Glass Whiteboard for My Office

I’ve wanted a whiteboard for my office since I moved into this house.  I saw this and immediately thought it was a simple perfect answer to getting a glass whiteboard (even better than I had wanted) Now I just wish it was magnetic, maybe I can do something better.

Glass WhiteboardGlass Whiteboard

 

1 x TORSBY 53″x33″ White Glass Top for $79

1 x RIBBA Picture Ledge for $10
1/2″ mirror hardware for $5
Laser Level, ruler, stud finder, and drill
1 hour later

Reference: NOT Expensive Glass Whiteboard

 

Circular Stories (A “Call Back” in trope language)

I keep noticing that many of the best stories are somewhat circular. These stories begin with some fact or event and then go through often tremendous amounts of changes, information and events and then they circle back to that original fact or event to finish with an emotional or humorous touch that evokes a “Wow” moment. It doesn’t matter if I am hearing it or reading it always seems to hits one of my emotional response buttons.

There are some great examples of storytellers that use this method well. One of the best is Eddie Izzard his comedy routines often circle back. Almost all of them “Call Back” on some point or another for various reasons.

This poignant and often funny example from Ted.com of Rives Discussing “The Museum of Four in the Morning”.

There are many other examples that I can’t think of at the moment but I reserve the right to come back and update this post to contain other examples as I find or remember them.

Ambient Lighting for the TV Using a Raspberry PI

 

Ambilight Example

I saw this post and immediately thought how cool is that!  I want to do something like that for my big screen TV in the living room where I’m already running a Raspberry Pi and XBMC.

How to build your own Ambilight TV with Raspberry Pi and XBMC

This would work on the other flat screen TV in the bedroom too:

How to build an Ambilight for every HDMI input source

Ambient lighting would look incredible. This is a fantastic way to do it.

Related articles

Flying Drones and the LAW

Just read an article about the law vs what the FAA claims and it seems quite different. In some cases it really comes down to the semantics of a drone vs an RC device.

So You Want To Fly Drones?  Here’s What the Law Says

I was led here by the page: FAA seeks to unleash small ‘low-risk’ drones for films and farms by November  The comments are very interesting since they correct the article’s writer as to where the FAA really stands legally.

TV and Movies Area

I want to add a section for Movies & TV you would think that with the plethora of Plugins for that sort of thing it would be easy.

I’ve now installed and tested several just for adding some movies and they were all at the kindest very difficult and being honest some were absolute crap.  Do I have to take someone else’s Plugin and hack it into something that will work for me just to do this, Really!?

New Book – The Burning Dark

I just picked this up the other day and looking forward to reading it.

 

The Burning Dark Book Cover The Burning Dark

Science Fiction
Tor Books
March 25, 2014
Hardcover
336

Adam Christopher’s dazzling first novel, Empire State, was named the Best Book of 2012 by SciFi Now magazine. Now he explores new dimensions of time and space in The Burning Dark.

Back in the day, Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland had led the Fleet into battle against an implacable machine intelligence capable of devouring entire worlds. But after saving a planet, and getting a bum robot knee in the process, he finds himself relegated to one of the most remote backwaters in Fleetspace to oversee the decommissioning of a semi-deserted space station well past its use-by date.

But all is not well aboard the U-Star Coast City. The station’s reclusive Commandant is nowhere to be seen, leaving Cleveland to deal with a hostile crew on his own. Persistent malfunctions plague the station’s systems while interference from a toxic purple star makes even ordinary communications problematic. Alien shadows and whispers seem to haunt the lonely corridors and airlocks, fraying the nerves of everyone aboard.

Isolated and friendless, Cleveland reaches out to the universe via an old-fashioned space radio, only to tune in to a strange, enigmatic signal: a woman’s voice that seems to echo across a thousand light-years of space. But is the transmission just a random bit of static from the past—or a warning of an undying menace beyond mortal comprehension?

"Builds tension expertly. Claustrophobic in mood but with the scope of great space opera, this is SF you will want to read with the light on."—Library Journal, starred review, on The Burning Dark