Wii, Boogie and Getting Games Cheap

After spending several weeks with our Wii, I think another quick review is in order. The Wii has not lost its playability as we keep trying new games (mainly through the game rental service GameFly). So far the games we have kept from our rental have been Boogie and Mario Party 8. But we have…

Lego NXT Rocker-Bogie Suspension

One of my many Lego NXT project ideas is to build a Rocker-Bogie system similar to the Mars Sojourner, Spirit and Opportunity rovers. It turns out a similar mechanism is ipresented by Brian Bagnall in his book titled Maximum Lego NXT: Building Robots with Java Brains. While I wait on that book to move from…

Get Off The Couch and Wii

So my brother in law brought his Wii to town and I decided I needed one after playing for around four hours with my family. I found one on eBay and managed to get it and four controllers without playing much more than retail. Finding a Nintendo Wii around here is like finding a pot…

The iPhone Security Armageddon

I was considering buying an iPhone to replace my personal cell phone. But it looks like a few security shortcuts were taken during the development of the OSX software used in the iPhone. It appears that Apple has chosen to run user applications effectively as UID 0. This means any application (especially with input control)…

500 Years Of Women in Western Art

I find this touchingly beautiful. The most striking thing I notice is the symmetry of the idealized painted faces. I am usually fascinated by the concept that the more symmetrical a face is, the more beautiful it is considered. Yet, many of the most beautiful people I know do not posses this perfect symmetry and…

Groovy Borderless Quicktime Playback Trick

According to the fine folks over at Murphy Mac, you can easily play Apple Quicktime movies without the need for a border or any of the other controls. So if you just want the video and none of the metal washed goodness of the Quicktime Player interface, head over and check it out.

Lego Mindstorms NXT Split Chassis Steering

Here is an idea I have been playing with for a little while. Instead of simply doing a car with regular steering, I wanted to try a split chassis design where the front of the car rotates in the direction you want to turn. Here are two attempts, but I abandoned any further design after…

Lego Mindstorms NXT Segway

The other night I was researching building a balancing Segway like robot with the Lego Mindstorms NXT kit. I wanted a robot that could balance on two wheels and could move forward and backward. I also wanted the robot to recover when “pushed”. I was familiar with Steve Hassenplug’s Legway built on the Lego RCX…