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Back unto the Breach.

September 28th, 2016 by Ipso

Social Media really took off eh? yea, i got really caught up in it for a while. But its too bite sized, and i was finding my ideas and thoughts were a bit too big for 140 characters, not interesting to any of my friends on Facebook, or something i wanted to expose myself to the SJW hordes on Tumblr.

if only i had a place to post articles, no matter how long (or short), or what the content is – no ones gonna report me (this is hosted off of my server after all).

so, i’m coming back to blogging, a lots happened since my last posts. I’m way into RC now. From airplanes, helicopters and most importantly, multirotors. I still read, and watch tons of movies – no TV, sorry duders. Some video games every now and then, but when you fly FPV, video games seem a lil boring.

Adventures in RC – My first plane

November 14th, 2013 by Ipso

You gotta start somewhere right?

I decided that when I started getting into RC that it will probably be a good idea to go the cheap route in case it wasn’t for me. Instead of getting a plane first I picked a simulator where I can get the fundamentals with out all the crashed plane hassle.

I spent hours in Real Flight 6.5. Totaling in thousands of dollars of destroyed virtual planes. Trainers? Crashed em. 3D? Crashed em. Helicopters? Woo boy did I crash the shit out of those, and don’t even get me started in quadrotors.

After I had the basics down, and did some research, I picked up my first plane, a GWS Slow Stick. Why that one? First, its a three channel that you can convert to 4 later if you wanted. Second, the construction of it was so simple – a stick for a fuselage and the wings/control surfaces were foam with some plastic bits holding it all together. When I inevitably crash it and bust up the wing its a simple fix, as opposed to having to rebuild the structure and recover it with film.

Another big plus was its slow flight and light weight meant I can fly it at local parks/empty sports fields. Since I live in the LA area open space is a premium. There’s a couple RC flight fields near me, but require an expensive AMA membership on top of dues for the organization maintaining the field. I’m going to wait until I have larger/faster planes to sign up for membership.

Adventures in RC

November 14th, 2013 by Ipso

I recently started to get into RC. I had started to mess with Legos, mostly Technics – the Lego’s that don’t quite look like Lego’s – gears, axels, beams and what not.

But pretty quickly I realized the limitations of Lego. Not in that you can’t build anything with them, but its really difficult to build something precise and accurate. One of my first devices was a rotating camera mount for time lapse. Turns out there’s quite a bit of play between the teeth of gears which meant the camera only rotated every 3rd try.

Then I tried making an rc car with legos, and the other hurdle reared its head: you never have enough of or the right Lego pieces. I had spent quite a bit picking up certain sets just to get the parts i needed, but when putting together whatever I was making I was always a couple pieces short of being able to make what I wanted.

That also brought another problem to light: Lego’s are fucking expensive. I understand why they are and I’m not complaining, but when I can build a working flying quadcopter for less than a Lego set that doesn’t do anything but open/close doors with simple gears the answer is clear.

So here I am a few months later, Lego’s are now on eBay looking for a loving home and I have a couple to rc models to tinker with and I couldn’t be happier. There’s a certain joy from putting something together and being able to use it, break it and put it back together again.

DIY: BMO & Fionna Sword from Adventure Time

October 29th, 2012 by nesoxochi

This year the BF and I are dressing up as Finn & Fionna from Adventure Time for Halloween.  I decided to get creative with my props and went to town with cardboard and tempera paint.  Here are some step by step pictures of the process for making my pink Fionna sword and BMO!

Materials Needed: masking tape, scissors, primary tempera paint colors, paint brushes, pencil, black permanent marker

Fionna’s Sword

Fionna from Adventure Time has a pink sword, but after realizing that it’s not sold anywhere in stores I decided to make my own.  Luckily, we have a lot of cardboard on hand from our monthly CSA vegetable box.  Making the sword was easier than expected because last month’s box came with vertical inserts.  I trimmed the end of one insert into the point of a sword and cut triangles along the side for details.  For the hilt, I trimmed down the other vertical insert and then made a slit in the middle until I could slide the “blade” through.  Aim for a snug fit, but don’t be too worried if it’s loose, the paint will dry the sword in place.

I only had primary colors, so I mixed white and red in a bowl to make pink.  Note that you only need to add a few drops of white to a primary color to lighten it up.  I also added a drop of blue because red and white made a Pepto Bismol pink.  Dip your brush and paint!

The sword needed about two coats of paint.  I’m sure I could have primered the coat white but it was a warm day and it dried pretty quickly to allow for an extra coat.

BMO

To make BMO I had to trim a pre-existing box into a smaller shape.  I carefully lined the edges of my new box with masking tape.  I mixed green, a few drops of blue, and a few drops of white to get his teal color.

I reaaaaaaally should have primered this box white, especially because it had writing on it, but I got super lucky that it was warm and the coats dried fast, allowing me to do multiple coats.

After BMO’s initial teal coat dried, I added a few more drops of white paint to the lighten the mixture for his face.  I then outlined his buttons with a pencil.  Because I didn’t primer, the buttons did need a few coats.

BMO and Fiona’s sword drying.

When it came time to outlining the buttons and detailing BMO’s name on the side, I used a permanent black marker.  It was super easy to work with and wrote on the dried tempera paint really well.

And there you have it!  BMO and Fionna’s pink sword using tempera paint and cardboard!

i <3 LA.

January 3rd, 2011 by nesoxochi

Gran Turismo vs Forza Motorsports: final… for now.

December 7th, 2010 by Ipso

So. I’ve FINALLY had some time with Gran Turismo 5.

I’ve also come to a decision on which one is best (as of 2010).

Forza 3 wins.

wha! whu? yea. I said it. Forza wins, Gran Turismo is finally dethroned (in my head that is).

GRAPHICS
Yes, GT5 has some amazing graphics. Beautiful tracks. Great looking cars. Are they better than Forzas, yes, but not by much.

CARS
GT5 claims 1000 cars, Forza has just over 500 cars. seems like alot is missing right? yea kinda. But do you really want to race a Volkswagen Kubelwagen? no. Toyota Prius? no, oh well theres still 3 of them in Gran Turismo.

maybe you like civics? theres 16 of them. Does anybody need 16 civics to race? ….Forza 3 has 6.

oh lets race our Mazda Miatas? Gran Turismo has 22. Forza 3 has 3. In all reality, who need 22 different Miatas? is anyone really buying a game based on the Miatas in the game. None. That’s the problem with stating numbers with out context, it doesn’t take into effect the amount of duplicate cars. Yes, i understand, cars evolve over time, and change. But highlight the keys years, not EVERY iteration of the car.

Another thing about the cars. GT5 is a Museum where Forza 3 is a garage. In GT5 you can look at the cars, some you can touch but thats it. In Forza if the cars in the proverbial ‘garage’ its yours to do what you want with it. Dont like the paint job, change it. Dont like the rims? change it. In Gran Turismo there are tons of cars that are locked. Paint job locked. Rims locked. In Forza you can create CRAZY custom graphics and logos on the cars. look it up. its crazy.

Dont take me wrong, its amazing that they took the time to catalog and recreate all of the cars that they did for Gran Turismo 5. But I, personally, do not want to drive half of the cars in Gran Turismo, where as, with Forza, i want most of them. I gotta say, Forza 3 feels more currated.

TRACKS
This, for me was a real toss up. Both contain standard, real life courses. Great. But both games have not-real courses that i love too much to give up. Gran Turismo has Grand Valley and Trial Mountain. Two of my Forza favorites are Maple Valley and Sunset Peninsula.

so, tied.

GAMEPLAY
Gran Turismo has been the same since the first game came out in the late 90s. There has been no innovation. Each GT has had the same reoccuring races in each game, the same events. Another big disappointment, there is just not that many ‘career’ events to do in GT5. Forza has a race for almost every single car in the game.

Finally, License tests still? what. the. fuck. the most boring and tedious part of Gran Turismo Life.

CONCLUSION
Digital Polyphony, i love you, but its time to take a look in the mirror. Lets cut that car list in half , How about the ability to paint EVERY ONE of our cars? Lets give the player a chance to create the cars they want. Hey, maybe i could also not be locked into the same racing suit? variety. it s a spice of life.

Turn 10, keep up the good work. I can has 2002tt nao?