MountainBeest – Complete with a Remote Control and Video Capability!


A creation like this MountainBeest “kinetic sculpture” is never really done, but at this point it’s at least ready to display.  Here’s a video of it showing off the latest improvements, an onboard GoPro camera, and remote control of the legs.

This walking ‘Beest should be close to ready for it’s appearance at the Columbia Maker Faire on June 14th.  They’ve told me there will be some sort of winch there to hoist it up and down, so it should be pretty cool.  I’m glad I hooked it up at home so I would have all the rigging ready.

Hopefully it won’t fall apart and/or they make some sort of safety zone under the contraption when it’s under display.  If you happen to be in the area that weekend, be sure to come say “hi” and gawk at this contraption.  For the next best thing, follow the “read more” link for more videos of my progress, as well as some more descriptions and pictures.

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More Stop Motion Animation – Crush Stuff!

Here’s another experiment with stop motion animation:

Jason Underwood of Broken Bulb Comedy did most of the acting for this project, although I stepped in for one scene.  The process is explained pretty well in this post (plus there’s some other videos there), but Read more »

Burning Out a Stump Failure

I read somewhere on the Internet about pouring wax into a hole drilled in a tree stump to burn it down.  The theory is that the tree would act like a candle and burn to the ground.  I was too lazy to melt paraffin into the tree, so I instead used kerosene.  I’m not sure it said paraffin wax anyway, and who knows if they knew what they were talking about.  Here’s the results of a time-lapse that I did of the later part of this experiment:

As you can see, it didn’t burn the stump down.  Considering it was using the kerosene as a fuel, it wouldn’t really make sense for the “stump-wick” to burn down anyway.  Regardless, I got to try out my GoPro Camera more, using a modified version of this mount that I made.  “Read More” for pictures of the setup. Read more »