Make: Electronics – Chp 1 Exercise 3

Exercise Three “Your First Circuit”.  At this point we finally begin to make something that resembles an electronic circuit.  The purpose of the experiment is to show you how to turn electricity into a functional property and power a light-emitting diode. One of the key take-a-ways from this experiment is what is learned about the general properties of an LED.  The longer wire (Anode) is the more positive side and

Make: Electronics – Chp 1 Exercise 2

Exercise Two “Shorting a Battery” exposes the reader to the concept of voltage, current, and resistance.  The end result is non-eventful as there are no visual effects of the short. However, the battery itself becomes very warm.  This is a result of increased current and electrical flow through the wires and the electrolytic properties of the battery. A second exercise involves placing a 3-amp-fuse in-between the battery terminals.  The idea

Make: Electronics – Chp 1 Exercise 1

Exercise one “Taste the Power!” is a nice approach to demystifying electricity for a beginner. In addition to the background information covered, such as the fundamentals of Ohms and how a battery actually works. One of the first tasks kind of reminded me of a “Hello World” introduction. Those of you that write code know what I mean.  The author asks that you “taste the power” and place the terminals

Review of Shank (Demo) by Klei Entertainment

When I first saw the concept art for Shank a little over a year ago, the natural artist in me was instantly drawn to the game.  I’ve been drawing way before I was able to put words together, of which were nowhere near understandable by humans at the time.  Obviously, the look and feel of the artwork was definitely the item that kept me coming back and peeking into the window.

Review of Warhammer 40000: Space Marine – Demo

Considering this is the holiday weekend, Labor Day. I decided to dust of my Steam account and check out some games I’ve been meaning to play, demo, and buy. While wading through the typical advertisements, one game in particular caught my eye, Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine. There I was with a slight grin and fiendishly looking for the download demo button. Twenty plus minutes later, I fired up the game to give

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