Geekiness and Nerdiness, and Other Surprises

I have now had my third nerd cake in a row — a headcrab cake. A headcrab looks like and is from the beyond decent game Half-life. So, with some help from here and Garry’s Mod, some minor mishaps and a bunch of fondant, we had: and ate it and it was delicious. I put […]

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I recently attended a workshop on Industrial Robotics. One of the last things we did was to write a program to control a large robotic arm (with six degrees of freedom) to weld a design onto a 150x100mm piece of metal. Once we’d done that we watched it trace the path on a computer simulator. […]

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It’s happened to all of us. (Vagueness intensifies) You’ve walked out of the cinema, and you can’t help but think “that needed more explosions”. Similarly, we’ve all written a PHP script and thought much the same thing. Right? …right? Now there’s a solution. This all-new PHP function, needsMoreExplosions(), will solve all your problems by exploding […]

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I took a screenshot of every bit of ASCII from the Portal end credits. Then I copied the text by hand. Well, I spent about an 1½ hours on these: .,-:;//;:=, . :H@@@MM@M#H/.,+%;, ,/X+ +M@@M@MM%=,-%HMMM@X/, -+@MM; $M@@MH+-,;XMMMM@MMMM@+- ;@M@@M- XM@X;. -+XXXXXHHH@M@M#@/. ,%MM@@MH ,@%= .—=-=:=,. -@#@@@MX ., -%HX$$%%%+; =-./@M@M$ .;@MMMM@MM: X@/ -$MM/ .+MM@@@M$ ,@M@H: :@: . -X#@@@@- […]

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Last night I watched about three meteors from the annual Geminids shower. They occur once a year from around December 7th to December 15th. This year it was December 14 11pm – December 15 1am in Sydney. The stereotype of a meteor/shower is quite different from reality. First of all, there’s only one every minute […]

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From Kyle Gabler, co-developer of World of Goo: The Human Brain Cloud: a massively Multiplayer Word Association Game! You will be shown a word. You will type what you first think of. You will be shown another word. You will type what you first think of. Ad infinitum. But it’s fun! The idea is, the […]

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This clock is seriously epic. It appeals to me in all sorts of ways I wouldn’t have thought possible. Here’s the clock without flash: Though 9-√9+.9(repeater) is kinda cheating… at which my Dad pointed out that the mark is actually at the 6.999999999th hour. Admittedly, .9 repeater is equal to 1, but it just feels […]

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Some time ago a maths teacher told me about an amazing program — Stellarium. It’s a free, open source program (which describes a lot of cool software, it seems) that shows the sky for almost any location imaginable – even other planets and their moons. You can also set the time, and turn a bunch […]

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