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Newcastle Maker Faire 2010

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the can't-we-just-get-cctv-feed-archives? dept.

Hardware Hacking 27

krou writes "The BBC covered the most recent Newcastle Maker Faire, an event which Slashdot first covered last year. From racing power tools, to making music using electric sparks, or a robot that solves the Rubik's Cube in 20 seconds, makers, crafters and hackers were out in force. YouTube has a selection of videos available, and there are some pics on Flickr. And, while it may not be a hover board, there was a self-balancing skateboard."

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ew;jlfwlerhflkhg (-1, Troll)

Fanboy Fantasies (917592) | more than 3 years ago | (#31646162)

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Re:ew;jlfwlerhflkhg (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31646204)

A couple weeks ago, while taking my asian girlfriend shopping at the local mall, I had to take a piss. As I entered the john, Barack Obama -- the messiah himself -- came out of one of the booths. I stood at the urinal looking at him out of the corner of my eye as he washed his hands. He didn't once look at me. He was busy and in any case I was sure the secret service wouldn't even let me shake his hand.

As soon as he left I darted into the booth he'd vacated, hoping there might be a lingering smell of shit and even a seat still warm from his sturdy ass. I found not only the smell but the shit itself. He'd forgotten to flush. And what a treasure he had left behind. Three or four beautiful specimens floated in the bowl. It apparently had been a fairly dry, constipated shit, for all were fat, stiff, and ruggedly textured. The real prize was a great feast of turd -- a nine inch gastrointestinal triumph as thick as his cock -- or at least as I imagined it!

I knelt before the bowl, inhaling the rich brown fragrance and wondered if I should obey the impulse building up inside me. I'd always been a liberal democrat and had been on the Obama train since last year. Of course I'd had fantasies of meeting him, sucking his cock and balls, not to mention sucking his asshole clean, but I never imagined I would have the chance. Now, here I was, confronted with the most beautiful five-pound turd I'd ever feasted my eyes on, a sausage fit to star in any fantasy and one I knew to have been hatched from the asshole of Barack Obama, the chosen one.

Why not? I plucked it from the bowl, holding it with both hands to keep it from breaking. I lifted it to my nose. It smelled like rich, ripe limburger (horrid, but thrilling), yet had the consistency of cheddar. What is cheese anyway but milk turning to shit without the benefit of a digestive tract?

I gave it a lick and found that it tasted better then it smelled.

I hesitated no longer. I shoved the fucking thing as far into my mouth as I could get it and sucked on it like a big half nigger cock, beating my meat like a madman. I wanted to completely engulf it and bit off a large chunk, flooding my mouth with the intense, bittersweet flavor. To my delight I found that while the water in the bowl had chilled the outside of the turd, it was still warm inside. As I chewed I discovered that it was filled with hard little bits of something I soon identified as peanuts. He hadn't chewed them carefully and they'd passed through his body virtually unchanged. I ate it greedily, sending lump after peanutty lump sliding scratchily down my throat. My only regret was that Barack Obama wasn't there to see my loyalty and wash it down with his piss.

I soon reached a terrific climax. I caught my cum in the cupped palm of my hand and drank it down. Believe me, there is no more delightful combination of flavors than the hot sweetness of cum with the rich bitterness of shit. It's even better than listening to an Obama speech!

Afterwards I was sorry that I hadn't made it last longer. But then I realized that I still had a lot of fun in store for me. There was still a clutch of virile turds left in the bowl. I tenderly fished them out, rolled them into my handkerchief, and stashed them in my briefcase. In the week to come I found all kinds of ways to eat the shit without bolting it right down. Once eaten it's gone forever unless you want to filch it third hand out of your own asshole. Not an unreasonable recourse in moments of desperation or simple boredom.

I stored the turds in the refrigerator when I was not using them but within a week they were all gone. The last one I held in my mouth without chewing, letting it slowly dissolve. I had liquid shit trickling down my throat for nearly four hours. I must have had six orgasms in the process.

I often think of Barack Obama dropping solid gold out of his sweet, pink asshole every day, never knowing what joy it could, and at least once did, bring to a grateful democrat.

Two wheels are redundant (4, Interesting)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 3 years ago | (#31646206)

I like the one wheel model. It looks really crazy.

Re:Two wheels are redundant (0, Troll)

Plunky (929104) | more than 3 years ago | (#31646428)

As a (mostly ex-)skateboarder I feel compelled to point out that skateboards have four wheels, and this is a useless toy which would only have novelty appeal to somebody who never took the time to actually ride a board in the first place.

The appeal of skating is not about having the board be in control of your movement, and there is nothing safe about any of it. You will fall and you will hurt. Mastering that is what makes you enjoy yourself.

Re:Two wheels are redundant (3, Insightful)

Bearhouse (1034238) | more than 3 years ago | (#31646480)

this is a useless toy

Yes, and that's why we love it!

Re:Two wheels are redundant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31647034)

You would fall over on basically any road from hitting a stray rock

Cue Dilbert (1)

LtGordon (1421725) | more than 3 years ago | (#31647966)

this is a useless toy

Yes, and that's why we love it!

Dilbert: I want to be productive, but the internet is calling to me.
Internet: Hey, buddy. I've got pictures of gadgets.
Dilbert: Cool ones?
Internet: Sure, let's pretend that matters.

Re:Two wheels are redundant (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31647570)

I bet there won't be many (any) blacks there...

Good luck when your entire country has been destroyed by third worlders.

So sweet (1)

Bugamn (1769722) | more than 3 years ago | (#31646256)

So many interesting things there.

By the way, is this War's horse?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/makerfaire_uk/4438050834/in/pool-makerfaire_uk [flickr.com]

Re:So sweet (1)

krou (1027572) | more than 3 years ago | (#31646302)

That's Rusty the Fire Horse [oliebol.net] .

RuBot II (3, Informative)

wakaranai (87059) | more than 3 years ago | (#31646266)

There's more information (videos, interview with creator) about the Rubik's Cube solving robot, here:
http://www.mechatrons.com/rubot.html [mechatrons.com]

Insert joke about Cylons and Rubik's Cubes...

Re:RuBot II (1)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 3 years ago | (#31646310)

Ah, engineers. You have the brainpower to build a Rubik's Cube solving robot, but you skip the processing which concludes that dark green on dark blue makes for an illegible web site.

(I know that sounds like a troll, but I'm interested to understand why some people with stellar abilities will nevertheless end up doing something apparently trivial like not checking that their work is legible.)

Re:RuBot II (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31646800)

Not to mention the red on blue. The goggles! They do nothing!

The explanation is simple and you can see comments every day on Slashdot. People seem to think good design is only for the likes of Apple and think they're cool if their GUI/Website/whatever looks like shit from 1980, circa EGA graphics colors.

They can't quite make the connection that good design is part of usability. They think that Apple hardware and software is only made to look cool but is crap underneath. They couldn't be more wrong, but they're stopped by their own stubbornness and never even tried anything from Apple. The "omg it's shiny so it must be crap" mindset. It's their loss.

Re:RuBot II (1)

kent_eh (543303) | more than 3 years ago | (#31650984)

Not to mention the red on blue. The goggles! They do nothing!

...

They can't quite make the connection that good design is part of usability.

I don't see anything wrong with that website.
But then I'm colorblind (70% colour deficient according to the optometrist)

Re:RuBot II (1)

shentino (1139071) | more than 3 years ago | (#31648956)

Simple.

Ability is a finite resource.

To put it in gaming terms, you only have so many XP to invest in your various stats and you can't buy everything up where you like it.

Re:RuBot II (1)

beguyld (732494) | more than 4 years ago | (#31666968)

Well, not all of us engineers are like that, but I certainly agree that a great many websites are illegible, either because of the colors or some background pattern.

Personally, I think it's just being completely self-centered and not even registering that other people exist. At least not actual real people outside their own imagination. It is the complete absence of a "user-centered" viewpoint.

If a person took the user's perspective for a couple of seconds, such problems would be obvious. (unless of course all the people on the project have the particular type of color-blindness such that it looks fine... though that still doesn't explain the horrid patterned backgrounds on many sites)

YUO FAIL IT. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31646508)

Come Here but Now

News 2 Me (1)

quantumpineal (1724214) | more than 3 years ago | (#31646596)

Damn, I just live around the corner from there and I didn't even know it was on :S the musical tesla coil is a bit wierdo

CubeStormer (3, Interesting)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#31646662)

CubeStormer [youtube.com] , Rubik's Cube solver made in LEGO bricks with Mindstorms kits.

Okay, so it doesn't look like a "robot" and has four "hands", but it's still much faster than the one from Maker Faire 2010.

Re:CubeStormer (1)

eulernet (1132389) | more than 3 years ago | (#31650610)

And from what I'm able to see, it uses only classical human algorithms, since it does a lot of rotations.
And it doesn't seem better than humans, who are able to solve it within 10 seconds (average time !).

In the author's site (http://www.mechatrons.com/rubot.html), the author says that he used Kociemba's algorithm (http://kociemba.org/cube.htm 22 moves in average), but his robot is a lot slower than the one you mentioned.

Geordie to English Translator (2, Insightful)

16K Ram Pack (690082) | more than 3 years ago | (#31647382)

Definitely required in some parts of Newcastle ;)

you haven't missed your chance (4, Informative)

Eil (82413) | more than 3 years ago | (#31647778)

If you're any kind of geek, you should try to attend one of these. Make Faires happen in various spots around the world multiple times each year. There are more Faires planned in the Bay Area, Detroit, and New York this year. Check out their site [makerfaire.com] for info.

Re:you haven't missed your chance (1)

kent_eh (543303) | more than 3 years ago | (#31651296)

Anyone know when the next one is scheduled in Canada?

Re:you haven't missed your chance (1)

Phoghat (1288088) | more than 4 years ago | (#31655758)

I'm a subscriber of Make Magazine and have been known to cobble together an occasional project. I love working wit my hands and understanding why things work. I've been to Maker Fairs in NY City and marvel at things I don't know yet that I'd like to. I don't buy the kits from the maker shed as I find them a bit expensive, preferring to source my own components.

What's a faire? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31647912)

What's a faire [reference.com] ?

self-balancing (2, Interesting)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#31648458)

skateboard [wikimedia.org] ?

Slashdot sold out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31651674)

How much did O'Reilly pay for this ad?
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