Off topic fun

Holiday videos

Finish IT magazine Tietoviikko has a nice selection of Christmas videos for developers in the Kehittäjän kanavan jouluvideoerikoinen article. Take a look at those videos (you don’t need to understand the Finnish text on the article to enjoy them). Happy holidays.

25,000 Angry Christmas Lights

What do you get when you take Angry Birds and Christmas lights? 25,000 Angry Christmas Lights video shows that you get 25,000 Christmas lights pumping to the Angry Bird Theme song covered by Pomplamoose. The video description tells that the lights don’t actually go on until after Thanksgiving. This video is shot at a middle

Write only memory

Write-only memory has been one of the best practical jokes on the electronics industry field. Write-only memory (WOM) is the antithesis of read-only memory (ROM). By definition, a WOM is a memory device which can be written but never read. The WOM concept is most often used as a joke or a euphemism for a

Stupid Robots

Ever worry that robots are getting a little too smart? Thankfully, some people are dedicated to keeping our metal friends dumb. Bacarobo, the Stupid Robot Championship, is a showcase for just such robots. The contest originated in Japan (running in 2007 and 2008) before moving to Hungary in 2010. The competition has three main rules:

Open Spark Project

See Girl Talk, Lady Gaga Performed on Tesla Coils article tells about Open Spark Project that plays music with Tesla coils. Watch the videos. Tesla Orchestra performing Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”:

555 AM radio

I have earlier written about 555 timer design contest. The contest is over and winning circuits have been found. Here is one very interesting contest entry (got second place in Minimalist category): AM radio receiver built around 555 timer IC. Look at the following video that presents the circuit.