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Falling Star, A Free Game For You By Zylascope

I made a game for you to play called Falling Star. You move a blue bat around to catch the falling stars.

It’s a PWA (Progressive Web App) so you can install it on your devices by clicking on the notification that appears at the bottom of the screen. An icon will be added to your home screen so you can play the game whenever you want.

Best of all, Falling Star works on all types of phones and computers.

Falling Star is free to play and provides hours of fun.

See how high you can get…

Click Here To Play

 

Falling Star - A Game By Zylascope
Falling Star – A Game By Zylascope
Emergency battery

How To Make An Emergency Battery From Things Around The Home

If you need some electricity to run lights, there’s a lot of options from the things you’ll find around the home. In this video, Robert shows a simple Iron battery you can make from steel wool and brick cleaner.

You’ll need a carpenter’s pencil, a cup, some activated charcoal, and some paper for a separator.  It uses brick cleaner but can also run-on bleach or vinegar. This battery can run for many hours. Join ten in series to run LED lights. Each cell is around 0.3 volts.

The battery has issues, be careful with brick cleaner and use ventilation as it produces hydrogen but works well as an emergency battery.

 

Camera Lucida

How to make a camera lucida from an old LCD projector and draw amazing scenes

 

camera lucida is an optical device used as a drawing aid by artists and microscopists.

In this video Robert Murray Smith shows how you can make your own for next to nothing by recycling an old LCD projector.

The camera lucida performs an optical superimposition of the subject being viewed upon the surface upon which the artist is drawing. The artist sees both scene and drawing surface simultaneously, as in a photographic double exposure. This allows the artist to duplicate key points of the scene on the drawing surface, thus aiding in the accurate rendering of perspective.

 

Boss SY-1 Synthesiser Pedal

Boss SY-1 Guitar Synthesiser Pedal Review

 

The new (2019) Boss SY-1 Guitar Synthesiser Pedal turns your guitar into a synthesizer! No need for a special MIDI pickup and no for an external keyboard or sound module. You just plug your guitar in and turn a knob to select a sound from 11 sound banks. Inside each sound bank there are 11 different sounds (voices). So that’s what the two knobs on the right do.

On the far left is a double knob. It allows you to set the volume of your guitar and the volume of the synth. The second knob in from the left allows you to alter the synthesised sound by changing the depth and rate, also on a double concentric knob.

Boss SY-1 Synthesiser Pedal
Boss SY-1 Synthesiser Pedal

As you can see, below the input, there is an input jack for an expression controller. You can add this to alter the effects while you play.

It also has a send and return channel so you can easily connect other effects processing.

There is a switch on the back so that you can use this for bass guitar or 6 string guitar.

The Boss SY-1, like other Roland Boss effects pedals, is made of cast metal and is very robust. It runs on a 9-volt battery and can also run from a 9-volt plug pack.

Boss SY-1 Synthesiser Pedal
Boss SY-1 Synthesiser Pedal

When mine arrived recently I was surprised to discover that it came with a new 9-volt alkaline battery.

Thanks and well done Roland. The SY-1 gets 10 out of 10 from me!

I’ve had so much fun playing guitar with this pedal. If you’re going to be locked-down, be locked-down with this pedal.

Order one today, it’s a load of fun and gives you 121 sounds, plus variations, there are even some rhythm and percussive sounds and some arpeggio sequencer-type sounds to give your performance many more colours.

Article by Geoff Williams

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