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  • rajbot 1:13 am on March 23, 2012 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: fish story, movies   

    Fish Story 

    The Japanese movie “Fish Story” is really great. You should watch it! It is on netflix instant and KenFlix…

    This video does not give away the plot:

  • rajbot 4:58 pm on March 21, 2012 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: openstreetmap, stamen   

    New OpenStreetMap styles from Stamen 

    Stamen has released three new tilesets of OpenStreetMap data at I like watercolor the best.. Try zooming around below:

  • rajbot 12:22 pm on March 20, 2012 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Here is a video of cutting a stencil at rAncHtrOnix last week, posted here just because we can now embed reasonably-sized videos on the blog!

  • rajbot 4:21 am on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    An updated blog theme! 

    I updated TikiRobot’s wordpress theme tonight. We are now using a fork of the awesome P2 Theme. Our old theme was a bit dated, with a main column that was 500px wide, which was too small for the modern web. In addition to a wide main column, we also get a post box on the front page if you are logged in and other cool stuff.

    I still need to tweak some things, such as the font colors and styles. Hope you like it! As usual, the code for the theme is available on github.

  • rajbot 11:26 am on March 13, 2012 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    A separated bike lane in New Delhi 

    A cyclist on reddit posted this video of a separated bike lane in New Delhi, which quickly becomes unusable to bikes:

  • rajbot 9:11 pm on February 23, 2012 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    As seen at Archive HQ

  • rajbot 3:14 pm on February 1, 2012 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Tronix Paintings 

    Check out these great tronix paintings, now hanging at Progressive Grounds in Bernal Heights:

  • rajbot 1:47 pm on January 17, 2012 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: mlk, search by image,   

    From MLK to the Hubble Deep Field 

    On Martin Luther King Day, I decided to take Sebastian Schmieg’s Search By Image, Recursively project, and start with a seed image of MLK from Wikipedia.

    After about a thousand images we arrive at the Hubble Deep Field. Interesting to compare to Sebastian’s project, where he very quickly arrives at the Deep Field when starting with a transparent image.

    I took the code that Sebastian Schmieg made available on his Search by Image page and wrapped it in a loop. The modified code can be found here.


    Here is the full 9 minute video. After crawling about 8500 images, the algorithm stopped after it couldn’t find any new related images. We skip the broken images, which leaves us with about 7000 frames:

    And here it is with a soundtrack, as suggested by Aaron.

  • flickr 1:50 pm on December 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Making Dosas!
    Making Dosas! on Flickr.

  • flickr 4:35 pm on December 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    happy holidays! 

    happy holidays!, originally uploaded by tiki.robot.


  • flickr 4:34 pm on December 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    winter in lake forest, Illinois 

    winter in lake forest, Illinois, originally uploaded by tiki.robot.


  • flickr 4:34 pm on December 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  


    photo.JPG, originally uploaded by tiki.robot.

  • flickr 5:32 pm on December 28, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: milo,   

    Meet Milo!
    Meet Milo! on Flickr.

    Milo is our neighbor’s dog… He has grown up to look just like Zara!

  • shag 12:37 am on December 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Rollicking robots 

    From Science Made Stupid.  At the time, before Rule 34, this was a hilarious joke.  Now it’s hard not to take seriously…

  • flickr 3:04 pm on December 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

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  • may 12:54 am on November 23, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    And this is why we cyclists should not be allowed to dress ourselves 

    More racing from the weekend! This time at the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships in Golden Gate Park. The only rule in this race is that you have to ride a bike with only one gear and aside from that there are no other rules. It was super fun, ridiculous and crazy!

    Here’s the awesome quadcopter video of the event

  • flickr 1:44 pm on November 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Jason Scott (@textfiles) was at the office last week and took some great pics of Zara, working hard!

  • shag 5:16 am on November 15, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment


    the 5k books of #thepeopleslibrary have been thrown in the trash

  • may 12:46 am on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    What a cyclocross race looks like from above 

    This video was shot by an RC multipcopter at a race I did 2 weekends ago and is pretty awesome!

    I noticed it hovering in the air that day and wondered what it was doing there. When I’m at a race, all I see is dust, dirt and gravel, so it’s pretty neat to see what it all looks like from above.

  • flickr 10:36 am on October 24, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    This is what she gets for running the stop sign 


  • may 6:22 pm on September 19, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Voyage to the Moon – 19th Century Spacecraft 

    Sometimes, for fun, I like to browse the illustration archives at the Library of Congress, which is a veritable treasure trove. I found the lovely one above while poking through the Tissandier Collection which contains images documenting “the early history of aeronautics with an emphasis on balloon flight.” There’s no information on the artist though which is unfortunate, but apparently he or she thought we’d get to the moon by bike! (which I kind of like :)

  • may 1:13 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: drawing,   

    Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure 

    Kidoodle Apps presents: Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure! from Kidoodle Apps on Vimeo.

    My super talented friends Michaelangelo and Karen (and their equally talented son Oscar) just made a really fun drawing app for kids! I don’t have any kids…but I sometimes behave like one, and I have to say that my inner 6 yr old approves! I am going to give it my nephews since my brother’s iPad is, for the most part, a very expensive (but compact) kid’s toy (that is all they ever use it for). I especially like the “email” feature that makes it easy for kids to send their drawings to their parents (except I am going to set up the app so my nephew’s drawings come to me :).

    You can find out more about the app over here and you can get it at the iTunes store over here!

  • rajbot 12:00 pm on September 2, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: balsaman, ,   

    Dimple of Tears 

    mang has been posting build pics of the Dimple of Tears, under construction for this year’s Balsa Man. It was cut on a Lasersaur, and is a homage to David Best’s 2001 Temple of Tears.

    Putting the @Lasersaur to work for @BalsaMan

    Building the Dimple of Tears (with beer for scale) @BalsaMan

  • rajbot 9:15 pm on August 24, 2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Apple T-shirts and Memories 

    I was thinking about Apple today, and thought I would dig through some old Apple stuff. Internally, Apple extensively documented the company’s achievements by printing T-shirts. There is a T-shirt made for every team, every product, and every conference. Here are a few that I managed to save:

    The Journey Begins

    Every new employee gets a “The journey begins” shirt when they join the company as part of the new employee orientation. This shirt is from 2000, shortly after the switch to the single-color logo. I really like how understated this shirt is compared to other Apple shirts, and I’m glad I managed to hang on to it.

    Mac OS X Launch

    Apple launched Mac OS X 10.0 (Cheetah) on March 24, 2001, and of course there was a T-shirt. Actually, there were several. Another version was given out at the employee launch party at Hanger One in Moffett Field. If I remember right, marketing thought it would be a good idea to set up a casino night or something. A strange way to celebrate something so great. However, Apple rented out Hanger One! A lot of the OS X t-shirts had a giant candy-colored X on the front. Apple liked to call the new Aqua theme “lick-able”.

    Here is higher-quality OS X shirt I got sometime later:

    WWDC 2001

    Of course, every WWDC came with all kinds of swag. This was my favorite: a Steve-style mock turtleneck from WWDC 2001 for staff. Apple gave black leather jackets out to attendees with a blue X on the back, which were pretty tacky, especially compared to these awesome mock turtlenecks.

    Back then, WWDC was still held in San Jose. Speakers were briefed by marketing about what to wear, and one of the rules was “no sneakers”. One of my coworkers got up on stage to speak, wearing her staff shirt, but without any shoes. A marketing person noticed immediately, leaned over to our VP, and exclaimed “she’s not wearing any shoes!” He calmly replied, “you said no sneakers“.

    WWDC 2002

    Here is a speaker shirt from WWDC 2002. Not nearly as awesome as the mock turtleneck!

    WWDC 2003

    2003 was the year WWDC went from a mid-size software developer conference in San Jose to something completely different. In 2003, Apple moved WWDC from San Jose to Moscone Center West in SF, and announced new hardware, the G5, at the conference. Moscone West was just finishing construction, and the Moscone people promised that a robot billboard would be operational by then, slowly gliding around the outside of the building. Sadly, the robot billboard never came to be.

    If you look closely, you’ll see that the tag is cut off from this shirt. By 2003, a huge percentage of my wardrobe consisted of Apple T-shirts. Since I hated looking like an Apple billboard (or looking like I was STAFF anywhere I went), I wore the t-shirts inside out. This annoyed one of my coworkers, and she would sneak up behind me and cut the tags off my shirts.

    QuickTime Live

    QuickTime Live was my favorite Apple conference. It ran until 2003, when it was it was folded into WWDC. QT Live was a ton of work for my team, but it was also a blast. It was held the Beverly Hilton in LA, which set it apart from most Apple events.  The “Develop. Produce. Deliver.” slogan dates this T-shirt to the 2001 conference I think (which was postponed until Feb 2002). Apple had started using short three-word slogans after the “Rip. Mix. Burn.” campaign in 2001.

    We had been working hard on MPEG-4 support in QuickTime, and were pretty burned out. MPEG-LA wanted to charge broadcast license fees in addition to the codec license fees for MPEG-4 streams, so Apple very publicly pulled back the launch and successfully got MPEG-LA to not charge broadcast fees for MPEG-4.

    2002 wasn’t as surreal as the previous year. Bob and Joe came to see me, and we stayed up way too late. Then I went, sleep-deprived, into David Lynch’s keynote, where he showed a preview of Rabbits. I was totally not prepared for that. Lynch said he shot a lot of this on his front lawn at night, until his neighbors called the cops.

    MacWorld Keynote 2005

    I worked the keynote in 2005, helping to seat people in the VIP section or something. Engineers usually didn’t get to go to a keynote, so it was kind of neat to be there. Also, we had been working incredibly hard on H.264 and 4-way video conferencing in iChat AV 3, which Steve demoed during the keynote. It got a huge reaction from the crowd, which was nice to hear.

    I think these were the embroidered dayglo shirts they had us wear:

    Trade Shows

    Apple generally prefers its own conferences and expos over huge trade shows like Comdex and CES. However, after QuickTime Live ended, NAB in Las Vegas became an important conference for QT and pro video announcements.

    Although I disliked Vegas, it was usually a blast. We usually had an announcement we were working on, so it was always nice to be done with a big project, and I liked driving out to Las Vegas with Peliom. We went through China Lake once to see a friend and got stuck in mountain snow in the middle of a California summer. My foodie coworkers would take me out for great food and try and teach me about wine tasting.

    Another trade show we went to was IBC in Amsterdam, which was over-the-top ridiculous. I only went once, immediately after a trip to Burning Man. I had been working on both the Ambience Ambulance and the TikiCrawler, and for some reason I went straight from the playa to Amsterdam. Also, my brother came along. And a bunch of old friends were hanging out in Prague, so they came to see us too. I remember sitting exhausted in the sushi restaurant in our hotel, listening to a very large Elvis impersonator yell at the Dutch waitress who didn’t speak english, because she didn’t know what a “California roll” was. IBC was a trip.

    For trade shows, we got higher-quality shirts!

    The first Apple Store opening

    Apple opened its first store in Palo Alto in October 2001. They gave these shirts to people who showed up on opening day. Lines outside Apple stores are commonplace now, but at the time, the blocks-long line was pretty ridiculous.

    WWDC Beer Bash shirts

    During WWDC, Apple holds a beer bash on campus for external developers. They issue these bright-colored shirts to employees to help developers find the right people to talk to.

    Berkeley Labs

    Not an Apple shirt, but Peliom might like this.. A LBL sweatshirt from the mid 90′s!

    • may 1:10 pm on August 25, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      wow, that’s a lot of tshirts. I think the only geek tshirt I’ve kept is an old BeOS one. I’ve never even worn it because it is ginormous!

    • may 1:37 pm on August 25, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      also I like the lime green one :D

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