The Wreath of Khan
The Wreath of Khan
Len is awesome!
My friend Len Solomon writes: "Here's a clip of the Hungarian Dance #5, performed on the Majestic Bellowphone. The piece was originally scored for 4-hand bellowphone, but I come to find out that I'm the only one who plays this contraption, so I used my version; adapted for 2 hands and a foot."
Whoa! Very cool!
Researchers at the University of Tokyo, Georgia Tech and a team from Microsoft Research have developed a low-cost method of printing circuits using an ordinary inkjet printer using a technique called Instant Inkjet Circuits.
The hack is quite literally as simple as injecting a refillable printer cartridge with a commercially available Silver Nano-particle Ink. This allows the printing of circuits onto many different flexible substrates including paper, transparent film, or basically anything you can fit in the printer. Typically if the medium is designed for printing it will work. Some exceptions to this include canvas cloth, magnetic sheets, and transfer sheets.
The researchers chose a Brother inkjet printer because they typically have nozzles that eject higher volumes of ink than other printers. The exact model they used was the Brother DCP-J140w. To maximize ink deposition, all cartridges are filled with the ink, and printed using photo mode where the C M and Y cartridges are simultaneously used to create black. No special software is required to print.
The full article is well worth the read and shows many examples of the different applications this could be used for — including instant prototyping using nothing but scotch tape.
If anyone can source some of this ink and try it out we would love to hear from you! Those that can’t may want to give the old inkjet/laser toner etch resist trick a try.
[via Power Electronics]
My first 3D printed object is a part of my 3D printer. I recall seeing SLA 3D printer prototypes at work in the early 1990s.
And sometimes ToR.
Oh boy! Never such fun since the SCO Unix days!
It seems the Judge’s recent ruling in Burning Man’s dispute against Pershing County is causing a minor stir in the legal world. Two different legal blogs have commented on the decision.
First, from AboveTheLaw
No one really likes hippies.
In addition to being dirty, they toss out annoying liberal platitudes to mask a self-absorbed worldview based around “freedom” as defined by easy access to drugs and not being hassled by regulators who aren’t cool with a commune squatting in a tenement. They’re like libertarians without showers and with the decency to pretend they care about other people.
But this federal judge hates them a lot more than the average bear. And he hates their lawyer even more…
I never really understood the appeal of Burning Man. The ritualistic final event would make me look nervously over my shoulder for Lord Summerisle. But hippies love the opportunity to drive to the middle of the Nevada desert to camp out with 60,000 other college kids and trip out as a giant wood statue burns down. You won’t believe the tracers a massive bonfire can create.
Should that institution be expanded to include same-sex couples with the state’s imprimatur, it is conceivable that a meaningful percentage of heterosexual persons would cease to value the civil institution as highly as they previously had and hence enter into it less frequently, opting for purely private ceremonies, if any, whether religious or secular, but in any case without civil sanction, because they no longer wish to be associated with the civil institution as redefined…
Delightful. So this is exactly the sort of guy you’d expect to get seriously bent out of shape by the prospect of a bunch of hippies getting baked under the desert sun. So when the organizers of Burning Man got into a legal scuffle with its host, Pershing County, about the festival’s contribution to security and law enforcement priorities, Chief Judge Jones was the worst possible judge to get the case.
After the parties reached a settlement where Burning Man would put up a hefty chunk of money and Pershing County would coordinate with the festival over police priorities (read: not setting up narcs at the gate), they went to the court for its blessing. They did not get it.
“It’s absurd and it’s illegal,” said Jones, though it wasn’t clear what would be illegal about the agreement. Jones said under the agreement the county was waiving its right to enforce state laws, including its ability to keep children from being exposed to people “running around nude on the desert.”
“You give them virtually a veto authority over what the sheriff is doing,” he said.
Both sides said Jones misunderstood.
“We didn’t give up any right to enforce any law,” insisted Brent Kolvet, a lawyer for the county.
“We concur,” said Annette Hurst, a lawyer for Burning Man’s owner, Black Rock City LLC.
Jones shot back, “I’m sure you do.”
Aw, snap! But the jurist was just getting warmed up when it came to being a condescending jerk to everyone in the room.
Later, the judge said Kolvet was insulting his intelligence and described one of Hurst’s arguments as “mealy-mouthed.” Twice while mocking their positions, he said, “The record will reflect I’m laughing.”
He refused Hurst’s first request to speak.
“No. Just take careful notes,” Jones said.
Later, she asked again.
“I’m going to suggest, ma’am, you go back to law school,” he said. “Sit down.”
When Hurst said she was trying to complete a sentence, Jones told his clerk: “Call security.”
“For the last time, sit down,” he said.
Hurst sat and a U.S. marshal arrived seconds later but the hearing continued.
If this is the kind of treatment she could expect, maybe she’d reconsider her whole life if she had to go to law school again.
We’re looking forward to reading whatever unhinged rant the court intends to throw into its upcoming written opinion. Maybe he’ll take a page out of his Sevick v. Sandoval opinion and explain that if he allows Burning Man, “it is conceivable that a meaningful percentage of potential concertgoers would cease to value Kenny G concerts.”
But let’s focus on the last bit of the above passage. This guy called in a U.S. marshal because he didn’t want a lawyer to finish her sentence? If you’re feeling unduly threatened by lawyers who want to make arguments, maybe district judge isn’t the gig for you. It’s not like the lawyer was some dirty hippie — she’s an Orrick partner. Even in the San Francisco office, Biglaw partners tend to be more straight-laced than that.
Regardless of the Chief Judge’s outrage, this is still probably a done deal. Maybe that’s what torqued him off so much — the impotence that comes with knowing the parties are just going to ignore your rant about moral sensibilities. Normally when a middle-aged man wants to compensate he buys a sports car. Federal judges get to call on armed guards to intimidate lawyers.
Then, from FindLaw
The organizers of Burning Man and the Nevada county where the festival is held havesettled a lawsuit over regulating the annual event.
The deal comes a year after Black Rock City LLC (“BRC”), the organization behind the self-expressive desert festival, sued Pershing County for proposing an “obscenity” ordinance to combat nudity at the festival.
Oddly enough, the two parties are in agreement but the presiding judge is refusing to approve the settlement. Why won’t he join the legal love-fest?
For 23 years, the Black Rock Desert — located 100 miles north of Reno — has been home to the increasingly popular and influential Burning Man arts event. The “playa” attracts more than 60,000 free spirits annually, from every U.S. state and 22 countries. But over the years, tension mounted between BRC and Pershing County over rising fees for county law-enforcement efforts, culminating in a lawsuit, reports The Associated Press.
Fortunately, the two parties were able to reach a settlement before trial.
The proposed settlement agreement spans 10 years and is designed to better accommodate the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Land Management’s law-enforcement command at Burning Man, while also preserving participant freedoms protected by the First Amendment.
Settlements generally function on a “what’s-in-it-for-me?” rationale.
It’s not likely that Pershing County agreed to settle to hold hands and sing “Kumbaya” with festival organizers. As a wise sage once said, “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.” The annual Burning Man festivities add $35 million to the economy of northern Nevadaevery year, according to BRC. Reaching an amicable agreement was fiscally smart for Pershing County.
But then there’s U.S. District Senior Judge Robert C. Jones.
Judge Jones’ Hippie H8
For no clear reason, Judge Jones — who was appointed by George W. Bush — stymied the settlement efforts when the parties recently appeared in court.
Rather than approving the settlement and dismissing the case, Judge Jones made a peculiar series of threats that the lawyers in the case should either “go back to law school” or be disbarred, reports The AP.
It’s still unclear what exactly prompted the judge’s anger, but one legal observer at Above The Law suggests it may stem from a personal bias against hippies.
Regardless of the judge’s outrage, the settlement will soon likely be a done deal because the two parties found an amicable solution and consider the dispute resolved.
C’mon, Judge Jones. Just hug it out.
OMG! The horror of it! Look at the tire tread marks, it tried to get off as it's wheels melted but it's cliff sensors kept it on the grill! It's a classic Asimovian conflict of robotic laws, actually.
"Somehow it seems to have reactivated itself and made its way along the work surface where it pushed a cooking pot out of the way and basically that was the end of it," fireman Helmut Kniewasser told The Daily Mail. "I don’t know about the allegations of a robot suicide but the homeowner is insistent that the device was switched off—it’s a mystery how it came to be activated and ended up making its way to the hotplate."
It's telling that this year's "United State of Pop" sounds just like last year's and the year before.
DJ Earworm has released the “United State of Pop” 2013 mashup of the top 25 hit songs from this year. The catchy mashup, titled “Living the Fantasy,” includes Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, Imagine Dragons‘ “Radioactive,” “Applause” by Lady Gaga, “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus, and more. For a full list of the songs in the 2013 mashup, take a look at the video’s description on YouTube. It’s available to purchase online at Legitmix.
Dat black Electra.
If there’s a car made that HarborIndiana can’t photochop into a town car, he hasn’t seen it. Yet while he makes sure every car can be chauffeur driven, as we’ve seen in a couple previous looks at his work, he’s also been busy adding rather than subtracting visual heft to cars, as we can see with the Buick above, a car with all the right Sixties shapes and some Fifties flair that complements its lines.
Another Sixties Buick that he and fellow ‘chopper Tyler Linner stretched like taffy. Lines that go on for miles.
He calls this one Imperius Maximus. We think Peter Paul Rubens would approve.
Had Packard not switched to a Studebaker platform in the late Fifties, would it have looked something like this formal and semi-sporting coupe?
Not all of his recent ‘chops follow the bigger-is-better philosophy, however. Take the LaFayette and La Salle coupes above, very European interpretations of traditional American cars – not quite sports cars, but still low, racy, and sleek.
Simply shifting the cockpit of an FMR Tiger rearward (and removing anything to give a sense of scale) almost makes it look like a baby pre-war Mercedes-Benz.
Doing the exact opposite to a mid-Seventies Chevrolet Caprice results in a Deora-like cab-forward “what-the-hell Camino.”
And finally (for now), perhaps HarborIndiana’s most ambitious photochop to date, a dropped, chopped, and anti-sectioned 1958 GMC pickup amid an counter-Rockwellian scene. Make of it what you will.
Doge is a harder language than LOLcat.
Quadcopters aren’t a new thing, but for all the advances in multi-rotor craft, they all still fall into the paradigm of, ‘stick a prop on a motor and repeat three more times. [Curtis Youngblood], one of the top RC heli pilots in the world, came up with a very cool drive system for a quad, requiring only one motor and granting each blade collective pitch that allows for absolutely insane acrobatic ability.
There’s only one motor inside the Stingray 500, as [Curtis] calls his new toy. It’s at the rear of this quad’s H-frame, attached to a shaft running down the spine with a pair of pulleys. All four rotors are driven by this spinning shaft.
Because [Curtis] is an acrobatic pilot, he needed a way to control his ‘copter in more than one direction. To do this, he added four servos on each arm of the quad, giving each rotor collective pitch, just like the tail rotor of a real helicopter. The result is a quadcopter that can fly upside-down with the greatest of ease, perform barrel rolls, and all the other maneuver a true 3D RC ‘copter can do.
The awesome guys at Flite Test had [Curtis] visit their hangar and had him do an awesome demo flight. You can check out that video below.
Oh! I love this!
Born in Tokyo, Dusseldorf-based artist Ramon Todo creates beautiful textural juxtapositions using layers of glass in unexpected places. Starting with various stones, volcanic rock, fragments of the Berlin wall, and even books, the artist inserts perfectly cut glass fragments that seem to slice through the object resulting in segments of translucence where you would least expect it. You can see more of his work over on Art Front Gallery, and here. (via My Amp Goes to 11)
I want to see this!
This was at Burning Man!
Soon only hipsters will own TVs.
Korean artist Do Ho Suh has created a life-size fabric replica of a three-story American house, inside of which is a replica of a traditional Korean home, for his large scale installation “Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home.” Each replica represents a home Suh has lived in—the 39-foot-tall American house was Suh’s first residence in the United States (in Providence, Rhode Island), and the smaller structure is his family’s house in Seoul. The installation is on display at the Seoul branch of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea through May 11, 2014. For more of Suh’s work, see our previous posts.
Wow! That's wild!
In early October of this year, online Bitcoin marketplace and ‘the eBay of drugs’ The Silk Road was taken down by the FBI. Just after the black vans took Silk Road head honcho [Dread Pirate Robberts] away, a new Bitcoin marketplace came onto the scene called Sheep Marketplace. Sheep Marketplace closed after revealing that 5400 bitcoins – or $5.8 million USD were stolen by the user EBOOK101 by exploiting a bug in the Sheep site.
Over this last weekend, it was revealed this bug in the Sheep Marketplace site wasn’t responsible for the loss of 5,400 coins, but instead 96,000 BTC, or $100 million USD, making this one of the largest thefts of all time.
Whoever was responsible for this theft didn’t make a clean getaway. Because the Bitcoin block chain records the history of every transaction, laundering bitcoins is harder than it seems. The most common method is to ‘tumble’ the bitcoins – sending them through multiple wallets, combining and recombining them, until tracking groups of bitcoins just becomes too hard.
[sheeproadreloaded2] over on Reddit managed to track these bitcoins to this bitcoin address, an amazing feat that also means there are 96,000 coins in a wallet somewhere that can’t be spent or cashed out without the thief telling the world who he is.
As far as crimes of the century go, this one is at least in the top ten. Unless the thief behind this heist is extraordinarily smart, though, his identity will most likely be found out eventually.
You'll never say hello to you
Until you get it on the red line overload
You'll never know what you can do
Until you get it up as high as you can go
Out along the edges
Always where I burn to be
The further on the edge
The hotter the intensity
Highway to the ‘Bone Zone.
That is ridiculous and yet so sexy!
I want that coffin boat. And I want that motorcycle to have a story, something like that of The Bowler from Mystery Men . . . Spirit of Bird inhabits cafe racer and is intent on vengeance.
Boat Coffin, Crucifixion Popsicle, Death Secretaire/cabinet, Duck Fan, Duck Lamp, Clean Suicide Bag and Time Lapse Custom Vintage Racing Motorcycle by Sebastian Errazuriz.
Fuck these guys. What gall! Makerbot borrowed heavily from the RepRap project, it sure sounds like they patented other peoples work.
Conni was defiant. Tibi thought no one could see him.
"We know we shouldn’t be here, but we are NOT moving. Go do people things, you have a busy day."