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3D – Oh My…

Thursday, 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.


No Negativity Today

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Just sit back and check this out.

Pick of the Day

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

This is undoubtably THE best thing I’ve seen in a while.  Take 9 minutes and listen to truth.

And yes, I now subscribe to his channel.

An Old Book

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

I just saw an interesting article on yahoo.  Seems that a fellow returned a book that was 99 years overdue to the library.  The title caught my eye, being it was kind of relevant to political turmoil today.  So I googled it.

Here is the news article on yahoo.

“Facts I Ought to Know about the Government of My Country.” by William H. Bartlett circa 1894.

Guess what, google digitized it, and can be downloaded in it’s entirety HERE.

I think I’m going to give it a read, just to see what things were like back then, before things started going sideways.

Boots on the ground.

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Today was absolutely beautiful.  Not too hot, not too cold, no bugs or snakes.  Kinsee loves to go for walks, but in town they get real boring, with the same old sidewalks.  Out in the stick it’s completely different.  We logged roughly two miles up in virgin old growth forest.  To tell the truth, I saw things (and parts of the property) that I had never seen before. 

There’s one ridge that is covered in Karst topography (sinkholes), with a couple that would swallow a basketball court.  And tons of dolomite outcrops that I really want to run my Axial crawler on.  We hiked that ridge all the way to one of the property lines, then headed back on the road from the gate.  Kinsee was stoked all the way, but I could tell she was getting hot and tired.  When we got to the creek, she just laid down in it and got cooled off enough to make it back tot he house.

After that, I cut and split some firewood and rode over to the neighbors’ to chat a while and see if hunting season was still in (which it isn’t for the most part). 

Kinsee then decided that another walk was in order, so we walked the loop.  Up to the cabin, barn, through the wood trail, to the old house and back to the main house.  That was the second mile.  I know she’s wrecked, she’s down stairs now nodding off.  She should be good for the rest of the week.

Finding new ground won’t be hard, but what will be is the terrain.  Most of the farm is on the side of a mountain.  I guess it’ll be short jaunts till she (and I) get used to climbing mountains to get new ground to put boots on.

My new digital life.

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Ok, so living out in the sticks isn’t the most high tech, but I think I got a couple things worked out.  Number 1 on the list, TV.  I really hate paying for a ton of channels that I never watch, and well, I get all of two over the air, what’s a guy to do?

Leverage some damned tech, that’s what.  I had a Vista media center PC (note the past tense, see previous post about WD drives).  Well, it’s got some new drives and is sporting 7.  In a nutshell, I like it.  I put both of my USB tuners on it and it now records two channels at once (freakin spiffy).  Ok, so now I have some bigassed .wtv files, wtf is a wtv file you ask.  It’s a new flavor of the old dvr-ms format.  There are tools on the market that convert the latter to other formats, but that’s pedestrian and very ‘hands on’.  Remember that Archos pmp?  It doesn’t play wtv or dvr-ms files.  So…

I got this idea, yeah, dangerous at times.  If’ I’m going to be DVRing TV at Mom’s, why not boost her tech level and redo the whole media thing for her.  She recently remodeled a room upstairs into a den.  I ended up donating a 26” LCD TV and two 360’s, as well as the DVR PC.  Now she’s got media extenders in the den and down in the living room.  I had to relocate the router to the basement so I could get ethernet to the living room, but that wasn’t a big issue.  The den 360 is riding G wireless.  Not the best for streaming video, but it does a good job at any rate.  But what about those wtv files?

Well, it just so happens that MS put out a product that is kind of odd for them.  It does a number of things amazingly well, but is relatively inexpensive (stupidly inexpensive is more like it).  Windows Home Server.  Yeah, a server OS that runs on old hardware (and screams on server hardware), that does workstation backups, web hosting, and media archiving.  This is where it gets juicy.  When you tell media center to archive recorded TV, you can also tell it to convert the wtv files directly to wmv for the Zune (yup, the Archos plays wmv files like a champ).

Now, every night my DVR PC gets backed up, and the recorded tv gets converted to a file type I can simply copy to my Archos, take home, dock with my TV and enjoy my fav shows out in the boonies.  Problem freakin solved.  Oh, WHS can be had for $85 from amazon.  If you’re interested in WHS, google it.  HP and Acer also sell out of the box WHServers.  I put it on my Dell PowerEdge SC440.  I’m going to get a non-eval copy next week.

Well, that’s about it for now.  Have a great holiday season.

Fun with the Archos and the buggy.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009


Change a Bug Belt In 5 Seconds.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

This is pretty darned cool.  I don’t have a VW Bug, but this is awesome.  Too bad cars nowdays aren’t this simple to wrench on.

Flying, Schooling My Mom

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

I gotta say “mad props” to my mom. She’s a real trooper, and since my dad passed away last September, she’s had to learn and handle a lot of new things. I try and help her out as best as I can, but sometimes you just have to kick back and enjoy life, maybe try new stuff along the way.

I finally got fed up with living in the city and ended up moving out to the sticks. Actually, I’m living at the old family place out in the sticks. It’s been a learning experience, but all in all I really enjoy where I’m at. One nice thing is being able to do stuff like take 10 steps out the basement door and cast a line in the pond. Or go out on the porch and bust a few caps, and nobody gets all up in a bunch and calls the cops. Also, my yard is big enough (including the pond) to do some flying. Pretty badass since I have an electric Lazy Bee with the floats.

Anyway, last Saturday Mom came to visit (a weekly thing, I think she like it when I grill stuff for her), and she helped me clear some brush out by the gate. Dad never let her run the cool toys, so I gave her a crash course on the front end loader (I was busy driving the Gravely with the sickle bar, and it’s, no shit, a half a mile to the gate). She really liked running it, and wants to do it again. Running the loader is work, no denying it, so after dinner I said “wanna learn to fly?” She was all like “I don’t want to break any of your planes”, but I had an ace up my sleeve. I pulled out the Parkzone Vapor. It was dead calm outside, and just perfect for it.

I showed her the basics and got it set on the throttle and handed over the DX6i. Yes, she was fixated and within a minute she had spiraled it into the ground. No biggie, no damage, so I sent it on its way again and demonstrated what she did and how to not do it again. Mind you, this was the first time she’s ever flown RC. The second flight went much better and I could tell she was riding a surge of adrenalin, so when she handed it back, I took it and said good job.

I could tell she had a blast from the big grin and the shaky hands, I’ve been there. She said she wants to learn more and do some more flying, but only on the Vapor. I got a 2 meter glider that’s just begging for some stick time, and I’m sure I’ll get her hooked on gliders soon.

Just cause…

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

I like guns and RC planes..

RC Planes Versus Machine Gun Mob – Watch more Funny Videos