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Saturday, November 27, 2010

How To Make A Kinematic Mount

I made a video explaining how I built a Kinematic Mount for a parabolic mirror that I use for doing Schlieren Photography. The original post where I described how to make this is HERE but the video explains it a lot better!!

If you want to know more or have any question please leave a comment or send me an email and I'll be happy to help. Enjoy!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Swimming With Bowlegged Women

Why? For no reason other than I felt like it...
I wrote the music and 'performed' it with a Roland Sound Canvas.

I like to go swimming with bowlegged women
'cause their so much fun in the pool
they make me feel giddy
they make me feel silly
they make me just act like a fool
My pulse starts to quicken when them legs get a kicking
as they go splashing by me
so if your legs are not straight
you got the perfect trait
to fill my heart up with glee
Now some like the back stroke but the best stroke it the breast stroke
if stroking is the thing for you
but I'm just a hoping with your legs open
that we'll find a way to stay cool
Now I aint even trying cause theres no denying
that bent legs are the thing for me
and I like to go swimming with bowlegged women
cause they fill my heart up with glee

Arduino Controlled Biped Robot

This week I have spent some time in the garage and a lot more time on the computer. The garage time has been spent rebuilding a biped robot built by Auzieman. He has a great site that is devoted to homemade robotics and everything related to building and programming them. This particular robot is a biped that uses six Futaba S3003 servos controlled by an Arduino board. The power supply is connected via an umbilical to save weight. The task that I have  undertaken is refining the mechanics and making everything a little less loose! Think of it as a robotic 'shave and haircut'.
Arduino Controlled Biped Robot
The concept here is to build a robot that uses mostly similar or exactly the same brackets and servos to save cost. Developing a universal bracket that mounts Radio Controlled style servos is a difficult task due to the shape and size of RC servos. These types of servos are meant to be used in model cars and boats and not specifically as structural elements so they have very limited mounting points on one side only. A universal bracket then has to 'wrap around' the servo and provide holes/surfaces to mount whatever you dream up.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

How To Make: Grilled Shrimp Paste on Sugar Cane

What more cooking related posts?!? As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago I don't know how to cook and I also am also not a composer of music but that isn't going to stop me from doing both! Here is another short video that I made with music that I wrote explaining how to make Grilled Shrimp on Sugar Cane. These are yummy treats that have a nice sweet sugar cane in the center surrounded by shrimp. Kinda like "Pigs In A Blanket" but more like cane in an overcoat.

I hope that you enjoy the food more than the video but try both and let me know which one is better! Below are the ingredients, a video and the cooking instructions!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

How to make a LED (Christmas?) Light Tree

I guess this isn't necessarily a Christmas Light Tree, it could be just another cool lamp for my house like THIS ONE I made awhile ago. Regardless of it's holiday appropriateness it's a fun project that uses Christmas LED light strings and some stuff you can buy at the craft store. I decided to make this after seeing some of these in a shop at Cannery Row in Monterrey and I liked how they looked, and didn't like how much they cost!
Homemade LED Light Tree
The one that I made is about 24" tall and sits in a 5" diameter vase. It was made using 3 strings of Phillips Battery Powered Micro LED Light strings  (2 white and 1 blue) that you can get at almost any store these days that stocks Christmas and Holiday lights (it is that season after all!). The vase is metal with a glass insert and has cool a looking design cut in it that the light shines through. Below is a picture of some of the parts that I used.

Monday, November 1, 2010

How To Make Thai Chicken and Fried Rice (the easy way!!)

What is a cooking recipe and instructions doing on Otto's blog you ask?? If you know me you know that I don't know how to cook so this must be a shock! The reason that I have added this here is to dispel any concerns about my nutrition and also because I not only shot the video you are about to see (if you choose) but also I wrote all the music! Food for the body and the mind!!
Easy Thai Chicken and Fried Rice
So in those respects this is appropriate for a blog about what I am doing! (makes sense to me) The picture above shows what this yummy dish looks like right before you stuff it all in your mouth and let out a happy and satisfying shout of delicious joy! YUM!
Click below to watch the video and see the recipe!