Monday, March 26, 2012

Adele Someone Like You Piano Tutorial

One of the best piano tutors in YouTube (imo), bbdhrggl, has a piano tutorial of Adele's Someone Like You. Her tutorials are slowed down versions of pieces. You can just follow her hands to memorize and learn the piece. Clicking below will take you to the video. She disabled embedding.

Good luck playing Adele's Someone Like You on piano. She also teaches math.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Angry Birds Space is Here!

The fourth Angry Birds game is here. Angry Birds Space's gameplay is so new (yet still fun) that reviewers are saying it's the righful sequel the to the first Angry Birds Game.

Instead of shooting birds in arches, you now shoot birds straight through space. Birds get caught in the gravity of planets - which allows the birds to traverse until it reaches that snorting pig. This allows even more complex physics: like making birds drop like comets, objects hurtling towards pigs, or the pigs themselves falling into a planet fatally.

The game isn't that expensive. It's free (albeit ad supported) for Android users, 99 cents for non-HD iOS. It gets expensive for devices with larger screens. It costs $2.99, $4.99, $5.95 for the iPad, Mac, and PC respectively.

Check out the gameplay video below.

Get the game now:
Angry Birds Space [Android Free Version]
Angry Birds Space [Android, 99 cents]
Angry Birds Space [Kindle Fire]
Angry Birds Space [iOS for iPhone and iPad, requires iPhone 3GS and/or iOS 4.0 and up, 99 cents]
Angry Birds Space HD [iPad only, $2.99]
Angry Birds Space [Mac, $4.99]
Angry Birds Space [PC, $5.95]

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Working Scientific Calculator in Minecraft

This thing measures 250x200x100 blocks. By no means did he do this fully manual, he must have written helper code to design, duplicate, and link portions.

Someone should build a Minecraft CPU soon.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Camera Obscura on a Room

This video from National Geographic shows you how to make a room sized camera obscura, which is basically an optical projection of a scene through a hole.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Laser Playing Portal's Still Alive

Someone had the time to make a laser marker sing Still Alive from Portal (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Keep watching! You'll realize something by the middle of the video. It seems that he uses lasers of different intensities to create different tones.

It took quite a while to get it this far. Laser markers weren't really meant for making music and there are a few parts out of time but I'm sure GLaDOS would approve.

GLaDOS would approve of course, she does like baking things.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Michael Jackson on Back To The Future 2, year 2015

Back To The Future 2 predicts Michael Jackson to still be alive in 2015.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Poor Man's PIC Programmers (Serial, Parallel)

Professional PIC programmers are expensive. If you have limited budget, you can instead build your own out of less expensive parts. Note that these circuits will need either a parallel port or a serial port.

The following chips are supported: 12F629, 12F675, 16F627, 16F627A, 16F628, 16F628A, 16F630, 16F648A, 16F676, 16F72, 16F73, 16F74, 16F76, 16F77, 16F737, 16F747, 16F767, 16F777, 16F83, 16F84, 16F84A, 16F87, 16F88, 16F818, 16F819, 16F870, 16F871, 16F872, 16F873, 16F873A, 16F874, 16F874A, 16F876, 16F876A, 16F877 and 16F877A.

Circuit for parallel port programmer (click to zoom)

Circuit for serial port programmer (click to zoom)

You can download the software for programmers below:

Thanks to for creating such tools for free. For assistance, go to

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