The 50th anniversary bicycle

2 October, 2010

My boss turns 50 next week. My colleagues and I got together last week to think of a surprise. After some discussion we agreed to each write a personal message and hang it in his office the day of his birthday. Since he’s a cycling enthusiast, one of my colleagues asked, “will we do something with bicycles, like a bike in his office?” That’s when I got the idea for my wooden 50th anniversary bicycle.

In Holland we have special bicycle lanes that are indicated with a road sign with, well, a bicycle. Everybody here knows this sign and the simplified design makes it very suitable as a basis for a wooden silhouette. The sign looks something like this:

Dutch bicycle lane road sign

Dutch bicycle lane road sign

The gimmick for the 50th anniversary bicycle is that the front wheel is a 5 and that the rear wheel is a 0. After some rough sketches, my paper design looked like this:

50th anniversary bicycle paper outline

50th anniversary bicycle paper outline

I then drew this on a piece of 18mm pine wood and cut it with a jigsaw:

50th anniversary bicycle jigsaw

50th anniversary bicycle jigsaw

When the cutting was nearly done, unfortunately the front wheel broke off…

50th anniversary bicycle finished but broken

50th anniversary bicycle finished but broken

I then sanded and filed the whole thing for a couple of hours. Sitting on the balcony I actually found this very relaxing. It’s always nice to see tangible results of your work. Then, as I tried glueing and screwing the front wheel on the bike, the piece broke at another place! OK, this baby needed a bit more careful handling.

50th anniversary bicycle broken. Again.

50th anniversary bicycle broken. Again.

I finally screwed everything together with a bit of glue. Here’s the almost finished result drying on an improvised stand:

50th anniversary bicycle almost finished

50th anniversary bicycle almost finished

What do you think? If you have some tips or need some advice, let me know in the comments.

A 20$ macbook stand

29 September, 2010

Holland already brought you the 5$ iPad stand, now it’s time for the $20 MacBook stand!

I was looking for a cheap MacBook stand so that I would no longer have to bend over my computer so much. I’m quite tall (1m94 or 6’4 for y’all yanks out there) and sitting in this curved position gave me sore arms, neck and shoulders. I wanted my stand to be foldable in some way so that it would not take too much space when not used. The design I chose allows you to simply slide the two pieces together. Sturdy as a rock, smooth like a Sade song. All natural materials.

Here is the result:

nice huh?

wooden MacBook stand

With the computer:

nice huh?

wooden macbook stand with computer

The disassembled pieces:

nice huh?

wooden macbook stand pieces

Would you like one too? Order here! When I have about 20 orders I will start a production series.

I will make further improvements along the process. If you have suggestions, please let me know in the comments.

GTA IV on a MacBook 13 Inch 2.0 Ghzh

22 January, 2009

Yes. It works. Fun? Yes! Razor sharp graphics? No, of course not. Buy a PS3 and a HDTV if need that level of detail. But if you don’t have 1000 Euro’s lying around, like me, you can just get the game for 50 Euro and have hours of fun on your (nearly) out of the box MacBook.

Hell, you can even take it with you on the train. Perfect if you have 4 hours to kill between Paris and Amsterdam in a first class seat with a power plug by your feet🙂 Because this baby will suck your battery dry in no time. It may also get hot after a few hours, but that’s a good signal to cool off yourself as well…

You need to put all the settings on the lowest level to make the game playable, but when you do, it plays well. First, of course, you need to install Windows with the help of bootcamp. I have Windows XP Professional with SP3.

You may also want to update your video drivers. Nvidia has released a special beta driver update: Nvidia v180.84 driver. Problem: they won’t install on the MacBook. You will get an error. Fortunately there is a modded version by Dox here that works fine on my machine: Dox optimised 180.84 driver. Make sure to uninstall the Apple Nvidia driver before installing Dox driver.

I plug in a Logitech Dual Action pad that I bought to play San Andreas. Since GTA IV will only accept an offical 360 controller (Why God, Why!?) you will need to install a couple of files in the GTA directory to make it work. Many thanks to Racer_S for this XBOX 360 controller emulator.

Happy gaming!

Search and download Mp3 online

22 January, 2009

I was just watching an online documentary on Dutch television about illegal downloading. In it was a screen shot of an Mp3 search engine: www.mp3gle.com. The outtro music of the documentary was really nice, so I tagged it with Shazam on my Iphone. As in most cases, Shazam easily found the track title and artist. I typed in the name of the track in the Mp3gle.com search engine and was downloading the track within seconds!

The track is one of those tracks that most people know, but very knew know it’s name or artist. You can listen to it here. The title of the track is “Green Onions”, by Booker T and the M.G.’s. When I get more of those ‘obscure’ tracks that everybody knows, I might do a special post on them.


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