Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Robot of the day
...brought to you by robots.net. I couldn’t resist; it’s such a cutie.
Target Environment: Underwater
Locomotion Method: Fin movement
Control Method: Autonomous
CPU Type: BASIC Stamp
Programming Lanuage: BASIC
Actuators / Output Devices: Blue LEDs, Servos
Power Source: Battery
Comments: This is a robot fish made from clear acrylic, aluminum, clear flexible vinal (used to make mouth guards), R.C. servos (4),stamp “1.4"micro controller, blue LEDS (for “eyes"). It is to be “skinned” w/ a flexable clear material (if I can find something like that) or w/ latex. It’s head was made from a “drum fish”, I took an impression of it w/ dental impression material, and then made a cast of it. I took the cast and vacu-formed the clear material to the mold. Then I placed two blue leds for eyes. It was made for fun and should be swimming very soon. Some water filled bladders will probably be needed to make it not so positive-ly boyant. I will have it swim on the surface and also be able to submerge although, not too deep. I had thought of “whiskers” for touch sensors and still might make them,I was going to make a cat-fish head for it originally. Some of my other robots can be seen on my web site. (which doesn’t work now so its pointless to link)
Monday, November 29, 2004
New Years resolutions (preliminary)
1. stop thinking so much (I have major problems)
2. stick up for myself
3. be a nice person
4. do things for other people
5. get the things that i want and dont feel guilty about it
6. have a better relationship with my family
7. be open minded and accepting of new ideas
8. give people the credit they deserve and without delay
9. don’t kick myself when I’m down
Monday, November 22, 2004
It sucks when
... you open the car door on your face. Photo. To answer all questions before they’re asked...It’s not a freaking pimple it’s where the bloddy door smashed my face open.
Sunday, November 21, 2004
rest fest pics
and for some total randomness.... my favorite quote of the day: “binary crushes analog!”
Thursday, November 18, 2004
I love this
This made my heart thump. It looks like a random, unplanned gift. Thanks Jeff for the link.
My head has turned into a gigantic mucous generating membrane. I no longer have a recognizable face. It’s puffy and slimy and messes up my sheets with its excretions. Completely disgusting. /me sneezes all over the place
Monday, November 15, 2004
Audio files from the HOPE conference are now online. I’ve been going through and listening to some of the ones that I missed during the conference. They’re great quality and most of the audience questions were caught on audio. I suggest listening to the keynotes because they’re extremely entertaining and informative. I also suggest listening to talks by Robert Steele and Bruce Schneier. Brilliant talks. I also picked up the latest 2600 that came out a couple weeks ago. Good stuff as usual.
Site Map Free time is a luxury that I know nothing of. I go from moment to moment mind a fluster and hands busy. I’m not nearly finished with my mental list of things to do and accomplish. My throat is sore and I’ve been fighting off some kind of sickness for weeks now. My kitten’s voicebox is injured from meowing all weekend because I was gone. Codependancy is a lifestyle for her. This stress tires me and as interested in the subject matter as I am, it’s hard for me to keep my eyes open in class. Topically these sound like complaints. People hate to be in these situations where they have no room to breath and have too much to do. But I’m reveling in it. I keep adding to the pile. I’m going and going and accomplishing. I’m leaving unwanted thoughts behind. Other things are about to be left behind, like my current lifestyle. In six months my presence here will disintigrate and I will leave behind what does not suit me. The more that I am here the more I realize that the type of people, even the young ones, that live in this town have little to no exposure of the real world, of what it’s like to interact with others of different mind settings, cultures and philosophies. I tire of endless ignorance due to lack of understanding. I tire of the entire culture moving around one ideal that is yet to prove itself worthwhile to me. My mental struggles lie not in what I do currently but what I am to do a year from now. I have so many options, so many directions. I could go here, or there or across the ocean. It feels good to clear my mind and dream of new beginnings, of meeting new people, of new discoveries. Perhaps I’ll finally find that comfortable niche that I have been searching for all this time.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
An interesting find...
Watching Larry King Live tonight I came across an interesting survey that Dr. Phil conducted. The survey was taken by over 20,000 parents. It makes me feel a whole lot better about not wanting kids. I’m done feeling guilty about being different than the average woman. Not because I hate children, but because I feel like I’m more realistic about it. Having a family is not always children giggling and running through flowers, or throwing footballs and whatnot. The most interesting fact that I found was that “40% reported that they would not have children if they knew the problems in creating a family.” I think that speaks for itself. Dr. Phil stated that he was absolutely shocked by the statistic. Ok… enough of this crying, whining blog. Back to geekiness....
entry removed because i was just being a cry baby
Power go boom. Primary internet serving computer go boom. The horror.
/me wipes away tears
/me orders a bunch of hardware
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
I sketched a quick drawing of my Puzzle Pirates character. It’s mediocre, but not horrible. Also, Jacksparrow altered a photo of mine. Totally cute. I also got my robot painting that I bid on on ebay today. I LOVE it. It /could/ be a tiny bit bigger, but I’ll survie.
Monday, November 08, 2004
"One question we get asked on a weekly basis is ‘How long is The Wheel of Time series going to be?’ Well, it appears that we might be able to shed some light on that particular issue at last. Latest information from the man himself, Mr Robert Jordan, suggests that book 12 will be the final book of The Wheel of Time.”
They also state that there is a new Jordan book coming out in December. This is almost certainly the UK mass market paperback of New Spring: The Novel.
My initial response is OMG THANK YOU THANK YOU OMG OMG OMG NOW I CAN START READING THE SERIES AGAIN!!! I originally stopped because I could not stand the torture of waiting two years between books. Besides that there’s the whole GAHHHHHHHHHH I WISH ALL THE WOMEN WOULD STFU business. Those who have read the books know what I’m talking about. Robert Jordan and wife were pirates for halloween. That makes him THAT much cooler. Perhaps this means that RJ will write stuff about The Age of Legends. That will be amazing. Justin was skeptical of RJ’s hint at finish the series remarking that RJ’s favorite number is 13 for obvious reasons. Hrrmmm… Regardless, book 11 called Knife of Dreams isn’t slated to come out until Oct. 2005 (realisticially it’ll be months later than that), so that means that Book 12 won’t be coming out until at least the end of 2007. ALSKFDIA;SDFIWEOA;DK. I started reading these books in 1994. It’s SO hard to control myself. I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS DAMMIT!!
Having sworn off WoT for a while I haven’t been keeping up on the news but I was happily surprised to find out that the Dabel Brothers are making a Wheel of Time comic book based on The New Spring. Amazing!!! The initial sketches look fantastic. As with all WoT art it’s still hard to grasp because it seems that everyone has a completely different view of what the characters look like. We shall all curse the day that Darrel Sweet was born. However, I have some new desktop wallpaper, so I’m happy.
Also, while sluffing through Beta Watcher I came across a pre-beta listing for a Wheel of Time RPG. Good idea. So far the game looks pretty bad, as in not good. I’d almost saty that from the way they are going about designing it, it’d be better as a text-based game, IMHO. Well, good luck to them anyway. In all other horror, I’m sad to say that I’ve discovered a Hello Kitty MMOG. Phear the kiddies. This will be the biggest online game of all time. The Sims is history.
I hate it so much that I want to play it.
Friday, November 05, 2004
However, my brother’s and his girlfriend’s halloween costumes ruled. Good job guys
And THIS is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Grab your TI-86 and enter these 16 parametric equations:
1-2 = Head
3-6 = Ears
7-8 = Eyes
9-10 = Mouth
11-16 = Hairs
xt1 = 18 + 16 cos (0.35t + 27)
yt1 = 6 + 16 sin (0.35t + 27)
xt2 = 18 + 16 cos (0.35t + 207)
yt2 = 18 + 16 sin (0.35t + 207)
xt3 = 3 + cos (2/3t + 60)
yt3 = 12 + sin (2/3t + 60)
xt4 = 3 + 0.25 cos (0.5t + 270)
yt4 = 12 + 0.5 sin (0.5t + 270)
xt5 = 33 + cos (2/3t + 240)
yt5 = 12 + sin (2/3t + 240)
xt6 = 33 + 0.25 cos (0.5t + 90)
yt6 = 12 + 0.5 sin (0.5t + 90)
xt7 = 11 + 2.5 cos t
yt7 = 12 + 2.5 sin t
xt8 = 25 + 2.5 cos t
yt8 = 12 + 2.5 sin t
xt9 = 18 + 3 cos (3/4t + 225)
yt9 = 6.5 + 1.5 sin (3/4t + 225)
xt10 = 17 + cos (1/2t + 270)
yt10 = 6.5 + 1.5 sin (1/2t + 270)
xt11 = 7.5 + 1.2 cos (1/4t + 120)
yt11 = 16.5 + 1.2 sin (1/4t + 120)
xt12 = 11.5 + 1.2 cos (1/4t + 105)
yt12 = 19.5 + 1.2 sin (1/4t + 105)
xt13 = 16.5 + 1.2 cos (1/4t + 90)
yt13 = 20.5 + 1.2 sin (1/4t + 90)
xt14 = 20.5 + 1.2 cos (1/4t + 75)
yt14 = 20.5 + 1.2 sin (1/4t + 75)
xt15 = 25.5 + 1.2 cos (1/4t + 60)
yt15 = 19.5 + 1.2 sin (1/4t + 60)
xt16 = 29.5 + 1.2 cos (1/4t + 45)
yt16 = 15.5 + 1.2 sin (1/4t + 45)
Window: tMin = 0, tMax = 360, tStep = 5, xMin = 0, xMax = 36, yMin = 0, yMax = 24
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
I was even a nerd back in the day
mcoker can you tell where this picture was taken by the background?