Monday, 31 October 2016

Geodesic sphere puzzle (truncated icosahedron)


If you want to build this: I cut two chunks of 2x4 that were each 20" long. These were then ripped into 14 strips, which were eventually cut in half. Of these 28 total pieces, 18 were used for hexagonal and 10 were used for pentagonal tubes. This provided me with enough of the 1/2" thick parts to make two complete puzzles.

I usually call the trick featured in this video "the bucket trick." It will work to find the miter angle for any non-tapered bucket- it tells you what to set your saw at. This trick will work no matter how many sides the bucket has. It is especially useful for multi-sided trim-work, and to avoid making costly mistakes. If you don't remember what to set your saw at when finishing an octagonal window frame, just divide the whole way around (360) by the number of sides (8 in this case), and then split that into two... and the miter cut is 22.5°.
Think about it in the case of a picture frame: 360/4= 90; 90/2= 45.

It is important to keep in mind that this is just a trick, because a saw that is set to 0° is actually cutting at 90°, so what a table-saw claims is a 30° cut is actually creating a 60° angle on the board. A saw cuts the angle that it claims away from 90°. So a 30° cut is really 30° away from 90°, which is 60°.

The formula at the end may be further simplified to 180/n (when n=number of sides), but I have decided instead to present it the less reduced way as means of a mnemonic device. It is simple to remember that a bucket is a circle, and a regular convex polygon also closes around itself in much the same manner, so both are in a state of 360° completion to their continuous circuit. Further, it is not difficult to remember to cut the result in half, as a means of mental distribution over both pieces of the miter. This entire metaphor is flawed, and it is only a conceptual interpretation that works pragmatically; it is by no means representative of any sort of mathematical truth or revelation- in fact, quite the opposite. I just try to find ways to remember things, and I hope that this can help you as well.

As for the geodesic dome construction toy, I think I will let you interpret that for yourselves. It was a pleasure to build, and it is quite satisfying to assemble. To the puzzle purists: Please don't scream "this isn't a true puzzle!" until you have actually assembled it before. Besides, the term "puzzle" has a wide range of application if you think about it enough. All of life is a puzzle; we are immersed in an endless series of events, each of which require constant decision making on our part. Such a condition is the quintessential enigma- a continuous puzzle. Processing done... bye!

Competition: Win Planet Earth II Official Soundtrack

Planet Earth II Official Soundtrack is released on Audio CD and Digital Download November 11th. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on Audio CD to give away.

Synopsis:
The album features the show’s main theme composed by Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lion King, Inception, Interstellar), as well as the series’ original music written by Jacob Shea (Through the Wormhole, Sparks) and Jasha Klebe (Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom) for Bleeding Fingers Music.

Planet Earth II is narrated by David Attenborough, executive produced by Michael Gunton (Hidden Kingdoms, Life), produced by Tom Hugh-Jones (Planet Life) and explores the unique characteristics of Earth’s most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them. The 6-part series will premiere next month in the UK on BBC and in the U.S. in early 2017 on BBC America.


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Planet Earth II

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Track Listings

CD 1:

1. Planet Earth II Suite

Islands
2. The Sloth
3. Home To Dragons
4. Albatross Dance
5. Razor Snakes Vs Iguanas
6. Chinstrap Penguins

Jungles
7. Singing Indri
8. Competing Hummingbirds
9. Life In The Canopy
10. Jungle Weather
11. Night Crawlers
12. World Of Bioluminescence
13. Wilson’s Bird-Of-Paradise
14. Something Worth Protecting

Deserts
15. Life Without Water
16. Monsoon Deserts – Canyonlands
17. Lions Vs Giraffe
18. The Butcher Bird
19. Wild Horses
20. Desert Nightlife – Golden Mole
21. Long-Eared Bat Vs Scorpion
22. Early Morning Fog

CD 2:

Mountains
1. Roof Of The World
2. Peaks of North America
3. The Ibex
4. The Himalayas
5. Flight Over Alps
6. Ice Skating Flamingos
7. Dancing Bears
8. Tenacious Bobcat
9. Garden Of Ice
10. Snow Leopards
11. Savage Beauty

Grasslands
12. Nomadic Life
13. Hunting Buffalo Herds
14. The Okavango
15. Carmine Bee Eaters
16. Industrious Insects
17. The Great Migration

Cities
18. The Unnatural Habitat
19. Langurs Of Jodhpur
20. Temple Gardens
21. Market Thieves
22. Illuminated
23. City Skylines
24. Starlings
25. Toronto Raccoons
26. We Are The Designers
27. Epilogue

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Talented pianist plays public piano


PiratesOfTheCaribbean / GameOfThrones Piano Version King's Cross St.Pancras Station LDN

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Tesla Model X doors crushing things


Morgan, Jørgen and I test when various foods gets crushed in the Tesla Model X doors. Suitable food for the test are sausage, banana, carrot and cucumber. This video is safe(ish) for children to watch.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Singing man, aquaplanes and flips car (caught on inside camera)


I was traveling from Indianapolis to Whitewater, WI for a practice weekend with Machine Ultimate. I was going 70mph (speed limit) on I65 north. I travel the 3-4 hours by myself every time and use singing as a way to pass time, and critique it later. At this point I was practicing a nasal type voice on a Casting Crowns song when the crash happened. I was watching the road and saw nothing that caused me to worry. Simply hydroplaned in a heavy rain. My car slid sideways, and then was completely backwards by the time I slid off the road and went down a small hill. I hit a mile marker sign (230) on my way off the road. Here are two of the most amazing parts: I sustained NO injuries. Not even a scratch. And my car took NO mechanical damage and is completely driveable. Only body damage.


Sunday, 23 October 2016

Making Basswood Pliers with David Warther


David Warther, son of the world's renown master carver Ernest "Mooney" Warther, shows us how to carve (in 10 cuts!) the infamous pliers they give away to all the visiting children to the Warther Museum.


Saturday, 22 October 2016

Playing vinyl albums with an Aussie dollar note!


We heard that the new pound note can do this trick... well, the Aussie dollar has been the vinyl-playing currency of choice since 1988!

The new $5 note brings up the sweet sounds of BRIT'S BLUES (1958) by Red Norvo and his orchestra (composed by Elmer Bernstein) beautifully, as demonstrated by NFSA Education Manager Cris Kennedy

Friday, 21 October 2016

Korean chemical plant explosion


Korean chemical plant explosion


First Look at Nintendo Switch


Introducing Nintendo Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.

Son confronts Zenith Staybrite Ltd salesman who charged his dementia-suffering mum £6,000 for doors ‘she didn’t need’


A son has accused a double-glazing company of 'preying on the elderly' after he discovered his vulnerable mum had been sold two doors for nearly £6,000 when all she needed was a £50 handle.

Dominic MacMahon claimed double-glazing company Zenith Staybrite Ltd had taken advantage of his 81-year-old mother Dr Heather Collins.

Dr Collins was cold-called by the the company on Monday evening and told the rep the handle on her front door was loose and needed fixing.

The following day a salesman arrived and spent about two-and-a-half hours with the widow, who gets confused about what day of the week it is and needs the support of three part time carers so she can live independently.

WIN LEGO SCOOBY-DOO!: HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD ON DVD - OUT ON DVD, BLU-RAYtm AND DIGITAL HD 24th OCTOBER

Oooh Hollywood! The glitz, the glam…the Headless Horseman?! Join Scoobs, Shaggy and the Mystery Inc. gang as they find themselves in a tinsel-town twist! Scooby and the gang are back – this time in LEGO® Scooby-Doo! : Haunted Hollywood released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on October 24th and we’re giving you the chance to win your very own copy.

On a VIP tour of the legendary ‘Brickton Studios’ in Hollywood, Scooby and friends find themselves starring in their very own thriller when some old movie monsters drop in for a creepy casting call. The ghostly goings on have already frightened away the cast and crew of Brickton’s latest film production and now the studio faces closure. Can Scooby and the gang solve the mystery of the spooky studio and save it from closing down? Grab your Scooby Snacks and settle in for a Scooby ‘bricktacular’ adventure in LEGO® Scooby Doo!: Haunted Hollywood. Available to pre-order now at Amazon.co.uk

To be in with a chance of winning this brilliant prize, simply watch the trailer and answer the question below.


1) The lighthouse Scooby and Shaggy escape from is painted in which two colours?

A. Yellow and Blue
B. Red and White
C. Green and White


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Own LEGO SCOOBY DOO: HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD on DVD, BLU-RAY and DIGITAL HD October 24th!

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2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.

4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.


WIN IZOMBIE ON DVD - OUT ON DVD OCTOBER 24


Brain appétit! Tuck into iZOMBIE: The Complete First Season when it arrives on DVD October 24. The new hit series stars Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time, Masters of Sex), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Rahul Kohli (Eastenders), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill) and David Anders (Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries). To celebrate the DVD release of iZombie we’re giving you the chance to win a copy!

Olivia 'Liv' Moore, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life, until she's turned into a zombie. Now stuck between half-alive and undead, Liv transfers to the city morgue to reluctantly access the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity, human brains. But there are side effects to Liv's new diet. With each brain she consumes, she experiences flashes of the corpse's memories including, at times, clues as to how they were killed. Her boss, a brilliant but eccentric conspiracy theorist, encourages her to embrace this gift and to work with an eager, unproven homicide detective to help solve these murders and quiet the voices in her head.

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To be in with a chance of winning this brilliant prize, simply answer the question below.

1) What does Liv eat as a Zombie?

A) Human ears
B) Human eyes
C) Humans brains

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Own IZOMBIE on DVD OCTOBER 24
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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Planet Earth II: Official Extended Trailer - BBC Earth


10 years ago Planet Earth changed our view of the world. Now we take you closer than ever before. This is life in all its wonder. This is Planet Earth II.

A decade ago, the landmark television series Planet Earth redefined natural history filmmaking, giving us the ultimate portrait of life on Earth. Planet Earth II, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, will reveal our planet from a completely new perspective, using significant advances in both filming technology and our understanding of the natural world.

And if you are not excited enough already it features an original score by legendary composer Hans Zimmer.

Coming soon!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Throwing stones in a abandoned oil shaft


Founded an abandoned and open oil shaft from old oil rig. We threw a few stones in it and the result is what you can hear and see.

The video couldn't really record how strong and deep the sound was when it got out from the shaft.

The sound waves where extremely loud especially at the end of each video - when a big and loud boom came out (like big gun firing).

After the boom, the rock seemed to have gone even deeper as high pitch noise was still coming out from the tube (like the rock was still hitting metal walls).

What was that big boom at the end of each recording??


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

PIXAR animators - "Borrowed Time"


A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.

"Borrowed Time" is an animated short film, directed by Andrew Coats & Lou Hamou-Lhadj, and produced by Amanda Deering Jones. Music by Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla.

Borrowed Time from Borrowed Time on Vimeo.

Competition: Win The UK Gold [DVD]

The UK Gold is released on DVD October 24th. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Synopsis:
Featuring a brand new soundtrack from Radioheads Thom Yorke, Massive Attack and Elbow and narrated by Dominic West (The Wire), journalist Mark Donne has put together a fascinating documentary exposing the tax avoidance industry operated by the highly secretive, centuries old institution, The City of London.

The UK Gold takes a powerful swipe against the British Empire behind the white gloves, and tells the story of a contemporary crisis and an ancient practice, which shows how deep deception is ingrained in our proudest institutions and traditions.

Nominated for a F:ACT Award at the CPH:DOX 2013.

Win This:
The UK Gold [DVD]

To enter all you have to do is answer this easy question...


Competition Closed


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1. Closing date 31-10-16
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Chris Pratt Accidentally Gives Away Travel Trivia Prize


After guest co-host Chris Pratt accidentally gives away a vacation to the Travel Trivia caller, Chris, Kelly, and Denzel Washington chip in to pay for her vacation.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Adorable Googly-Eyed Sea Creature Puzzles Scientists


Scientists aboard the Nautilus vessel recently spotted this cuddly creature 2,950 feet (900 meters) below the surface of the water off the coast of California. But is it a cuttlefish? Or an octopus? Or something else? Stare into these googly eyes as you watch this video to find out the answer!

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Justin Johnson on the 3-string shovel guitar


Justin Johnson on the 3-string shovel guitar

Primitive Technology: Spear Thrower


A spear thrower is a simple tool that allows the user to throw a spear further than by hand alone. It is a small length of wood with a hook in the end that fits into a notch in the back of the spear. The extra power and distance gained by the thrower is due to the extra leverage it gives.

I cut a small branch with a minor branch coming off the side. I shaped the minor branch into a spur to fit into the end of the spear. The thrower was about 65 cm long.

For the spear, I cut a thin sapling approximately 2 m long and about 1.5 cm thick. I carved a cup in the end of the spear for the spur to fit into. Then I bound the back of the spear with bark fiber to prevent the wood from splitting. The head of the spear was simply charred in the fire and scrapped against a rock to sharpen it (during practice the head regularly breaks so only a sharpened tip is used to save work).

To use the spear thrower, the spur of the thrower is inserted into the cup of the spear. The spear and thrower are held at about shoulder height. The thrower is quickly flicked forward and the spear propelled towards the target. As the spear leaves the thrower it bends slightly storing energy until it jumps of the spur. During flight, the flexible spear wobbles and oscillates paradoxically giving the spear some stability in flight.

The throws in the video show what can be done in one afternoon of practice (my arm got sore and I wanted to start on other projects). I hit the target a few times at a distance 15 m. It is more powerful than a spear thrown by hand alone but is difficult to learn. The spear I made could have been a fraction lighter and so would have greater speed. Another improvement would be to add flights to the spear so it would be more accurate and fly straighter (like an atlatl).

The extra energy gained from a Woomera's (Australian spear thrower) use has been calculated as 4 times that of compound bow (Wikipedia). It's easy to make (this took less than a day) but requires lots of training to become accurate.


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Jack Nicklaus - Unbelievable 102 Foot Putt


During a golf exhibition Johnny Miller claimed it was not possible to make a 102 ft. uphill putt. Jack Nicklaus thought otherwise.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

How to kill an octopus kiwi style


How to kill an octopus New Zealand style with Josh James from Discovery Channels 'Dual Survival' and 'Kings Of The Wild'

Saturday, 1 October 2016