How To: The Ultimate Gaming PC

With $1500 and a plan, Imgur user ZacksJerryRig built a water-cooled gaming PC that is wall-mounted, and complete with LED lights. After using a laptop for video editing that took two hours to render a ten minute video, he decided it was time for an upgrade. This custom built PC renders a ten minute in 5 minutes. (Here’s the specs.)

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The top is made with ¼ hardboard, and the frame is 1 inch thick. Plexiglass is cut and applied where the components would sit, and 1 inch standoffs were applied where the motherboard sits to allow for airflow. Carbon fiber sticker is placed over the hardboard and the components where attached. He states that the power supply was the heaviest piece, so to insure it’s sturdiness, he used 3 inch bolts to secure it and industrial Velcro underneath. To keep the water-cooling reservoir at 39 degrees celsius, he used longer bolts to increase the distance off the plexiglass to 2 inches. Then the hard drive was mounted and the LED lights run throughout. The PC runs two monitors as well as a 50 inch 4k TV.


A Microsoft Paint Figure Drawing Class

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Artist, prankster, and F.A.T. Lab member Aram Bartholl will hold a very unique figure drawing class this Saturday at the new Eyebeam location in Brooklyn. Rather than using paper and charcoal, attendees to this unorthodox drawing class will attempt to depict a nude model using only a classic version of Microsoft Paint and a mouse.

No antialiasing! No layers! Limited undos! Come and show off your mouse drawing skills in good old desktop drawing style.

Aside from being an all-around good time, this class may also be a clever critique of the value of learning antiquated art techniques. After all, if photographic processes replaced the necessity of having drawing skills in order to depict an image, then we must still be teaching drawing techniques simply for the merits of learning to think visually in terms of lines and mark making. Now that iPhones and photoshop have replaced the necessity of traditional photographic processes in order to produce an accurate image, why not teach a Microsoft Paint drawing class simply for the merits of learning to think visually in terms of pixels and digital file formats?

Update: Bartholl posted a set of SFW pictures of the very first MS paint figure drawing class on flickr, if you’d like to see the results for yourself!


Interactive Sculpture Dispenses Paint According to the Mood of Local Social Media

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Be careful what you tweet, because your feelings could be immortalized in a piece of public art. At least that’s what happened in Oslo when Syver Lauritzsen and Eirik Haugen Murvold publicly displayed a sculpture called MONOLITT.

MONOLITT is an interactive installation that quite literally paints the mood of the city, using social media feeds as an input. The installation takes electronic signals and lets them manifest themselves in the physical world. Using sentiment analytics, the installation links tweets to corresponding colored paints in realtime, feeding them out through the top of the sculpture, letting them flow into a procedurally generated three-dimensional painting.

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I don’t know how they decided to assign color values to different emotions, and different emotions to words, but I’d love to see this project done over a longer period of time. I think it would be fascinating to have a visual representation of the mood of a place and see how it changes over time!

[via Prothetic Knowledge]


Wyliodrin Cloud Programming Supports Pi and Galileo

Wyliodrin is an online service that allows you to visually create applications for Linux development boards and control them from your browser. You can use their service to program a Raspberry Pi and they’ve recently partnered with Intel to allow you to program second generation Galileo boards. Users can start with Visual Programming, a language that’s similar to Scratch. Visual Programming translates into Python or JavaScript, so users can see the code that’s generated.

“The special feature of Wyliodrin is debugging,” said Alexandru Radovici, CEO. “Instead of using consoles or watches windows, Wyliodrin allows users to plot their variables in graphs. This allows a better understanding of what is going on in the program. Instead of listing a lot of numbers, people see graphs.”

As part of their partnership with Intel, if you own a Galileo can get a one year subscription that allows you to use 3 boards and create 15 applications. After that, a free account allows you to use one board and create 3 applications. There are paid tiers beyond that if you need more capacity.

“Wyliodrin does for electronics what LEGO did for mechanics,” said Alexandru. “By using Wyliodrin, anyone can start tinkering with devices, not matter what background they have.”


Unboxing Intel Edison

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Intel Developer Forum is underway right now at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. At yesterday’s kickoff, it was clear that Intel sees a lot of potential in Edison, its brand new Linux-based system-on-module, which was originally announced at CES earlier this year. The board itself is small, a little larger than a postage stamp and has some nice specs: dual core, dual threaded 500 MHz Atom processor and a 32-bit Quark processor running at 100 MHz. It has 1 gigabyte of RAM, 4 gigabytes of on-board flash memory (eMMC), wifi, bluetooth, and 40 GPIO.

Accessing those teeny tiny GPIO pins would be a challenge without the help breakout boards. Intel is providing one that has Arduino pin compatibility and another that’s much smaller for more advanced hardware developers. Our friends at Sparkfun Electronics also introduced a line of breakouts, one of which has pin compatibility with the Raspberry Pi:

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We were lucky enough to get our hands on a few of the boards, and until we can do a thorough review of them, check out the unboxing video above. You can see the Edison, its Arduino breakout, and compare it in size to Raspberry Pi’s equivalent product, the Compute Module.

If you would like to give one a try yourself, you can get them in the Makershed!