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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Max™ » Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:52 am UTC

Nikola Tesla had a lab once to build a wireless global power station, sadly that fell through, but in awesome news, The Oatmeal set up a campaign to buy it and turn it into a Nikola Tesla Museum: http://theoatmeal.com/blog/tesla_museum

I'm not sure when it started, but it wasn't very long ago, and with 41 days left to get together $850k, they've almost raised $700k, and I think that qualifies as awesome.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby thorgold » Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:53 am UTC

Got extra hours at my job as a pizza driver for being a reliable asset. From five hours on Friday to backup on Saturday, I now have guaranteed time both days. Essentially, my income from that job just doubled, which is pretty handy given its 90% sitting around reading in between orders.

Today, pizza driver. Tomorrow, ASSISTANT SENIOR pizza driver. Moving up in the world.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby eran_rathan » Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:38 pm UTC

thorgold wrote:Got extra hours at my job as a pizza driver for being a reliable asset. From five hours on Friday to backup on Saturday, I now have guaranteed time both days. Essentially, my income from that job just doubled, which is pretty handy given its 90% sitting around reading in between orders.

Today, pizza driver. Tomorrow, ASSISTANT SENIOR pizza driver. Moving up in the world.


Now combine that with your mad ninja/hacking skills, and you could be Hiro Protagonist*


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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Magnanimous » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:11 am UTC

Taikyoku Shogi

It's like chess, except instead of playing with 16 pieces of 6 different types on a 8x8 board, you play with 402 pieces of 209 different types on a 36x36 board. Games can take literally days.

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby pseudoidiot » Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:08 pm UTC

This is amazing. Also, stick around at the end for some interactive fun (may not work in all browsers).
http://vimeo.com/47875656
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby ExplodingHat » Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:57 am UTC

I built a desktop fan using an electric motor harvested from an RC car, cardboard from a Fudgicle box, and LEGOs.
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Uses 2 AA batteries (not included). :mrgreen:
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby thorgold » Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:21 pm UTC

ExplodingHat wrote:I built a desktop fan using an electric motor harvested from an RC car, cardboard from a Fudgicle box, and LEGOs.
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Uses 2 AA batteries (not included). :mrgreen:

That is MacGyvring at its finest. Hats off to you, sir!
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby ExplodingHat » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:07 am UTC

Well, it helps that the motor itself so happens to fit for all intents and purposes *exactly* in a 3x3x4 LEGO space.

Edit: After a minor rotor blade failure, I replaced the entire blade assembly with pieces cut from a Cheerios box. The extra stiffness made it easier to shape the airfoils, and increases the overall flow efficiency by a noticeable amount.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Whelan » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:16 pm UTC

After 2 years and 7 months, I no longer have braces! On an unrelated note, I had an apple today for the first time in about 2 years and 7 months.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby AvatarIII » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:23 pm UTC

Max™ wrote:Nikola Tesla had a lab once to build a wireless global power station, sadly that fell through, but in awesome news, The Oatmeal set up a campaign to buy it and turn it into a Nikola Tesla Museum: http://theoatmeal.com/blog/tesla_museum

I'm not sure when it started, but it wasn't very long ago, and with 41 days left to get together $850k, they've almost raised $700k, and I think that qualifies as awesome.


there's still 17 days left and they've raised about $1.24 million which I assume means no only can they buy the lab, but put all the extra money into turning it into a museum!

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby The Scyphozoa » Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:06 pm UTC

Whelan wrote:After 2 years and 7 months, I no longer have braces! On an unrelated note, I had an apple today for the first time in about 2 years and 7 months.

Oh gods, the food you miss out on.

I had to go two years without Wheat Thins. I don't know how I did it. With the amount of them I eat now you'd think I'm addicted.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Rium » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:32 pm UTC

Whelan wrote:After 2 years and 7 months, I no longer have braces! On an unrelated note, I had an apple today for the first time in about 2 years and 7 months.
Speaking of apples: On a whim, I decided to fry apple slices in butter today, and oh my god was it good. Reminded me of baked apples, unsurprisingly. [/cookingdiscoveriesofacollegestudent]

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Drowsy Turtle » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:46 pm UTC

Rium wrote:
Whelan wrote:After 2 years and 7 months, I no longer have braces! On an unrelated note, I had an apple today for the first time in about 2 years and 7 months.
Speaking of apples: On a whim, I decided to fry apple slices in butter today, and oh my god was it good. Reminded me of baked apples, unsurprisingly. [/cookingdiscoveriesofacollegestudent]


Was it by any chance because all you had to eat was apples and butter?
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Rium » Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:53 pm UTC

Close. It was because it was the second-easiest thing to make (after just eating the apples). Also, because I like putting things in a fry pan and heating it and seeing what happens.

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby SurgicalSteel » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:27 am UTC

http://rapgenius.com/

This website is going to eat up a lot of time I should be working. Especially this page:
http://rapgenius.com/artists/Aesop-rock
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Kick » Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:22 am UTC

I have managed to not gain back the 20 pounds I lost over the summer and just finished a mile jog.

I had forgotten the feeling of being so incredibly tired but proud and happy that I had accomplished something I set out to do.

Next step: More of the same.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Menacing Spike » Sun Sep 16, 2012 2:56 pm UTC

Magnanimous wrote:There's a team that's porting Baldur's Gate 2 to the Dragon Age: Origins engine.

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Why were the Shadow Thieves fighting each other? I don't recall that in BG2.

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby podbaydoor » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:58 pm UTC

I finally saw Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog.

Also The Dark Knight Rises.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby jawdisorder » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:46 pm UTC

Not so awesome: My nice road bike was stolen from my basement two days ago - roommates and I still haven't figured out how they managed it.

Awesome: It was sitting outside my front door when I left to go to class this morning!

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Drowsy Turtle » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:51 pm UTC

Landlord brought me a replacement oven after the old one stopped working. Whilst carrying the old one out the house, to find somewhere to hide it, some guy asks to have it for scrap - awesome free oven disposal (I was going to leave it in an alley somewhere).
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Postby The Scyphozoa » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:13 pm UTC

So you sold it for just one scrap? You got ripped off, that's worth at least 2 rec!
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby thorgold » Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:50 am UTC

jawdisorder wrote:Not so awesome: My nice road bike was stolen from my basement two days ago - roommates and I still haven't figured out how they managed it.

Awesome: It was sitting outside my front door when I left to go to class this morning!

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby jawdisorder » Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:21 am UTC

thorgold wrote:
jawdisorder wrote:Not so awesome: My nice road bike was stolen from my basement two days ago - roommates and I still haven't figured out how they managed it.

Awesome: It was sitting outside my front door when I left to go to class this morning!

Good Guy Thief: "Borrows" your bike, remembers to return it later

They were even nice enough to reset the computer so I could know exactly how far they took it.

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Ptolom » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:15 pm UTC

Awesome: Texas Instruments will Fedex free samples to electronics students. Now I just need to perfect the art of hand soldering TSSOP packages.

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby thorgold » Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:26 am UTC

jawdisorder wrote:
thorgold wrote:
jawdisorder wrote:Not so awesome: My nice road bike was stolen from my basement two days ago - roommates and I still haven't figured out how they managed it.

Awesome: It was sitting outside my front door when I left to go to class this morning!

Good Guy Thief: "Borrows" your bike, remembers to return it later

They were even nice enough to reset the computer so I could know exactly how far they took it.

That made me think of a corrolary.
Good Guy Thief: Borrows your car, resets the odometer before using and returns it with a full tank of gas.

Also, awesome for me. Broke the 17 minute barrier for the 3 mile cross-country race! Mile splits at 5:28, 5:30, 5:42. Last split wasn't awesome, but hey, 17 MINUTES! Beat my previous PR by 30 seconds, and it was a hot, tired day. Can't wait for sectionals - fall temps in full swing, 2 week muscle preparation (rest!), the works. I feel like going to State this year :D
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby ExplodingHat » Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:00 am UTC

After two weeks of obsessive prototyping, I proudly present Centrifugator™ High-Efficiency Portable Air Circulator: A complete revolution in fan design! :mrgreen:
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I'll eventually get around to posting the cutout designs online and maybe make an instructional vid or something.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Adacore » Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:49 am UTC

ExplodingHat wrote:A complete revolution in fan design! :mrgreen:

*groan*

Nice work though - does it do the job well?

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby poxic » Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:57 am UTC

So it blows air up into a box that has holes on useful sides?
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Postby ExplodingHat » Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:57 am UTC

The box (or cage, as I call it) contains a centrifugal impeller (hence the name) that sucks air in from above and below, and blasts it out of up to 6 sides (5 of them covered by removable cards in the picture), allowing for air in multiple (or all) directions at once. The only real disadvantage is that wind velocity drops pretty strongly after 4 or more sides are open. Advantages include portability (only 6in high, with a 5in diameter), hexagonal construction (very sturdy, and allows you to put it on its side(s) if you want to angle the air up or down), high efficiency (reduced disk loading on impeller compared to an equivalent-power axial fan, eliminates the need for the generally wasteful 'oscillate' option on axial fans), and smoother air outflow (your voice doesn't distort if you talk into it, no persistent blade-tip vortices, low noise with little harmonic content).
As for it working well, it is presently keeping myself and my computer comfortably cool. The motor heats up more than I'd like, but that's the price I pay for getting hot glue in there (it was an accident, I swear).
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Max™ » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:57 pm UTC

Neat, about $300 cheaper than the Dyson bladeless fans.

Also, since it got removed from the other thread, and is nonetheless awesome:
Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Whoa: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/28 ... _spinning/

Jet-Launching Structure Resolved Near the Supermassive Black Hole in M87

Abstract
Approximately 10% of active galactic nuclei exhibit relativistic jets, which are powered by accretion of matter onto super massive black holes. While the measured width profiles of such jets on large scales agree with theories of magnetic collimation, predicted structure on accretion disk scales at the jet launch point has not been detected. We report radio interferometry observations at 1.3 mm wavelength of the elliptical galaxy M87 that spatially resolve the base of the jet in this source. The derived size of 5.5 ± 0.4 Schwarzschild radii is significantly smaller than the innermost edge of a retrograde accretion disk, suggesting that the M87 jet is powered by an accretion disk in a prograde orbit around a spinning black hole.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early ... ce.1224768

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Eseell » Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:55 am UTC

I just realized that today I have owned my house for more than a year. Cool Awesome.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby SurgicalSteel » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:48 am UTC

Eseell wrote:I just realized that today I have owned my house for more than a year. Cool Awesome.

Relatedly, I got pre-approved for a mortgage today. Now I can actually make an offer when I find a house I like.
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Postby Eseell » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:52 am UTC

Congrats! Buying a house is pretty stressful, but owning one has been great so far.
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Postby pseudoidiot » Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:19 am UTC

Yes, be prepared for a lot of stress, right up to and including closing, but it can definitely be worth it.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby RollingHead » Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:25 pm UTC

Relatedly, I'm renting my first house away from my parents with my boyfriend, we moved most of our stuff there today as well as buying things we needed (such as dishes and pots) and we're going to sleep there tomorrow night!

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby SurgicalSteel » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:27 pm UTC

Thanks for the congrats peoples. Actually found a great house today and I'm making an offer tomorrow.

Oh, and congratulations RollingHead! Your first space away from your parents is pretty exciting (at least it was for me).
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Max™ » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:49 pm UTC

I gotta nominate Schrollini for awesome above and beyond the line of duty over in the pressures thread.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Schrollini » Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:05 am UTC

Max™ wrote:I gotta nominate Schrollini for awesome above and beyond the line of duty over in the pressures thread.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'd like to thank the members of the Academy, my parents, who always believed in me, my agent (Love ya, Sid!), my....

Seriously though [1], I think almost everyone participating in the Pressures thread is displaying awesome patience and good-humor in dealing with amazing stubornness.

[1] Did I just say "seriously though" is a non-ironic manner? So not awesome.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby The Scyphozoa » Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:35 am UTC

Uh, does anyone wanna maybe...summarize what's going on in that thread? I don't really feel like reading 83 pages...
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