And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer.
God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the field, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board." So God made a farmer.
God said, "I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say,'Maybe next year,' I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from an ash tree, shoe a horse with hunk of car tire, who can make a harness out hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. Who, during planting time and harvest season will finish his 40-hour week by Tuesday noon and then, paining from tractor back, put in another 72 hours." So God made the farmer.
God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bales, yet gentle enough to yean lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-comb pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the leg of a meadowlark."
It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed, and brake, and disk, and plow, and plant, and tie the fleece and strain the milk, . Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh and then reply with smiling eyes when his son says that he wants to spend his life doing what Dad does. "So God made a farmer."
Rigged an exercise bike up to an old Super Nintendo controller using An Arduino microcontroller, some sensors/switches and some transistors.
Peddling at a certain rate holds down the A button to accelerate, left and right are buttons on the handlebars and there is a red button in the middle of the handlebars for using special items.
I have another video I'll upload soon which better describes the bike controller.
There is a quick overview of how it works here:
http://statuswoe.blogspot.ca/2012/04/super-mario-kart-cycle.html including a link to the github project where my very quickly written android sketch is available. I'm hoping to put up schematics of both the bike and SNES Adapter (part of which actually uses an SNES controller) there when I get the chance.
For anyone interested in seeing it work with a non-SNES game Mike McGraw and I came up with a game/adapter that is played on a Computer via USB. I think the game is pretty neat.
Excerpts from the "High-speed Video Magic" DVD, featuring billiards and stupid human tricks (also including balloons, breaking stuff, engineering stuff, toys, fluids and foods in motion, and stupid animal tricks). The DVD contains numerous narrated super-slow-motion video clips filmed with a special high-speed video camera. Sound effects are also included. The DVD is fun and instructional, and appeals to a wide range of audiences: billiards enthusiasts, instructors, and students; physics teachers and students, kids and parents interested in physics, science, and engineering; and anybody interested in the artistic beauty of all sorts of things moving in super slow motion.