

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People are ingenious, we will do crazy things, all because we can.  Well, this imgur album shows the process of taking a stuffed Beaver, hollowing out the inside, and installing a motherboard.  It’s all come to light from reddit user KingsBlade, but this looks like a very old album (3 years according to imgur), and the rest of the setup seems even older, the consensus on reddit is from 2005.  Either way, it’s strange, and questionable, but unique, and hey, it’s her time and money.

beaver rear

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Star Ceiling

Instrucable user redsunsoft has created a nice simple how to on making a star field ceiling.  However, his instructions aren’t for something permanent, or difficult to build, he actually used relatively cheap materials and made something that can move with him (since he’s currently renting this place).

back of star field

He attached a cheap set of fiber optics he bought on eBay to a cheap particle poster board he bought at Target.  He lightly sprayed white spray paint on the front side so that it looks normal durring daylight hours, and drilled holes so the fiber optics would light up those stars at night:

star fiber

All in all I think this is a pretty neat way to get a simple star field to put over a child’s bed.

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How Camera Sensors Work

Understanding how film works is pretty easy, light comes in, and a chemical reaction makes a negative that for all intents and purposes is permanent.  With digital cameras, that’s not really as easy to understand, what happens with the light, what does it do?  Well, these two animations go over the basics of what the two most popular sensor types, CCD, and CMOS, do.

That’s it, there’s not much else to this post, I just thought you’d want to see it.

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Artist Christ McCaw uses the intense light of the sun to literally burn in the exposure of his photographs.  It all started when he overslept while taking a long night exposure and the resulting image had burn marks from where the sun was rising.  He used that idea, and decided to make dedicated exposures of the process.  It’s neat how you can see when heavy clouds came in and stopped the burning, and when the intense sun bled the burning around the edges.

Sunburned GSP #782 (Arctic Circle, Alaska), 2014

He decided to travel to Alaska, where in the summer, the sun is perpetually in the sky.  Over the course of many days, he took various long exposure shots and was able to show the continuous arc of the sun.  Again, it’s pretty neat, you should check out his other work.

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Kobuk Valley National Park

It’s been a few days since the last park profile, so here I am, Kobuk Valley National Park is the 2nd highest latitude park in the country.  Like Gates of the Arctic, it’s entirely located above the Arctic Circle.  Also, like Gates, there are no roads leading into the park, the nearest town is hundreds of miles away, and the entirety of it is back-country.

Camping in Kobuk

Kobuk Valley is the 2nd smallest park in Alaska, which is a gigantic 1.7 million acres.  It competes with Gates for small numbers of visitors, often just barely breaking 5 digits a year.  The majority of those people come in via Kotzebue, a genuine metropolis compared to Bettles, with over 3,000 full time residents, a proper airport, and the headquarters of the park.  The Noatak National Preserve connects with Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve to create one gigantic protected wilderness area.

One of the defining characteristics of the Kobuk Valley are it’s sand dunes.  Yes, the sight more common to deserts is abundant up here because there are over 20,000 acres of them.  The Great Kobuk Sand Dunes are the largest active dune field in the North American Arctic.  Just because there are sand dunes, doesn’t mean the weather is hot and steady like a desert, this is Alaska after all, you have to be prepared.  Since the sun never sets for a good month of the year, day time temperatures can climb high, even when the sun does go down, it’s only down for a few hours.  That doesn’t stop the storms and wind though, and even in summer, snow is possible.

Just like Gates, there is no formal entrance to Kobuk Valley, people have a variety of ways to enter, the most common is by a float plane, but dog-sledding, hiking, or even floating on a river are all possible.  Once you’re in the park, the options available to you are vast.  The most popular activity is hiking along the Sand Dunes.  In the fall (late August, and early September) 500,000 caribou make their bi-annual migration across the Sand Dunes, this is a popular time to visit.  No matter the time of year though, bugs are an unpopular permanent resident, so be sure to dress in long sleeves and pants, with a mosquito head net, and plenty of bug spray.

Caribou swimmers


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Storm Cell Timelapse

I do love me some time-lapse.  And it’s storm season out in the mid-western United States, so be prepared for some awesome super cell storm time-lapses on the horizon.  See what I did there, horizon, storm.  I’m such a crazy guy.

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Wooden RISK

It actually might come as a surprise to you,but I enjoy the game RISK.  Now, to be 111% honest, I always preferred to play Castle RISK over regular RISK, and if given the option, I’d choose Axis & Allies any day.  But all of that is neither here nor there, this post is about reddit user Corrado-Cerea, and his successful project of making a semi-permanent RISK board out of an Ikea table.

RISK Board 1

He chiseled out the borders of the countries, and then printed out the countries and shellacked them on.  It’s not a bad way to do it, it’s probably cheaper.  To be honest, I think it looks fine.  If the covering is enough to prevent the paper from pealing, I bet most people wouldn’t ever know the difference.  Look at his Imgur album of the whole process.

country making

Not to be outdone, fellow reddit user E_Squared, showed his much larger home made RISK board.

Projecting countries

I will admit, his is cooler.

painting countries

In true one-up fashion, 2-Skinny had his own LASER cut board to show off.  He at least painted the ocean blue, not that it really matters anyway.


LASER RISK colored in

I like all three boards.  I want to do something like it for myself, but I have a few issues.  1. I have no room. 2. I don’t have enough family or friends that would play Axis & Allies (because as I said earlier, I prefer that game) with me on a regular (or at all) basis to justify this.  But, either way, it’s pretty cool and maybe one day I will have answers to both of those issues.

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Storage -> Loft


reddit user psychemagic has turned an old run down storage unit into a super nice, one room loft.

This is what the outside looked like, big ugly black doors.


And after some new brick work, a nice new door and some small windows, it looks 100% better:

outside post

The inside of the building was equally as bad, although, this is probably a poor photo choice by me, the editor to show you how much he improved it, but if I used one of the other photos in his album, I wouldn’t be able to tell you how he greatly he improved the living space here.  In otherwords, I am going to pick and choose the photos that tell the story I want you to hear.  And I’m going to hope that you’re too lazy to click on the album link later on to see that I bent the truth just a smidge.

inside is a mess

I don’t know how I feel about the ladder, it’s cool, and I approve of supporting local artists, but something about it seems unstable to me:

ladder to bed

Anyway, here is the link to the full album on imgur I was talking about before.  Feel free to click it, or feel free to believe the story I decided to write instead.  The choice is yours.

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Human Foosball

The amount of time spent building this game is impressive.  The re-usability of it is questionable.  Especially since it seems like these people are as good as human sized Foosball as the average person is a normal Foosball.  I will hand it to them though, this was a cool idea that I’ve never seen before, and if it could be made alittle more sturdy, this is something that could be added to traveling carnivals and stuff.  It’s just that type of mindlessly fun game that I’d pay a few dollars to try one evening.  I’m sure kids would love it.