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  • Nicu 11:59 pm on December 25, 2015 - 693 days ago

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    Merry Christmas everyone!

    I hope you spend time with family and friends and relax :)

     
    • conshmillo

      conshmillo 4:53 pm on December 28, 2015 690 days ago

      Hey Nicu, marry christmas and happy new year to you too!

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    Nicu 6:13 pm on August 31, 2015 - 809 days ago

    I’m not sure to what degree I have expressed here my passion for EVs, race driving and my adventures with my shifter kart (that I miss dearly since we moved to Geneva, about 2 months ago).

    I have this plan for several years already to build a crazy powerful electric kart – think 100+hp – to beat my Tesla Roadster test drive experience:

    http://www.traderhood.com/2010/10/01/tesla-opened-a-store-in-paris/#comments

    I have read tons of materials in the different areas (electronics, motors, batteries, manufacturing techniques etc.) and been experiencing with electronics for quite some time now. Even my Robox 3D printer was a step stone towards learning CAD techniques for printing and later CNC. And my shifter kart I have bought, it was also part of the plan (reuse the chassis and store, sell or throw the engine away).

    I have come to realize that I cannot do that by myself for many reasons (space, time, experience, knowledge) so I gathered a team of 5 including me and a professional mechanic, software engineer and electronics / electrical engineer (still waiting for his answer to my detailed 30-page project). We have a garage back in Romania (the other 4 members of the team live nearby that place) and I might try to fund everything from my pocket – unless the taxman takes everything that I have left.

    So I wonder if I should start a Kickstarter campaign while I have no prototype to show yet, or if I should take it on myself and try to build on the cheap a quick kart to beat the world record for 0-62 mph acceleration time (which stands at 3.45s). Then, reaching for external funding may be easier. Unless someone does that in the meantime, I think I can do better than 3.4s with less than $10k. But that is just an intermediary goal, ultimately I am aiming 1.5s but will be happy with 2s as well.

    I am reaching to you to get advice, ideas and hopefully some cheers :)

     
    • SB

      SB 4:52 pm on September 1, 2015 808 days ago

      I noticed in Horace Dediu’s twitter feed that he has a home EV project – converting a beetle to an EV. Perhaps not much overlap there, but maybe some … and cars and I believe racing are an interest of his – I think he also posted some recent road-rally photos.

      I am skeptical about your Kickstarter prospects – the most successful campaigns have wide general appeal.

      • SB

        SB 5:20 pm on September 1, 2015 808 days ago

        but what do I know about what has wide general appeal .. apparently flamethrowers do:

        http://finance.yahoo.com/news/flamethrower-sales-boom-on-potential-consumer-ban–weird-business-news-182735902.html

      • SB

        SB 5:53 pm on September 1, 2015 808 days ago

        Here are the batteries for his car – a bit much for a kart:

        https://twitter.com/asymco/status/619951803094990849

        • Nicu

          Nicu 10:19 pm on September 1, 2015 808 days ago

          for the kart, we mostly need power and low mass, not range; after 10-15 minutes of hard driving, the driver badly needs a break; I think with 2-3 kWh you can race the hell out of it for 15-20 minutes; option 1 : fast charging batteries + patience while you have a KitKat; option 2: 2 or 3 sets of batteries, so you stress them less by charging them slower

      • Nicu

        Nicu 6:34 pm on September 1, 2015 808 days ago

        Thanks for your reply. I have checked some (very) successful funds raising campaigns and they tend to have something in common: most of the cash come in the form of preorders for some finite product. Simply trying to achieve something new does not cut it so much.

        So it is probably better to develop some subsystems ourselves and when we have something clearly superior to what’s out there (like a high power / low weight motor controller, for example), then try to raise money to transform it in a quasi industrial product.

        There was quite a movement of DIY EV builders 5-10 years ago and most are extinct due to the high costs but even more so daunted by the complexity of making subsystems work together (I have seen people on forums complaining they have spend 2-3h / day for 2 months to program such a controller with no success).

        Our plan is high performance, contained costs, great looks (depending on taste, of course) but especially ease of configuration / set-up.

        I’ll keep you informed. I might even create (finally !) a FB account for the project once we start ;)

    • conshmillo

      conshmillo 7:01 pm on September 1, 2015 808 days ago

      Hey Nicu. This is Vilo. A big fan of your project. Reason being that I have a similar idea for the street legal electric trike. Like you I collected a ton of information on electric motors, lithium batteries and controllers. I built small CNC (am building second one), bought welder etc. If you need some direct experience building your DIY CNC I am here. There is actually Romanian guy building killer DIY CNCs but they are quite expensive. You can find a ton of info on cnczone.com. For electronics I have been messing with arduino (duemillanove). It has a ton of shields and is quite inexpensive. You can even do your own controller with it with custom PWM. That is if you are going to use DC motor. Like you I am thinking to use kickstarter. I am thinking more along lines like sharing the electronics and motors setup or some battery part than whole project. There may be people like you or me that like to build stuff and want to buy some element of the project. In any case I wish you good luck with that and look forward to see you to proceed with that. I will jot down some stuff when I think of anything useful for you. Cheers.

      • Nicu

        Nicu 7:42 pm on September 1, 2015 808 days ago

        Thanks Vilo. Let me split the reply by topic:

        • I have only reached the conclusion that we will probably need a CNC machine for rapid aluminum prototyping and even small batch production. This may include custom pedals that precisely measure the position and be waterproof, custom connections for cooling conducts to include temp, pressure and volume sensor but especially a small but powerful motor controller. For this thing I want it to have both air and water cooling and be waterproof, as in later stages karting is fun in the rain too, but all components are exposed.
        I am thinking to get one like that for the shop when time is right
        http://www.aliexpress.com/item/110V-220V-4-axis-CNC-Router-6040-Z-U-2-2kw-milling-Machine-with-USB-port/32448917940.html?spm=2114.01020208.3.132.jHpn9l
        In the meantime, I have found small shops that do aluminum parts in small batches (even 1), plus anodizing shop ;)

        This CNC machine is another intriguing possibility, for my apartment, so I have a very rapid iteration loop.
        http://carbide3d.com

        • We are going with BLDC / PMSM three phase permanent magnet motor. I am salivating at these specs for several years already:
        http://www.enstroj.si/images/stories/emrax_228_tech_data_table_dec_2014.pdf
        134 hp for a few minutes for 12.3 kg of motor
        We will probably start with a much simpler setup, using this guy
        http://www.thunderstruck-ev.com/motenergy-1302-water-cooled-brushless.html

        • Doing that, electronics is more involved, we have to use field oriented control to get maximum control, avoid vibrations / noise / unnecessary stress for components and have max efficiency. I have been playing with TI microcontrollers. They have a line C2000 which is powerful enough and has both hardware and software (libraries) features for controlling 3 phase motors. Here my expertise / experience ends, because on top of too much engineering documentation, I have no experience working with 100V or higher. And then, we want to approach a pro level with fully opto-isolated controller.
        We will start for the first prototype just by buying a Sevcon and / or a Kelly controller.

        To build our own controller, there are now very powerful MOSFETs (up to 150V) and IGBT (up to 600V) that can handle 200+ Amps each, all below $10 (and cheaper if you buy in quantity).

        • For the batteries, probably Headway to the first prototype and A123 Systems (26650) for the real one. Headway are a bit cheaper, don’t need a spot welder and cells are larger, up to 200A (burst). For a low voltage, low perf system, they are perfect to experiment with.

        We will probably need a super-capacitor module (that we will build) to help the batteries, for max power, max regen, but also to smooth out the harsh PWM power chopping.

        • The final step of the project (after max performance is met), is to have a Raspberry Pi or equivalent as a central computer that will connect to all systems, including an iPhone (or equiv.) that will be a dashboard on the wheel. This will transform our machine in a software platform and we can improve from there (like telemetry, talking to the team / coach via bluetooth, using GPS to record and analyze all driver actions etc.).

        In short, much too much for one inexperienced man. We have very big technological plans, but will start with a very simple and cheap system made only from commercially available parts. We will improve components one by one from there. If we achieve great quality / performance, there will probably also be some commercial opportunities, at least to pay for our materials and work. I will consider it a success even without this later aspect.

        • Nicu

          Nicu 7:45 pm on September 1, 2015 808 days ago

          Have only reached the conclusion recently.

          Probably many other typos, sorry for that and the long reply.

          Cheers and good luck with your project too !

          • conshmillo

            conshmillo 8:58 pm on September 1, 2015 808 days ago

            • We are going with BLDC / PMSM three phase permanent magnet motor. I am salivating at these specs for several years already:
            http://www.enstroj.si/images/stories/emrax_228_tech_data_table_dec_2014.pdf
            134 hp for a few minutes for 12.3 kg of motor

            That’s one sexy beast motor. One look at it and I knew it’s a halbach array based axial flux motor. Great weight to performance ratio. Any idea how much they are selling them for?

            • Nicu

              Nicu 10:02 pm on September 1, 2015 808 days ago

              yes, they are not very expensive starting at around $4000 but you will need to add some sensors, shipping and handling etc. – max $5000 or so

              the problem is that today’s controllers that can give it so much power are at least 8.5 kg and $4000-$5000, and those from Sevcon that are water proof (IP 66), you probably cannot even buy as consumer

              so if we want to go to max plaid before Elon, we have to innovate with the controller ;)

          • conshmillo

            conshmillo 9:03 pm on September 1, 2015 808 days ago

            Check this out. Here is the dude that build one based on similar principle (halbach array) from the scratch:
            http://build-its-inprogress.blogspot.com/search/label/Coreless%20Axial%20Flux%20Motor

            • Nicu

              Nicu 10:10 pm on September 1, 2015 808 days ago

              looks good, not the same tech as EMRAX I think; EMRAX is an outrunner, meaning most of the exterior is turning, not only half of it

            • conshmillo

              conshmillo 1:34 am on September 2, 2015 808 days ago

              they are similar in the use of halbach array which flips unused magnetic force of motor’s magnets and pumps it to the side that is used. basically doubling the magnetic force for the same amount of weight.

            • conshmillo

              conshmillo 1:37 am on September 2, 2015 808 days ago

              btw. are you thinking in wheel motors or out. transmission from regular cart or not?

            • Nicu

              Nicu 7:24 am on September 2, 2015 808 days ago

              Actually I plan to fully reuse a shifter karts chassis (including cooling system, with small modifications). They have hugely evolved in competitions over the last 50 years and get to 115 mph “safely” (for race driver standards). This way we will be surely classified in the kart category, but also cuts a lot of work. Not to mention the tires here (I will do it below).

              Therefore there will be an an 50 mm in diameter rear axle on which the wheels are attached. The motor will spin that either with a chain or belt. Yes there are very light but strong belts available today (kevlar and steel wire reinforced).

              The main problem in this setup is that there is no differential. But the chassis is very well thought out, when you turn front wheels, interior wheel is pushed down and exterior (front) wheel is pushed up. Therefore in the corner you will mostly be on 3 wheels (rear interior wheel is 1-2″ in the air). Here’s your differential that allows you to take corners at very high speed (I have already measured 2.8g lateral on mine: not the best tires, not the best driver).

              Chassis is also flexible to allow for the above and other optimizations such as keeping all wheels on the ground in straight line, despite the lack of a suspension system. We will try to replace present components (engine, fuel tank, exhaust system) with electric components of equivalent weight, placed more or less in the same configuration. In such a way we hope to obtain a racing beast, not only a dragster that is good in a straight line.

              Tires: I use training tires that can easily go above 2.5g. They are made to last 3-6 hours of driving. But there are another 2-3 levels of adherence above, culminating with race tires. Those can go to 3.5g but only last 1.5 hours or so. Most of the weight of the kart in on the rear axle and under hard accelerating you can actually approach 100% – will try to avoid flipping over. Ground clearance is at most 2″ and rear tires diameter is 11″.

              If you’re not familiar with what a shifter kart can do, take a look here
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwzj22i0gPM

    • Nicu

      Nicu 6:45 pm on September 2, 2015 807 days ago

      Good news for my project: we are a complete team of 5 now :D

      I should have some liquidity starting November in my Romanian LLC. Shortly after, I will source the components for a simple working prototype, probably a Motenergy ME1115 motor (air cooled to avoid complexity), Headway battery cells so they are easily mountable. Not sure if I want to go with a Chinese Kelly controller or with Sevcon.

    • Nicu

      Nicu 6:41 am on September 5, 2015 805 days ago

      • conshmillo

        conshmillo 9:13 pm on September 7, 2015 802 days ago

        Didn’t you say cart? btw, are going to set up some Facebook or Pinterst page for updates?

        • Nicu

          Nicu 11:20 am on September 8, 2015 801 days ago

          Yes, I have the intention to do so. I have asked my dad to start preparing the garage / storage place as a neat workshop and take many pictures along the way.

          Early November I should have some cash in the LLC accounts. I may even start ordering parts a bit sooner (and get refund from the LLC). Then I plan to find a week in November to go there and work 14-16h / day on the first prototype and meet all the team at once (+ take lots photos).

          First prototype will be standard, underpowered and “boring”, but we have to start somewhere. Then the real fun part starts: innovation, manufacturing new parts, testing, iterating ;)

        • Nicu

          Nicu 11:22 am on September 8, 2015 801 days ago

          And yes, kart, it was just a joke that a 1 MW car is “competition”. But ultimately (3-5 years), I plan to beat any 4 wheel thing except dragsters at 0-60 times ;) – including the beast above !

        • Nicu

          Nicu 12:12 pm on September 8, 2015 801 days ago

          thanks for the tip, have just created a board here – empty, but will keep adding stuff as it happens; will probably do a specific twitter account and FB

  • Nicu 10:27 am on February 16, 2015 - 1005 days ago

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    Our second daughter, Clara Simona, was born this morning. Everybody’s fine :D

    My adrenalin is calming down just now, making place for sweet and gentle happiness …

     
    • Senator Gronk

      Senator Gronk 5:19 pm on February 16, 2015 1005 days ago

      Congratulations! We have #2 in the oven right now, don’t know if it’s another boy or (hopefully) a girl. Having kids is the very definition of exciting, that is, = Σ(hope+fear+…+emotion_n). ; )

      • Nicu

        Nicu 7:27 pm on February 16, 2015 1005 days ago

        Thanks ;)

        Do you mean )^n instead of _n) ?

    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 11:10 pm on February 16, 2015 1005 days ago

      Whoa! Congratulations.
      I didn’t realize you two were expecting. My Mom will be glad to hear it. Please pass on our good wishes to R. (& E.)

    • conshmillo

      conshmillo 2:15 am on February 17, 2015 1005 days ago

      congrats to both of you!

    • SB

      SB 6:49 pm on February 17, 2015 1004 days ago

      Congrats, Nicu. Having 2 girls myself – happiness, yes, sweet, absolutely yes, gentle …. not so much.

    • Rick-o

      Rick-o 7:45 pm on February 17, 2015 1004 days ago

      Congrats!

    • Nicu

      Nicu 8:38 pm on February 17, 2015 1004 days ago

      Thank you all!

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    Nicu 2:43 pm on December 7, 2014 - 1076 days ago

    Have just done reading Taleb’s book. I have learned lots of things and made me look at known things in a new light. Every investor and those who live in a volatile environment or wonder why present society (politics, business, finance, even science) seems to go down rather than up, there are some very interesting answers there.

    In short, among other things, it proposes a strategy to do well in a worlds that we do not understand. And believe me, the most important developments out there are chaotic (prey to the butterfly effect), so we do not understand / cannot predict. So how can one possibly do well without being able to predict? – Be antifragile (or convex to volatility). Natural things have this property and we would better use them instead of trying to control everything.

    Present politicians, corporate and even academics become antifragile at the expense of everybody else (they only take the upside like bonuses, stock options etc. but have no downside when they blow us up), which of course it’s not ethical. But before we can solve this dilemma, we must first see it, understand and explain it to others.

    Have fun!

     
    • henrystar

      Richard 8:52 pm on December 7, 2014 1076 days ago

      I hope AAPL is not fragile.

    • Zee

      Zee 4:58 am on December 8, 2014 1076 days ago

      I think the debate should be in how to introduce *antifragility* to Axion Power’s technology exposure and stock. Otherwise it seems to be up against strong headwinds hmm. And luck.

      • Nicu

        Nicu 6:37 am on December 8, 2014 1076 days ago

        Axion is the right side of the barbell for me – the very speculative investment that would make it big should it work – albeit greatly overweighted. The barbell strategy is to put most of your assets in very secure stuff (like US bonds) and 5-10% in very speculative investments. Of course I do not satisfy this definition.

        Axion is trading below book value right now. But as a tech R&D company, it is the one in 50 or 100 that succeeds (it did !) and should make it up fo the other 49 that didn’t (if you were a venture fund). Unfortunately their tortuous history is still haunting them today wrt pps. Will see if the stock will catch up with reality.

        • Zee

          Zee 8:09 am on December 8, 2014 1075 days ago

          I’ve been casually tracking it and reading up in it to get a sense of it and a feel for the stock. It seems underexposed and under debated which I think would clarify much… And coverage by the NYT, WSJ, Forbes, Fortune etc would do much. That said. And the necessary boost kick in especially if a major fund took an interest. Could they quickly adjust if business improved by 10-100X’s? Cuz I like it.

    • Zee

      Zee 12:59 pm on December 10, 2014 1073 days ago

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    Nicu 11:41 pm on November 1, 2014 - 1112 days ago

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyGTuhJpji4

     
    • Zee

      Zee 3:01 am on November 2, 2014 1112 days ago

      • conshmillo

        conshmillo 5:12 am on November 2, 2014 1112 days ago

        F1 here I come :-) . Good job. Nice effect top left.

        • Nicu

          Nicu 8:47 am on November 2, 2014 1111 days ago

          Thanks. I have done 2s better (see another shaky video in my channel), I feel I have more control but the stopwatch proves me wrong (or maybe it is more control because I go slower :( ). After analysing the video, I think I change gears too soon (around 11000 rpm, instead of 12500-13000 rpm where it gets its full 40 hp).

          Anyway, by any means, I am still a beginner who made the jump from rental machines (four stroke 9-12 hp, no gears, hard tires) to this beast (two stroke 125 cc, 6 gears, highest category of competition). You actually lose a lot of time and control changing gears all the time (when you have step off the gas) and many seasoned drivers at the track prefer no gears or some intermediary machines with 2 gears only (with steering wheel paddles, one for each gear).

          My first real project on the kart is to transform it to paddle shifting (using aero models parts) and then maybe electric starter so we stop pushing it all the time, especially after spins on the track when you have nobody nearby to get help from, which are inevitable in the learning process.

          The second big project is to add 20 or 40 electric hp, by making it an electric hybrid.

          The third project is to get rid entirely of the gas engine and put a 130 hp electric motor on it (http://www.enstroj.si/Electric-products/emrax-228-motorsgen.html, for example) and try to get below 2s in 0-60 mph :D

          As you see, I have plans to have fun for at least 5 years with my dragonfly. In the meantime, I learn to do some mechanics, how to drive the beast and getting lots of adrenaline and dopamine out of it !

          • Zee

            Zee 11:33 am on November 2, 2014 1111 days ago

            I’m glad you’re having fun racing. It’s better for you than chess boxing. The first time you introduced us to this form of racing, I checked out afterwards what it was about around the world because the web really opens it up… Then I got the idea that it and F1 etc would be well served if drones were used for broadcasting the races. Who knows. You may even move up in car classes. The racing bug can really infect you. And don’t be shy of beating the snot out of the engine when you see the rpm hitting the red. That’s good. More gear less brake.

            • Zee

              Zee 11:58 am on November 2, 2014 1111 days ago

              PS. Thank you for AXPW. I have been playing w that in my head. I think maybe they need help w logistics. Then that thing will take off no.

            • Nicu

              Nicu 2:13 pm on November 2, 2014 1111 days ago

              No intention to compete, for many reasons (too old, not good enough a driver, too expensive, more dangerous, too much time etc.).

              I think the sensations you get in a shifter kart are hard to find anywhere below F1. Of course, other types of motor sports like Rally of bikes have other thrills (+ dangers), but the sheer lateral Gs in cornering and acceleration / braking are not as hard.

              That is because we have the softest tires out there (much softer than F1) and the only way to get better grip is a lot of aerodynamic downforce, thus F1 or equivalent. Better drivers than me with competition tires get 3+G in corners, F1 is about 3.5G :

              “A modern Formula One car is capable of developing 3.5 g lateral cornering force (three and a half times its own weight) thanks to aerodynamic downforce. That means that, theoretically, at high speeds they could drive upside down.”
              http://www.formula1.com/inside_f1/understanding_f1_racing/5281.html

              I have read a quote from Schumacher some time ago (not able to find it now) that 20 minutes of karting racing (many F1 pilots participating a few years ago in some event) were almost as hard on them as the entire F1 race in Singapore.

              Of course, I do not push it nowhere nearly as hard as them. But without looking at the engine time (the only timer available while driving), I usually kick myself out of the track after about 10 minutes because I start making errors, both cerebral and muscular ;)

            • Zee

              Zee 7:25 am on November 3, 2014 1111 days ago

              Your approach is the best for most things: the love of it and personal accomplishment. And thanx for the F1 link. Lewis Hamilton from Team Mercedes has won 10 of 17 races this year. And Mercedes 14 of 17. I didn’t realize how often they use technology to outsmart the rules and then the rules are immediately changed. You might get a kick out of this wiki link. There’s a chapter re the 1973 national soap box derby champ, a 14 year old losing his title because two days after the competition his car was x-rayed and they found an electromagnet in the nose of his car that was activated by pressing on the headrest with the helmet.
              http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soap_Box_Derby

        • Nicu

          Nicu 8:55 am on November 2, 2014 1111 days ago

          BTW, I do not think I have shared this, I have changed my mind wrt the 3D printer model, I have actually ordered this yesterday
          http://robox.cel-uk.com
          as there were a handful left for delivery in December this year.

          Not only on paper is much nicer than the Pirate3D (more precise, faster, larger print area, more materials etc.), but it is thought as a 3-axis platform and they plan to produce exchangeable heads to transform it into a circuit board etching machine (which I actually do with chemicals and an UV machine I have built from an old flatbed scanner) or even a 3D milling machine.

          They have actually a second head coming next spring, to print simultaneously with two materials (not only different colours, but actually different temperatures), so one can be dissolvable and used only as support material or simply for different mechanic properties.

          • Nicu

            Nicu 2:34 pm on December 7, 2014 1076 days ago

            printer shipped, I should have it next week, I’ll keep u up to date ;)

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    conshmillo 5:53 am on October 5, 2014 - 1140 days ago

     
    • conshmillo

      conshmillo 5:56 am on October 5, 2014 1140 days ago

      Had to share that. Looking good. Too bad we have to wait till December.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/04/inherent-vice-premiere_n_5932938.html

      • Zee

        Zee 6:58 pm on October 5, 2014 1139 days ago

        What was the budget on that? I often wiki old films because it’s amazing how cheaply some were produced for compared to what they yielded.

        * Side note. I was combing the web for info on CIS the Japanese trader. Nothing out there. The original story linked here is often repeated on the web. Then he drops off the blurry map. On the other forums for traders the guys chew out what they think about the guy… I think the kid has made a game out of playing Japanese candlesticks. If he was to have, if it’s possible, interactive screens, all he’d have to do is tap the screens w his finger. I think in the picture you can count maybe 13 monitors. Anyone here read Japanese?

    • Zee

      Zee 6:23 pm on October 5, 2014 1139 days ago

      Cool flick. Nicely shot. At first I didn’t recognize Phoenix. He looks kinda burnt out with those lamb chops. And the movie is from a Thomas Pynchon novel. You know he’s a big math guy. Maybe served. Possibly no known photos or interviews done with him. He should write a novel about trading eh. I’m sure if you were in a bar like the Ritz and you said you were Thomas Pynchon you’d probably get laid.

    • Zee

      Zee 2:13 pm on October 11, 2014 1133 days ago

      • JPWatkins

        JPWatkins 11:33 pm on October 11, 2014 1133 days ago

        Interesting and good advice from Michael Moore.
        Thanks for the link.

        • Zee

          Zee 7:47 pm on October 13, 2014 1131 days ago

          His vernacular reminds me of a coach or quarterback’s because he puts it down that this is what works. ,,, I didn’t know either that he was so focused on the cinema experience. I agree too w his insights re audio, #13. I came to that conclusion because I have an Elmo GS1200 S8 mm projector and I was going through 50-60 years of SMPTE journals and I noticed the projector could be modified for cinema by putting an arc lamp in it. Then I realized sure. But then the audio has to be perfect. ,,, These days the thing that I think is lagging and remains very costly is location audio. You know stuff reliant on a bag mixer, boom pole, wireless mic transmitters / receivers, lavalier mics, hypercardiod mics and supercardiod mics, and a digital recorder used as a bit box for the mixer. Personally I think this is a great category for those gorks at GoPro to tackle. I’ve seen some interesting designs for underwater mics too and surround sound. If you’re around. Thinking. I was wondering. If one wanted to monetize content. Aside from cinema distribution and broadcast what is the other route? Clues?

  • conshmillo 7:26 pm on September 4, 2014 - 1170 days ago

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    R.I.P. Joan Rivers. She was so beautifully obnoxious. A bit shocking as she looked very much alive not that many days back.

     
    • SB

      SB 7:32 pm on September 4, 2014 1170 days ago

      Surgery complications:

      On Aug. 28, however, she was in New York City having surgery when she suffered cardiac arrest. She was rushed to the hospital, where she arrived unconscious and doctors kept her sedated. On Sept. 2, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, revealed that she had been placed on life support.

      http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/joan-rivers-dead-81/story?id=25160389

  • conshmillo

    conshmillo 7:48 am on August 12, 2014 - 1193 days ago

    http://www.salon.com/2014/08/12/13_of_the_most_memorable_robin_williams_moments/

     
  • Nicu 11:17 am on August 1, 2014 - 1204 days ago

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    • Nicu

      Nicu 11:19 am on August 1, 2014 1204 days ago

      No more auto embed?

      It’s so mazing that one may think it’s fake. Somehow I wish it’s not! Don’t ask why :p

      • Zee

        Zee 2:53 pm on August 1, 2014 1204 days ago

        Re Bruce Lee. Anyone read his bio? I’d like to know. How did he deal with structured procrastination?

      • conshmillo

        conshmillo 5:55 pm on August 1, 2014 1204 days ago

        I just posted something few days ago. It auto embedded it. Not sure what is different.

        • conshmillo

          conshmillo 6:11 pm on August 1, 2014 1204 days ago

          I checked and it doesn’t embed “https” starting links right now. Only “http” links.

      • conshmillo

        conshmillo 5:59 pm on August 1, 2014 1204 days ago

        And it is fake. I saw it a while ago and had the same question.
        http://factsfromfiction.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-bruce-lee-ping-pong-video-cool-but.html

    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 6:31 pm on August 1, 2014 1204 days ago

      Digitally created, yes. But the man was so amazing that we could all be excused for thinking it might be real!

      • Nicu

        Nicu 7:23 pm on August 1, 2014 1204 days ago

        Of course I thought not only the precision should be fantastic, but one has to anticipate quite a lot because the second stick is not solidly controlled by the hand. Sometimes the brain can go much further than what we think possible but of course, we should not try / wish for impossible things LOL

    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 1:19 am on August 2, 2014 1204 days ago

      If anyone wants to be amazed by what it’s possible for humans to do, they should see a hurling match.
      This link is to a full game, over an hour long, but you only have to watch for a few minutes to be amazed at the speed, esoteric skill, and toughness the game requires:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv9FGy9MqOY
      BTW as matches go, this is a great one.

      • Zee

        Zee 8:47 am on August 3, 2014 1202 days ago

        Thanks for that. I thought I’d seen everything. Like the Bruce Lee video, the game you’ve linked could be composited and appear as a sport from another time, it’s sort of futuristic…

  • Nicu 2:40 pm on July 20, 2014 - 1216 days ago

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    Nicu

    Out of town! for a few days, spending just a bit short of two weeks in a very remote place in south of France (Curvalle, Tarn), in a 16th century house

    https://www.icloud.com/photostream/#A25qXGF1VcC4g

    Therefore less active, not posting trades real time (I can hardly pass orders on GPRS) and not playing estimates game about Apple’s earnings on tuesday. Now in a relatively large town so I can get up to speed with news and stuff on 4G :)

    Have a nice summer all!

     
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