Remembering Somewhere I’ve been

•November 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Walking to the Acropolis in Athens

Walking to the Acropolis in Athens

How to Eat Local During the Zombie Apocalypse

•November 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Grist

Admit it: You’ve been watching too many horror movies this week — which means you’ve probably also been planning your survival strategy for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Familiar questions include: ‘Hit the gun shop with all the other trigger-happy humans, or hunker down through the initial bloodbath to clean up on melee weapons like axes and golf clubs?’* ‘Gather a crew of cautiously loyal friends or go lone wolf?’* and the inevitable: ‘To boat or not to boat?’*

But while stockpiling ammo and antibiotics is all well and good, have you thought much about your menu? With probable months of blood-soaked terror ahead of you, you’re going to want to make sure you’re not facing the interpersonal and existential stresses of the apocalypse on beer nuts and Twinkies.

Just in time for these seasonal visions of hangry undead to set in, Modern Farmer’s Cathy Barrow comes to our rescue…

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Post Projects – The Lightbulb

•October 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been busy lately, just not necessarily taking any time to blog about it. At all. But I thought the time had come to collect the piles of photos I’ve got into something documenting some of the cool stuff I’ve done.

So, one at a time, starting earlier this summer.

I made a lightbulb!

Instructables.com has a lot of great projects, posted by the people who made them. Step by step, easy to follow, and often pretty creative.

For the lightbulb, I followed this Instructable : http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Lightbulb/

New tools! In the interest of staying alive, or at least keeping myself from having extra piercings, I got a drill press. At the time, I had to have it in my kitchen.

New tools! In the interest of staying alive, or at least keeping myself from having extra piercings, I got a drill press. At the time, I had to have it in my kitchen.

The drill press helped me put axial holes through these screws. It was not easy. I was happy that I bought so many extra. There was a lot of "practicing".

The drill press helped me put axial holes through these screws. It was not easy. I was happy that I bought so many extra. There was a lot of “practicing”.

The cap and electrodes went together very easily. Through the screws, heatshrink to insulate it, and JB welded on.

The cap and electrodes went together very easily. Through the screws, heatshrink to insulate it, and JB welded on.

Top view of the lid. There are 4 screws to help get rid of the air in the jar. The others are sealed off.

Top view of the lid. There are 4 screws to help get rid of the air in the jar. The others are sealed off.

The instructions said to use dry ice to remove air from the jar. I used way too much.

The instructions said to use dry ice to remove air from the jar. I used way too much.

Dry ice gave me water condensation. Next try I used good ol' baking soda and vinegar, and poured the CO2 into the jar. MUCH better.

Dry ice gave me water condensation. Next try I used good ol’ baking soda and vinegar, and poured the CO2 into the jar. MUCH better.

Full jar - pencil lead filament in place.

Full jar – pencil lead filament in place.

It gets a little smokey in there the first time you power it. It goes away though.

It gets a little smokey in there the first time you power it. It goes away though.

The glow! The searing fire of my own creation!  It burned with the fire of a thousand suns for 2 seconds that I didn't have my camera ready. Then the filament burned out.  Ah, science.

The glow! The searing fire of my own creation!
It burned with the fire of a thousand suns for 2 seconds that I didn’t have my camera ready. Then the filament burned out.
Ah, science.

Divorcing the Robot

•August 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Campaign for Boring Development

It’s only tangentially related to the topic of this blog, but just so you know: my ranting, bitter denunciation of Facebook is live today here.

(For reasons I don’t understand, Google isn’t indexing the post on Medium.com, so I’m copying it after the break here. The original is much nicer to look at, of course.)

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Great Mistakes in English Medieval architecture

•August 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Stained Glass Attitudes

One of the great things about medieval art and architecture is that people just went in and did things. They didn’t build models and scale them up, building great cathedrals and abbeys was a learning process as much as anything else. This means many of these apparently perfect aspirations to the Heavenly Jerusalem have some often quite comical mistakes, corrections and bodge-jobs that once you see, you can’t unnotice. There do seem to be a few more of them in English architecture than anywhere else, that makes it all the more fun to study…

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Selby Abbey, nave, north arcade, early twelfth century Selby Abbey, nave, north arcade, early twelfth century

Ok even I know arches don’t look like that

Just a bit of settlement abbot, nothing to worry about

I don’t know why we even bother sometimes

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Canterbury

Canterbury Cathedral, south-east transept, south wall, triforium, early 1180s Canterbury Cathedral, north-east transept, west wall, triforium, early 1180s

Uhh, master William, we’ve had a small problem in the…

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US government wants to mandate motor vehicle connectivity

•August 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Eideard

connectivity

The federal government is inching closer to mandating cars have the ability to communicate with each other, in a move regulators say could reduce crashes while still protecting motorists’ personal information..

Called vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V), the technology would use radio frequencies to communicate potential dangers to drivers, and the Transportation Department has begun the rule-making process of possibly making it required equipment in cars, though it could take years for a new law to take effect…

“By warning drivers of imminent danger, V2V technology has the potential to dramatically improve highway safety,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman said in a statement.

NHTSA also said vehicle communication could be used to assist in blind-spot detection, forward-collision alarms and warnings not to pass, though many of these technologies are available in today’s cars using other technologies, like radar.

Mindful of recent “hacking” incidents involving major retailers, websites and identity theft, NHTSA…

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Hackerspace Tour: Syn Shop, Las Vegas

•August 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hackaday

While we were at DEFCON, we had the chance to visit a few places in the area that are of interest to the Hackaday readership. We made it over to Syn Shop, the Las Vegas hackerspace.

Years ago, this area of town was home to the Greyhound bus depot, complete with all the adventures associated with that. Since then, Zappos set up their HQ nearby, massive amounts of money flowed in, and gentrification got a big thumbs up from the decaying casinos in the area. Syn Shop is just down the street from the Denny’s with a bar and the twelve story tall slot machine with a zip line, making this space perfect for the community outreach that is lacking in so many other hackerspaces. In the hour or so I was there, no fewer than two groups of people took a gander through the plate glass asking themselves if this was ‘one…

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