Anime Baka

Anime - Japanese Animation
Baka - Japanese word for idiot or fool

Loosely put an Anime Baka is someone who's crazy about Anime. However interpretation's may vary. I tend to think of Anime Baka as meaning something like drooling fan boy/girl.


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Wrote this a long time ago. Too short for an article:
Perverted - Hentai in Japanese. But the word pervert means deviation from normal or accepted. So, how can all guys be perverts?

Did you ever notice that the sex scene in the movie is generally at about the same realative place as the guitar solo in a song?

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Roll Dampening
Updated: 2009-06-22

I had an idea for active roll dampening. It's pretty complex actually, but not really. The thing is I have no idea if it will work or what parameters it will take to make it work. So a lot of testing would be involved.

The basic idea is to create some sort of track that is the width of the ship your trying to stop from rolling. My initial idea is to use a length of PVC with a slot cut in it to make it C shaped and caps at both ends. Get a fishing weight and modify it. The idea is to have a torpedo shaped lead weight with a metal loop at the top middle. A little bit of oil in the track should make it move easy. Having a flat surface on the weight will also help.

The next problem is how to move it. I just had an idea. Rig up a pulley on each end of the tube and tie a string or cable from the weight to one pulley back to the center where you it wraps around a large servo wheel. It may need to be locked to the servo wheel. Then it continues on to the other pulley and back to the weight. When the servo turns the weight moves one direction or the other.

Now the hard part. This device needs to be hooked up to a one dimensional accelerometer and a computer or some sort of circuit to control it. I was thinking of putting it through the main ship computer. So when the ship lists to one side the weight moves to the other side, when the ship returns to level, the weight centers. This affect should help dampen rocking motion which I have observed is a problem on these ships. It makes them look like toys.

There may be more to it than that. It may not work at all. It might require such a large weight that it would not work. Anticipating roll might work better, different settings may work better or worse. This is one reason to use the computer.

Jesse wondered if units could be made and sold. I think the unit could be wired up as a closed system, perhaps with a simplified circuit depending on how they function. Simply mounting one in a ship and providing power would provide a more stable ride and more realistic look.

A simplified non-computer version could use a pendulum and a pot. The pot would control the servo. This is quite an idea. I think I could test it even. This unit would be very simple, but more prone to mechanical failure. Still it would be easier to test.

This method could just use a disassembled servo. The servo would have to be electronically modified so it would think it was receiving commands as I understand they shut off if they don't get a command every x milliseconds. Anyway hook up the pot from the servo with a pendulum as previously stated. You might have to replace the pot with one of different values to get it to respond properly.

When the pot turns one way the servo thinks it's lost it's setting and attempts to turn the motor to correspond with the pot reading. So when the pendulum shifts to one side, the weight is quickly shifted to the other and vice versa. Such a unit could be completely self contained and sealed needing only power. It could be encased in a small flat box that would sit like a bulkhead and take up an inch or so of ship length.

Another idea for this would involve trim tabs. However I am not sure that they would be allowed. But as the desired effect is realism they might be. I'm thinking that the back of a ship is not well conductive to trim tabs so mounting them on the end of the flat part of the bottom hull would probably work best. A single servo could control them, raising one and lowering the other.


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