Rik's Ramblings

Monday, October 29, 2007

Live 105 According to Pandora

I dropped half a dozen of the artists from Live 105's playlist for the week into Pandora (http://www.live105.com/pages/74883.php => http://www.pandora.com/).

Then a made a "QuickMix" with all those artists. In theory I should be making myself a potable version of "Live 105" ... right?

Sounding OK so far. My only criticism is maybe it needs a little more COW BELL.



Friday, October 26, 2007


I think WikiHow is great for suggestions about cooking spinich (where it really doesn't matter if you go wrong). But I've seen a couple of pages where the original author is refusing to accept corrections to the page (going in and reverting changes that are agreed by the consensus of readers). Be warned, WikiHow could be a bit of a WikiHown't.


Re: Anti-social networks

Thanks to the photobucket user for taking the time to put a face to my Facebook feelings: http://blog.sagar.org/blog.sagar.org/2007/10/anti-social-networks.html

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Real Engineering

Yeah! Got myself an Arduino board (http://www.arduino.cc/) from Make

Now I can do some real engineering!

Sagar Robotics here we come.

Here's my first app: it's C++ don't you know


* Blink
* The basic Arduino example. Turns on an LED on for one second,
* then off for one second, and so on... We use pin 13 because,
* depending on your Arduino board, it has either a built-in LED
* or a built-in resistor so that you need only an LED.
* http://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Blink


int ledPin = 13; // LED connected to digital pin 13

void setup() // run once, when the sketch starts
pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT); // sets the digital pin as output

void pwmed(int mark, int seconds)
int showTens = seconds *100;
int space = 0;

if (mark <= 0) { digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW); delay(10*showTens); } else if (mark < 10) { space = 10-mark;

while( showTens )
digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);
digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);

digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);


* A modified version of the basic example "blink" that
* uses PWM (pulse width modulation) to make the brightness
* of the LED change.
void loop() // run over and over again

// Ramp

// Half, Off, On!


Space divers wanted!

Space activist Rick Tumlinson's latest venture aims to blend the thrills of spaceflight with the chills of skydiving, to come up with what he sees as the ultimate extreme sport: space diving.


Sign me up!


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Blogging from the bike

Bye-bye beer gut. I'm in the gym, listening to the infected podcast's 'Blogging by the Bay' segment. Inspired me, it did, to blog. So here I am on the exercise bike, trying to loose a few pounds. And now you know.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Anti-social networks

What's so fucking social about it. Writing all over my wall, poking me and biting me. Leave me alone you bastards.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Want this one

'Clocky' Robotic Alarm clock from ThinkGeek

Monday, October 01, 2007

Oh Happy Day!

DRM-free music downloads from Amazon. Hopefully they can kick Apple's arse and soon all the good tunes will be available for us non-iPod folks.

My first purchase from Amazon’s music download store.