Monthly Archives: September 2009

Graphic Design – How to be Creative

Here are some thoughts on ways to find inspiration for design: Think about what your message will be – what do you want to accomplish Who will you audience be? Are there any traits, or anything specific which is appealing to them you can use? Come up with a few elements or icons which can be repeated Pick a color palette (or palettes) See what letters and words fit together. Think about negative space. Get some photos to use Pick one serif, and one sans-serif font to start working with Alternate serif and sans-serif between headings, body, etc as you move down the hierarchy Collect some stock photos / drawings / vectors Try some filters: negative, desaturate, pixelize (large pixels, too) – combine these with a shape, icon, symbol Zoom in on one area of something larger, emphasize it Don’t forget about contrast. Try making your small fonts smaller and your headlines bigger. Or make your hues more vibrant and your grays more subtle. See what others in your industry are doing. Come back to it later when your imagination runs dry.

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Segway x2

[youtube=] With the x2, you can chart your own course. Its innovative design moves you over a variety of terrain, be it the grass in your backyard or the gravel and dirt in your favorite off road spot. Enjoy the road less traveled with the Segway x2. It’s rugged, tough, and designed to take you places. And with the unmatched performance of Segway’s LeanSteer technology, your body will anticipate and conquer the trail ahead. Deeply treaded tires, scratch resistant fenders and higher ground clearance give you a smooth, stable ride, and the durability you’ve come to expect from Segway.

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2009 Honda U3-X Personal Mobility Concept

[youtube=] The Honda U3-X is a self-balancing one-wheeled electric vehicle similar to the Segway PT. It was unveiled by Honda’s CEO on September 24, 2009 and it was announced that it would be shown at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. Time Magazine called it one of the 50 best inventions of 2009. In April 2010, Honda engineers did a short demonstration of two of the devices in Times Square, New York City. In May 2010, Honda representatives demonstrated the U3-X at the Honda Collection Hall in Motegi, Tochigi, Japan. Honda developed the U3-X with technology originally developed for ASIMO the bipedal human robot project. Honda states that the “U” stands for unicycle and for universal. It weighs 10 kg (22 lb) and travels at 6 km/h (3.7 mph), a similar speed to the Toyota Winglet.

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ASIMO Serves First FCX Clarity Customers

[youtube=] Watch multiple ASIMOs serving the very first FCX Clarity customers at Honda’s Head Office in Aoyama, Tokyo. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., recently announced five of the first customers for its advanced new FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle and also provided details of the world’s first fuel cell vehicle dealership network in the United States. The announcements were made during a ceremony for the start of FCX Clarity production at the world’s first dedicated fuel cell vehicle manufacturing facility in Japan on June 16, 2008. Film producer Ron Yerxa will take delivery of the first FCX Clarity in July. The remaining four early adopters for Honda’s next-generation fuel cell vehicle are author and actress Jamie Lee Curtis and her filmmaker husband Christopher Guest; business owner and car enthusiast Jim Salomon; actress Laura Harris; and Jon Spallino, already the world’s first retail fuel cell vehicle customer, who has been leasing the current generation FCX since 2005. Yerxa, Harris and Spallino attended the event in Japan. More about ASIMO at:

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Future By Design – Jacque Fresco

[youtube=] WORLD PREMIERE JUNE 10 ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL Future by Design shares the life and far-reaching vision of Jacque Fresco, considered by many to be a modern day Da Vinci. Peer to Einstein and Buckmi… Jacque Fresco (born March 13, 1916), is a self-educated structural designer, philosopher of science, concept artist, educator, and futurist. His interests span a wide range of disciplines including several in philosophy, science, and engineering. Fresco writes and lectures extensively on his view of subjects ranging from the holistic design of sustainable cities, energy efficiency, natural resource management, cybernated technology, advanced automation, and the role of science in society, focusing on the benefits he thinks they may bring. With his colleague, Roxanne Meadows, he is the founder and director of an organization known as The Venus Project, located in Venus, Florida. – wikipedia

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What does it mean? Google’s code. This is a reference to the all your base are belong to us. However, on google’s homepage in the animation of the alien spaceship, the aliens are stealing the google “o” thus we have “all your O are belong to us” Just convert the numbers to the alphabetical counterparts (a=1, b=2) This is using something similar to the caesar cipher What does “All your base are belong to us” mean? Wikipedia says: “All your base are belong to us” (often shortened to “All Your Base“, “AYBABTU“, or simply “AYB“) is a broken English phrase that was central to an Internet phenomenon, or meme, in 2000-2002, with the spread of a Flash animation that depicted the slogan. The text is taken from the opening cut scene of the 1991 European Sega Mega Drive version of the Japanese video game Zero Wing,[1] by Toaplan which was poorly translated by Sega of Europe. It was popularized by the Something Awful message forums.[2] The lines For great justice and Somebody set up us the bomb are often replicated as a secondary memes, with the phrase for great justice applied to an ordinary or inappropriate action. Watch the Video Google’s Homepage Animated Gif 1.12.12 15 1.18.5 20.15 21.19

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Increase Gmail search result count (from 20)

Are you frustrated that when you search g-mail there are only 20 results that show up at a time? It’s quite difficult to review, mark, and move messages when the search results are limited to 20 messages. Does it make sense that a “search company” which offers GIGABYTES of storage in their e-mail system limits your result count to 20? No. Of course not. Solutions Creating a Filter (thanks Stephan) Create a filter with your search. Put your keywords in the “Contains the words” field, then click “test search” and hit continue. Next, create a label and apply the filter (ignore the warning that this will never apply to incoming mail) for the mail below. Of course it’s complicated to create a filter each time you want to search for a large amount of mail, but still better than the 20 mail-limit. Suggest that Google fix it Visit the GMAIL SUGGESTIONS PAGE and choose the second one from the bottom “Better message search functionality” – also, possibly choose the dropdown box at the bottom, select OTHER, and tell google you want more than 20 results! :) One Related Labs Feature If you haven’t seen QuickLinks in Google Labs, it’s worth checking out. It still only gives you 20 results, but it is a way of having saved searches easily available without having to create a filter. About Quick Links Adds a box to the left column that gives you 1-click access to any bookmarkable URL in Gmail. You can use it for … Continue reading

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Review: X10 Home Automation with Arduino

This is a re-post of  this blog posting since it appears to be a 404. —- My current project revolves around using the Arduino and the X10 home automation protocol and hardware. The gist of what I am doing with this project is using the Parallax RFID (found here) tag to identify me and then use X10 protocol/hardware (Part# 1134B from SmartHomes via Amazon) to automate my home. Below is the wiring diagram. In this example, I control 1 device (on X10 circuit A, device 1). I initally turn the device off. When the RFID tag I am looking for is read, I turn the lights on. Next time that tag is read, I turn the lights off. I acknowledge various changes by providing feedback to the user via blinking LEDs and serial comms to the PC. I use the free SSH/telnet client PuTTY, found here. Now, for the code… ——————————————– #include x10.h #include x10constants.h // RFID reader variables #define TAG_LEN 12 char tag[12] = {‘0’, ‘F’, ‘0’, ‘3’, ‘0’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ‘1’, ‘8’, ‘5’}; char code[12]; int bytesread = 0; int ledPin = 13; // Connect LED to pin 13 int rfidPin = 2; // RFID enable pin connected to digital pin 2 int val=0; // X10 Control unit variables int zcPin = 9; int dataPin = 8; int repeat = 1; boolean LightsOn = false; // Declare and instance of an X10 control module x10 myHouse = x10(zcPin, dataPin); // 9 is 0xing pin; 8 is data pin … Continue reading

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