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Some early Jarre studio footage

May 31, 2011

Came across this clip on YouTube. I love this stuff. Way back before personal computers and emulated hardware were so prevalent, this kind of thing was pure magic… [Fairlight!! - Ed] …and if you’re wondering if all those vocal samples were ever put to good use, check this clip out…

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…Portal Cake (no lie)

April 19, 2011
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The primary ingredients… Optional ingredients, to taste… This is what delicious *and* moist looks like, on the inside… Every bit as difficult as it looks. Gravity is not your friend right now… The cherries go on just before serving, or *everything* will turn pink. Portal Cake Too. UPDATE: The cake also has coffee and 100% […]

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1 second of time, stretched to 24 seconds

March 13, 2011
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I don’t usually give in to impulse-buy urges, but I picked up a camcorder (JVC GZ-HM550) at Fry’s the other day and was surprised to see it had 120, 300 and 600 fps shooting modes. I didn’t know consumer camcorders could do that… So I put it down again, and went home thinking I’d research […]

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Space Invaders!

February 25, 2011
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…coasters! I just got these fantabulous Space Invader coasters from my brother-in-law – they’re actually made right here in Indianapolis by Cameron Oehler – check out the guy’s site: www.1337motif.com They seem to be assembled from lots and lots of tiny veneer squares – you can see the alternating grain in this photo: Although it […]

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…a sinewave generator using PWM

February 9, 2011
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I was reading up on filter design when I came across an article on the Lab3 site…. The results were impressive, using just Pulse Width Modulation generate an accurate 8-bit sine wave. The key is a good low pass filter – most of the time I’ve been using as RC filter, but this uses a […]

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Very short video of the DRSSTC Tesla coil

February 9, 2011

I’ve had this coil running for a while, but never shot any footage of it. The movie ends a bit quickly, because I got too close with the camera, and it went a bit mental…

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Laser Harp most viewed project on ScienceForCitizens.net

January 2, 2011

I just got an email from John Ohab at www.scienceforcitizens.net – he tells me that the laser harp was the most viewed project in 2010. They published a full list here: Science For Citizens

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So when did Recognizers need jet-engines? (Contains TRON : Legacy Spoilers)

December 20, 2010
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I was 12 when the first TRON movie came out – which as far as I can tell was the intended demographic for the movie. I was so impressed with the then-unbelievable graphics (“Hey, how come you can’t see the pixels?”) that I ran out of the cinema and back around the front to buy […]

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…how to do skeletal mapping with Kinect

December 14, 2010

From PrimeSense – the company that made the Kinect sensor for Microsoft comes this rather splendid video of their skeletal mapping algorithm: Hands in front of body – check Spin me right round (like a record baby) – check CPU overheating – err… not sure about that one. But in the words of my 2 […]

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Machinarium

December 10, 2010
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Strange and compelling. Two words I would use to describe the game Machinarium. I keep thinking of Terry Gilliam cartoons from the old Monty Python series as I play it. The beautiful hand drawn environments, the unusual score, and the puzzles ranging from pretty obvious to fiendishly difficult make for a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It […]

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