Ultimate Arcade Machine Part 1

I wanted to build an arcade machine that could be used for most types of entrainment machines (DDR, Guitar Hero, trackball, no cockpit games) that was also capable of being changed in size for easier use and transportation purposes.  For any good project research must be done.  There are two main parts of an arcade cabinet, the physical design and layout and the digital software.

Physical

Cabinet Design

Their is a great comprehensive list of designs on the subreddit MAME find a design and get started.  I plan on using a couple different styles in combination with my own modifications.

Arcade parts
For parts I like ultimarc.com, but paradisearcadeshop.com or focusattack.com are good choices too. Another option is groovygamegear.com  Ebay can work as well, but is a little more difficult. If you are in PA and want a full arcade or someone to fix one try TNT Amusements.

Software

Front-Ends
For front-ends I would suggest UME or hyperspin as they are free and still developed, but arcadecontrols.com has a nice summary of choices.

Rhythm based games

  • osu! – Similair to Elite Beat Agents or Rhythm Heaven
  • Stepmania – Dance game like DDR or In the Groove

Music Games (Guitar Hero/Rock Band)

So now I have a good starting point, next is to create a virtual model to determine the best placement for everything.  Some more information can be found at http://www.mameworld.info/

 

Beginnning Weight Loss

After some time it is easy to gain a little weight.  It seems hard to lose weight, but really it just takes commitment to eating less calories than you need.  The hard part is creating a lifestyle change to keep your weight maintained. Finding food you like that is healthy as well.  I enjoy carrot sticks and black tea.  I still have sodas and chips, just more sparingly.  It is not a diet because I can eat what I want, when I want, just not as much as I can eat. You can keep track of your calories and what you eat with a food journal; I suggest a phone app like myfitnesspal as you can keep it with you at all timers.  After a while you will learn to listen to your body and find you are not always as hungry as you thought. Learning to cook helps to eat healthier because you can see what exactly you are eating.  Simple dishes can taste better and cost less than going out.  I like using visual cooking sites to find new recipes.

The second part is to get active. The best way to get active is to join a group with other people; I like meetup.com for this as there are a lot of fun activities. Another option is just go to a local gym or activity center and look around. If you are more of a loner there are many beginner programs. Stronglifts (summary) and Starting Strength (summary) are great for weightlifting. When weightlifting form is extremely important, so before your numbers get to high have someone check your form. It is better to avoid machines if you can because they force you into specific movement which can go against proper form. Couch to 5k is a beginner’s runners course with a steady progression each week.  There are also some challenge programs like 100 pushups, 200 squats 200 situps and more that can work well by giving you a goal to achieve. They consist of body weight exercises meaning you do not need anything besides your self to complete.  You can also do various different bodyweight exercises for more variety like this 30 minute workout (link).  Another good starting point is the subreddit fitness.  All these programs can be found for free, but if you find success you should support the authors by buying merchandise and books.

 

Computer fans

I was fixing up an old computer and I needed a new fan.  I ordered the wrong size, but with tools I could make it fit.  I modded the case and made it a side fan.

case side fan insidecase side fan outsidecomputer fan 120mm

When installing a fan generally the front and side case fans are intake and the top and back fans are exhausts.  Case fans flow from the open side to the side with the brace.  The best way to tell is to look for markings on the side of the fan shown in the third picture.   You want the fans  to act like a wind tunnel pulling cooler air in and displacing the warmer air in one uniform direction.

I actually do not recommend modding a case because most cases are designed for a specific type of airflow and randomly adding fans can have a negative impact on your computer’s cooling ability.  Easiest way to tell if your case handles more fans look for screw wholes or inputs in the motherboard, or you can look up the specs.

Helpful Info for New Drexel Students

Over the course of my time at Drexel I learned many things that I wish someone would have told me earlier, so here are some things that will make your life a little easier.

When you need to register for classes the recommended plan of study will give you an idea of what you need to take, but degreeworks will show the exact requirements you need to get your degree, (there is a link in Drexel one).  Once you know what classes to take sign up for schedulizer.com to create a schedule for you.  It looks up all the days and times, allowing you to easily customize how you spend your time.  A good way to keep track of class is the Blackboard and Drexel one apps.  One of the most important things at Drexel is to not fall behind in classes, by the time you catch up the class is over.  If you are not sure what you would like to do I recommend doing some different summer programs; Drexel has STAR which lets freshmen collaborate in research with Professors over the summer.  Also, it is okay to change majors, be willing to explore.

After class it is important to have some fun. Collegiatelink has a list of all the different organizations at Drexel, including an equestrian team, formula SAE car racing,  and a sailing team.  Although most people hate it the Drexel daily digest does have some interesting activities on it.  However, you can just look the events calendar to see what is currently planned.  If you just pay attention it is easy to notice all the activities that are happening, there is always something happening.

Good luck to you.

 

Thoughts 7 (June 15 – 21)

Week of June 15 – June 21

1. What did you learn about Korea this week?
There’s Korean people everywhere!

2. Summarize your project status
I downloaded a trial copy of Autodesk 3Dmax for testing. I found some documentation as well as e-books online. Try to find the capabilities of the software and it’s usefulness.

3. Take photos and select to be the photo of the week. Describe it and why you shot and selected it.

I took this picture because it shows the nice landscape around KAIST as well as the care put into it.

4. What did you learn about yourself this week?
Everyday I seem to get more awesome.

5. Who are the new people (Koreans not affiliated with the Hubo Lab) that you met this week?
No one significant this week. They might be hiding from me, or maybe, just maybe, I might be hiding from them. I wonder?

Thoughts 6 (June 7 – 14)

Week of June 7 – June 14

1. What did you learn about Korea this week?
Korean language pretty easy to read and write, but starts to get frustrating when trying to understand someone speaking it.

2. Summarize your project status
I received a copy of Autodesk Maya software. I found documentation as well as e-books online. Try to find the capabilities of the software and it’s usefulness.

3. Take photos and select to be the photo of the week. Describe it and why you shot and selected it.

A nice Japanese rice bowl restaurant we ate ate.  It was delicious.  Next, I plan to go to the taco place for tacos, which I hope are wildly delicious.

4. What did you learn about yourself this week?
I significantly enjoy Korean food. It is spicy without the heartburn, filling, and low fat. YAY.

5. Who are the new people (Koreans not affiliated with the Hubo Lab) that you met this week?
No one significant this week.

Thoughts 5 (May 31 – June 6)

Week of May 31 – June 6

1. What did you learn about Korea this week?

Korea has a very well established transportation system.  It probably helps that the country is moderately sized.

2. Summarize your project status
Temporarily stopped modeling of Hubo to look into motion capture software. The idea is to better utilize the newly installed motion capture system in the lab for more natural movements, better model movement, and so on.

3. Take photos and select to be the photo of the week. Describe it and why you shot and selected it.

Beautiful picture of river on way to Incheon airport to pick up Peter.

4. What did you learn about yourself this week?
Sleep is very important if I wish to be functional.

5. Who are the new people (Koreans not affiliated with the Hubo Lab) that you met this week?
No one significant this week.

Thoughts 4 (May 24 – 30)

Week of May 24 – May 30

1. What did you learn about Korea this week?
Work days last more then 8 hours, but you don’t need to do more then 8 hours worth of work.

2. Summarize your project status
Started modeling Hubo arm and creating assembly structures.

3. Take photos and select to be the photo of the week. Describe it and why you shot and selected it.

Outside the main bus terminal in Daejeon. I will leave here to go to Incheon airport to pick up new people that will be working in the lab.

4. What did you learn about yourself this week?
I can bored easily, but I am good at keeping myself occupied.

5. Who are the new people (Koreans not affiliated with the Hubo Lab) that you met this week?
No one significant this week.

Thoughts 3 (May 17 – 23)

Week of May 17 – May 23

1. What did you learn about Korea this week?
Buddha’s birthday is not a constant date every year and is celebrated with lotus lights on the temples as well as free food for guests to the temple.

2. Summarize your project status
I spent the week checking and refining any pieces already modeled in solidworks.  This entailed making sure all the parts were the right size, holes were located properly, show if hole tapped, countersink or counter bore, and that all necessary details are labeled.  I was checking to see if any mistakes were made before assembly.

3. Take photos and select to be the photo of the week. Describe it and why you shot and selected it.

A picture of prototype mobile harbor project at KAIST.  We were lucky in walking by as the were doing repairs or updates.

4. What did you learn about yourself this week?
I am way to lucky for my own good, but hell, I am going to enjoy every little part of it.

5. Who are the new people (Koreans not affiliated with the Hubo Lab) that you met this week?
No one significant this week.

Thoughts 2 (May 10 – 16)

Week of May 10 – May 16

1. What did you learn about Korea this week?
Koreans have an interesting view on what is considered beautiful.  Also, plastic surgery is not only ok, but recommended.  Apparently many celebrities want to look more western.  Even though many girls are thin and pretty they still hold themselves to insanely high standards.

2. Summarize your project status
This week I started modeling Hubo’s chest.  I never realized there was so many small pieces inside of Hubo.  This will take some time to complete.

3. Take photos and select to be the photo of the week. Describe it and why you shot and selected it.

Chris Farrell and his father came to visit the Hubo lab.  Chris is a prominent robotics student/enthusiast from Georgia Tech.  They were in Korea for the Korean Robot Game Festival.  They designed their robot to show the abilities of http://www.farrellrobotics.com/Farrel Robotics compand as well as for fun.

4. What did you learn about yourself this week?
Look forward to find the best route rather than back at a course we cannot change.

5. Who are the new people (Koreans not affiliated with the Hubo Lab) that you met this week?
I met Yarin who is not Korean, but Vietnamese. She was happy to have another foreigner around to talk to.

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