Archive for February, 2007

February 25, 2007

Flying Machine & Miniature Automata

Oh, how I love “Create Your Own…” engines.
What a great way to waste my time (not that it is otherwise productive)


DIY: Flying Machine
Created my own pixel!insect out of spare parts from boxes. Test-run with rotating rotors (duh) and whirring sound effects. Wee– — –. (Couldn’t find parts to assembly a Spaghetti Monster/God, though)

Not by the Wright Brothers, but Lycette Bros.


DIY: Miniature Automata
Presented with even more confusing array of mechanical parts (whose functions and movements could be observed from the critters crawling/swimming/whizzing around behind a red book of series The Modern Compendium of Miniature Automata. Linked directly to the prototype: Autophal octovae — part of my Take-Over-the-World agenda.


Favourite Term of the Day: CAPLOCK!HARRY (from a LiveJournal comment)

February 23, 2007

Really Vague Palm Reading

What Your Hands Say About You

You are logical, analytical, and rational. You have good verbal skills.

Idealistic and dreamy, you tend toward the impractical. You have a knack for getting yourself in sticky situations.

Brainy and intelligent, you are intellectual to the point of being incomprehensible.

Your emotions tend to be nervous and potent. Your energy – both positive and negative – deeply impacts your life.

Before you gripe…

“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”

– Socrates, 4th Century B.C.E.

Do take note of the year. Juveniles are juveniles, no matter what century it is.

February 22, 2007

Raise My Hands and Be Awed

Not as in ‘awwwww’, but as in ‘overwhelmed with admiration’.
Well, actually they don’t sound that different.

Back to the regular ‘Geekiness of the Day’ programme:

“What’s special about this number?”Erich Friedman
0 — the additive identity.
1 — the multiplicative identity.
2 — the only even prime.
3 — the number of spatial dimensions we live in.
4 — the smallest number of colors sufficient to color all planar maps.
5 — the number of Platonic solids.
6 — the smallest perfect number.
7 — the smallest number of faces of a regular polygon that is not constructible by straightedge and compass.
8 — the largest cube in the Fibonacci sequence.
9 — the maximum number of cubes that are needed to sum to any positive integer.
10 — the base of our number system.

Seeing your Math teachers’ faces popping up yet?

Follow this rabbit-link down the hole to find the rest of the numbers, up to 9999 — a Kaprekar number (by a Klingonian mathematician, no doubt)

The next time I hand-signal for munchkins, I’ll try to remember that I’m ordering “the largest cube in the Fibonacci sequence” of them.

February 21, 2007

Grow My Planet

Another Eyemaze‘s creation: GROW v.1

Who knows why Version 1 was released after V. 2 and V. 3. It’s now possible to “undo” my selection and click to bypass the animation.

Not that I needed it, since I hit the correct combination in the first time! (A very rare case, please allow me to gloat a bit).

Still spent some time after PrtSc-ing trying other combinations. The GROW-over scene to the right is even more elaborate than the Congrats scene on the left. Whoa…. neat!

February 20, 2007

Oecher Karnival ’07

The pictures were just in. Have a look & leave comments at Flickr’s Karnival tag. Or download the whole bunch from Picasaweb Album.