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14 Dec 15, 19:11
By Striker
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Soldering job.
15 Dec 15, 02:29
By DiscoStu
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Did you solder that yourself? It's very tidy.
15 Dec 15, 07:10
By Striker
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Yes I did, but I think I was lucky a bit. I constantly have to clean the tip though if I want such results. Here's a macro shot of soldering in action:



I used GifCam to capture this from the video.
16 Dec 15, 01:19
By DiscoStu
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...oh. I thought it was an "after" shot.

What did you hold the board with?
17 Dec 15, 16:58
By Striker
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It is an "after", after I soldered the chip. The next were the pins.
I used some crocodile helping hands( don't know the exact name), that kind of thing that also has a magnifying lens attached.
18 Dec 15, 19:52
By DiscoStu
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That reminds me I've been thinking of making a frequency generator in the holidays, but every time I remember I have no use whatsoever for a frequency generator.
01 May 16, 18:00
By Archie
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Just back from a glorious eight days in Cannes, Nice & Monaco. Utterly stunning part of the world - every place looked just like a postcard.
Took some snaps of course!






















Walking a lap of the Monaco street circuit was on my bucket list, and I can't tell you how incredible that experience was. Standing in the middle of the Fairmont Hairpin as the sun set behind the Monaco hills was something truly special.
01 May 16, 20:28
By Striker
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Awesome places. Monaco looks like a place to visit in this lifetime.
01 May 16, 21:08
By Shepard62700FR
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Beautiful places indeed ^^

Porsche <3

You went to Nice ? Damn, I'm at the north of France, how did you like the country ? ^^
01 May 16, 21:21
By Archie
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Definitely, Striker. Be prepared to cry at the restaurant and beer prices, though!

I love France, Shep. Been all around Normandy before and speak the language well enough that I can get around, although the level of English and German speaking in France is incredible. Really makes the UK look shit when most of us only know one language and you guys are all multilingual tongue - :P

The accent down there is craaaazy, though. It took all week before I could stop asking people to repeat what they'd said. The inflection and cadence is completely different from the North, and it really tricked my brain. It's more Italian-sounding than French! Even my girlfriend who is from Normandy was struggling to understand them.

If you ever visit, make sure you try the pan-bagnat and the daube de bœuf à la niçoise. Mind-blowingly good and I'd never seen either in the North.
01 May 16, 21:22
By DiscoStu
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Nice? Nice!

I'll show myself out.
01 May 16, 22:03
By Luxasz
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Archie, postcard photos indeed, beautiful. Makes me want to start traveling.. ;D And I'll be visiting France for the first time in 10 days, going to participate in FIMU festival, can't wait!! Maybe someone is going to be there as well? Would be a bit strange but also really cool to meet someone in real world from this community.
01 May 16, 22:27
By Shepard62700FR
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Glad you liked the country Archie ^^

Yeah, we have different accents and some people are speaking their "regional languages".

I have around an hour of road trip by car from my house to Lille. I think I have 2 hours for Belgium and the Eurostar (France <=> UK).

I visited London with my school but I stayed like 5/6 hours there, couldn't enjoy everything.

Last year I went to the south west of France for my bro's wedding and we went to one of the best touristic city in France : La-Cirq-Lapopie. If I find the photos on my phone's backup.
02 May 16, 00:53
By Loulimi
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Great to learn you've been in Normandy, Archie! It is the best place in France and even in the world. (The fact I am Norman is completely unrelated to that :p )
You live in Scotland right? I'm actually studying there! That's a funny coincidence, isn't it? It's a really nice place, although I'm sometimes struggling to understand people and to get understood. :p
04 May 16, 15:24
By SourceSkyBoxer
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Wow I don't know that who want see my travel? I will post...
18 Jun 16, 05:11
By DiscoStu
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Well into the night I looked up and noticed some reddish bright spot near the moon. It turned out to be Mars.

I went outside and attempted to take a photo. For once, however, I happened to remember to try RAW.

As shot:
User Posted Image

After tinkering with it a bit:
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Still no Milky Way visible, either because I didn't tinker with the exposure enough or most likely due to the light pollution cities are known for.
18 Jun 16, 07:00
By Stojke
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@Striker 15 Dec 15 (Waaay too late to comment, but w/e grin - :D )

Use more cleaning solution on those pins, that was a bad solder joint which could crack easily.
18 Jun 16, 07:56
By vodka95-ICR
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This is me ^^
18 Jun 16, 09:10
By Striker
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@Striker 15 Dec 15 (Waaay too late to comment, but w/e grin - grin - :D )

Use more cleaning solution on those pins, that was a bad solder joint which could crack easily.


The soldering wire is actually a tube with cleaning paste inside it. Additionally I use some rosin flux to periodically clean the soldering iron. I don't usually have problems when the surfaces are clean, although I don't solder that often to be experienced in this.

@Vodka: Hello there!

@DiscoStu: I didn't know Mars can be so visible in the night. Was this taken with a long exposure? It feels ... big unsure - :\ (did you use tele?). Also Photobucket seems like a shit image uploading service. It loads so slow and I usually don't have problems loading sites like these.
18 Jun 16, 09:58
By Admer456
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Since I look better in-person rather than on a picture, here's my gaming rig:



It's a beauty, running Far Cry (1) at 25fps on medium settings. I cleaned 20GB of space 2 days ago. That's a picture when I was installing 3DS Max 6 on it.
18 Jun 16, 13:20
By Archie
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I didn't know Mars can be so visible in the night. Was this taken with a long exposure? It feels ... big
That's the moon, bro. Mars is the reddish dot next to it, haha!

Stu, you have an Android phone, right? Check out the app StarTracker. It uses your phone's GPS and accelerometers to let you scan the sky above you and will tell you what any landmarks (spacemarks?) are. I recently thought I saw an incredibly bright Jupiter, but it turns out it was Venus. Great app.
18 Jun 16, 20:14
By DiscoStu
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Fantastic! I'll have a look at it.

And Striker, this was a 15-second exposure at 18mm/3.5. The bright thing is the moon overexposed (exposing for the moon everything else was completely lost to underexposure), Mars should be the reddish pixel at about 11 o'clock. See the linked page for a diagram. It's rotated though.
11 Aug 16, 23:32
By SourceSkyBoxer
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Hello my dear guys, I am back now from the Philippines. It is very nice trip.

From Manila:
Awesome biggest hallways like Urby loves "real hallway", right?
But I am going to realistic hallways like in-game into real walking.

Ops. This is my small wife. ( orange clothe )



realistic biggest scrolling stairs...

realistic light effects like Tron Movie or Game. Why is it very realistic in Manila near hotel Remington in Manila, Philippines. I am surprised because Filipinos and Filipinas are arrogant to make rich like Americans or Europeans. I thought in Germany have simple and poor hallways like connection from subway into other park has simple classic hallway with light effects like near future hallway and it is very small width for people so sadly. simple classic hallway built in Berlin like this picture.


Germans don't know how do they build great biggest hallways like Game mapping. That is why...
13 Aug 16, 07:32
By Admer456
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I decided to take some photos of the countryside, and it doesn't look so bad, in fact it reminds me of Far Cry 3 or 4.







And of course, this would make a good map:



I also took a few photos for making textures, you know, but I think you already saw the most of them.

I also took 3 panoramas, but that won't fit here.
15 Sep 16, 04:36
By satchmo
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Pictures from my Stockholm trip this summer:











15 Sep 16, 05:31
By DiscoStu
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Love #5 and #2. In that order.
15 Sep 16, 08:34
By Loulimi
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Love #0, #4, #5, #1, in that order too. :p
No, more seriously, these pictures are really good!
16 Sep 16, 15:02
By satchmo
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Thanks. My son is nine years old already, and finally he can stand still for a decent photo.

If anyone visits Stockholm, the Nobel Museum is definitely worth a tour.
16 Sep 16, 19:21
By Striker
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Wow! Wasn't Dimbark 9 when he joined?
16 Sep 16, 20:03
By JeffMOD
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Call 141.12
9 or 10 judging by his join date and the age on his profile, yeah.
Time sure does fly.
18 Sep 16, 19:58
By satchmo
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TWHLers . . . the next generation begins.
19 Sep 16, 03:12
By DiscoStu
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*panics*
21 Sep 16, 00:09
By Tetsu0
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Tet Soo Oh
I bought some Bungee Cords so I can strap boxes of hookers to the back of my motorcycle.
15 Nov 16, 03:56
By DiscoStu
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Turns out it *IS* bigger!

In order: A shot from August 2014, a shot from today, and a size comparison between the two (both a 100% crop at 135mm). Should have borrowed that 200mm with 2x extender again...

15 Nov 16, 12:59
By Loulimi
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That's some classy shots, although without the side by side comparison it would be impossible to notice. People who said they do are just liars.. :p
15 Nov 16, 17:09
By DiscoStu
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To be fair I just remembered I also took the first shot on a super full moon, so there can't be a big difference. So for it to really be noticeable I'd have to take another shot at the apogee and compare those. I read the difference in size is of about 14% between extremes so it should be more obvious. Alas, the next micro full moon doesn't happen until July 2018.
15 Nov 16, 17:10
By Striker
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So that's why my mind was going haywire these days...
23 Nov 16, 20:12
By Admer456
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This was utterly epic:

Today my school organised a trip to an army base (of some sort) in Capljina (Chapp-lyee-nah). It was fun. My dad used to work there.

Here's the choppa:


See how big is this? It's just like the osprey from Half-Life.

Here are my classmates holding weapons:




Poor guy broke his arm a week ago, but he handles the PASP like everyone else.



Sadly, I can't upload more of that, it would take too much time.
Now, here's me holding the PASP, the M60 and the M16A1.





Some say I know how to pose, without knowing how to shoot. Well, I do know how to shoot, but the guns were empty, and it would cause a chaos.

My physics teacher, he really got chatty about the M16 and the AK47. He said he personally used and shot from these weapons back in the old days.

One of my friends fell in love with the M60. Oh, and he started crying when he saw the soldiers taking it away.

Edit: Now you all know how I look like! Yay!
23 Nov 16, 20:21
By Archie
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I guess they weren't teaching trigger discipline! Ridiculous Ties! - :walter:
23 Nov 16, 21:19
By Admer456
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Actually, if you look at me holding the sniper rifle, you'll notice how I moved my finger away from the trigger. Precisely, I extended the finger.

After all, the weapons were unloaded and the fire mode was switched to safe. Good times grin - :D

Edit: the M60 was unloaded, while the PASP and the M16A1 had empty clips.
23 Nov 16, 21:42
By DiscoStu
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Actually, if you look at me holding the sniper rifle, you'll notice how I moved my finger away from the trigger. Precisely, I extended the finger.
If only you had done the same with the other one.
Weapons are not toys cry - :cry:
24 Nov 16, 00:18
By Shepard62700FR
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I have to agree with DiscoStu, I was shocked about the number of "weapon accidents/malfunctions" when I was researching about firearms (for ARRANGEMENT). Just because your weapon is unloaded, the switch is on SAFE and your finger is extended doesn't mean it's REALLY safe. Imagine if a bullet was still chambered and by accident the switch goes from SAFE to AUTO and the trigger was pressed ?

Don't get me wrong, it's cool that you had a trip to the army of your country, but having the soldiers letting you handling those is where my line get crossed.
24 Nov 16, 13:50
By Admer456
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Well, I take precautions too. I checked if there was a bullet in the chamber, and I also checked the safety switch.

I did fire once. Don't worry, no bullets involved. It was an empty shot. We even saw a demonstration of how soldiers advance through the battlefield.

But before anything of that, we firstly listened to the national anthem, and then saw a presentation about landmines in Bosnia. My country is full of them, just like when GoldSource maps are full of leaks XD

But come on, even the 3rd-graders handled at least one of the weapons. I mean, tiny 8-year-olds held an M16 in their tiny hands, so cute grin - :D
24 Nov 16, 14:09
By Solokiller
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When i gave some of my old airsoft guns to my cousin i made sure to empty them so they couldn't accidentally go off and hurt someone. I thought i emptied them, then i found out one pellet fell out a while later.

You can never be sure that a weapon is unloaded and safe until it's completely disassembled and non-functional.
24 Nov 16, 14:19
By Archie
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tiny 8-year-olds held an M16 in their tiny hands, so cute
Maybe it's just because I'm a big ol' leftist hippy, but this really disturbs me.
24 Nov 16, 14:19
By Urby
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Blimey...

The most powerful gun I've handled was a .22 air rifle and even those buggers can cause serious damage. I caught a ricochet pellet with my forehead once. Good times.
24 Nov 16, 15:00
By Admer456
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Well, nobody got hurt, and there weren't any accidents. 2 of my friends played Vietnam War songs, we hung around etc.

In the end, everything went back to normal. I will never forget that day.

@Archie
Disturbing?
The kids even went into the big helicopter, and climbed onto the WBR or whatever it's called (the truck with a lot of rockets on it). Later on, they even pointed the guns at the teachers. Kids are kids, what can I tell you?


That thing.

And they even showed us explosives!
16 Dec 16, 07:02
By TJB
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I was cleaning my room and found my microscope and decided to look at one of my beard hairs, at 1000x magnification, and took this photo with the tried and true method of holding my phone's camera over the microscope lens:

It's interesting to see how sharp the cut is, I shaved a few days ago using a safety razor and apart from the split in the end, the end of the hair appears to be a sharply defined plane. It's a lot easier to see when using my phone's light from the side of the microscope, although obviously I can't do that and take a picture at the same time.

I then trimmed a little with an electric razor, plucked another hair and had a look:

It's definitely a rougher cut.
16 Dec 16, 16:20
By Admer456
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Nice, a microscope. I have a microscope too.
I looked at some things through it:

A 5€ bank note:

(300x)


(600x)


(300x)

My, errm, napkin:

For some reason, my phone's camera finds the light brighter than the human eye receives it.


(600x)

And now a wet, white napkin:


Let's see how printed images look like:

(600x)



And finally, a Jana bottle cap grin - :D (Jana is pronounced: Yana)




Hehehe XD
(300x)

I've never found any living micro-organisms, though unhappy - :(
16 Dec 16, 18:21
By Ghost129er
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Judging by the 'trigger discipline' posts here, I guess you could say it triggered one hell of a reaction.

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