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January 12, 2008

New Minisumo

Filed under: Machining,Robots — Bob @ 4:27 pm

Brass WheelsI’ve started work on a new minisumo robot. Unlike all of my other projects, this one is a collaboration between a Danish fellow and myself. He and I have never met in person but we found a common interest in building a new, faster design via the online forum Minisumo.Org.UK.

My first part (the brass wheels) is now complete and I’ll be sending them through the mail to my collaborator. He has already finished his first part (aluminum side panels) and sent them to me. It has been very interesting to build a robot this way, we’ll see how it comes out when we are done.

Since this is a collaborative project I decided to document my machining in greater detail than I’ve done in the past for The Thin Man. I wanted to create a “photo tutorial” that would be simple enough for anyone with a little machining experience could follow and create their own parts for this same minisumo design. Feedback about whether this captures enough detail for you to make your own parts is welcome. Any future parts I make will also be documented in a similar way, making it easy for people to “clone” my work if they would like to.

January 1, 2008

Can’t get enough zombies

Filed under: Movies — Bob @ 9:50 pm

Seems to be the time of the year to watch zombie movies. The other evening we rented 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to the brilliant 28 Days Later. Although the sequel isn’t as good as the original, it was still a well-made horror flick. We particularly enjoyed the views of the empty city of London, and of course the story was well written and decently acted. There were plenty of frightening scenes and great zombie attacks.

Tonight we watched the Dawn of the Dead remake from 2004 on the Space Channel. Not a particularly great film but it had some original things as well as all the traits of a classic “B” horror film. I don’t think the acting was very good and the photography was average at best, but setting the film inside a shopping mall was brilliant. If you haven’t seen it you really should.

Any other zombie movie recommendations?

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