Where is FunnyHacks going?Over the last while it has been becoming increasingly apparent that I'm simply trying to do too much. So let's address that.
This post covers
- Where is FunnyHacks going?
- Where has it been?
- Life balance.
Trimming up stuffThe biggest step in getting things under control is working out what I want to be doing and I should no longer be putting time into. I've been looking at what I've been putting on the site and my youtube channel, and realising that I'm putting the wrong content up. Ie I've been focussing on the stuff I can easily make a video/post out of, rather than the stuff that is really cool. So here's what's changing
ColouredWeb - A tool for recolouring the internet!This has been an amazing tool, that has helped fill the gap as we moved from traditional/mature desktop applications to mostly working in the browser. I've gotten so much out of this, and it was a great conversation starter. It's largely continued running absolutely fine, despite me doing very little maintenance on it over the last few years. But it is aging a bit, and is very due for some love.
In the mean time, there are actually some really good alternatives now. My favourite is dark reader for chrome and chrome based browsers, which helps you really customise your viewing experience. You can also turn it on and off for individual web pages, or all at once.
.*-experimental reposThese are where I've been developing stuff that isn't quite ready for a mainstream release. Occasionally I put someone onto one of these while we work through ideas/issues. Most of them I haven't done anything with for a couple of years or so, and the content is very obsolete. Those will slowly disappear.
I like trains.Last year, the trains in my area were having a lot of difficulty. I wrote this app to quantify that. The trains improved, and ultimately this became more hassle than it was worth. As with pretty much everything here, I'll likely pick this back up if it becomes relevant again in the future.
Was it something I ate
I wrote this to look for patterns in various aspects of life, and will very likely pick it up again in the future. For now it's low on the priorities, so it's going to sit a while.
BUA set of scripts for backups. I never actually committed much of what I use. There's so many tools out there, it seemed silly to invest more time in this. This will likely remain as a small number of semi-related scripts rather than a co-herant product, but I may occasionally put things there when I find them useful.
AWS SDKThis is a clone of the official SDK before it was superseeded. I haven't done anything using it in years, and the code that relied on it has been replaced a long time ago. So I'll be deleting this.
Mass/DevOps DreamThis is one of my most useful tools.
Eventually these two will merge back together. In the mean time you're welcome to continue using it, I certainly will, however I'm not going to be putting effort into trying to please other people. If I start recieving pull requests, I'll re-evaluat this decision.
- Android app development.
- Achel optimisation.
- Much much more.
The problem has never been having enough content. It's been having enough time to work on everything I want do to + record + edit + release + write a blog post.
FunnyHacks beganwith two purposes
- Audition to get onto a network. I actually got their attention, and the early stages of talks began. Then the 2008 recession hit and everything came to a stop. Whether it was a recession, or I simply wasn't what they were looking for, I don't know. But it was a big part of what got me going in this.
- Lots of people seemed to be interested in what I was doing, and this seemed like a good mechanism to share it.
So with that focus, I had a very high focus on quality, with each episode taking about 3 full-time weeks to produce, while I learnt the techniques that gave me the results in quickly/esaily/effectively. I got more efficient, and the production times came down. However I was still putting in a huge amount of time and effort into each episode. About half way through the season I re-assessed and began relaxing the editing style to a much simpler style that was much quicker to edit and much more realistic with the hardware I had available to me at the time.
Along the way I realised that I wasn't aiming at the network anymore and over time I improved my workflow, and simplified my editing style to the point that I was able to edit an episode from start to finish in approximately twice the run time. Realistically, I'm not recording episodes often now, so I'm not that quick any more, but the workflow is still... working. ;)
Less time making it look good. More time making interesting content and getting on with other things in life.
What am I getting out of FunnyHacks
- Practising talking in a coherant manner. Planning what I want to say and saying it in a way people can actually understand.
- Portfolio of non-work stuff.
- Gives me a platform for showing off the interesting stuff I do to those who are interested.
- Gives me something I can look back on. Both for inspiration in general, but also in how I've solved particular problems. Or remind me of ideas I had forgotten about.
What I'm not getting out of FunnyHacks
- Money. This is purely a hobby. This might change in the future.
ScheduleI'm making no promises. Having content has never been an issue, time has.
I'll release when I have content + time to record + time to edit + time to write + time to post.
This is a hobby, it needs to remain fun and not stressful.
Closing thoughtsI think it's really important that we understand the technology around us. It's very easy to take things for granted, and then when they break, simply buy a new one. Yet very often, they are not hard to fix. Further, once you know how they work, even to a basic degree, you are in a much better place to be able to make them do something much more interesting.
I'm still getting value from this, hopefully you are too. So I'm definitely continuing for the foreseeable future.
|Converting an RC car to a boat - You may remember the car that could drive on the ceiling. It didn't last very long. So now I've turned it into a boat. This episode was filmed out in ...|
|fh, s1, boat, fh6, magnetCar, car, rc|
|Fixing a defective head torch - Here I make a defective torch useful using a simple modification to stop the straps from falling off.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdcgrwIoCt4In the original design it's very easy for the strap to slide to ...|
|head, torch, fh, repair, flaw|
|Syncronising 3D footage - When you create 3D footage from two sources, there will be issues getting the two sources in sync. This episode is all about getting that 3D footage in sync, and ...|
|fh, s2, in3D, sync, 3D, cable, adaptor|
|YEEEEEE HAAWWWWWwwww! - Slow mo RC car - Slow mo footage of an RC car in puddles and on shingle. This is simply having fun with a radio controlled car to demonstraight the concepts discussed in /3DMounthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42VkVBO4lcMFor the ...|
|in3D, fh, s2, rcCar, 3DMount, puddle, shingle, splash, banjo, slowmo, wildcard|
|3D Sync - Tech talk part 1/2 - I've been refinining capturing 3D footage for quite a while now, and my adapter for syncing the cameras was a big part of that. There's a lot to cover, so ...|
|3DSync, tech, adapter, sync, fh, s2|
|Home made parachute! - Further "experimentation" :D - In this episode we are really starting to get somewhere! This was a lot of fun and I hope to get out there again before I leave NZ. We have ...|
|tarp, parachute, tarpaulin, fh, funnyhacks, s2, wildcard|
|Repairing and improoving a radio controlled car - The basic ideaBring the legend of an awesome radio controlled car back to life, and make some improovements along the way!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67nmq5xhxrsRisksIf you actually use your radio controlled car, you've got ...|
|fh, s2, in3D, rc, car, fast, traxx, repair, improovements|
|Bike box - Simply put, this is a box to put on the back of your bike and be seen. The response from this one has been amazing. If you were to only ...|
|bike, bikebox, fh, s2, talky, awesome, conversation, starter|
|Season 3 update - As mentioned here, FunnyHacks is coming back. We're now days away.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugPDuawRNvwThe last few weeks have been spent doing documentation, discovering little things that needed tidying and generally making this stuff ...|
|fh, s3, update, cow|
|Headphoning a phone - The basic ideaModifying a phone so that it can take headphones. The hardest bit about this hack is making it all fit in the phone... So it's not that hard. ...|
|fh, s1, phone, headphones, fh7|
|Prototype tablet - Today I show you the semi-working prototype of the final tablet.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4roWEexPGvsWhile I made prototypes of many parts, this was the only one bringing everything together, and there was still learning ...|
|fh, tablet, prototype|
|ColouredWeb - Intro - ColouredWeb generates and installs a custom stylesheet that re-colours the internet to make it easier for people who are sensitive to particular colours to use the internet. Here is an ...|
|achel, colouredWeb, fh, sabbatical|
|Tablet: More info - Today I show you more details with making the tablet.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-LBQUXBOo4Battery dockGluing without making too much messPlanning the layoutStock softwareAuto loginTouch screen calibration|
|tablet, build, fh, s3|
|My Sabbatical - I'm nearing the end of my sabbatical, and I did stuff! Here's an ultra short summary of what I did.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik_-ft0GoO0Polishing projectsThis phase was to get my open source projects that ...|
|Tablet mouse - Today I show you an adapter I made that converts a tablet into its own mouse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwqozQ-fDv8This is basically the insides of a mouse, with a drastically shortened cable and all ...|
|tablet, mouse, fh, s3|
|3DMount - Capturing 3D footage - 3D video is really taking off, and most of my work over the last year has been in 3D. So I thought that it was about time to show how ...|
|3DMount, two, cameras, techniques, steroscopic, separation, anaglyph, convergence, point, 3D, funnyhacks, talky, in3D, fh, s2|
|3D Mount - Technical part 1/2 - Recording 3D footage on two 2D cameras can be quite challenging. In this episode I go through the technical details of making it happen.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Cj7mPtbu6oAdjustmentI found making things loose and then ...|
|3DMount, fh, funnyhacks, s2, in3D, two, cameras, mounts, adjustment, see3D|
|Jumpstarting a cellphone - Today we bring another unreleased episode from the archive to show you how to charge a phone that is too flat to charge.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebplWZgfP0gOverviewThe basic idea of this is to charge ...|
|fh, s2.5, jump, jumpStart, phone, charge, batter|
|Tablet: Lots of photos and info - This is one of my more impressive looking builds. Not the most complex by any means, but it certainly looks cool. Where ever I take it, I get lots of ...|
|tablet, build, fh, s3|
|Repairing the circuit board of an RC car - If you're really going to use a radio controlled car, it will break from time to time. Doing maintenance and repairs becomes essential if you don't want to pay stupid ...|
|rcCar, fh, s2, fix, circuit, solder, dry, joint, intermittent, reception|
|Running a laptop off AA batteries - A big thankyou to david at lifehacker for featuring this episode!The basic ideaSo you've done all the little optimisations to make your laptop last an extra half hour. Wireless is ...|
|laptop, AAs, alternate, power, volts, amps, battery, pack, s1, fh, series, parallel, fh10|
|Audio switch - The basic ideaHook every audio source to every audio output in an easily switchable way.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLQPZP69RtQSeries vs ParallelChoosing whether to hook things up in series or parallel affects the impedance of ...|
|fh, s1, audio, switch, series, parallel, fh9|
|Building a tablet from a netbook - This is a tablet that I've built from an old Asus Eee 701. I've wanted a tablet for years. My motivation for building one instead of buying one was that ...|
|s3, eee, laptop, convert, translucent, glow, blue, fh|
|Jump starting: Which lead first? - Today I show you why it matters which lead is connected first when jump-starting a car, and why it's not obvious if you have an electronics background.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaLmIc-3zZYThe answer is that ...|
|batCar, carBattery, car, battery, explosion, fh, jump, start, jumpStart, shortCircuit|
|Pimped granny stroller - Today I show you how I pimped up a granny stroller to help me out during a tough time in my life.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sVqhHbTJeIWhy?I broke my collar bone, which meant I couldn't ...|
|pimped, hacked, granny, stroller, fh, s3|
|3D Sync - Tech talk part 2/2 - One of the biggest challenges of capturing 3D footage is getting the footage syncronised. Sure, you can do it in post production. But on most cameras, you have granularity of ...|
|3DSync, tech, adapter, sync, fh, s2, 3DSyncTech1|
|Pin hole camera - Every morning I look up at the ceiling and see a fuzzy representation of the world below. Light hits the objects and bounces off in various directions. Some of it ...|
|Mass - For when you want to look like a hacker from the movies, but actually do something useful! ;) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPUHCjfkiicMass is a tool for manipulating lots of servers concurrently. Open up an SSH terminal to each server that maches your request, do the same with cluster SSH, upload a ...|
|funnyhacks, software, fh, mass|
|Turbocharged fly swat - Today I dig up another unreleased FunnyHacks episode from the archive. This one is about a fly swat that I've turbocharged with an electric drill.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzmM19550gMThis episode really hits on the ...|
|fh, fly, swat,|
|Repairing and optimizing an old radio controlled car - tech details - In this episode I discuss the technical details of repairing and improving a really old radio controlled car. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOVCY-o_ZdwThe most important change was the battery since the old one wouldn't ...|
|fh, s2, in3D, rcCar, lipo, battery, repair, optimize|
|Box - Tech talk - Today I talk about the technical details of making the bike box work.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFGBY3QYCcA|
|box, bonus, tech, fh, s2, box, tech, doggy|
|Windows 95 insanity - A few days ago I started playing with the idea of trying to post to facebook from a fresh windows 95 VM using only software that I could aquire from ...|
|win95, nostalgia, fh|
|Dog eyes - Today I show you how I did the dog eyes on the bike box. This is pretty much the same method that I used in the koala.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DkUe37AlDISadly I don't have ...|
|dog, eyes, bike, box, koala, fh, s2.5|
|Mass - Intro - Well over a year ago I introduced mass, which is a tool for managing large numbers of servers. It's come along way in that time, and it's well and truly ...|
|massIntro, achel, fh, software, mass, sabbatical|
|Back lit LCD - part2 - Today I show you how to get some extra brightness on your LCD in the sun.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AJVCS5RlnAThis is part 2 where I repair a mistake I made in part 1 and ...|
|lcd, practical, fh, s3|
|Carphone - The basic ideaImagine your phone is ringing and you can't find it. Probably the last thing you want is for it to be quietly driving away from you. Well that's ...|
|fh, s1, fh1, car, phone, cellphone|
|Demolition derby soccer with rc cars - You'll see in this episode that it was more about action than destruction. Over an hour and a halfs footage went into about 9 minutes, so it's all action :)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUmW83aWsN0There ...|
|fh, s2, funnyhacks, demolition, derby, soccer, rcCar|
|Permission to do stuff - Most work on this site is licensed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) license which should allow you to do most of what you'd like to do. (Most ...|
|FunnyHacks season 3 returning - FunnyHacks season 3 is back. I'm taking a break from work to pursue my passions for a few months. As a result, FunnyHacks is going to getting love.I've got loads ...|
|Tarp parachute - Our first tries - This is the first of at least a couple of compilation videos of our progress as we play with different ideas. We've taken literally hours of footage, so these compilations ...|
|tarp, funnyhacks, tarpaulin, parachute, first, tries, , fh, s2, wildcard|
|3D Mount - Technical part 2/2 - This is part 2 of 3DMountTech1 where I talk about the technical details of recording 3D video. Here I continue that with information about rendering the video.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MInnJ43cdd4|
|3DMount, fh, funnyhacks, s2, in3D, two, cameras, mounts, adjustment, see3D, crosseye, polarized, glasses, interlaced, sidebyside, alternatve, interleaved, 3DMountTech1|
|DoneIt - Intro - DoneIt is a time tracker for working out where your time is going.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AetzOZAwi5YFor me there were a few things I wanted to achieve with itBe able to say what I've ...|
|achel, software, fh, doneItIntro, doneIt, sabbatical|
|Achel - Introduction - Achel is a programming language that I have been working on for the past 13 years (I said 12 in the video, it has been a long time!) There has ...|
|fh, language, achelintro, achel, sabbatical|
|How secure is your lock? - Today I reassemble a doorlock that was replaced after our flat was burgled. The result surprised me!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iiotn7p-d4EVerifying the resultsTo confirm my results, I compared this lock to a new lock ...|
|fh, repair, understand, security|
|Driving a car on the ceiling - Someone driving you up the walls? Get some space and drive on the ceiling instead! In this episode, I show you how to drive an RC car on the ceiling.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcXJ0CqWb-0What ...|
|fh, s1, fh4, car, rc, boat, magnets|
|Laptop AAs revisit - Today I answer questions about running a laptop off AA batteries.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkhyOVcxUIEIt seems to be necessary to remind you that as with all hacks, don't do this on anything you can't ...|
|laptopAAs, AAs, s2.5, fh, miliamps, volts, amps, capacity|
|Running a cellphone and camera off AA batteries - The basic ideaIn this episose I power a camera and phone using a 3 battery batterypack. This hack is basically the next step after this. In this edition I've also ...|
|cellphone, mobile, phone, AAs, battery, batterypack, fh, s1, camera, cellPhoneBattery, fh8|
|Biscuit Reloaded - *read in batman voice*The quest is nearing its end. But first we must eliminate more wrong biscuits.Biscuit! WHERE IS SHE?... it!2PS: I just re-read this... It will make absolutely no ...|
|biscuit, offTopic, wrongBiscuit, fh|
|Season 3 has a date - 03/03/2014 - Getting the videos done took much longer than I expected, namely because I had a lot more in my head than I realised, which lead to me recording over 6 ...|
|update, s3, fh|
|Tarp Parachute - Technical details - Today I walk you through the technical details of building the home made parachute.This is a stupid thing to do, so if you have not yet gone over the risks, ...|
|tarp, fh, s2, funnyhacks, tech|
|Tarpaulin parachute - The basic ideaAs a kid I always wanted to make a parachute. I kept jumping off hedges using a tiny sheet with the hope of sailing down. The reality was ...|
|fh11, fh, in3D, tarpaulin, parachute, rope, shackle, s2|