More odd contraptions

January 30, 2009 at 9:03 pm (interesting, odds) (, , )

Whilst I seem to be in a ‘people sending me odd YouTube clips’ mode, here is another one.

Must have been good fun building this.  Not quite as comprehensive as the Science Museum one I’ve posted about before, but pretty good none the less.


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The National Museum of Computing

January 29, 2009 at 7:41 pm (computers, interesting, places) (, , , , , )

The National Museum of Computing, co-located within Bletchley Park, has just launched its updated website. This is the home of the rebuild of Colossus, the World War II code-breaking computer.

Apprently, the museum will be featured on the BBC ‘The One Show’ next Monday (the 2nd Feb, presumably).

Well worth a visit if you are in the area.


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Schoolboy prank …

January 28, 2009 at 11:00 pm (odds) (, , )

Someone sent me this link – this is a school boy prank and a half – see  Very cleverly done.


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Improv Everywhere

January 25, 2009 at 4:15 pm (art, interesting, odds) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I like to see interesting, arty, short films in the name of harmless entertainment. With this in mind, someone pointed me at Improv Everwhere recently. These guys go on ‘missions’ around the world, involving many people in a planned public stunt. The ones that really caught my eye are:

Human Mirror

In this one, they have lots of sets of identical twins on a tube train, one each side of the train. When one moves, the other mirrors the movement. An inspired stunt.

Food Court Musical

In this one, members of the public in a cafe (staff and customers) suddenly, spontaneously, burst into song and perform a musical number. Very well done considering the circumstances.

Frozen Grand Central

This is one of my favourites. At a pre-determined point, in Grand Central Station, around 200 people just ‘freeze’ for 5 minutes on the main concourse. Very good.

Look Up More

A group of them make their way to the lit windows of a multi-story department store. Then, following signals from the ground, they start dancing. Would have been something to see!


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Wiimote sensor bar …

January 2, 2009 at 11:11 am (moan, odds) (, , , )

Like a great many this christmas, we succumbed and bought a Wii. Its great, but why, oh why, did Nintendo assume that your Wii will sit next to your display? Yes, I’m talking about the Wiimote sensor bar.

We like to use a projector, which is just made for Wii gaming – large screen, cheap price, large movement area in front, etc, but with a projector, all the AV equipment is at the back end, away from the screen. At the moment, we have several long AV extension leads to let the Wii sit under the screen, just so that it can plug into the sensor bar (unfortunately, this also means that the Wii is rather exposed … not what you want when you are taking part in games with lots of physical movement).

You can get Wii sensor bar extension cables, but they don’t seem to extend it very much, and why did Nintendo put a daft proprietory connector on it, when almost any connector would do, making it hard to make-your-own-cable.

Oh well. Maybe doing the DIY option could be a possibility.

Will have to see what I can do, before I rearrange all our other equipment just to accomodate the Wii …


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