After seeing the SplashLight from Avoooq and enjoying the image of a pouring bottle lamp, I felt I had to make one and make it awesome. My first idea was to recycle a lamp from around the house and create something completely new. I discovered that all my lamps already had a good use case. So I dug into the electronics drawers and found I had an unused Arduino UNO and enough electronic bits and lights to build my own lamp.
I had a chance to build the iitsii Robugtix hexapod and took some time to play with BigFoot Inverse Kinematics engine that comes with the platform. The engine really simplifies the gait management with the six legged platform. The build was easy, even though you have to manually position 18 servo motors by hand. The documentation is great and includes a serial command reference if you want to do some arduino interfacing work.
I went down a rabbit hole working on OSX ACLs, luckily this page on OSX ACLs was around to help out.
I got tired of having to remind myself how to setup handbrake for DVD ripping. Yes I am ripping my own DVDs for Kindle, iPad, iPod and Android Tablets. Here are the fast instructions for Windows 64-bit computers DVD ripping and the software is all free.
- Download the appropriate LIBDVDCSS decryption file for Windows 64-bit systems here. http://download.videolan.org/pub/libdvdcss/last/win64/
- Make sure you rename your downloaded file to libdvdcss.dll and *do not* leave it named libdvdcss-2.dll as you have downloaded it.
- Install HandBrake from http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php or if you already have it installed, go to the /Program Files/HandBrake/ folder.
- Copy this libdvdcss.dll file to the /Program Files/HandBrake/ folder.
- Run Handbrake. You may get a startup error when you run the program. Close it and run the program again.
- Find you source video by clicking the source button in handbrake and choosing your DVD.
- Select the iPad preset since it will be most compatible.
- Set you destination folder by selecting the browse button by the Destination line. Choose the desktop of your computer so you can find the video and move it to your kindle or other device.
- On the kindle the file will show up in the Gallery…not Videos. Genius.
Over at RJ McNamara’s Blog, he has put together a new Quad Holomonic Drive Robot based on the LEGO® NXT. The robot uses dual Rotacaster® Omni-wheels on each of the four axis’s and four LEGO® NXT Ultrasonic Sensors.
Head on over to RJ McNamara’s Blog and check it out.
Lucy beats my two youngest daughters at Soccer.