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Nite Shadow
Eggman's failed creation
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DOB: 7/24/1985
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Seems I've made a new friend.
Ain't he cute?
I have no idea where he came from, but he decided to crawl up onto my tablet and perch himself on the CTRL key.
Seriously overkill frontlight mod for GBC.So, I got a kit to fix, restore, and add a frontlight to a Gameboy Color.
I cast the instruction manual aside, patched the frontlight directly to the batterer pack, at the point the towers are soldered to the front, ran far more wiring than I likely needed, and added a breaker switch to the middle of the unit, which I put in place by grinding a hole with a steak knife... Don't be fooled by the apparently bare wires in this thing though, I made sure that they were all secured and insulated, keeping them visible was an atheistic choice in my part.
I like to think of this as a: Total Chaos Hackjob.

Frontlight on

Frontlight off

Frontlight on in complete darkness
Decided to try repairing a DMG-001... I did not see this comming.So, this was most certainly unexpected. I was inspecting the inside of a DMG-001 that I've owned since 1990, to see why the audio was gone before I go through with restoring it.
A suicide note from an assembly line worker came out from behind the metal plate behind the cartridge slot.

So...Yeah.... I don't think I felt like sleeping tonight anyway.
BattleBot Doom Deathmatch concept.So, this is a rough concept for something for fun that popped into my mind while chatting on Skype earlier today.
Due to how bots work in most Doom ports, this would all need to be handled on the host's computer.

The concept here is simple enough, all entrants program their own bot with all the stats outlined in https://wiki.zandronum.com/BOTINFO .
Accuracy, Intellect, Evade, Anticipation, Reactiontime, and Perception, all have a set amount of points you can distribute between them. (I still need to find a decent amount of points to set) The player is free to distribute these points as they see fit, so long as it does not exceed the maximum points allowed.
No restrictions for Chatfrequency, and should only be set at the entrant's own risk.

Once everything has been set, the player would then submit their bot to the host, to be inspected, then added.
After everyone who has entered has made their bot, and submitted it, the host starts the match.
Entrants are free to watch, as spectators to the fight. No humans allowed in the battlebot arena. (A password lock would prevent this from being a problem though)
After a set amount of matches, a winner is declared based on the final results of each fight.

So, it's a rough concept, but it seems like it would be simple enough to pull off.
Is time to cause some HAVOC!

I was bored, so I decided to load the Skulltag assets into brutal doom and start a deathmatch.
Saving 2 SNES cartridges.So, I found two circuit boards near the highway, after determining that they are rom boards for the SNES, I decided to see if I could get them fixed.
The results were better than expected, however cosmetically, they look like a couple of counterfeits.

This was just after the initial cleanup on both boards, and testing them to find out that they both are still in perfect working order! This came as a surprise, considering everything that could have possibly caused permanent damage to this things, near a HIGHWAY of all things.
The battery had been forcibly removed from one, which I had determined was Donkey Kong Country 2.

Street fighter 2.
Printed the label myself. It's not perfect, but it does it's job.

DKC2, just installed a new battery holder onto the board, and clicked in a CR2032 battery.
Save data works perfectly fine now, and the game plays exactly as it should! :D

Same deal as the SF2 label, however I took better care with applying this one.
It's still not perfect, and looks like a counterfeit, especially with the serial code referencing the wrong game, but it does it's job all the same. Took some trial and error to get the size right.

And of course, where would I be without the back warning label that nobody gives a crap about?

So, allnall, this project was a success. and much to my surprise, went off without a hitch.
I'm glad. I know it's not worth anything in it's current condition, but it's still a playable, legal, copy.

This is going to a friend, whom I know will give it the care it deserves.
Nite paints on things that are not canvas

Did some things to a beat up old, ripped label Zelda Link's Awakening cartridge I had turned up recently.

A nice coat of paint, and a label printed with an inkjet printer has done wonders for adding a new level of awesome to this old relic.

Also, I got the label wrong. It's the DX version.
Some rather insane/stupid experiments involving a 200W stereo.A quick word of warning: Some of these experiments which I have done can prove dangerous, in addition to possibly damaging equipment, there is a high risk of injury, death, electrocution, or fire. I do NOT recommend anyone attempt to repeat these experiments. I do some EXCEEDINGLY STUPID THINGS in these logs.


Electric motor + high power stereo:
Connected a vibration motor from an old game controller to my stereo:
Expected results: failure of the motor due to excessive overvoltaging. (We are looking at around 200 WATTS being ran through a 4-volt motor.) Determining that the audio signal being output is a form of DC power, I expected the motor to try to run.

Test 1: Direct connection + Turn up volume until result happens.
Result: Motor tried to run as expected, at high volume of the stereo, it acted as a (Rather terrible) speaker.
Sound was distorted, but sound could be heard coming from the motor, matching audio being played.
Full rotation was not achieved.

Test 2: place motor in teeth until results noticed.
Result: At about 1/3 volume, audio could be heard, but not after releasing from teeth. It would seem that teeth are able to transfer vibrations through the jaw, and skull, which can still be picked up by the ears. Audio was better than the previous test, but was still rather crummy.

Test 3: Max out volume setting while listening to "Call of Cthulu" by "Metallica"
Motor was still unable to make a full rotation of the hammer. However, it did vibrate far differently than the standard vibration system used in Game controllers. I wonder if a concept such as this could be utilized to allow for more realistic feeling vibrations, by running sounds through the vibration unit, rather than simply spinning a motor.
Motor suffered a critical failure during this test. as it began to smoke.

Theory: It's likely that this concept works because electric motors, and speakers contain similar components.
Those being Copper wire, and magnets. However, an electric motor is not designed to handle audio signals, hence why this experiment ended with expected failure of the motor.

Additional: same experiment, but to a vibrating office chair.
This turned out odd, It was still able to process distorted audio, Certainly an idea to feel the music, and a project such as this may even help the hearing impaired listen to music.
Experiment cut short, as I had other plans for the office chair.

High powered stereo VS Nite Shadow.
So, in case you hadn't guessed, I tempted fate with this one.

Test 1: Max volume, and grab bare wires.
Result: A mild jolt felt in time with the bass impacts of the song playing. Muscles tried to contract with each impact.

It would seem that there is just enough amperage to penetrate the skin, and jolt the muscles, and nerves.
If my hands had been wet, this likely would have hurt a lot.

Potentiometer connected directly to stereo.

Test 1: No result.
Well, I should have seen this coming. All a potentiometer is, is a variable power resistor, no matter how it is connected, nothing strange is going to happen.

Controlled short circuit of bare wires.

Test 1: Huh, the breaker works!

Theory: The breaker switch did it's job, and prevented the short circuit from back feeding power into the system, which would cause permanent damage to the unit, and/or cause a fire.

Stereo + LED bulbs.

Test 1: a standard LED bulb:
LED lit up, and seemed to be timed to the bass impacts, but seemed to get a lower more continuous flow of power.

Test 2: An infrared LED bulb:
This caused some havoc! Both my TV's came on an unknown menu showed up as well, My roku box started up youtube with the interface jumping all over the place, My craig mini amp turned on and began cycling random radio stations.,my VCR/dvd player Switched to VCR mode and erased it's configuration. No damage done to anything affected.
Replicating results has been unsuccessful.

Theory: I have no idea how to explain that 2nd test.
It must have been luck of the draw, but holy crap was that weird!

Test 3: An incandescent Christmas tree light.
Light exploded, No sign of bulb remaining. Right hand thumbnail was scorched.

These experiments are ongoing, there were also a few left out due to lack of interesting results.
More to come as I turn stuff up.
Well....THAT happened.Yup, My old android tablet "Sithis" is down for the count.
So, the odd thing here is: This was actually caused by catching it, before it hit the floor.
I must have gripped it on an existing fracture.... At least I never used this thing for anything important.

Concept: Sending photos using an analog phone.So, this is an idea I've had for awhile, and is one that in all likelihood SHOULD work.
The concept is simple: Convert a photo to an SSTV signal, Make a phone call, and send it across to a receiving computer at the receiving end. Everything needed to make this work is available to even folk who don't have a lot of money, and any required software is free.

http://www.dxatlas.com/Download.asp (For SSTVtools) [Conversion software]
http://users.belgacom.net/hamradio/rxsstv.htm (For RX SSTV) [Decoding software]

The rest just requires a decent microphone on the decoding system, and a picture to convert.

SSTV stands for Slow Scan Television.
It's a type of sound signal, which is created from an image. annoying as all heck, but effective.
This has been used by NASA, and even CB hobbyists to transfer images for years.
Truthfully: I see no reason this will not work over the phone.

There are a number of SSTV signal types that can be used, each with their own speed, and resulting quality.
So far I have had the best luck with scottie2.

One cool thing to note with RX SSTV, is that it is capable of identifying an incoming image's signal type, within the first few seconds, by decoding a multi-tonal pattern at the start of the signal.

If the preliminary tests are successful, I will be running the final test from another location where I am house sitting, and actually sending over the phone to a receiving computer.
It could be up to a month (Likely sooner if I break off to return to civilization for a day) before I can show the actual results however, since I wont be able to access the decoded images until I return home.
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