Archive for September, 2007


Snuffles: Retired, Revisited, Reloaded

Sep 29, 2007 in MIT, Bostoncaster, Cambridgeshire, Project Build Reports, Snuffles

Propositio Prima: It is wholly possible to put together an extremely powerful and efficient personal electric vehicle using common hobby-grade equipment for under $400 in total. Depending on the requirements of the individual, this amount can be drastically less.

Propositio Secunda
: The best way to learn about something is doing it.

Propositio Tertia: Boston sidewalks suck ass.

This could be the start of something... uhh....

It was certainly the most fun impulsive build I’ve ever completed. What began as a desire to mount a giant brushless motor on something, anything, turned into a foray into the world of exotic power systems, electric vehicles, battery technologies, and electronics engineering. After I finally learned how to control the motor’s power, it became a great local transportation device. However, after a month of operation, I’ve decided to pull the plug on Snuffles.


Sep 27, 2007 in Stuff

Merry birthday to me. For my present, I think I’ll upgrade the site to WP2.3, which was just released.

This could take a while… it took me about a year to realize my site was hopelessly outdated last time.

Xity of Kambridgeshire

Sep 23, 2007 in MIT, Bostoncaster, Cambridgeshire, Stuff


Now with more sodium!

What happens when you insert a subtle note into a popular web comic? One of many things. Today was the day; the official transition from Summer to Autumn, as well as the XKCD party. A few hundred people converged on a small playground/park somewhere in Northcambridgeshire, MA and celebrated the essence of XKCD. Randall Munroe himself was there to sign autographs.

Using the panorama mode on my camera, I did a 180 degree scan of the area from the convenient perch of a jungle gym. Bonus points if you spot the stitching artifacts!

The pan mode only ever works in bright daylight with lots of objects.

Alot of fun and merry was made, then the mobs proceeded on the way. Enterprising businesses took the opportunity to plant fliers and advertisements. Some people came from as far away as California and several from Canada.

After the madness was over, I headed back for some peace, quiet, and calculus homework.

Some videos from the event!





Sep 21, 2007 in MIT, Bostoncaster, Cambridgeshire

In light of recent events, news vans are hovering all over campus. In fact, there’s three outside my window at the moment.


Does this count as the 7chan Party Van?

Channel 7.

WBZ happens to be Channel 4.... It's the 4chan party van! AND the 7chan party van!


Unfortunately (Fortunately?) There is no 25chan.

Fox 25

[ insert meme here ]

Up close and personal!


Sep 21, 2007 in MIT, Bostoncaster, Cambridgeshire, Stuff

It’s a bad, bad month to be a MIT student.


On one hand, to wear blinkenlights, putty-like substances, and circuitry with exposed wiring to an airport in this day and age is nothing short of insanity.


On the other hand, Bostoncaster seems to have repeated issues telling blinkenlights apart from improvised asplosion devices. Refer to the January Mooninite scar.


On a nuclear-warfare-spawned third hand, the media has already taken to calling the device a fake bomb, even though it was pretty clearly indicated by Massport itself that it was blinkenlights and some play-doh. Average citizens who don’t research the matter further will be left with a completely whacked impression.


It’s not the President who destroys a country. It’s legislators, the media, and the uninformed masses.


Remind me to never bring anything that blinks into Bostoncaster. Ever.