Saturday, September 15, 2012

project: modellista

had the week off so i decided to try and build my evo model. i dont wanna cock it up so i figured i'd do a shit job on a test one first. thankfully trevor had a spare gt-r lying around so i could learn how to build these things. it's a white gt-r but i decided to spray it red ... and heres where it starts to go wrong...
















The test model.
















the bits and pieces

So painting the model is the most important part of the model and being a newbie i had a feeling i'd cock this up and true to my word i totally did hahah.
cleaning and spraying primer was fine and went without a hitch. when it came to applying paint.. my god i fucked it bad! i was using a metallic red which kinda resembles a candy apple red so that makes things tough already. the next problem is that you should do light coats and take your time. i didnt do any of that! so the body came out ok. but the front/rear bars and bonnet didnt turn out so great and a mini cyclone helped make things worst! i wasted a whole can trying to fix it but that didnt help much :(


















its currently drying and im going to press forward. the valuable lessons i've learnt so far

  • Clean and prep the body very well
  • Dont spray thick coats, take your time and dont pick a windy ass day to spraypaint
  • Brake fluid is awesome for stripping paint
  • Dont for the love of god use metallic paint if its your first time 
i'm pretty sure this is going to be a disaster LOL

Friday, September 14, 2012

spank bank

damn these 2 girls are making multiple deposits in my spank bank! yikes!! sooo hot in normal clothes as well

Holly Michaels and Christy Mack 


project: nerd room

GOD i love annual leave! it gives me so much time to relax and work on various things... like blogging! as you can tell from the various posts today haha.

anyways, today i wanted to post up one of my works in progress which is the nerdroom i built up as a place to relax and spend countless hours trolling the internet ><

for a little backstory; the woman and i decided to take the plunge and move out to a 2 room townhouse. 1 room would obviously be the main bedroom or boomboom room as i like to call it ;) but what to do with the other room ?? it's a little small so wouldnt be ideal for another bed so I decided to turn it into a study that would house the computers and my figurines etc... thus the name nerd room was born :\

i wanted an all white fan to match our walls so the most cost effective plan was to go with ikea products.





















The room is roughly 2500mm x 3500mm so I would fill the expedit up with text books and various collectibles. the Vika Annefors would house my PC and i would cut a 60x60 Vika Amon tabletop to rest above the Annefors. Finally, I would use a 2000mm Vika Amon tabletop with legs on one side and resting on top of a Vika Alex on the other. Chair mats would cover the carpet (which is in shitty condition) and allow movement of the chairs.

the total cost = $1000.00; pretty good to furnish a whole room

with the help of some friends and a power drill, we put all the pieces together in a flash haha. spent some time putting all the stuff together and heres the result


 

















No idea how the last pic came out all warm! since I had the camera out i took a few pics of the figurines on display!


























not quite an otaku room but give me some time and it could happen :x. the room is not finished yet as im still deciding on how to decorate the walls. i've got a few ideas that im going to experiment with so watch this space! 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

project: road bike - to train or not to train

after moving out of my parents place, i've not had a place to ride cause its abit too risky with the drivers round ere.. not that i rode much anyway LOL.

had some left over cash for the month so i bought myself a trainer with hopes to give my legs a workout so that when i get the chance to ride outdoors i'd at least stay with the pack instead of being a complete disgrace to myself and my bike by dying and trailing behind like a granny at the lights.

after some advice, i decided to purchase the tacx sirius magnetic trainer, i've got it set up in my nerd room (future post on that) and with the massive backlog of tv shows i hope to ride and watch at least 2 nights a week. heres hoping! training starts on the 17th !




project: road bike - garmin

finally got off my ass and purchased a garmin edge 500. you gotta love the wiggle sales! red/black version with cadence and HR monitor for $300 AUD delivered winnar!

easy to install, although i wish the sensor unit wasnt so big. no matter, its all on now and i can monitor vital stats when i get off my ass and ride .................................................................................... one day LOL


project: HTPC nerdbox - ughhhh

since finishing the htpc project, i've built another 4 for my mates. although its straight forward, i did come across a few new things that racked my brain.

the first was that my htpc started to magically launch windows media center for no reason and would fuck up my remote control. you can close it using a mouse and keyboard but the point of the remote was to make these things somewhat redundant! anywho, to fix this i just removed wmc from the pc. 

the other, is finding an alternative to the windows media remote. since these were discontinued i've been having trouble finding a good alternative that will work well with the logitech harmony. im obviously after something thats cheap and works with xbmc. so if any readers out there have any suggestions please let me know!


The Reason U Kill For IT

A fusion of hip hop and skater culture, trukfit is the brainchild of lil wayne and mannnn do i want it! im a sucker for tee's from hip hop stars. Thankfully CULTUREKINGS in brisbane stock trukfit apparel! welcome to the shopping list :)



 




Tuesday, August 28, 2012

mmmmm

i dont know the blogger policies but fuck it im bored and probably horny hahah










Monday, August 27, 2012

project: wii mod - Complete!

well that was a piece of cake! wii now modded and the gf is happily playing kirby and super mario.

i really have to thank the completesoftmodguide and twig for their great tutorials.
i've only extracted the parts i used but i have the feeling most people will be doing the same. I also worded it in a way i would understand if i was to do it again lol.

Pre-Req's

  • Freakin' wii
  • SD card - 1gb or more i'd say
  • Internet connection
  • PC with a SD card reader

Step 1 - Prep work

To make things easier, i figured its best to download everything first so that you only need to plug the sd card into the wii once.
  • Find out the firmware of your wii. In my case i had 4.3E, you can find this in the settings menu
  • Get the MAC address of your wii, in the network settings menu of your wii
  • Go to the  Hackmii website
  • Select your firmware, enter your MAC address and tick "Bundle my software"
  • Type in the stupid captcha word and cut a wire.. they both do the same shit so it doesnt matter what colour it is. 
  • It should download a letterbomb.zip file
  • Extract the contents to the root of your SD card

Thats the homebrew/letterbomb stuff done. Next you need to a patched IOS that allows you to install game backup managers etc.
  • Download the IOS236 installer here
  • On the SD card, create a folder called apps
  • Extract the file contents into there, the structure should be <your damn SD card>\apps\IOS236

IOS236 installer done, only 3 things left to download ... what a pain in the ass aye! now we need to download cIOS which is custom software to run 'backup games' ;)
  • download cios installer here. get the latest stable version
  • extract the contents into the apps folder on your SD card, structure should be  <your damn SD card>\apps\d2x-cios-installer
  • now download the latest cios version here. I went with v8 final
  • extract the contents into your cios installer folder on the SD card, structure should be  <your damn SD card>\apps\d2x-cios-installer\d2x-v8-final
Finally, you need to download USB Loader GX. this is the software required to run 'backup games' ;)
  • download the easy installer here
  • open the install file and extract contents to your sd card
Thats all the prep work done. moving into the next step!

Step 2 - Installing homebrew channel

With all the prep work done, we can start the fun stuff .... yeh right :\ 
  • Plug in the SD card into your wii
  • Go to the message board and find a red letter, select that shit
  • Wait for it to load and press 1 when you see the message at the bottom
  • You will see a menu with some important info about your Wii, basically if you see "can be installed" next to bootmii it means you are lucky enough to be able to protect your wii from becoming a brick. for the rest of us... we just have to run the risk, its a freakin' wii tho so who cares if it becomes a paperweight lol
  • Select install Homebrew Channel
  • Once complete, select Bootmii
  • Go to prepare a SD card
  • Then select install as Boot2 (if you were lucky to have "can be installed" earlier) or install as IOS for the rest of us
  • Go back to the main menu and exit, the wii will reboot and thats it for step 2

Step 3 - Install IOS236

With the homebrew channel installed we can now start to install the shit needed to be able to play "backup games" heheh
  • Start the homebrew channel on your wii
  • Select IOS236 installer
  • Press 1 to continue
  • Select Download IOS (make sure you've got wifi set up)
  • Select ... do not want to play pirate games. *wink wink* :D

Step 4 - Install cIOS software

Finally you install the custom software
  • Back into the homebrew channel
  • Select cIOS D2X installer, press A to continue
  • Change IOS base to 56
  • Change slot to 249
  • Press home button to queue up the install
  • Change IOS base to 57
  • Change slot to 250
  • Press home button again to queue up the install, look I really have no idea wtf this shit means... just do it lol
  • Press A to continue, press A again to install
  • Once complete, you will see a summary screen with the new installs shown in green.
  • Press A to continue then B to exit

You should be able to run USB loader GX on your wii via the homebrew channel!!
























Theres a few ways to store/load backup games. I went with installing WFBS manager onto my PC and storing games on a spare USB HDD i had lying around. Its quite simple, you plug the shit into your PC, open WFBS manager, load the drive, select format then start dragging dropping your *.iso or *.rar files. Once added to the drive, plug it back into the wii and load it up via USB loader GX and off you go!




Sunday, August 19, 2012

project: wii mod

with the htpc done and dusted and the place almost finished (we're getting a new oven woo!~) i thought it was time to get off my ass and mod the girlfriends wii so we can relive some mario fun (i had been humming the tune a few times)

my good friend twig had a great guide to softmod wii's but it was a long time ago and we now have a newer wii so i found a later guide to use.

http://gbatemp.net/topic/171901-modify-any-wii-43-below/

hopefully i dont brick this thing! will post an update once its done lol





















ps. this new way of blogging sucks balls

Sunday, June 10, 2012

project: HTPC nerdbox - COMPLETE!

After starting this project some 4 months ago, i'm happy to say that my media centre is finally complete!
like most things i'm interested in, i didnt devote 100% of my time to it but i've managed to iron out most of the bugs and have it working the way i want to.

very educational and funnily enough it won alot of my friends over so im helping them build htpc's of their very own !

heres a video of mine, yes it takes about 1minute to start up but i can live with it since i only reboot it once a fortnight. 

You'll see that i cant record for shit and opening browsers takes a little time but theres nothing i can do about that on this version of xbmc :( it works alot better on the official xbmc release. small sacrifice to play 10bit vids tho!


Plex has some trouble picking up my anime and some tv shows so hopefully they'll add more scrapers in the future. streaming is good and i definitely recommend a wireless n+ network if you have intentions of multiple streams of high quality.

Finally the specs of my setup are below:

Antec Fusion remote Black case
Intel i3-2120 3.3ghz cpu
Asus P8z68-MPro Motherboard
GSkill Ripjaws X 4gb ram
WD Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB HDD
WD Caviar Green 3TB HDD
Antec Neo Eco 520W PSU

Logitech Harmony remote
Wireless N+ router

Plex $5.00ea (for android + iOS)
XBMC Constellation $5.00ea (for android + iOS)

*dusts hands* and that's that kids!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

project: HTPC nerdbox - advanced launcher

want a cheap and easy way to add a web browser to your xbmc? have no fear, advanced launcher is here! this neat addon allows you to integrate emulator and various applications into your XBMC application. What it does is launch the program you want and minimises XBMC. once your done close your application and xbmc will maximise. pretty nifty ... when it works (damn you mano!!) haha

For some of us we get an issue where the xbmc doesnt maximise after using your app! to solve this issue, you create your own scripted exe. this is done with an application called autoit.

First up, install the app and run the "SciTE script editor" from here i used the following code for launching google chrome.

Run ( "c:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" )
ProcessWait ( "chrome.exe" )
ProcessWaitClose ( "chrome.exe" )
WinSetState ( "XBMC", "", @SW_MAXIMIZE )

save that, then right-click on the file and select "compile script" this will then create and EXE file that you will now use with advanced launcher. in XBMC open up advanced launcher and point it to your compiled EXE file and doneskies! now you can launch your application, use it and when you close the app XBMC will most definitely maximise back to its position.

project: HTPC nerdbox - favourites/music videos

after giving up on yahoo music video scraper, i've decided to just link to my music video folder and play videos from there without any metadata or fancy stuff. best way to do this was to add my music videos folder as a source (without a category) then mark the folder as a favourite.

for Aeon MQ users, you then add the favourite into your main menus. note that the favourites script is required. you can grab this from here: http://mirrors.xbmc.org/addons/eden/script.favourites/

now a common bug when adding a favourite folder to your main menu is that when you enter the menu theres no content available.















thankfully "LakersFan" on the xbmc forum has found a fix, all you need to do is navigate to favourites.xml (found under c:\users\"your username"\appdata\roaming\xbmc\) and remove the quotation marks for the path name.

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=115655&pid=946601#pid946601

all i need to do now is sort out an issue im having with advanced launcher and this project is finished!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

project: HTPC nerdbox - radio

HTPC project is almost over, the only outstanding things left on my list is radio and music videos. It looks like music videos may be a lost cause so I might just resort in creating a playlist menu instead as the yahoo music videos is absolute shit for scraping!

Moving onto radio, theres a few addons out there in xbmc land that can stream radio such as pandora and grooveshark. while these are good for streaming non-stop music i much prefer live radio stations like mix106.5 (who can resist the lovegod). So, i've installed the "Radio" xbmc addon, this has access to 4000 live radio stations around the world.

Unfortunately, it didnt pick up many aussie stations apart from aussie arabic stations and mix106.5 & triple J. but thats all good as i've got 1.fm, hotjamz and defjay stations! theres search, genre, location, city and several other options to filter stations. One thing I noticed is that it does take roughly 20seconds before streams begin but theres no lag or buffering (go ADSL2!).

Think I'll trial it for a while until i find something that caters more for aussie stations. only left to do now is go to skin settings in aeon MQ and add radio as a new menu with sexy background!








Monday, May 7, 2012

project: HTPC nerdbox - auto startup

quick post today. i wanted xbmc to launch automatically when windows starts up. you can do this by creating a shortcut in the startup folder. rebooted the pc and xbmc loaded up. however, it minimised straight away so i thought shittttt it didnt work. turns out that my windows runs a scan and loads up some other apps causing xbmc to minimise after loading. luckily you can add a delay timer to xbmc and doneskies.

shortcut path = c:\program files\xbmc\xbmc -d 10

-d = delay
10 = how many seconds

Sunday, May 6, 2012

project: HTPC nerdbox - plex server

As part of my original requirements i wanted to be able to stream media to all devices within our home. to do this we used an awesome application called plex! a mate tells me it was originally for apple but has now been extended to android/pcs hooray for that!

http://www.plexapp.com/

the application consists of a server and a client install. in my setup the server install is on my htpc. setting up is really easy its just a case of install and adding your libraries. much like xbmc it has its on scrapers which will pick up information off the many online db's. the server service runs in the background and wireless device on your network is able to pick it up. now once the server is setup you simply download or install the client onto your device.

the great advantage of this is that all your transcoding is placed on your 'server' pc. this takes the load off your wireless device and also you dont have to worry about codecs as all the transcoding is done on your server. a brilliant piece of software!

alternatively you can use plex as your media centre software but i really like the feel of xbmc so im using both. xbmc for the htpc gui for the tv and plex for the wireless devices.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

project: HTPC nerdbox - logitech harmony

on the home stretch with the htpc project. one of the last few things i wanted to do was to control the htpc via the logitech harmony remote. reason for this is that i want to consolidate all my remotes into the 1 logitech remote.

i previously set the harmony up but found it was quite slow in response. to remedy this i've changed the imon settings to a WMC remote control. from there i set the harmony up in the logitech software as "home theatre PC > Microsoft > Windows Media Center".

now going back to the imon settings, you need to configure some of the buttons and keyboard shortcuts manually then map these in the logitech software ie. showing info and guide. once thats complete, you update the remote and whoala.. fast responding remote that works very well.

i just realised that updating the imon software was the reason why the vfd is working with xbmc. score!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

project: HTPC nerdbox - Apple + Android control

hopped onto the apple app store and installed a nifty app called XBMC Constellation. Its a great app that allows you to control (unfortunately not stream) your xbmc from the ipad/iphone.

Assassins HTPC blog has a great guide in how to set this up which unfortunately i cant show you! cause its a paid for guide lol.

in a nutshell you need to do the following:
get the ip address of your xbmc machine
turn on the following network features in xbmc
- allow control via http
- allow programs on this system to control xbmc
- allow programs on other systems to control xbmc

thats it on the xbmc side, all thats left to do now is find your xbmc machine on the constellation app (top left wireless icon on the screen). i had to manually type in the ip address and thats pretty much it. it will discover your machine and load your library up! from there you can control your xbmc machine, very nifty stuff! now to install it on the gf's iphone and purchase full version lol.

heres a good video tutorial


apple version done.
**Side note, the VFD seems to display files and shit after control via constellation! wierd!!**

now for android!
hop onto the android market and download "official xbmc remote" which is free woooo~!

some screenshots of what it looks like below
http://code.google.com/p/android-xbmcremote/wiki/Gallery

setting up is very similar to the apple version. i've already done the work on the xbmc machine side so all i need to do is add it in android. just put in your IP address, username and port.. it'll connect and off you go. Initial tests show some slowness compared to apple but it might just be a one off

tutorial here


very easy!

project: HTPC nerdbox - remote control setup

now to set up the remote control! i did alot of research regarding this because the word is that the Antec Fusion case comes with a POS remote control/software/VFD display. this had me worried as everything i've read so far indicates that it just doesn't work properly.

all i can say is that this is a crock of shit, getting the remote to work was piss easy! partly due to the fact that the guys @ soundgraph have added xbmc functionality in the latest version of imon lol.

so all i did was installed the latest version

launch the program and go to imon utilities -> application launcher
select XBMC and click apply
next
go to program commander and change it to xbmc. from there you can modify the buttons and commands for the remote.

thats pretty much it, it all works fine.

now, while i was fucking around with remotes i took the opportunity to get my harmony remote working. i found a great guide below:

http://www.soundgraph.com/forums/showthread.php?p=18895#post18895

so what i did was just download and installed the logitech software. set the device up as an Antec Fusion 430 HTPC. i made sure all my shortcuts and mappings were correct on imon then i manually configured the ir settings of the harmony using the antec-veris remote. I figured this was the best way to do it...

the harmony is now working on the htpc. i did find it a little slow and jumpy but it only concerns browsing left.. the button is quite sensitive on the veris remote so maybe i pressed it too long. will report back on this.. the things still charging up now but im happy it all worked well

that leaves the VFD on the case.. its honestly a piece of turd so i havent bothered with it yet. at the moment it just displays the weather/time/when xbmc is open and remote functions. i will try and get it to display more info when im bothered.

moving to the next item on the list! using the various apple/android apps to control xbmc!

project: HTPC nerdbox - final menu setup

In my previous post i talked about my anime and tv shows mixed together and how i wanted to retain the tv show menu features but have my anime separate. after much research i bit the bullet and removed the tv show menu. i replaced them with smart playlists, that way the tv shows and anime are separate but i've had to give up the features. oh well you cant have it all!

anyways! completed the final look of xbmc menus in htpc tonight it took some mucking around but im happy with it now.
I've yet to load up music videos and music onto the machine yet. its not priority so i'll look at it down the track

so here are the changes i did, please note im using the aeon mq3 skin

1) created smart playlists for anime/tv shows/ufc
2) under the skin settings menu i enabled the video playlist menus for anime/tv shows/ufc and attached each playlist accordingly. I then disabled the default TV show menu so the playlist menu would replace it.
3) within the video playlist menu settings i point the anime and ufc menu backdrop to folders on my c:\ that contain several related backdrop images.
4) i wanted to change the order of items in the main menu

To do this: i went to the includes.xml file in the skins folder
c:\Users\"your username"\appdata\roaming\XBMC\addons\"your skin"\720p\

please note that the name of includes.xml will vary with each skin
*** create a backup copy of this file incase you fuck up! ***

Now theres a section called "Home Dharma/Eden Menu". depending on what mode you run on xbmc, there is a list of default menus that you can modify. first thing i did was re-arrange the order as i wanted my media menus next to each other. its a simple case of cut-pasting the menus in the desired order

eg. i want to move the music menu. i'll cut the menu code


then paste it in a different position within the homemenu tag


and done!

5) for the TV show menu i wanted to retain the changing fanart backdrops in the default menu. rather than point to images that i wouldve had to find i figured it was better to point the mimic the same settings as the default tv show menu.

To do this: i went to the includes.xml file in the skins folder
In Aeon the function for the alternating fanart tvshow backdrops is called. "TvShowBackdrop"

so under the background / dimensions section is the list of different backgrounds for each of the menus in the aeon skin. I located the vplaylist3 section (this is what i've set as my tv shows menu) and modified it to use "TvShowBackdrop"



its a bit dodgy as i've removed all options to change this menu's bakground but it works a charm lol.

Finally, i saved the changes and restarted xbmc. DONESKIES!




Wednesday, March 28, 2012

project: HTPC nerdbox - tv shows and anime

BOOOO what a shame! the movie sets feature doesnt work with tv shows. i've also confirmed this on the xbmc forums. i guess i'll have all my anime thrown in with my tv shows if i plan on keeping the library features mentioned in the prevous post.

i've got a separate playlist in the main menu for direct access to anime so that'll have to do. theres a huge thread of requests to have tv grouping but it looks like there wont be anything to do this for a while.

OH well! im going to get my whole library up and running tonight...

then i can finally start to work on remote control access

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

project: HTPC nerdbox - xbmc library limitations

For the last few days i've been loading up my media library onto xbmc. while its been going quite smoothly i have discovered some of the library limitations within xbmc and its skins.

first off, if movies and tv shows are all you need then the library is more than enough to sort you out. but what about sports events and anime ?. i dont really consider these movies or tv shows so where the hell do you put these?

when you load these into your xbmc library you are given a choice of either tv show or movie category. once you do this, the events and anime will crop up under your movie or tv show libraries! though the information is scraped properly and associated art is added.. they just dont belong in these categories!



to solve this there are 2 main alternatives that people seem to use:

Favourite folders - where you add the file folder as a favourite then add this to your main menu. this means that you can separate your movies but a downside is that your restricted to the list view... a view that i dont like using haha


Smart playlists - this is actually pretty cool, you can create a query based playlist that will pickup the movies or files you want which you can then add as a new menu. it will also allow you to use the many views available in your skin.


while these are good solutions there is a problem when using these.. you lose the information and sorting functionality found in the tv and movie menus (probably something only i care about). this means you cant browse by title/genre/director etc. not a huge biggie for most users but i'd like to have the freedom of searching something with a specific genre and see library info shown in the red boxes below.


deciding on the best solution left me with a headache.. until i came across "movie sets" in xbmc! so say you have a collection of movies eg. rocky 1-5. rather than have them as separate movies you can group them together into a set where the movies are part of a parent set. this got me thinking .. why dont i create a set for my ufc collection so that all events are grouped into that set that can be accessed in the movies menu. not only will this allow me to keep the neat movies/tv shows menus and not clutter them with the ufc events but it will also allow me to search it by genre and other categories! I will also create a smart playlist so that UFC can be accessed as a separate menu on the main page.

i followed the tutorial below to create the movie set. I recommend that you also export the thumbnails and fanart. it'll make life easier when you reload your vids back into the library
http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Movie_Sets

i then created a playlist to pick up all the ufc vids. (based on the below)
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=76717



note: on Windows 7, your playlists and xbmc setting files are stored in c:\users\"your username"\appdata\roaming\xbmc

once that was created, i refreshed the library and YOSHHHH!!! i've got the new menu pointing to my ufc collection and still retain a clean movie menu without clutter.
next is to see if the same set will work for TV shows...

while i like this solution there is a drawback (damn why cant it be perfect!). i will need to export the library nfo files for any new UFC vid or new anime series i want to add to xbmc so i can attach them to their respective sets. i think theres some apps that can take care of this in a quicker way .. but i cbf'd looking and testing them.

it's not a huge pain but involves some extra work on my part... being neat sure has its price lol.