More solar stuff

So.

In the bad old days, I chucked some solar panels on our extension roof, ran some cables to the attic, and had this sort of mess going on:
h_old_solar_setupCheapo MPPT solar battery charger connected to lots of old car batteries.

Not pretty, but it let me wire the house for 12v, and fit lots of lighting and stuff that wasn’t reliant on the grid. Finally got round to tidying it up last year… Continue reading

Motion Control experiment: stop motion + live action

No CGI! All captured with my zany mo-co contraption on a Canon 7D, then comped together in After Effects.

Got the camera to do 4 passes:
1. Normal speed to capture the hand at the start
2. Frame by frame to do the stop-motion chips
3. Normal speed again to capture the hand at the end
4. Normal speed, all lights off apart from one, and a spray of stage smoke (you can see it at the top of the frame)

Piano piece

Piano instrument: The Maverick (a Kontakt library). Really like it – sounds very natural, configurable without being overly complex. Love the ringing of the strings at the end, and the way you can (if you want) hear the sound of the damper pedal.

Animation Nodes test – growing Birmingham

Testing the Animation Nodes add-on for Blender. Fairly quick to animate lots of objects (in this case, the buildings’ rotation and scale is based on distance from a key object, so their animations end up staggered).

Had issues with rendering. AN kept throwing an exception and stopping working halfway through the render. Got to either have AN burn keyframes (to all those objects… [gulp]) or just write a script to do it.

Buildings and road data from OSM.

Megger PAT120 animation

Made by Howard Matthews at Push Pictures
Music by Poseidon.tv
Created in Blender, composited in After Effects
Additional modelling by Richie Phillips
Additional model credits from BlendSwap:
Mixing desk: simonrepp; kitchen mixer: swmo; Anglepoise lamp: up3danimation; Clip light: bmanjones; PC: modelyna; drill: bdfspace69; table fan: shivraj; milling machine: WiKKiD Widgets; laptop: MarkLaBarr

Do not throw away!!

So, I was pulling apart an old car CD-changer unit (as you do), when my eye was caught by the printing on a tiny bit of circuit board…

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I wonder how many of these little scrap-looking PCBs were chucked out by accident before someone at the factory realised they were going to have to do something about it:

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Tee hee.