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September 17th, 2009

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03:00 pm - Gadgets ...
Does a camera count as "gadget" ?
Anyway, I really like the interval timer feature on my Optio W20 - apart from the obvious uses (e.g. making a time-lapse movie of the bump-out of the stage/tech at the Discworld Con last year), I've used it to see which parts of our roof get sunshine through the day (when we were trying to decide if solar hot water would work for us), and to monitor the temperature inside the house pre-insulation (which reminds me, I should do a post-insulation comparison). Who needs a temperature logger ?

I found some Linux software that takes a series of images and makes a movie file out of them - unfortunately, the best it can do is one image per second in the movie file ... it must be repeating each image for 24 or 30 frames - why can't I make it repeat for 5 frames, say ? Anyone know of a handy (free!) tool under Windows or Linux that'll do what I want ?

The next gadget is my new Dremel - the old one has been flaky for a few years now, only running intermittently. I finally got around to putting it in for repair a few weeks ago, and it came back on Monday, with the main switch/speed control replaced - and it still only runs intermittently. I took this as a sign to get an early birthday present, so I have a shiny new Dremel (digital ! Wait, what ? And why ?!). I've been using it for rabbets and dadoes for a pair of bookcases I'm making, and it's making the job much easier and neater than sawing/chiselling would have been.

And my Ay-up bike lights continue to be great - I don't need them as much while riding at the moment, because I've moved to earlier start/finish times at work, but they came with a headband mount as well, and that makes them incredibly useful for the above-mentioned wood-working. rwrylsin bought a set for herself, too, and I think she likes the way drivers actually leave some room for her and give way at intersections when she's using them (possibly because they've been dazzled by the blinding bike lights :-) ).

Mmmmm, gadgets.
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Date:September 17th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)

Of course, the next step with the Dremel is to make a CAM frame to hold it....

transcode, mencoder, or even imagemagick [can't find a useful help page and it is slightly more involved than using either transcode or mencoder]will do what you want. Yay for command line magic!

Edited at 2009-09-17 06:36 am (UTC)
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Date:September 17th, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
Love my Dremel, but hate the prices of the accessories. I managed to comprehensively stuff mine carving holes in chunks of aluminium but it was witihin warranty and got repaired free. While I was waiting for it to be repaired I bought one of the cheap Chinese knock-offs which is surprisingly good.
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Date:September 17th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
Yay Dremel!

drivers dazzled by blinding bike lights = REALLY BAD IDEA!

Some cyclist with two VERY BRIGHT flashing lights on their handlebars gave me a five minute stabbing headache on Tuesday, and that was just me waiting at a bus stop ... if I'd have been driving, that would have been *most* unpleasant. Enough lights to see and be seen, great. But enough bright flashing lights to bring on epileptic seizures, not such a good idea :-(
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Date:September 17th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
I also hate the flashing lights. These ones are on a par with car lights for brightness, which seems to be what is required to get noticed.
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Date:September 17th, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
I have no problem with car levels of brightness :-)

Provided they meet the same car requirements for where the beam pattern can fall of course, I'm getting really p***ed off by motorcycles who have their beams turned so the bright part is straight into my eyes.

Of course there are inconsiderate and stupid drivers out there who need every clue they can get ... similarly there are inconsiderate cyclists out there (many of whom seem to cycle through the area where I work, zooming up behind you on the pavement and cutting you off, running through redlights and barely missing people using the crosswalk with the green man showing ... and sometimes not missing ... we've a chap here at work on crutches because a cyclist ran a red light and went straight into him (he was on his bike and going through a traffic light controlled crossroads with the lights in his favour, the other guy just ran the lights and plowed into him)

As I intend to start cycling part of the route to work in the next few weeks, I'm *very* aware of both sides at the moment, and a fair bit scared!

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