Monday, January 22, 2007

Robot Competition

Last semester in my intro to engineering class we had to make mindstorm lego robots to do various tasks. My group had to build a robot that was able to climb two hedgerows (between 2 and 15 cm tall) that were placed an unknown distance apart and pass the finish line. My team which included Grace, Sandeep, and Liz built the winning robot. Here is my "remixed" version of the competition. Basically I sped up the boring parts and added some sweet music (The Thieving Magpie - Clockwork Orange Soundtrack). The original video, and videos of other events, can be found here.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007


The nap is perhaps the greatest inventions/discoveries of all time. I don't know if college could exist without the nap. Working out every day really takes a toll on your ability to stay awake between 3 and 5pm. I'm not sure what I'll do when I start to have a class during that time period.

Speaking of classes, I'm currently taking Probability, Discrete Math, Software Development, Science of Information, a Physics lab, and this course called Foundations of Academic Success. It's kind of geek heavy but that's the way I like it!

The awesome story I promised will be postponed until further notice.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

My Logo

Hey check it out, a second post. Yay for me!

If you go to the main page of my website you'll see a friendly looking bunny that I am extremely proud of. It looks a little anime but that's just because I got carried away with drawing ridiculously huge eyes. It also has an extremely shinny forehead, this was to give it that Web 2.0 feel that is all the rage these days. Now on to how I created such a magnificent work of art.

For all us non-artists out there Photoshop is a little pricey. Sure we could steal a copy but we're running linux and we prefer to steal legally. That, in a nutshell, is how Gimp was created. Gimp, however, lacks the ability to create or edit SVG files and I wanted myself an SVG file so that I could make my bunny whatever size I pleased without having to worry about it looking pixelated or crappy! A little scrounging and I found these two apps.

Delineate will convert any "normal" picture into an SVG file. I just drew me a bunny on a piece of paper, took a picture of it, then ran that picture through delineate. There are also a bunch of options that I have no clue what they do. The only extra thing I did was reduce the image to 2 colors so that I would only have the outline of the rabbit and no artifacts from the piece of paper.

Inkscape was the second app I found. With it you can create, edit, and export SVG files. That's how I colorized the bunny and added the cheesy shinny effect. Hopefully one day I'll be able to use it to draw something really awesome looking... one day...

I'll try to make my next post hilariously entertaining... perhaps a story of debauchery and international espionage? Only time will tell.

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Starting Up

Hey how about a blog! Yeah yeah, blogs are pretty stupid and I really have nothing to say, especially in this post, but all good websites should have some sort of blog so that all the users of the website have a way to stalk the developers and feel like they really are a "part" of the website. isn't exactly the most exciting website right now BUT! one day it will be awesome. Right now I'm just playing with all the tools google has like...

Blogger - This is what you're reading right now... not as versatile as wordpress, fewer templates, extremely obvious when you use a stock template. On the plus side you don't have to host anything.

Apps for Your Domain - Extremely awesome. Love that you can now buy your domain through google, much better than buying straight from godaddy. Gmail is awesome by itself but it's even sweeeeter when you can brand it with your very own logo! The customized start page is lame, for some reason it looks cheap and hackish, nothing like the real google start page.

Pages - Cooool. It's very easy to quickly set up a pretty looking webpage but it would be nice if it could integrate with blogger somehow. I don't know how they would make the two work together but I just know that I want it.

Picasa Images - Haven't tried it yet, will soon upload a bunch of bunny drawings.

Code - I plan on possibly hosting some of my programming projects here and also using tools such as Web Toolkit.

Other things I will probably talk about later are Icecast, ISPConfig, Ubuntu, Asterisk, YUI, Creative Commons

Bye Bye Everyone!

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