Archive for January, 2007

Short Circuit Sunday (Video)

Around 8:00 last night I watched Short Circuit.

Newton Crosby invented five army robots that are designed to blow up enemy camps, cars, etc. While NOVA (the place that builds the robots) is showing the robots off to investers, it rains, so they load the robots onto trucks to bring them inside NOVA. The investors go inside to have refreshments as the robots were transported. Number-5 gets struck by lightening and comes ‘alive’. “Number-5 is alive,” Number-5 declares. 

My favorite character from the movie to mimic is a funny guy from India with a heavy accent: “Ohh, this is going to be very messy.”

At the end of the movie, Number-5 changes his name. “Johnny-5…That sounds cool,” he says.

More about the robots in the movie:

Johnny-5 and other robots in the film were real r/c ‘robots.’ But in some of the scenes, they were not. To see how they made the movie, you can get issue 28 of Cinefex.  Johnny-5 has a nice design (done by Syd Mead and Eric Allard) that you can get some ideas from to base your own robots. Lynxmotion (run by Jim Frye) sells a little robotic version of Johnny-5.

Here is a trailer for Short Circuit: 

Links:

 Amazon JP Short Circuit (Japanese)

Amazon Short circuit

Cinefex

Lynxmotion

–Scotty

January 15, 2007 at 8:01 am Leave a comment

A Surprise in the Mail

Today at about 2:15 p.m. CST, I got the mail and found a package from Justin (the same Justin that I saw for Christmas). Well, I opened it and found the movie “Short Circuit” inside! Right away I emailed Justin saying “thank you” and “I’ll watch it on Sunday.” I’ve never watched this movie before but some of you probably have. It is 99 minutes long and was filmed in 1986. 

 A search on Amazon shows that there’s also a Short Circuit 2.

 Links:

Amazon UK: Short Circuit

Amazon UK: Short Circuit 2

–Scotty 

January 13, 2007 at 2:21 am Leave a comment

Vex Robotics Build Report 9 (Video)

Yesterday I got home when it was late, so nothing happened on my robots. But today, I hooked everything up and it worked really well! For the rest of the day I put parts back in their drawers and bins.

Happy New Year!

–Scotty

January 1, 2007 at 8:41 pm 4 comments


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