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Papercraft Friday #84: Pinhole Camera

April 30, 2010

This week’s paper model comes from Ravensblight.com, and is great for a science project, or when you just feel like making more than a static model.  The concept of a pinhole camera was pretty common when I was a kid, but in the digital age some kids don’t even know what film is!  Now with some paper and a few odds and ends, plus a roll of 35mm film, they can make their own working camera.  No batteries required!  As Ravensblight points out, pinhole cameras take soft focus pictures, which are good for spooky or dreamlike settings.  Check their site for the model, instructions and sample pictures.

Make one now while you can still buy 35mm film!  Send me some shots from it if you do!

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Free Doctor Who: Freakshow

April 29, 2010

It’s been a good week for free Doctor Who stuff! Once again, Doctor Who Magazine has teamed up with Big Finish Productions to offer an exclusive audio adventure free for DWM readers.

Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles – Freakshow
A new adventure for the Fifth Doctor, Turlough and Tegan
Starring Mark Strickson as Turlough and Toby Longworth as Winklemeyer

Aboard the TARDIS, Turlough records a testimony about a recent adventure. A trip to Buzzard Creek in the USA, where he encountered the sinister Winklemeyer, who claims to have discovered a cure for every known illness…

If you missed it on page 12 of the 31 March issue, hit up www.bigfinish.com/dwm and enter the code 5844.  The offer has been running for awhile and expires 26 May 2010, so don’t delay.

While you’re there, why not subscribe to some of their ranges?  I currently subscribe to two.

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To Victory! And Free Dalek Posters! And More!

April 28, 2010

If you watched the Doctor Who episode Victory of the Daleks (and 7.81 million viewers did when it aired, making it the fourth highest programme on BBC One and the eleventh highest on all British television for the week, not even counting those of us oversees who don’t watch BBC One live), you might have dug that retro WWII era look to the Daleks, complete with Union Jack markings on their dome and military green paint jobs.  One standout from the production was the wartime propaganda-style Dalek poster, which is available for free from the BBC Doctor Who website. While you’re there, check out the pages for other recent episodes for downloads a River Song diary dust jacket and a Patient One wanted poster.  Perfect stuff for your Doctor Who room!  (What, doesn’t everyone have a Doctor Who room!?!?)

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You Are Here: Earth From Mars

April 27, 2010

I have no idea how I missed this photo, which was taken in 2004  (click on it above for a larger view).  Especially in light of my current blog banner.  I follow these things pretty closely, get Astronomy and Sky & Telescope magazines, and so forth.  But the photo above was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit on March 8, 2004.  The first photo of Earth from the surface of another planet… it gives me goosebumps.

The Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity have been operating on the surface of Mars for over 6 years.  Spirit became indelibly stuck in a sand trap last May, but continued to function.  It skipped a planned communication with NASA on March 31st and may be in hibernation mode during the Martian winter.  On Thursday April 29th, it will surpass the Viking 1 lander’s record for the longest running mission on Mars, assuming it survives the low power mode and wakes up in a few weeks.  If not, Opportunity is sure to break the record, as it continues to chug along towards a giant crater called Endeavor on the Martian plains of Meridiani Planum on the opposite side of the planet.  It landed on Mars 3 weeks after Spirit back in January 2004, and will surpass the record on May 20th.

Not bad for two little rovers that were only supposed to last 3 months.

via Boing Boing

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Flash Games: Ultima IV Quest of the Avatar

April 27, 2010

Wanna play a real Ultima game via Flash in your browser, instead of suffering through Ultima branded strategy games like Lord of Ultima?  Blair Leggett is happy to oblige, with a Flash version of Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar.  Included in the Flash versions are three new top-border icons that link to help, game documents and email assistance.  Have fun!

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Bookmarked: Boxer

April 25, 2010

I stumbled upon Boxer by sheer happenstance.  I was looking for a picture of the box side (or a flattened box scan) of Worlds of Ultima: Savage Empire (or Ultima: Kyouryuu Teikoku) for the Super Famicom.  I have the cart, and thought maybe I could make up a sleeve for a universal game case for it, but I only have pics of the front and back covers, not the side (if anyone has one, please let me know!!).  While surfing around, I saw a mention in a forum somewhere of playing games in DOSBox, an open source DOS emulator that is quite often used to play DOS games on modern systems.  The forum post mentioned that for Mac users, Boxer was the way to go.

Boxer is a DOS game emulator for Mac that takes all the hassle out of messing with DOSBox settings and drive mounting and so on.  Just drag your DOS game folder or CD onto it.  If the game needs to be installed, Boxer will install it, and leave you with a “gamebox” that you double-click to start the game.  It’s pretty much as simple as that.  As with any program, some old games come with complications, and Boxer lets you tweak as you like.  But in many cases it’s not necessary.  They even have some ready-to-play demos and games available to download in .dmg files, all ready to go.  When I saw Ultima IV and Ultima Underworld in the ready-to-pay group, I knew I’d be hooked.  Plus it works with many of the DOS-bases GOG.com games as well.

If you feel like rockin’ some old skool gaming on your Mac, try out Boxer.  Let me know what you think.

What else have I Bookmarked?  Click and find out.

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Papercraft Friday #83: Relief Earth Globe

April 23, 2010

In honor of Earth Day, this week’s model is the Relief Earth Globe from paperpino.net.  Relief Earth Globes show the Earth’s surface and undersea topography.  This one uses 2006 images from the National Geophysical Data Center – NOAA Satellite and Information Service.  The 19-page model and instructions are pretty detailed.  The box in the picture can also be built, and has an internal starfield that you would place the globe into.

Thanks to Giuseppe (Pino) Civitarese for making this model (and several others) available on paperpino.net.  And in honor of Earth Day, build this one out of some good stock recycled paper.

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