Youtube projects: Turn a toy gun into a cool Movie Prop Gun

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I had watched a video by David Knop on youtube about painting a water gun and making it look more like a movie prop. Here is his video:

 

So i took his idea and applied it to my little Nerf N-Strike Blaster Pistol. Hung the parts from some wire on the ceiling of my garage. Took some old cans of paint in the garage (flat black, silver, and brown) and an old rag and started painting:

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Now to try this on my nerf rifle!

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Xbox One

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My xbox showed up around lunch time Friday. Of course my internet was out from a storm the night before so all I could do was set it up at my desk and wait…….

Eventually got the day one 500 meg patch installed. Took a lot longer than it should have on my internet. Was the same for my friend a couple hours away. Imagine the servers were getting hammered. My xbox worked fine, no issues like others have reported, but I was a little scared when I opened it and noticed the lack of packaging. Amazon did not use any padding at all on 4 sides of the box and as you can see the 2 sides they did use it on were almost completely deflated. But as I said, it works great.

I will have more info/videos up soon, but for now here is some open box pics and a quick clip from BF4 that the system automatically recorded for me. I took it into upload studio, added an effect, uploaded to my skydrive and manually took it to youtube. In the future you will beable to go straight to youtube from your box.

**Just a little fyi about the videos you see online including this one. Streaming videos do not and cannot do the new systems justice. If you don’t have a new system or have not seen one in person, you do not know what they look like. 60 fps is insane. I have compared twitch streams and youtube and they are nothing like the real thing.

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XBMC Internet Video Streaming – Raspberry PI

I am always amazed at the quality of video that comes out of the PI. Up to now i have just been doing local lan and usb video streaming. I decided to check out how it does with internet video. For those that do not know, their is not a “youtube” app for the PI. So, other than starting up a web browser, this is pretty much the way to go.

Here is a real time video of me installing IGN.com streaming and going through a couple videos. 1080p:

Noob 1.3 Lite multiboot image

Downloaded the Lite version of the new Noob 1.3 raspberry pi image.

Things i like:  Super fast download and super fast copy to SD card. Basically your just getting the NOOB software and NO images. So if you didn’t want to use the raw image or you like the NOOB bootup options but you only want ONE iso type, this is a nice way to go and is probably faster than the full NOOB download.  The multiboot options is super nice too. I haven’t checked to see how much space it gives each os, but as the video below shows it JUST WORKS. So instead of swapping out a bunch of SD cards to try different setups you can have one big card and just choose what you want. Really great. Also, you will obviously always have the most up to date ISO.

What i didnt like: Really really long time to download and install. No way to choose from where you are getting images when you download. I think if speed in setting up is important to you, using lite is NOT the way to go. Your basically trading time for convenience.

Overall i like the new setup and will probably use it from now on mainly as I will no longer have to keep track of and download the most recent images.

Raspberry pi camera module – time lapse

Did a time lapse test today with the raspberry pi camera module.
2,300 pictures taken 1 second apart. About an hour down to 3 minutes.

I added the following line to /etc/rc.local

raspistill -w 1920 -h 1080 -q 100 -o myimage_%d.jpg -tl 1000 -t 3600000

This takes a 1920×1080, quality 100 jpg, every 1 second for 60 minutes.

I wanted to limit the amount of space used by the pictures as i am only using a 16g sd card. 1080 size comes out around 1meg a jpeg

When i started it back up at my desk i did a “killall -v raspistill” to stop the camera and used winscp to copy them to my windows computer.

Took the photos into Lightroom to clean up and then into after effects.

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Song: Primavera by BrunoXe @ http://www.brunoxe.com/

i really need one of these camera mounts now.

Back to the Future Cuusoo Lego Set

Picked up the new Cuusoo Lego set when it was only $35 on amazon. Really great set. Took me about an hour to build it. It also comes with a really nice booklet on the history of the car and movie along with a ton of step by step pictures. I don’t think i have purchased legos since i was in grade school. With my allowance. Crap, now i may have to go get some more…

Amazon store link

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http://lego.cuusoo.com/

Installing free Pi version of Minecraft on Raspberry PI

#Login to the raspberry from the console. (Ok i guess you could do all the installing from ssh, but you will want to be at the console for the final command)

#Start up the gui session

  • startx

#Open a web browser to http://pi.minecraft.net and copy the link to the download file.
#Open terminal window

  • sudo wget <paste>

#unzip that thing

  • sudo tar -zxvf mine<tab will auto-fill the file name you downloaded>

#Look for the new folder name

  • ls -l

#Go into the new folder

  • cd mcpi

#Start the game

  •  ./minecraft-pi

Go play some free minecraft!