Elementary

Posted Jun 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I made another app for Android. It’s called Elementary and it’s a periodic table viewer and element reference application. You can zoom and pan the periodic table, and you can see more details about an element by tapping on its block. The details page also has a link to Wikipedia and a video from Periodic Table of Videos.

I decided to make this app free and open source under the MIT License with source available at GitHub. Here is a screenshot:

App Screenshot

Preview of the Periodic Table view

I hope it is found useful by someone. I made this because I am interested in chemistry and I thought it would be a fun challenge to render the periodic table, and it was. I also thought it would be handy to have easy access to Periodic Videos, so you can show people why chemistry is awesome.

Good Deals on Custom Naval Vessels!

Posted Jan 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

I got this spam email today and I just had to share…

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Minecraft: Blimp Hangar

Posted Dec 8, 2011 at 9:25 pm

This is a half-scale model I’ve built in Minecraft of a blimp hangar located at Marine Corps Air Station Tustin.

Exterior Front

Exterior Front

Exterior Side

Exterior Side

Interior

Interior

Here is the original for comparison:

Tustin Blimp Hangar No. 2

Tustin Blimp Hangar No. 2

Minecraft – TNT Explosion

Posted Oct 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Minecraft – The U.S. Capitol Building by Alizée Fan

Posted Sep 17, 2011 at 11:55 am

This is a 1:1 scale model of the United States Capitol building built by hand on my Survival MP server by Alizée Fan.

Destruction Day 2.0

Posted Sep 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Once again it’s time to go our separate ways and generate new land a world apart…

Allowing Blind People to Drive Cars

Posted Aug 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I was thinking about how it was unfair that blind people aren’t allowed to drive cars just because they can’t see anything. I guess it is important to be able to see where you are going and where things are on the road. Not driving is one solution, but I have scienced together a better solution.

Lots of modern cars come equipped with all kinds of sensors to help bad drivers not crash all the time. One of these devices is the parking sensor, as seen below.

Look out!

So they have already adapted sonar to be used in cars, so all we need to do is put a bunch of more powerful sensors all over the car to generate a map of the environment. Here’s a technical diagram I made in Paint:

Scientific diagram

From the data generated by the sensors, we can create a 3d soundscape with objects represented by different tones. All we need now is a good set of 7.1 headphones to send the generated soundscape through.

When this system is implemented, we can stop discriminated against blind people or people who just want to read a good book on the road. Bats, dolphins, and submarines can see with sound and now you can, too!

Minecraft Races

Posted Jun 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Here is a super scientific comparison of the land speed of various Minecraft wildlife:

Also, here is a giant hole:

Noty

Posted May 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I’ve been inundated with requests to explain what “Noty” means. Well, I have finally been authorized to release the following information, which will hopefully satisfy the public by explaining who or what is Noty.

Noty is the culmination of decades of scientific research and billions of dollars in funding. The greatest minds in the world have been working in secret since 1973 to come up with the breakthrough technologies behind the Noty device.

Noty stands for Notation Orifice Transitional Yacht. However, despite common misconception, Noty is not actually a boat. While it is incapable if floatation on water, it does have the ability to store information much like a sheet of paper which can be placed on a boat, hence the “yacht” in the name.

Noty takes advantage of the patented process of “making notes.” Many of the details of this process are highly classified, but the process involves quoting parts of text and/or supplementing text with original commentary relating to said text. The Noty device can facilitate this and more.

You can get your own piece of this space-age technology or see a live demo of it in action. That site says it costs $6 or something like that, but I have lots of functional prototypes I’ll give away. Just ask…

Disclaimer: The above statements are not guaranteed to be factual in nature.

TF2 Replays

Posted May 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

The latest update to Team Fortress 2 added Replays. This allows you to save a recording, much like a SourceTV demo, of your current life on servers that have the feature enabled. What separates this from SourceTV demos, however, is that replays are automatically delivered to the client over HTTP.

Once you save a replay, you can view and edit scenes using the built-in editor. The editor is very simple and easy to use, and allows you to capture the action from any angle and save different takes of the same replay. Once you have a take, you can save it as a video or image sequence with several options for quality. This really simplifies the process for making simple TF2 videos without external programs.

The server-side implementation of replays is very unstable currently, with blocking and crashes, but hopefully that gets fixed soon. Setup requires a web server, which can be local or accessible via FTP, and there are example configs provided that make setup very easy.

Below is my incredible entry to the Saxxy Awards. Obviously there is not a chance this will not win…