3D – Oh My…

December 22nd, 2016

So, 3D video was kind of a trick pony at first, and I did get myself a Sony 48″ with 3D capabilities a couple of years ago.  One of the 3D options is to run in simulated 3D.  This is pretty neat, and Sony did a pretty good job with the software, as it takes a 2D feed and figures out the 3D offsets.  Not as good as pure 3D original content, but it does work.

All I used it for was watching DVD’s in 3D sim, at first.  Then I discovered the XBox 360 game Crysis 2 was coded for SbS 3D, one of the legit 3D inputs the TV recognizes.  It was a lot of fun.  The active glasses are a bit tiring after a couple hours of use, and you have to keep them charged, but whatevs, I like Sony products and how they integrate (I don’t have a PS though).

So, this Christmas, I broke down and got myself a Sony Blueray player with 3D, and a copy of Dredd (awesome and faithful movie adaption of the source material), in 3D.  I watched that movie the other night on DVD thru the XB, so I wanted to see the difference in 1080 and in 3D.  It was kind of late last night, so I thought I’d just check out the first part to get an idea, then nod off.  Didn’t work out that way.  Dredd is, like I said, an awesome move anyway, but 30 seconds into the intro and I wasn’t going anywhere till the end credits.  I saw things I did not recall seeing visually before (and I’ve watched it a number of times), and oddly, heard things I hadn’t before either.  Awesome+ (?), Yeah, muchly awesumzorz.

Switching gears a little, but we’ll circle back in a sec.  I got me a Blade Inductrix FPV a couple weeks back.  I had an original Inductrix, but it would only loft 8 grams, and would only fly for about 2 minutes on a 150 mah 1s.  Kinda weak.  So, I got one of he new fpv versions with upgunned motors and a wire dipole Vtx under a neat little canopy.  I’m not going to go into a review of it, but the cam is good in low light, the Vtx works great indoors, and it flies with authority on 1s 200mAH for about 4 minutes.  It does have some quirks though, but is a great little indoor fpv nano quad.  My mom likes to backseat when I fly it at her house.  Haven’t gotten her to actually try flying it, yet, but the buddy box is all ready to go.  She can fly it, she just has to want to before she does.

Christmas time, and family is coming to visit.  My aunt and mothers cousin are coming today, both are interested in the toys I play with, and I know they’ll want to go for a ride later.  Glad to do it, honestly, they seem entertained.  I prefer to fly with Goggles strapped to my face, in lieu of a base station monitor.  It just seems that I feel the aircraft better just visually with the goggles.  Anyway, having 2 goggles presents a problem of 1 rider at a time.  I do however have a Vrx that’s standalone.  I used to use it for another older set of Fatsharks that had a 2.4GHz Vrx internal.  So I hooked the receiver to a small monitor in the office and flew a flight.  Worked pretty good, but I felt a little disconnected.  The important thing is that I got it on a monitor that a room full of folks could watch at the same time.  Ok, mom has a Sony TV, so I thought I’d test on mine to make sure it theoretically would work at her house later.

See where this is going?  I hooked up the receiver to the AV input, got everything spooled up and powered on, sat down, donned the shutter glasses and switched into 3D sim.  Like I said earlier, it does a pretty good job of simulating 3D.  The test flight was amazing.  The 3D on the fish eye was interesting, but wasn’t a problem.  The reception on the receiver was a little limited compared to the raceband module with a patch antenna, and I do have to power it from a 3s LiPo.  But the 3D fpv was quite a surprise.  The funny thing is that I did feel a little more connected to the aircraft than the first test flight.  I believe this was a trick of having to wear the shutter glasses fooling my head a little, and maybe the 3D itself was immersing me more than 2D in the goggles.  At any rate, that will not be the last time I fly using the TV.

 

Technology, got my hate on, yo.

August 6th, 2016

Lord, may you grant me the strength to not blow a fuse. Completely not work related, but damn, can this get any harder or more frustrating? Methinks not. Intuit, feel free to suck my donkey’s balls. I see in the years since I’ve transferred your dumbass data files to new systems, you still persist in making the task as difficult and frustrating as before. Assholes.

And to the older gentleman that actually helped me today at Bestbuy, thank you, your work ethic is bar none. The other guy, the skinny neck bearded dipshit that embodied the very definition of Bestbuy sales geek, fuck you sideways. I’ll probably go talk to a manager there tomorrow, just to pass on my feedback on both sales reps. I wish the gentleman that did help me would get an ataboy and a raise, and to the other guy, an ass chewing at a bare minimum.  Pro tip: you do not “Help” a customer by darting off to ring  someone else, twice.  That’s how you get complained about.

Bordens Run Raceway

June 30th, 2016

Yeah, baby.  5th scale 4wd tuned pipe 2 stroke track bashing.  Much wOOt.  Got into these back in December, and started working on making my own track.  These things are fast, and big.  I posted a number of vids, but this is the latest one at the moment.

The track is handling the weather this year like a champ.  Some weekends we do have to water it, and a couple times the track was a bit muddy.  Most though have been great.  We’re laying down clay in areas, and it’s turning to blue groove quickly.  My buddy Shimmy and I got King Motor x2’s.  There’s been much upgrading, no bling without function however.  They’re getting tougher and more reliable with each upgrade.  It’s just something kinda cool to squeeze into one of these things and pull a sweat assed drift.  Much fun, for sure.  And a full tank will run for about 40 minutes.

Back

June 30th, 2016

Yeah, posting again.  Been a while, and that’s another story I’m not at liberty to divulge, but suffice it to say that all the old rules are still in effect.  Check ’em out HERE

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Not Forgotten

September 16th, 2011

Another year passes, the seasons turn round.

Till we meet again.

ummm.

February 4th, 2011

So after watching Tosh.0 last week I had to look up the “I’m a snake” video. This is a taste of another video this guy did..

I\'m saucy

That time of the year.

September 16th, 2010

It’s that time of the year again, that one week out of fifty two that I particularly loath.? It’s not the ball games, or the dwindling afternoon light as the days get shorter. No, not those at all.? It’s not the early morning hinting of the chill that lurks a few weeks forth.? No, none of that.?

It is however the memories that haunt from the past not too far gone and still painful to my soul.? I still bear no good will to those responsible and wish for them what they themselves have given.? What I said then still stands today, and will only get etched deeper in all of my tomorrows.

A tree fell in the woods

September 16th, 2010

No one was around, but I heard it.

Sounded kind of like firewood too.? Gotta check that out this weekend.

After Work

September 1st, 2010

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Was a pretty good evening. Came home in time to run a few rounds through the AR, and then get some line wet.? I pulled this 2 pounder out of the pond with a grass frog at about 7:30. I really like living down here. Yeah, this is pretty much my normal routine when time and daylight permits.

Quiet

August 31st, 2010

Sometimes it’s almost creepy how quiet it is out here.  When the breeze is just right I can sometimes hear a truck off in the distance, or the faint howl of a neighbors dog.  No cars, or sirens, or jets, or the nearly constant buzz that permiates urbania.  Some would say its a lonely existance, but I find it peaceful.  I do miss the company of Kinsee during the week, but that’s just the way of things.