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DIY Cheap 3-D

Stereoscopic images are a basic way to give you brain a perception of depth from a single 2-d photo.  However, it’s usually pretty difficult to get working without super expensive cameras and setups.

Well, Mathieu Stern discovered a cheap adapter called a Stereax on eBay for only $30.  With alittle modification to get the adapter to mount to a modern lens, he was able to make some pretty neat 3-D images with just his regular slr.  Now, stereoscopic images are supposed to be best viewed with crossed eyes, but most people are bad at doing that, so the other way of using PhotoShop to make an animated gif works to.  You get the depth perception there, and that’s usually good enough to get the idea.

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Google Glass Stadium

A few weeks ago Bon Jovi played some shows at Met Life Stadium.  I went to one of them, (sadly not the one above).  On Saturday show a kind person offered the use of their Google Glass explorer kit.

I’ve been loosely following the Google Glass phenomenon for awhile now, but until now I haven’t actually watched a video from one.  The quality of it is pretty damn good I’d say.  Some basic issues with focusing on the bright stage lights, but that’s to be expected.  The audio is not great, but they were on stage at a concert, nothing is gonna sound good, trust me.

All in all, I’d have to say this has potential, I like it.  Also, I like Bon Jovi.


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Gmail, faster then time

I noticed that last night in Gmail.  I had my inbox open already, and that popped in, so i went to read it and usually it says 5 minutes ago, 2 days ago, whatever.  It said -1 minutes ago.  Interesting that gmail can send your mail into the past with you getting it before it should arrive.  Or something, my head hurst thinking about it.

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My Bunker’s Power Source

I have long said I wanted to build a bunker to protect myself from the robots/dinosurs/aliens/nuclear winter/asteroid winter/black hole/end of the world.  My bunker is going to be awesome, and fortified, and wounderful.  For security purposes, I cannot list any of the required features it will have, except for power, it needs alot of it.  I have only recently been interested in the levels of power that I will be using, and in order to survive for any length of time over one day, I figure I’ll need at least 5MW, and probably closer to double that, which is alot.

Up until recently i was planing on using small wind turbines for my power gneration.  However there are a number of issues with those, particularly, if the surface is a warzone, tall towers in fields are easy targets.  The plus side though is that no matter what the future is, there is a strong chance for strong winds, which means constant power.

Solar was always out because of the threat of a nuclear/asteroid winter.  Hydro generation was an idea too, but not too easy to make, and I would need to be located next to a river, which isn’t cheap land.

Hyperion has solved my power issues.  With the help of Los Alamos National Labotary, they have developed a small, portable nuclear reactor capable of 25MWe for 5 years.  Now, the five year limit is kinda low considering there’s strong possibility of this needing to last lifetimes.  But I have faith, i could store this power in batteries (lots of them), or something, I dont know.

The nuclear reactor is small, and could be burried below my bunker.  Infact, it would be burried beneith my bunker.  I could even maybe use some of it for heat, i think, I’m not sure how the reactor is designed, but if I could kill 2 birds with one nuclear stone, that would be good.

The only downside to this is that now my bunker price has skyrocketed.  I was expecting to get it all done, by me personally for under $200,000.  This nuclear reactor brings in an outside source which I have no control over, and increases my fund by an unknown number because they don’t say how much it costs on their site.  Oh well, such is the price of progress.

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The Biggest Drawing In The World

Erik Nordenankar had a dream, to create the biggest drawing the world had ever seen, literally, the world.  To do that, he didn’t set out to find the biggest sheet of paper, no, he actually went small, briefcase small.  You see, his canvas was the earth itself, and his brush was a GPS enabled briefcase.

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Using a custom designed briefcase with GPS tracking software in it, he gave DHL specific instructions on where to go, and after 55 days, he had all the data he needed.  The portrait itself is massive, over 40,000 X 40,000 kilometers, in scale, and due to the technique used, the drawing is one complete brush stroke.  However, the only true way to see it is to shrink it down and put it on a map, or globe.  It is a pretty interesting, and ingenious idea.

For his next project, I think he should get a few of them traveling around the globe, for some more interesting designs.

Here’s a video of the making of it (basically just a following of the case)

The only questions I have for him is cost, it must have been through the roof!