Circumnavigating the sun, LIKE A BOSS! - Tactical Ninja
May. 1st, 2013
09:14 am - Circumnavigating the sun, LIKE A BOSS!
Today, I am 43. That's PRIME! And you know what's even cooler about it? Dr Wheel is 31, which is also prime. And if you're into numerology, you can add our ages together, and then keep adding numbers till you get to 2, which is also prime. Together, we are METAPRIME!
So I fully expect this to be a prime year for us. Yup. This dude dares you to disagree:
Last night we went to one of the Wheel brothers' birthday dinner. The place we went to had this sign outside:
No dancing? NO DANCING? What is wrong with these people?
As it turns out, Brother Wheel has been selected to compete in the national pole dancing competition. There aren't a lot of men who do pole dancing yet, so the men's division is apparently all one group, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what they can do. I've seen quite a lot of Chinese Pole, but pole dancing is a form of aerial dance and therefore I expect it to be quite different from a series of circus tricks. Exciting!
Meanwhile, I have to wait ALL DAY for my presents! All day! Argh! But, to tide me over, this morning I was presented with this:
Yes, that really is a metallic green coffee mug with a picture of the bucket fountain made out of pixels. Now I shall never have to make people wait for the big blue one at the bottom to tip out again! And I have no idea what GMR stands for in this context.
In other news, I might have slipped and bought an Arduino Mega. The Uno is awesome, but can only cope with about 150 pixels, and my project just hit 144 with an end goal of 288 - so it's time to step it up. As you can see, the Mega is totally Mega:
In that it's at least 3cm longer than the Uno and has millions more pins. But what I actually need is its processing power. See the chip and how GIANT it is? I'm not sure this actually means anything but the thing has four times the capacity of the Uno, which means I'll be able to run more complicated patterns and deal with significantly more pixels.
It also means I now have an Uno and a Raspberry Pi sitting there going "Do something with us!" And yes, I have Ideas Aplenty - things that will be slightly more arty and slightly less party than the Brainfart (which, incidentally, will get a better name once I have a working prototype. Suggestions welcome).
Speaking of working prototypes, last night I set up the Mega and got it running all by myself with no help from anyone YAY ME! Then I spread out the Brainfart on the floor:
This isn't hooked up to anything yet, but it's now too big to run on the table, so all future testing will have to take place on the floor. At least, until I have it wearable.. but in the pic you can sort of see how it's taking shape. The large plug goes to the power source, the blue and green wires go to the microcontroller, hook it all up, and voila!
(11 second video of 1/2 Brainfart running the test pattern which you should watch and go Ooh and Aah because it's finally starting to show the shape of what it will eventually be).
While I was on YouTube, I found an old video I'd taken of the Mitochondrion in 2008 - complete with me making pervy comments to Dr Wheel about his arms and a portentious suggestion about how Happy needs LED clothes that respond to music. *cough*. Anyway, just for contrast, here's a more recent vid of the Mitochondrion, taken last year. It's come a long way in 5 years. Video doesn't really pick up the visual beauty of what it's doing, but it gives you an idea. Happy's spinning has improved a lot, too. If you don't know what the Mitochondrion is, you should watch the videos. It's pretty damn cool, and in a roundabout way is the thing that inspired the Brainfart.
[/shameless plug for the mitochondrion]
Today, I am having lunch with grist, at which he plans to explain the mysteries of optimising compilers (which I am apparently using even though I don't know what they are), and I plan to pick his brains about wires and data and how code is actually magic and thus I should be able to do anything I want, right? Right?
Oh yeah, the protein experiment seems to be working. I've found I can stomach it if I use milk instead of water and eat it with a spoon (like you did with Milo when you were a kid, right?). But after a heavy training session yesterday (50kg military presses owieowieowie), I feel like I could train again today. I'm not going to, but just feeling like I could is a vast improvement from dragging myself to the gym by my tongue and flopping my way through a session because I feel like shit.
And tonight, PRESENTS! *is all excited*
So yes, today I am 43. Going on 12.