Monday, May 2, 2016

I'm excited about the Pyra, successor to the OpenPandora

It's been a while since I've typed anything here but I thought I'd share my excitement about getting a new toy.

The Pyra is a portable ARM computer with a QWERTY keyboard and gaming controls. It's powerful enough to be a simple desktop and portable to be a gaming machine. Full details on the Pyra website.
Lots of people are excited about the emulation possibilities.

Render of the Pyra
18 of these units have been produced and they are ready to build more.
Unfortunately, you can't buy them yet. They are being produced by a small group of people and don't have the funding to lay out the capital.
You can put a down payment on one.
Pyra at the Dragon Box store
I was part of the pre-preorder crowd so as well as being guaranteed one from the first batch made, I got a sweet board, signed and numbered by the team.

Pyra pre-preorder board. Others were equally excited.
It's not a device for everyone. It might be a little expensive for what it does.
It is unique though and I'm looking forward to getting it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The stats of playing lands at the right time.

I'm been playing a fair bit of Magic the Gathering and doing a lot of listening whilst on my walks.
I'm enjoying the challenge of improving myself.

When I first started playing over 10 years ago, I used to play with a deck that had a third of lands. When I started playing drafts in 2012, I was informed that a third was a little low and two fifths is what I should be aiming for.

I found that games were going much smoother.

As different sets came out, the requirement for how many lands you depended on changed.
I've tried looking at different sites for probabilities based on the number of lands in a deck but I could never grok them.
After producing my own numbers, I understand why. There is a lot to take in.

(or play with the whole thing)

This sheet allows me to see the number of lands I can expect in a given turn.
It should allow me to make decisions on whether I want to be sure I get to land X and what is the likely hood that I'll have more land in my hands than I need.
It shows me how one more or one less land affect my hand.
The thing that came out of the sheet that I didn't expect was, 'what does it mean if an outcome happens 10% of the time?'.
In a draft, you are guaranteed 6 games, with a maximum of 9. That means if something had a probability of happening more that 16%, you had to be prepared for it happening at least once during the night.
I was expecting to adjust the probabilities by around 5%. Swaying them closer to 15% seems a lot, but I'll see how I go.

Love a technical solution to a non-technical problem.

Friday, November 15, 2013

The final triumph

"Classic" companion cube.
I love the idea that Portal is going to be a game that will be talked about hopefully forever, like Pong and Pacman.
This one opens up to be a tiny container.
I contemplated putting a note in there to start it off as a box of thoughts, but left it to the receiver to use in how she seen best.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Yet another birthday present

It was fun making Pokémon so I made another one.
It was a little bit dull since the colour scheme is very similar but I was getting better at printing the wings.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Other breach of copyright

Could be posting more content to this blog.
Not code but most people get a buzz out of it.


Starbug from Red Dwarf.
This one lives at my house. Wanted more things on my shelf :)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Breach of copyright?

A while ago I bought a 3D printer with no specific purpose.
It's come in handy a few times but it is more of a laugh than a useful toy at this point.
Did this for a friend birthday though. It's obviously Dragonite from Pokémon and I have not asked permission to reproduce this model.

Do I go to jail for this work or does he?

Making this post as I've just stumbled upon http://www.creationistas.com and believe it is important.

-edit-
Since my post was approved so quickly, thought I'd link directly to my post so the circle is complete: http://www.creationistas.com/bringing-2d-objects-to-life/

Monday, September 23, 2013

A green cape

Trying to take a picture of yourself can be hard.
Love the challenge.
I've added the new cape to the collection of capes page. Still need to do my blue basketball material one.