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YouTube Tuesday: Casey Neistat At A Crazy German Water Park

Casey Neistat, along with his son Owen, head to a German Water Park housed in a giant aircraft hangar style building.

You know what I find most fascinating about this video, you can do almost anything you want on the slides at this park. You can go down a slide with two or more people, go down with or without an inflatable, go head first or, apparently, wander in at night.

Oh, and I am fascinated by the simple slide at 1:10. Where are these basic slides at Australian water parks? We have too much emphasis on bigger and faster when sometimes you just want to go head first in the pool.

Flickr Friday: Light Painting With A Mobile Phone

Here is a light painting trial I captured by using an image on my mobile phone screen as a direct light source. I used Autodesk Sketchbook on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to create a simple image of blocks in red, green and blue. Running the Canon 1D4 on bulb with the Canon 24-70mm F2.8L lens I used an f18 aperture at 34mm focal length and this image was created with a 93 second shutter time.

The colors turned out a little odd in this one but it was a first test. There are some later images on my Flickr photostream where I used lighter shades of the colors that looks more vibrant. My intent is to add this technique into images with a subject or even add some dynamic mechanical system to create some interest and order to the picture.

Celly/Mobile Light

Whacky Wednesday: Paleta By Tomáš Moravec

YouTube Tuesday: Verruckt First Launch

The Schlitterbahn Development Group have been working on the tallest water slide in the world they call the Verruckt. The slide is being installed in the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City and was scheduled for opening on the Memorial Day weekend. It was delayed to July 10th and was a soft opening (ie. we don’t have all the bugs ironed out).

Here is the first live test…

Flickr Friday: Four Storms And A Twister

Here’s a picture from Flickr user JD Hancock that I added to my favorites a while ago. He calls is ‘Four Storms And A Twister’.

Four Storms And A Twister

YouTube Tuesday: Marble Mania

This dude built a marble machine! Is it art? Is it engineering? Is it both?

Playing Catch-up: YouTube And Flickr

Apparently I had no posts this week…fail! Here’s a double or nothing special. Something from YouTube and something from Flickr.

First a little test video using a HobbyKing ‘Wing Camera’ that I will be using to do some race cam type videos for Living Room Raceway.

And from my Flickr Photostream some of my light painting as I promised a while ago. More light painting to come with as I make some light painting tools.

In The Zone

What’s Going On – 3rd Edition

Well, I have managed to schedule a few posts as you may have seen. I have also updated my ‘About’ page per the Problogger Community challenge from last week, or perhaps it was the week before. I probably should post that to the Problogger Forums since it was part of a challenge.

Over on Loaded Trolley we’ve done a few posts in the last few weeks. In wandering around the Docklands and Ringwood Costco Warehouses there have been a number of what I call a ‘.97 Special‘ which has generate some posts. I also use that to drive a little bit of traffic to Loaded Trolley via OzBargain. There has been one troll on OzBargain that seems to be upset with me doing this but he is just a prolific poster who seems to have nothing better to do than post a comment on almost every deal.

I still have a mountain of data analysis to do for Loaded Trolley. We spent 12 weeks gathering comparative prices from Costco, Coles and Woolworths so it is time to slice that data up and get some results.

LivingRoomRaceway.com is still in its infancy but traffic is inching up each week especially with more posts. I am about to start on making some terrain for the modular micro RC track so there will be a lot of content soon. There is also one more flat track video to come to show the modularity of the system, I just need to shoot it!

It’s going to be a bit of a hectic couple of weeks for my family with a major sporting event looming. Once that is done some it will be time for more projects. I keep promising to myself I will get onto some light painting but so far no dice. And in the true Corey fashion I have five great new projects ideas and only one brain and body, or perhaps two, to consider working on them. I will add them to the list. Anyone want an idea to run with and develop? I have a bunch I cannot get to.

Oh, and in the midst of all this I am trying to watch all of the Detroit Red Wings playoffs games. It was a 5AM start this morning for game 2 only to see them lose 4-1 to Boston. I was so hopeful of two wins on the road after the first game with a 1-0 win over the Bruins. Well it’s 1 game a piece and they are are heading to Detroit and are still in it. Go Wings.

 

YouTube Tuesday – My Useless Machine

Here is a video of my ‘Useless Machine’ that I made last year. I threw together after a friend showed me another video of a useless machine.

It is based on these instructions, but I went with the simple version that did not use a 555 timer. I have used an RC servo that was hacked for continuous rotation, an ON-ON DPDT switch and a micro switch. The case is made up of a couple of small ABS jiffy boxes from the electronics store and I cut the upper one in half (poorly) to make the lids. I am only using 2 AA batteries to drive it. Total cost was under AU$20 for the purchased parts (servo, boxes, and switches) and the rest of the stuff required was scavenged from around the house/hobby box.

Oh, and Dremels are rad.

What’s Going On – 2nd Edition

Once again I have neglected my personal blog lately. I really have no excuse since I have a post calendar and easy content embeds in WordPress that should make writing quick posts and managing a blog quite simple. I will try harder and I have already started scheduling a few posts for later this week. Let’s see how long that lasts.

Over on Loaded Trolley we have been under the pump gathering data for a 12 week price survey. That has really slowed down generating content but we are somewhat back onboard to get some more posts up over there. Loaded Trolley is the project with the most traffic I have at the moment and I like the challenge it presents but it can be draining sometimes.

Rightly or wrongly I have started another blog called LivingRoomRaceway.com. It all started when I had this idea in my head about building a modular race track for my Losi Micro Desert Truck and other ‘micro’ scale RC cars. I toyed with putting the build on this blog but I really felt it needed its own platform. I only envisage it being a project that runs 6 to 9 months for the bulk of the work with occasional updates after that but I will see where it takes me.

And finally the last time a wrote a ‘What’s Going On’ post I mentioned doing some light painting. I did do a little and that is a topic for another post but I have bigger plans going forward for that…yes, another project to neglect in the fullness of time. I have finally gotten my camera back from being checked and serviced so I hope to get into that more light painting now daylight savings is over.

And now for my new oath. I do solemnly swear I will not neglect any of my projects I am working on. My health on the other hand could go either way, but if I can continue to ride to work twice a week and play inline hockey twice a week it might be in with a chance.