Daniel Heppner

Mar 22

[TOL] Thinking out Loud (I’m bored)

For some reason or another, I’ve learned to think that when there’s a computer in front of me, I will be more entertained than using my own mind for entertainment. I don’t really know how to word this correctly, so I’ll just point out that a lot of the time, the computer is more entertaining than whatever I can come up with to think about. However, at times like this, where I write useless blog posts because I have nothing better to do, I begin to think about things like this, and I realize that thinking might be more entertaining that just fooling around with the computer. But now I’m caught up in this blog post, so I need to finish it.

I enjoy thinking, I’m rather good at it. I can think about all sorts of different things on car rides and other times when I’m just sitting there, and I’ll be perfectly entertained in my own head.

I’m going to go do that now. 

Feb 15

Minecraft: Redstone Counter.

Redstone is one of my favorite things in Minecraft, so I set out to build something cool with it.

Here’s the video of it working:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCEkgzpp4b0

And here’s an overview video: (with snazzy music)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS_KDDIiE2Y

The way that I did this was as follows:

  1. Count in binary from 0 to 15 (16 digits, 2^4). I did this using 4 T-Flip-Flops
  2. Convert the binary to decimal using the principle: You will only use the 1s spot for odd numbers (every other number). You will only use the 2s spot for the numbers 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, etc. You will only use the 4s spot for the numbers 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, etc. This makes it easy to convert huge numbers fairly easily and with only small machines in-game. 
  3. Convert the decimal numbers to be displayed on a 7-segment display. 
  4. Power the pistons correctly and ta-da, you have yourself a working decimal counter, although it does the actual counting in binary!

If this doesn’t make sense, oh well, I’m tired. xD

Feb 12

Shelton Brown Blabs: Middle School Life -

sheltonjb:

Many people think that high school will be where all the bullies are and where kids are the meanest and the most insecure, but this is all wrong. People in middle school are unusually mean to some because of their own insecurities and how they feel about them selves. People are naturally concerned…

Jan 14

Yep.

I confirm it. May this end all your suspicions. Yep.

Dec 09

Michele Bachmann left speechless by an 8 year old. -

What’s that you say? Michele Bachmann left speechless when eight-year-old boy says to her: ‘My mommy’s gay but she doesn’t need fixing’

Dec 08

One more link for /r/atheism -

Sorry, I can’t help myself. I thought this was funny.

Dec 07

Popularity Contest

We had elections at school today. (probably a few days ago by the time Tumblr’s queue spits this out) I don’t really know what the outcome will be. I do know it’s a popularity contest. I think about 1/2 to 2/3 of the school voted for someone because he/she is “popular.” In the end, won’t you be happier if you vote for someone who is popular, or even because their you’re friend? You’ll be happier- no, the entire SCHOOL will be happier if someone who is good at the job does it. I’m not saying your friends are unable to do it, I’m just saying there might be someone better. There’s no point in voting for someone because they’re popular, or they’re your friend. You really don’t gain anything, but the school as a whole takes a hit. 

Dec 06

Don't give to the Salvation Army. -

There are better charities. 

Dec 03

What is there to write about?

I don’t really know what I want to write about.

Well, I actually know exactly what I really want to write about, but I’m not going to write about that particular subject. If I did write about it, it’d be called “internal conflict”, as that’s been bouncing around in my head lately because my English teacher was talking about it, and fits the situation just fine.

I don’t know. What is there to write about? I could always write about something that randomly pops into my head, but I don’t like writing about things that don’t have meaning to me. There is always something that has meaning to me, but there might be a reason that I might not want to write about it. Return to paragraph 2 (seriously, reread it now and it’ll make more sense).

Now, back to subliminally messaging things to people on Skype without them knowing it.

Nov 29