I think I know what I want to draw next…

Smaller on the outside

Smaller on the outside

A big gigantic drawing of the inside of the TARDIS.  How awesome would that be?  ((Photo courtesy of Foomandoonian))

January 23, 2013 | Comments Closed

Was This Made on a MakerBot?!

Doctor Who Christmas Special 2010: A Christmas Carol

Doctor Who Christmas Special 2010: A Christmas Carol

Netflix has nearly all of the “new series” Doctor Who episodes available for online streaming.  As a guy who grew up watching the show, having it on tap is just plain awesome.  Unfortunately, Netflix does not carry one my favorite episodes ever – the Doctor Who Christmas Special from 2010 entitled, “A Christmas Carol.”  You can’t get the DVD from Netflix and you can’t watch it online.

Thankfully, Amazon does have this episode in their video library.  Watching it just now I noticed something at 44:44 – a small model of what appears to be the Empire State Building.  The screenshot appears above.

So, what do you think?  Does that Empires State Building look as if it was printed on a 3D printer?

TSP FTW!

Doctor Who Season 6 TSP Single Line Drawing

Doctor Who Season 6 TSP Single Line Drawing

I have been having SO MUCH FUN with traveling salesman problem / single line art!  I can’t wait to draw some of these with my DrawBot!

And, really, how much more perfect could this project get?  It’s a TSP nerdy math single line art drawing of my favorite sci-fi show for drawing with a robot I built using printed parts from my 3D printing robot. 1 2 3

Posts in the DrawBot Adventure Series
  1. Wanna make a DrawBot?
  2. DrawBot Resources and Links
  3. DrawBot, the Adventure Begins
  4. DrawBots for the slow learner
  5. DrawBot - Parts Ordered!!!
  6. DrawBot - The Breakdown
  7. DrawBot - Parts Shipped!!!
  8. DrawBot - What would you draw?
  9. DrawBot - The Hacks
  10. DrawBot - The Delivery?
  11. DrawBot - The Delivery, Part II
  12. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part III
  13. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part I
  14. DrawBot – The Software, Part I (and an existential conversation)
  15. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part IV
  16. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part II
  17. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  18. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part IV
  19. DrawBot – Design Considerations
  20. DrawBot – Halp!!! No - seriously, a little help?
  21. DrawBot – The Face Palm
  22. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part V
  23. DrawBot – The Silver Lining of Failure
  24. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part VI
  25. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part V
  26. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VI
  27. DrawBot – Printed Parts
  28. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VII
  29. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  30. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VIII
  31. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  32. DrawBot – Printing!
  33. DrawBot – Printing, Part II
  34. DrawBot – Calibration
  35. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  36. DrawBot – How to Recover from a Stalled Print!
  37. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  38. DrawBot – Pen Selection, Part II
  39. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  40. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  41. TSP FTW!
  42. Speedier DrawBot Drawings
  43. Excellent DrawBot Slides
  44. Another Drawing Robot!!!
  45. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  46. Why do DrawBots draw on walls?
  47. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  48. All New Polargraph on the way!!!
  49. Ideas for improving my DrawBot
  50. DrawBot Aesthetic Re-Design Ideas
  51. The Eagle Has Landed
  52. Every Body Needs a Skull
  53. This project is not going to overengineer itself
  54. Overengineered Spools
  55. Overengineered Stepper Motor Mounts, Filament Guides
  56. Overengineered Bolt Endcaps, Case Holder
  57. Sourcing DrawBot Parts
  58. DrawBot - A Tour!
  59. DrawBot - A Preview
  60. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  61. DrawBot - Printed Parts Tour
  62. Unidentified Foam Object
  63. Arduino Powered Drawing Robot - Take 2 (Or 3)
  64. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  65. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  66. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  67. Ideal Qualities in a Drawing Robot Pen Holder
  68. Enough talk! Finally a pen holder!
  69. DrawBot Pen Holder Post Mortem
  70. To Maker Faire!!!
  71. Skipping! How could I forget the skipping?!
  72. PlotterBot.com - a new site dedicated to drawing robots
  1. Oh, nirvana! []
  2. I suppose the only way to make it better is to draw the image on a pizza using spray cheese. []
  3. Actually, I take that back.  Ew. []

Doctor Who Season 6 on Netflix Streaming!!!

Yay!!!

Now, I’ve already seen Doctor Who Season 6.  I liked it, but, on the whole, not as much as Season 5.  Why am I so excited then?

Because now I can delete these episodes off our DVR and watch them, unedited, without commercials just as god intended.

March 12, 2012 | Comments Closed

TARDIS’s are more practical than you might think…

You could use a prop TARDIS for a tool shed, chicken coop, garden shed, file cabinet, etc.1

But, as I was watching that video of Sillysparrowness build her TARDIS, I couldn’t help thinking…  This is a time and relative dimensions in space device – why does it need to be enclosed?  As long as you are going to use it as a prop, rather than as a storage device of some sort, you would really only need the front, the left or right panel, and the top.  Admittedly, then you could only take front or 3/4 perspective view shots.  If it were modular, the left and right sides could be swapped back and forth so you could take a left or right-sided 3/4 view picture.

If constructed in such a fashion it wouldn’t take up much room if you were to put it facing into a corner.2

  1. A place to change clothes very quickly before you go off to save the world? []
  2. NOBODY PUTS BABY IN A CORNER! []
January 29, 2012 | Comments Closed

She built her own TARDIS!

I just can’t help it.  I’m such a sucker for DIY Doctor Who stuff.1

Until now I had only known about Project Dalek for people who wanted to build replica Daleks.  I suppose I should have known, but never thought to have looked it up, that there’s a whole website devoted to building TARDIS’s.  This lady’s build log on that site is nearly as entertaining as her Youtube video.

  1. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury…  Exhibit A! []

Fakegrimlock… how could you?!

Everyone has to take a stand somewhere.  Mine is with WordPress.  Fakegrimlock, how could you?!  I’m pretty damned sure the REAL Grimlock would NEVER say such a thing. 12

Just for this, I’m only going to keep your awesome artwork as my desktop background for a slightly shorter duration than my normal background.

And, for good measure, Kevin is now my favorite robot dinosaur.3

  1. Plus, I mean, just who the hell is a robot dinosaur to give out opinions on the benefits of one blogging/CMS platform over another?  With those itty bitty arms, there’s no freaking way they could do a decent bit of code review. []
  2. Also, just how the hell does a robot dinosaur tweet?! []
  3. Seriously, though – why was I not consulted on this?  Robots, dinosaurs, and Doctor Who is like 95% of this blog’s content! []