Categories
haha! the greatest

And So It Begins

Hogwarts

What, you thought I was going to say World War II?  That’s so typical, not everything is about the Greatest Generation.

Today marks the beginning of the school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  I know I keep my love of Harry Potter somewhat of a secret compared to many of the other loves I have, but rest assured, it is there, and it is a big part of my life.  I didn’t grow up on it, I didn’t even really get interested in it until the second movie came out, but from that point on I was hooked.  Few things will ever be able to compete with that I don’t think, which is sad, but that is life.

If you’ve never read the books, today would be a perfect day to give them a go.  The first two are quick reads, the 3rd one gets dark, and from the 4th onward they are larger, longer, and more dangerous.  I hope you enjoy them, let me know!

{reddit}

Categories
awesome Deadly Computer photo the greatest

Photos!

Did you think I forgot about you?  I could never.  Here are links to the albums.  Now, I know what you’ll say, didn’t I post these already last week?  Well you’d be right, but I didn’t finish going through the photos, and more importantly, I didn’t get so some of the amazing Yosemite reflection photos at the end of this post.  So do me a solid and look through them already ok?

And, here are some of my favorite photos of the trip, in case you’re lazy, it’s ok, I know that you are:

Sequoia Sky
I decided to drive down to General Grant and take some photos looking up with the Sequoias in the foreground. The trail wasn’t the best spot to take photo, but the parking area had some good views up with trees near by.

 

Poppy Fields
In order to get to Sequoia from Kings Canyon in the winter you have to drive out and around. I drove down Dry Creek Dr. and was greeted to beautiful fields of poppy flowers and rolling green hills

 

Foggy Mountain
The clouds obscured many of the views driving down 180 and out of the park

 

Mirror Lake
Sure, Mirror Lake was very low in the middle of February, but the reflections were still beautiful.

 

Mirror Lake 2
Because the water was so low it was difficult to get some full reflections. I still think it came out pretty well.

 

Now comes the time to pick the next park to go to.  I hope to get somewhere before the Alaska trip this summer.  I’m not sure which, my current front runner is the Seattle area for late April or early May.  But things are still very much up in the air.

Categories
a stumble internet movie

Clockbusters

movie clue 1

Stock Photo website Veer has put together a great little web game to show the versatility of the images they offer.  It’s quite simple really, they show you 3 images and together those three give you clues to a movie.  You just enter in the movie’s name.  Easy peasy right?

movie clue 2

I manged to get 40 of the 50.  Can you beat my score?  Probably.

{Clockbusters}

Categories
awesome Deadly Computer DIY photo the greatest

Action Figure Lamp

Action Figure Lamp final

Remember the Star Wars lamp from earlier this month?  Well, here’s a general Action Figure Lamp.  Well, Jessy, of Making Jiggy, has made her own similar lamp, but this time, out of regular Action Figures.  Jessy has decided to put together an instructable on the whole process.  It clocks in at 8 steps long, but again, it’s not too difficult, the hardest part is deciding what action figures to sacrifice for this noble lamp.

Action Figure Lamp Raw

There’s a few things to take into account when making this type of lamp, mainly the types of plastic the action figures are made of, but with some careful planning, and checking, you should be able to secure everything.  I have to say though, I don’t like the raw version with all the colors, it’s far too busy.  Spray painting it Gold really works for it.

Here’s a close up of the top area, with the light on:

lamp closeup

Categories
science

Helical Magazines

Magazine

Reddit user Oelund has put together a nice imgur album explaining how Helical Magazines work for firearms.  It’s nice, it goes with the How a 1911 works.  If you read through the whole imgur album you’ll see the basics of how the magazine was extended, then slanted, then turned onto itself, but it still follows the same basic principle, a spring pushes a column of bullets into the chamber.

Categories
a stumble computer video

Animated Masterpieces

B E A U T Y – dir. Rino Stefano Tagliafierro from Rino Stefano Tagliafierro on Vimeo.

Rino Stefano Tagliafierro has used some nifty computer work to give an animated look and feel to old school paintings.  Some of them are pretty good and lifelike, while others are just OK.  I like the landscape ones best, because those are easy to loop with minimal effort, it’s hard to loop a person moving their hands up and down and make it look natural.  Regardless, it’s something that I wouldn’t be able to do, so you should at least respect that.

{Tagroom}

Categories
DIY movie photo the greatest video

The Holiest Cake

Instructables user rickwalker created the most awesome cake ever.

The Holy Hand Grenade cake

The whole Instrucable is impressively documented.  It seems very long, but that’s because there are so many important steps in order to get it just right.  I mean, look how perfect the above cake looks compared to the real thing:

It’s a spitting image if I do say so myself.

It even looks good.  However, reading the instructable, and knowing all the stuff that went into it, I probably wouldn’t eat it because I don’t like just about all the things in it.  But that means I can have my cake and not care about eating it too!

eaten cake

Categories
awesome Deadly Computer photo the greatest video

Grand Canyon Pictures

Everyone was wrong, but whatever.  Here are some Grand Canyon Pictures.

They are pretty nice if I do say so myself.  And it really was the most spectacular place in the world to go visit.  I took 1,775 pictures on my camera alone, not counting the 7 rolls of film, 10 minutes of video, and lots of other pictures my dad and uncle took.

We went on a Helicopter ride!  It was awesome! Here’s a video of that:

You should really check out the Panoramas, those are great!

Categories
awesome Deadly Computer photo

Hello World

I have returned from my trip into the middle of nowhere and back.  It was exciting, and let’s just say, the Grand Canyon is breathless.  I am currently going through all my pictures.

Whoever guesses closest without going over the number of pictures I took gets to look at them!

Or maybe I’ll just post some of my better ones.  I don’t know, I have alot of pictures to go through, and I’ll just say that.

Here’s one view you can look at while you wait for me to finish my daunting task.

http://pictures.deadlycomputer.com/d/34811-1/DSC_0877.JPG

Categories
awesome DIY internet

Social Mosaic

The concept is good, but the actual thing, not so much.  The idea is that you and others take multi-colored square things, and try and make a picture with them.  Its a neat idea, but if you try it out, you find that its nearly impossible to make something once you have random other people moving your dots all the time.  Frankly I got the above mosaic by leaving the window open for about 5 hours, and waiting for someone else to do something.  Then while I was writing this post, it changed to something else, and I’m sure by the time you read this, it will again be different.  I guess that’s what makes it interesting, in a sense.  Try it out for yourself if you w ant