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I can't see this without thinking "add to the robot design file". Anyone else?
 
This is how ants walk.
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Yes, but how many motors and what exactly is the movement pattern? I'm getting gif to eye issues trying to study the graphic (the legs go backwards half the time for me).
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Hell Monday. I'll just put this here and call it a metaphor.  Coke and Lava Nikon D800 and Gopro
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Happy New Year!
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I remember being so happy getting a second monitor...
 
The Evolution Of Your Workspace 

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Yeah the dates are a little off.  I had two CRTs in 2001 :D then CRT flats, and then two flats and now a laptop and flat-extra wide.  Although I could go for a couple more sometimes ;)
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All step stools should look like this :)
 
The 555 Footstool Design
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Evil Mad Scientist Labs has just released their design files for the awesome 555 Footstool. It is cleverly built by stacking together layers of plywood:

By popular request, we are releasing the design files for our famous 555 Footstool project. The design is made from 23 pieces of 1/2″ hardwood plywood, laminated together, in a sort of manual 3D printing process.

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3D LEGO model viewing, now that does actually upgrade the shopping experience in-store or online simply using information and display.  
 
Just in time for the holidays, our elves have made some improvements to +Google Shopping: holiday shortlists for top gifts to give you inspiration, quicker and easier browsing, a shortlist that stays with you as you browse so you can keep track of items as you go, and 360° views of many products to bring you the in-store feeling for an item. Learn more: http://g.co/phsn and visit google.com/shopping to start checking off that gift list!
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Not sure how I feel about this. It is pretty, but ruins media that can still be played. Maybe an LP that is scratched or from a band that sucks would be acceptable? Still bugs me. 
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How 3D Printing is Changing the Art of Puzzle Design

Good article here about about two master puzzlists, Oskar van Deventer and George Miller, who are using 3D printers to make some very interesting and complex Rubik's Cube-like puzzles.

The 3D printing of puzzles is still a complex and time-consuming process, and the cost of materials is still relatively expensive. Nevertheless, it seems inevitable that as the technology becomes better and less expensive, an increasing number of inventive, amatuer puzzle-designers will find 3D printing a great way to prototype their designs.

Get your puzzle designs ready. You may be able to test them out quicker than you think.

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Oskar van Deventer and George Miller make puzzles.

Not the flat, jigsaw kind, but the complex, 3D variety that most of us associate with the Rubik’s Cube. Both have mathematical minds that allow them to dream up wild interlocking pieces that can take weeks to put together. For Oskar, some of his earlier designs were so complex that they were ahead of the manufacturing capabilities of the time, caging the most exotic shapes in his mind. ...

Oskar’s ideas came in rapidly. George slowly figured out the secrets of his Stratasys Dimension printer and began producing the unique multicolored puzzles. Stratasys machines are professional grade, so in 2003 George was printing objects of a higher quality than consumer printers can make today.

“I went nuts over it because you could put different colors in and they’re vivid colors and the plastic that it makes is strong. You can’t crush it in your hand,” George said. “You could manufacture usable things without any post processing. You pull it out of the machine and bam! You can use it right away. That just couldn’t be beat.”

via: http://gigaom.com/2013/07/29/the-puzzle-masters-how-3d-printing-is-enabling-the-most-complex-puzzles-ever-created/
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Rudolph The Red Nosed Tauntaun

"But I don't want to make toys, I want to be a Dentist...er Jedi."

Happy Hothidays.

#rudolphtherednosedreindeer   #empirestrikesback   #starwars   #geek  
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This is basically the official LEGO write-up on some Hobbit themed sets. GeekDad did a fine post with it. 

I am going to be honest about the sets here. 

As a LEGO and Tolkien fan, I have been very very unimpressed with the current releases. I probably won't buy any of them. There is no world-building here, they are all battle scenes. (Go ahead and click the link and read the descriptions.) "Can Beorn avoid the huge spikes at the entrance, hidden flick missile and deadly swinging hammer and axe traps?" 

Whatever. I really don't care. 

My kids (and wife and I) want to see some nice sets. What we want is Rivendell (with an assortment of elves without bows), The Stone Trolls (Tom, Bert, and William), The Eagle's Aerie, Beorn's Lodge, Thranduil's Throneroom, etc. 

Instead we get some generic battle scenes that aren't even really in the book. Give us some locations from Tolkien's world (or even Peter Jackson's movies) that let us tell our own stories or that are actually recognizable. 

Last Year, the Mirkwood spiders and Bagend (An Unexpected Gathering) were nice. Bagend being the closest thing to a real Hobbit set yet released. The Goblin King was kind of uninspired, and the Barrel Escape was ok. This year's sets are all disappointing, even "Lake Town Chase" with it's house architecture seems lacking.

The one scene released form Rivendell was Gimli falling out of a chair in LOTR. Seriously? All that beautiful architecture and potential for non-male characters and we get  Gimli falling over?

Why do I sound frustrated? Because I went shopping for my Daughter to get her Hobbit LEGO for her Hobbit themed Birthday... and there was nothing worth buying. 
 
LEGO The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Kits 79012 And 70911 | GeekDad http://ow.ly/rtWXf
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Narrowing down interests is hard, I tend to like Everything. One of my biggest problems is that I want to know a little bit about everything, but I don't tend to become an expert in much. I'll read anything that catches my interest. Generally though, I tend toward geeky things. I have a Business degree and many years of bloody experience working in IT support. I have a wonderful wife and I am a happy father with three children and spend lots of time raising and caring for them. As a child I moved a lot around the US and this seems to have decently effected my outlook on American culture and I am often told my accent is from "somewhere else but I am probably a native english speaker". I get England and Australia a lot. People though, still can't seem to follow my train of thought since I bounce around too much. I love Asian culture and hope to visit some day. Hopefully. Currently I am working on designing online video games part time.
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