Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Corn Cob Challenge

This isn't your run-of-the-mill contest, this is the Corn Cob Challenge!
"Contestants Jen and Earl compete to see who is most entertaining while eating corn off the cob. This is a style competition, not a race!"
You may want to keep the kids in the other room when you watch this video (its a BIT racy). Say Jen, come to my place, and I'll give you a challenge!

Nah, I'm just jokin. Pour another quart of oil in that tractor and ride off into the field. Good farmin!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Hmmm, sounds like something I could use:

The storage unit is a corn cob with various kernels punched out/left in to represent ones and zeros. The cob is held via those little corn forks, except it can rotate freely around its long axis so that a given row can be aligned beneath a bar on which rides a belt-driven read-head. The read-head is a light sensor that feeds into a small microcontroller that uses a dynamic algorithm both to position the head axially and linearly over the kernels, and to judge kernel presence/absence. The controller must contain logic to identify kernel spacing, similar to timing recovery in an analog modulated bit stream.

Not sure what I'd use it for... Maybe for controlling my robot corn army! Oh wait, I didn't just say that. Have a corn dog and some corn brandy!