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31  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Noises for Electric Vehicles - Circuit Bending? :D on: May 20, 2011, 03:26:16 am
But if people don't listen at the moment and just walk across then they are likely to get hit by a bike.

In my experience bikes make a lot of noise if you step out in front of them.  Usually quite offensive noise that I wouldn't want my mother to hear.
32  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Noises for Electric Vehicles - Circuit Bending? :D on: May 19, 2011, 03:11:07 am
If it doesn't sound like a TIE fighter I'm sticking with petrol.
33  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Your latest purchase on: May 18, 2011, 02:16:12 am
I hadn't, no.  Interesting stuff, shame they're out of stock of the kits.

It's all open source under Creative Commons.  You said you were already building a metronome plus now you put an Arduino in the middle!  Who doesn't love that?!  Just some food for thought if you want more usability out of it.  The PCB wont be as pretty, but that's about it.

My initial thought was that a metronome with an arduino would be huge.  My order from bitsbox.co.uk arrived yesterday and the speaker is huge! (well compared with how small the circuit could be) so I could easily fit an arduino on the space in the project box I've got for circuitboard.  Presuming, of course, that the arduino isn't going to be bothered by the magnetism of the speaker.
34  Community / Bar Sport / Re: My electric blanket doesn't work ... on: May 17, 2011, 09:27:33 am
Mind you, I've been to the UK. The buildings are built for warmth, not for getting rid of it.

It's because we love complaining. We spend all winter complaining about the lack of sun, most of summer complaining about the rain and on the three sunny days we get every year we complain that it's too hot.
35  Community / Bar Sport / Re: My electric blanket doesn't work ... on: May 17, 2011, 02:55:15 am
Well, we are heading for autumn. Tonight it is 11.6 C. That's 52.9 F.

Not exactly snow on the ground, we never get that, but cool. Besides, do you think it is OK to sell electric blankets that forget the time, forget the set temperature, as long as they are sold in Melbourne?

No I don't think it's ok, I was just a bit surprised to hear about electric blankets being used.  Still surprised, it's 12 C here in the daytime in summer. Guess it's largely relative though.
36  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Your latest purchase on: May 17, 2011, 02:45:36 am
Have you heard of the Tactile Metronome?

http://www.wayneandlayne.com/projects/metronome/

I hadn't, no.  Interesting stuff, shame they're out of stock of the kits.
37  Community / Bar Sport / Re: My electric blanket doesn't work ... on: May 16, 2011, 04:23:19 am
Melbourne? Electric blanket? Do you live in a fridge??
38  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Your latest purchase on: May 16, 2011, 04:20:35 am
Following my guitar purchase earlier in this thread I've ordered some bits to make a metronome (555 timer, pot, speaker etc). First time I'll have done anything like this without an arduino in the middle.
39  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Thinking about starting an Arduino magazine on: May 13, 2011, 03:38:10 am
What would be nice, though - is if you can somehow get your community to write and submit articles (good articles), and have them compiled into a downloadable PDF each month. I can envision a site where there's a forum, plus each member has a profile page where they can "blog" - then you have other members rate blogged articles monthly, and top 10 (or whatever) get a slot in the magazine at the end. There would still be a fair amount of design and layout work needed as the "deadline" rolled around, but most of it could probably be taken care of by the website design itself...

I think this is the most likely idea.  It's fairly straight forward to set up a decent blog site given the how good the various blog engines are, and it'd be cheap too. 
Get that going with a decent number of articles and good community support (thus making it clear which are the most popular articles) then launch the mag.  Change it so the front page of the site is all about the mag, have the blog as a secondary think (bit like the forum here).  With a bit of luck readership would be far in excess of active blog members but the blog would still be healthy.

You could start of with a newsletter rather than a magazine, highlighting the best of the blog, best external links and maybe letters to the editor.
40  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Most Stupid Creation Thread on: May 13, 2011, 03:14:59 am
http://www.inewidea.com/2011/05/11/38310.html
I see a lot of this kind of stuff although some of it has given me good ideas. smiley

That reminded me that the company that made the Nabaztag went under. A quick google later and they're back! Now called the Karotz: http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/9003869/art/karotz/karotz-smart-rabbit.html?srcid=867&key=NRtxekdsPbDcLdsgDj8EViwbSXsMFtXqH+sbP1RlZEt8dEN1ObGLd4p3UmhVAnhIQXpYXg==
41  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Possible Issue With Arduino Trademark Logo? on: May 13, 2011, 03:02:17 am

Is this going to turn in to a stupid legal action thread?
Murdock tries to sue Skype for use of his "Sky" logo
42  Community / Products and Services / Re: Maplin selling plug sockets with USB socket for £4! on: May 11, 2011, 07:48:47 am
There isn't a double socket version and I haven't installed either of them yet.

Not entirely sure how to check the stability of the supply though?
43  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Your latest purchase on: May 10, 2011, 03:35:06 am
Not arduino related, but I decided to take up the guitar so bought me Westfield E4000 (Les Paul style) and a very small amp.
44  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Most Stupid Creation Thread on: May 10, 2011, 03:25:16 am
I had a physics lesson today, and now I realise just how true all of this is. We were doing an invstigation about how the legnth of a sicamore seed wing affects the time it takes to fall. I had to describe to my teacher how the lift was created over the wing. Surely it should be the other way round - the teacher telling the student not the student telling the teacher?

Your teacher got you to do an experiment and describe the physics behind it?  Sound like he or she is doing a pretty good job.
45  Community / Bar Sport / Re: appropriate for bar sport on: May 10, 2011, 03:17:00 am
If anything conductive gets in to your bag of batteries such as a scrap of metal then the risk is greatly increased.

Also, never carry a couple of AA cells in the same pocket as your keys. You might be sat in a restaurant having lunch when you're caused to leap up and yell out in pain because your leg is burning.
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