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Welcome to Red Slime, the personal journal of Ben Iwasevic aka Orange Claymore. This site contains work I have done over the years, audio and video. Things i like to do are as followed: interrupting people, skateboarding, computers, video games, listening to bad music, guns and creating music (check noise section). I also pass live feeds of interesting and related topics, which can be found below. Explore and have fun.

UPDATE: The new 404_Error band archive site and my old project, bland officer, is now active on the Noise page!

Stunning selfie of a lonely man facing a terrifying volcano pit

Stunning selfie of a lonely man facing a terrifying volcano pit

Look at that lonely guy, so tiny and fragile on the edge of the fiery Gates of Hell—the Kilauea Volcano’s Halemaumau Crater. His name is Andrew Hara, the photographer who took this amazing self-portrait, which was just featured as photo of the day in National Geographic’s Your Shot. How the hell did he do it?

Hara told National Geographic that—armed with his respirator, camera and tripod—he hiked through the closed-off area of the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park while volunteering there. Then he “he carefully set the timer for two minutes and walked around to the farther, visually stable edge of the crater to create this self-portrait.”


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Zero-Dollar AC System Looks Funny But Works Well

Basement-cooled AC

Summer is here and with summer comes hot days. You probably know that us humans get uncomfortable if the temperature rises too much. Sure, we could turn on the loud and inefficient window AC unit and try to stay mildly comfortable while the electric company pick-pockets pennies from our change purse, but what is the fun in that? [Fran] had a better idea.

He noticed that his basement was always in the upper 50°F range regardless of how hot it was outside. He wanted the cool basement air to reside upstairs in the living area. After thinking long and hard about it he decided that a box fan and two long, skinny cardboard boxes assembled together would be enough to move the required amount of air. Both the fan and boxes were kicking around the house so was no cost and no risk to try this out.

The now one-unit assembly sits on the stairs and blows the cool air from the floor of the basement up the stairwell and into the house. For this to work the door leading to the basement must be open. At this point the system worked somewhat well but [Fran] wanted more airflow. Air was being blown into the house from the basement but the air already in the house didn’t have anywhere to go. [Fran] decided to open the attic hatch to let the air escape which resulted in a big improvement in airflow and decrease in living area temperature.

As funny or low-cost as this may look, [Fran] reports some impressive numbers, a reduction of 11 Kwh/day, which is 50% of his electrical usage during the summer months. He claims to have not used his wall-mounted AC in several years because this cooling system works so well.

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Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

These
Bluetooth headphones have fantastic reviews, 15 hours of battery life, playback controls, and a folding band. An absolute steal at $33. [Mpow Bluetooth Headphones, $33 with code MPOWAPTX]


Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

Today’s
AmaAmazon Gold Boxzon Gold Box is overflowing with PC peripherals an components for building and upgrading your new PC. Check out our earlier coverage for the complete list, but here are a few particularly cool items that might have gotten buried, including an 802.11ac router for $70:

NETGEAR AC750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router ($70) | Amazon | Today Only

Kingston Digital HyperX Predator DataTraveler 512GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (DTHXP30/512GB)($401) | Amazon | Today Only

Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 1TB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (DTHXP30/1TB) ($830) | Amazon | Today Only

Also notable, but not covered in the Gold Box: a
256 GB SSD for $100.


Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

Cultivating a good beard is tough, but with ten customizable length settings and a rechargeable battery, this
$15 trimmer is a must-have tool for your bearding toolbox. [Philips Norelco QT4000 Beard Trimmer, $15]


Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

If you still own any TVs that aren’t “smart,” do yourself a favor and pick up a top of the line
Roku 3 for $65. [Refurb Roku 3, $65]


Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

This
drool-worthy tool set has awesome reviews, a lifetime warranty, and normally sells for $600 on Sears. Really though, you can’t put a price on being the envy of every weekend warrior on the black. [Craftsman 413 Piece Mechanics Tools Set, 386 with code SEARS35OFF300AFFILIATEDEALS]


Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

Want more Westeros? Two of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire prequel novellas (in graphic novel form) are only $7 today, in either digital or paperback form.

The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel (A Game of Thrones) ($7) | Amazon

The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel (A Game of Thrones) ($7) | Amazon


Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

Assuming it’s legal in your state, the
Beltronics Pro GX65 is a solid radar detector (4 star Amazon reviews) on sale for about $40 less than its usual price today. [Beltronics Pro GX65 Radar Detector, $245]


Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

Fantastical is a fantastic calendar app for iOS and OS X that you’ll use every day. It’s worth every penny of its usual price, but all three versions are on sale today, so you don’t have an excuse to miss out.

Fantastical 2 for iPad – Calendar and Reminders ($10) | Normally $15

Fantastical 2 for iPhone – Calendar and Reminders ($5) | Normally $10

Fantastical ($10) | Normally $20


Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

We’ve got a very nice selection of comics and graphic novels today, several of which are free:


Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

Lumsing is one of our favorite manufacturers of useful, inexpensive gadgets, and a lot of their best stuff is 20% off today with promo code ILUMSING.

Lumsing 10400mAh Harmonica Style Power Bank ($20) | Amazon | Promo code ILUMSING

Lumsing 6000mAh Ultra Slim Power Bank ($19) | Amazon | Promo code ILUMSING

Lumsing 3-sockets Car Cigarette Lighter Charger ($10) | Amazon | Promo code ILUMSING

Lumsing Prophet Bluetooth Speaker ($23) | Amazon | Promo code ILUMSING

Lumsing Ultrathin Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard ($18) | Amazon | Promo code ILUMSING


Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

4K monitors are still fairly niche, but
$400 for a 28″ model from Dell is nothing to sneeze at if you’ve been on the fence. [Dell 28" 4K Monitor, $400]


Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

It won’t replace a real vacuum, but for a quick sweep, you can’t beat
this BISSELL. It’s Amazon’s top-selling carpet sweeper, and it’s only $20 today when you clip the coupon. [BISSELL Natural Sweep Dual Brush Sweeper, $20 after coupon]

This
portable steam cleaner deal is also still alive from yesterday. It’s small enough to store in your closet, and cheap enough to buy on a whim. You might not think you need it now, but next time you spill wine on your rug, you’ll be glad to have it handy. [Bissell SpotClean Portable Carpet Cleaner, $79]


Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

This
dual probe meat thermometer is Amazon’s #1 selling grill thermometer, and it’s easy to see why. A wireless display lets you keep track of your meat’s progress from across the house, and even beeps when it’s ready. Promo code LEUVEMYE takes 25% off today. [Ivation 2-Probe Dual BBQ Smoker Meat Thermometer, $45 with code LEUVEMYE]


Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

Best Buy has really upped their Apple deal game in the last few months, and they’re once again taking
$100-$150 off current MacBook Airs. If you happen to have access to a .edu email address, you can get an additional $100 off as well, bringing an entry level 11″ Air all the way down to $700. [Best Buy]


Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

The
Anker Astro E3, with nearly 4,000 (!!!) Amazon reviews, is one of the most popular external chargers on the market. Right now, it’s marked down to an all-time low $26. [Anker Astro E3 10,000mAh External Charger, $26]


Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget, $70 802.11ac Router, PC Peripherals

Protect your home theater with a highly rated surge protector for
only $20 today. With 2160 joules of protection and seven outlets (including one that’s offset for bulky power bricks), You’ll never have to worry about a thunderstorm ruining your entertainment center. [Monster MP PowerCenter with Monster GreenPower, $20]

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DIY Conductive Paint For All Your Wearable Needs

DIY Conductive Paint

Conductive ink or paint is lots of fun. It opens up tons of possibilities for flexible and unique circuits — unfortunately, it’s pretty expensive. [Brian McEvoy] shows us how to make your own for cheap, and it works great!

He started trying to formulate his own recipe after playing with other Instructable guides and commercially available paint, and what he found is it’s really not that complex! Graphite powder, acrylic paint, and a jar with an airtight seal — seriously, it’s that simple! But, like any engineer worth their salt (he calls himself the 24 Hour Engineer), he had to do some tests to compare his formula.

In a detailed experiment he compares his formula to the commercially available Wire Glue, and two other recipes using Elmer’s Glue-All and graphite, and Titebond III with graphite. The results? Acrylic paint and graphite produce the most conductive material — and the cheapest!

Now that you can make conductive ink, why not 3D print a circuit stamp to make your very own SMD circuit board!

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The Best Movie About a Racist’s Head On a Black Man’s Body Ever Made

The Best Movie About a Racist's Head On a Black Man's Body Ever Made

You’ve probably never heard of The Thing With Two Heads—much less actually seen it. In which case, believe me, you have not lived.

The premise is relatable enough—your impending death prompts you to develop a wildly unprecedented technique for transplanting your head onto another human’s body so you can ultimately take over that body’s entire nervous system in a month’s time. A universal plight, really. But wait—what happens when you transplant the head of an old, raging white racist onto a black man’s body? Hijinks, my friends. So many hijinks.

The Best Movie About a Racist's Head On a Black Man's Body Ever Made

A solid 45 minutes (ed note: I just looked and it was actually 15 minutes but it felt like a lifetime) of the movie takes place on that motorcycle you see above. A motorcycle they climb onto, might I add, mere hours after undergoing head transplant surgery. And how does one perform head transplant surgery?

I’m glad you asked.

The Best Movie About a Racist's Head On a Black Man's Body Ever Made

As you can see, it’s best not to ask questions—gift horse, etc. what have you. Enjoy.


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HOPE X: Creating Smart Spaces With ReelyActive

When we hear about the Internet of Things, we’re thinking it’s a portable device with a sensor of some kind, a radio module, and the ability to push data up to the Internet. There’s nothing that says a device that puts data on the Internet has to be portable, though, as [Jeff] from ReelyActive showed us at HOPE X last weekend.

[Jeff]‘s startup is working on a device that turns every space into a smart space. It does this with radio modules connected to a computer that listen to Bluetooth and the 868, 915 and 2400MHz bands. These modules turn every place into a smart space, identifying who just walked into a room, and who is at a specific location. Think of it as the invisible foundation for any truly smart house.

The radio modules themselves are daisychained with Cat5 cable, able to be plugged into a hub or existing Ethernet drops. The software that makes the whole thing work can run on just about anything; if you want a Raspi to turn on the lights when you enter a room, or turn off a thermostat when you leave a building, that’s just a few lines of code and a relay.

The software is open source, and [Jeff] and his team are looking at making the hardware open. It’s a great idea, and something that would be a good entry for The Hackaday Prize, but ReelyActive is located in Montréal, and like Syria and North Korea, we’re not allowed to run a contest in Quebec.

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10 movie trailers that were actually better than the movie

10 movie trailers that were actually better than the movie

On one hand, having a movie trailer be better than a movie means you don’t need to watch the movie. On the other hand, having a movie trailer be better than a movie means when you watch the movie you walk away with all-consuming disappointment. Here are 10 movie trailers that were better than the movie.

The list according to WatchMojo:

  1. Godzilla
  2. The Last Airbender
  3. Spider-Man 3
  4. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  5. Sucker Punch
  6. Terminator Salvation
  7. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  8. Prometheus
  9. Battle: Los Angeles
  10. Wild Wild West


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Hey There Little Plant. Let’s Be Friends!

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Perhaps, you’re circle of friends is getting too small. Or maybe, you just want to communicate with the leafy, green beings that have rooted themselves in the soil inside your house. If so, this environmental monitoring system will be perfect for you!

Created by [Dickson], this project monitors soil moisture, air temperature, and air humidity of your indoor plants and will alert you via email and SMS when your plants are thirsty. No longer will your sprouts shrivel up in the sun, but rather, they will be well-hydrated ready to produce their veggie goodness.

The system is battery operated, wireless, Arduino and Raspberry Pi based and comes with an Android app, which in turn allows you to view real-time and historical data, thus giving you the option to check in on your crew of Chlorophyll-embedded friends.

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Let’s look at the sensors which are at work on the project.

The sensors that make up this system are arranged in a set-sequence of monitoring nodes. For example, [Dickson] uses a Moteino (a low,power Arduino clone with an RF transceiver), a soil moisture sensor, a humidity sensor, a temperature sensor and a battery meter. The main sensor node collects the data and transmits it via the transceiver over the 915mhz ISM band to the base station. From there, the base station houses another Moteino, which acts as a gateway to receive the RF signals, and a Raspberry Pi where the data is stored in a MySQL database and feeds the information to the Plant Friends mobile app.

[Dickson]‘s goal with this project is to release it into to the world so other beginners can learn how to develop a similar plant monitoring system as well.

And what makes this idea even better, it that all the components can be placed in cute little custom, bamboo boxes giving you a greater sense that your group of friends has gotten even bigger.

poster_04_01For more information about the project and to see more adorable photos, be sure to check out [Dickson]‘s how-to-tutorial on his main site. Full instructions are also located in the first link posted above.

Another hack that is worth checking out is this rain barrel irrigation system keeps your outdoor plants fed when you’re too busy, which was covered by us in 2012.

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Live Chat: What Happens When Your Son Has an Illness Unknown to Science

Live Chat: What Happens When Your Son Has an Illness Unknown to Science

For most of his life, six-year-old Bertrand Might has bounced from hospital to hospital with an illness no doctor had ever seen. Then came two turning points: first, he finally received a diagnosis, and second—perhaps more surprisingly—his father wrote a blog post that blew up on the internet.

That blog post, titled “Hunting Down My Son’s Killer,” was republished on this very site, where it caught the attention of journalist Seth Mnookin. This week, Mnookin has a story in the New Yorker chronicling what has happened to the Might family since.

Bertrand’s father, Matt, knew he had to find more patients with the same illness as his son for any hope of researchers or pharma companies working on a cure. That blog post was the seed of what he called a “Google dragnet” to find those families. Matt’s blog post lit up the internet, made it to the front page of Reddit, and was forwarded from inbox to inbox. So far, the Mights have found nine other cases like Bertrand’s. You can read our recap of the extraordinary story or the entire saga at the New Yorker.

Bertrand’s story about the struggles, resilience, and savvy of a single family, but it’s also a larger story about how the internet is changing the medical system. Increasingly, patients with rare disease and their families are turning to find each other—for emotional support and also to further medical research.

Matt Might and journalist Seth Mnookin will be here answering questions about the story in livechat on Monday at 12pm ET. You can start asking questions now.

Top image courtesy of Cristina and Matt Might.

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Spot Welder; Don’t Buy It, Build It

Spot Welder

Spot welders are super handy for making sheet metal enclosures for your projects. The problem is, commercial ones are rather expensive… The good news is, they’re actually really easy to make! This is [Caio Paulucci's] first submission to Hack a Day, and it was a weekend project him and his father just finished.

A spot welder works by dissipating large amounts of heat in between two electrodes in the material you are bonding. It makes use of a transformer that converts mains voltage to a very low voltage, but high current energy source. The cool thing with this type of welder is it’s perfectly safe to hold onto the electrodes as the voltage is so low, you won’t get electrocuted. By running a super high current (generally >1000A @ ~1-2V) through a small surface area, you can super heat most materials hot enough to weld them together.

They can be made using the transformer from a microwave, some heavy duty welding wire (generally 2/0 or thicker), and a few other odds and ends such as wood, electrodes, and maybe a few nuts and bolts. At the most basic level, you are basically re-wrapping the transformer’s secondary coils to change the ratio to produce a low voltage, high current transformer.

For more detailed instructions on how to build your own, we’ve covered these builds many times before.

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