Painting with Light 1.0: Getting Started

Long exposure photography has always interested me, as have stepper motors and their various uses though I know nothing about either of them. I came up this project to try and bring the two interests together. When finished I’m hoping to have something akin to projects like this, this and this that can draw recognisable […]

Travel: New Zealand – Central North Island

I’ve returned from a 10 day round trip of New Zealand’s central North Island. This was totally an awesome trip and I strongly recommend trying it! You don’t need much time and will get to see a lot of what the area has to offer Pretty pictures after the break…

Graphing the Collatz Conjecture

The Collatz Conjecture (also known as hailstone sequences or the 3x+1 problem) is a problem in Mathematics first proposed some 60 years ago. It goes like this: Pick any positive integer. If the number is positive, we halve it. If it is odd we multiply it by 3 and add 1. Keep applying this rule […]

Understanding the Enigma

In World War II the German Military used a rotor cipher machine commonly known as “Enigma” to communicate in secret. Because of the seemingly random way it encrypted messages it was an extremely effective piece of equipment during its heyday. Enigma went through many iterations each of which drove interesting developments in mathematics and computer […]

12 Months of Movies – 2013

For the last year I’ve been recording details about every movie I’ve watched. This only includes movies I haven’t seen before, or haven’t seen for at least 3-4 years (such that it’s kind of like watching it for the first time anyway). In addition to when I watched it, I’ve also recorded details such as […]

A Month on the Styx: October 2013

What I’ve been playing GTA V: Finished story mode after about 45 hours play time. The campaign is an epic feat of storytelling. I was fairly skeptical going in, but Rockstar nailed it. Some aspects of the game I thought could be improved but overall it’s an amazing game. 9/10. Dishonored: Only 5 or so […]

How To: Using Relays and an Arduino to Control the Lights

For my plant growth project I want to control a fluorescent bulb (among other things) with an Arduino. Fluorescents can’t exactly be powered by the measly 5V available on an Arduino so instead we’ll be using a relay to control mains power. I’ve structured this post as a tutorial so that hopefully it might help […]

Gaming PC Build

My old gaming PC died recently at the hands of an Intel SSD firmware bug. My old PC was 2-3 years old (depending on component) and wasn’t exactly top tier when I bought it. I’ve been wanting to upgrade for a while and having to start a new installation of Windows from scratch finally tipped […]

Nicolas Cage Research Part 4 – Wrapping Up

This is the final post rounding out the series of posts analysing and speculating over his career. So far we’ve had a retrospective look at his career, tried to work out if he is a good actor and also looked into whether his movies are getting worse. To say Nicolas Cage has had an exceptional […]

Nicolas Cage Research Part 3 – Are Nicolas Cage movies getting worse?

In order to determine if films with Cage are getting worse, comparisons of his movies over time will be necessary. A lot of this has already been touched on in previous sections, but it will be done with a bit more rigour here. There are several ways of judging a movie, and using only one […]