control box

brain box

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I’m putting the control circuitry for the moving mirrors into an aluminium box, to be mounted next to the moving head mechanism.   It’s a tight fit but I am…

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gobos

going pro

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If I’m going to mount moving mirrors on the outside of ACCA then my dinky ply construction (from a previous post) just ain’t going to cut it. I need some…

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sun in ACCA

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While ACCA gives a good impression of being completely windowless there are a few places where light enters the building. I set up cameras and took some time-lapse video.  …

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my sun machine

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While the thought of power tools screaming full-tilt across the ACCA forecourt is compelling, the challenge of bringing light into the gallery has begun to capture my imagination. There is…

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Butter Ball

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I was in Istanbul recently, which was great; the Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern, the Spice Bazaar, wonderful friends, and this incredible butter ball. thanks to Glenn for the photo.

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Plan B

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My plan to turn the Brunswick Secondary College maintenance shed into a GIANT smoke ring generator has failed – not the slightest hint of a smoke ring formed at the…

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Smoke Rings

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I’ve been making smoke ring generators with students from Brunswick Secondary College. They are based on the one below. I was talking with the kids today about making a huge smoke…

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Steve for CTO?

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There is an absurd rumour floating around that Steve Jobs is going to be offered the soon-to-be-created position of Chief Technology Officer in Obama’s cabinet. As Dr. Macenstein points out, there are about 600,000…

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Van de Graaff

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More High-Voltage science action. These Van de Graaff Generators were built by Robert J. Van de Graaff himself for MIT in the early 1930’s. Unlike the Tesla Coil, the Van de Graaff generator is an electrostatic…

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Counterweight

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I just watched a very interesting architecture documentary (Great Expectations, SBS). Among the diverse array of incredible buildings was this beautifully simple counterweight by architect Antti Lovag.

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Death Ray

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I just fell down the rabbit hole that is Nikola Tesla; inventor of radio, AC current distribution, remote controlled vehicles, and the DEATH RAY (actually Tesla called it the “Peace Ray” but…

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NARCOA

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         Sometimes using the internet feels a bit like that movie cliché where a black van pulls up and a character gets dumped out onto the pavement. Your dazed, you have no…

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the box of joy

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Esther (from VCA) has, with typical boundless energy, entered the blogosphere. The box of joy, a “helmet of leisure and learning”, now has a dedicated blog. Esther has prepared a broad, slightly eclectic,…

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