The Bucket List


Hi Folks,

Have you watched the film “The Bucket List”? Not yet ? Well, I highly recommend you to do so ASAP actually! Of course the critic reviews are not so good, but a movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman cannot be that bad, and anyways, this is not the film by itself that I want to tell you about, but the story of the birth, the death, and a couple of things we all may consider to do before to kick the bucket…
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Sooner or later, depending on our age and our personal situation, we all wake up some day thinking “What have I done so far in my life?” or “how long am I likely to survive the nuclear threat, the global warming, the recession while eating Genetically Modified Organisms 3 times a day?”

Well, I don’t know about you, but for my part, I made the decision to have a plan, just in case things go wrong. And guess what? I called it my bucket list!
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10 categories, 100 Items, one rule, just tick the box when done.
Here is mine, mostly hidden, we are not so close yet:-). You have a look, you let me know about yours, all good ? (some of my choices may sound cheesy, but I don’t give a damn, build your own, this is the thing about this thread…)

My Bucket List

A/ Random Stuff 1/2

1 …Insert your own stuff here…

B/ Random Stuff 2/2

11 … Insert your own stuff here…

C/ Charity

21 Become rich enough to join Gates/Buffet Charity Programme
22 …

D/ Relatives
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31 Teach my kids about fun and entertainment, that comes with hard work and commitment (work hard, play hard)
31 Keep in touch with close family and friends, always show love and affection, whatever is the distance.
32 …

E/ Self Esteem

41 Read and Learn about Human Kind as much as I can.
42 Write an e-book
43 …

F/ Motorsports

(I’m sure you’ll easily replace this one with your own stuff)
51 Drive a Formula One, even for 3 laps
52 Visit GoodWood Festival of Speed
53 …
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G/ My secret Dream

61 It’s a secret actually 🙂
62 …
63 …

H/ Shows

71 (attend your favourite band best live show ever)
72 (see a major event – can be Olympics, Football World Wup, New York Fashion Week)
73 …

I/ Parties

81 Glastonbury Festival
82 Oktober Fest
83 Montreux Festival
84 Rio de Janeiro Carnival
85 …
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J/ Travel

90 Visit New York, St Petersburg, Dubai, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Singapour
91 …

Take Care. (Maybe today I mean it even more that usually !)
Pascal

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The 256 LethargicDog Geek Challenge #002/256


Challenge #002: Build a Porsche 918 Spyder with Lego Digital Designer

GOAL:
The goal of this challenge #002 is to use the Lego Digital Designer Application, available for download at ldd.lego.com in order to design/build a Porsche 918.

DESCRIPTION:
Lego Digital Designer is a 3D design application that let you build Lego models the same way that you could design them for real.

Most of the bricks are available in several categories. You have to pick a brick and take it into your model, and repeat that simple step until the job is done.

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The model you have to build is the Porsche 918 Spyder, Lego set #75910. If some parts are not available yet at the time of reading, you can adapt the model and try to get as close as possible. Don’t get fooled by the age range written on the box, because the design with LDD is not as straightforward at it seems.

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ACHIEVEMENT EXPECTED:
In order to succeed, you have to use the Lego Digital Designer Application, available for download at ldd.lego.com and build the car, but also add the racing driver in his suit, and a finish line as well.
Should you need any help for getting started, you will find online help and tips. Dozens of YouTube tutorials are also available.

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After you have created your model, the app will let you generate the assembly instructions as a PDF. Once done, you can consider it a success and choose another LethargicDog 256 Geek Challenge.
Have fun, and good luck!

Pascal

The 256 LethargicDog Geek Challenge #001/256


Challenge #001: Original Pong Game Programming With Scratch

GOAL:
The goal of this challenge #001 is to use MIT Scratch at scratch.mit.edu for programming a game named “PONG”

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DESCRIPTION:
PONG is a quite simple game that was originally created in 1972 by the company Atari. It is well known as one of the very first mainstream Videogames ever. The purpose of the game is a puddle/ball game similar to tennis or table-tennis. It involves one player (against the machine) or two players. This is a black and white two dimensional game, with basic graphics.

The audio is fairly simple, with no background music but a simple beep as the ball hits any paddle or pitch side.
The score is kept above the field (upper side of the screen). Each player earn one point each time the opponent fails to return the ball.
The first one to reach eleven points wins the game.

ACHIEVEMENT EXPECTED:
In order to succeed, you have to use the Scratch Programming environment, available at scratch.mit.edu
Should you need any help for getting started, you will find many templates and members achievements on the Scratch site. Hundreds of YouTube tutorials are also available.

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After you have created an account on the website, you will be able to save your program and share it to the world.
If you can get close enough to the gameplay, the graphics, the “flavour”, and sound of the original game, you can consider it a success and choose another LethargicDog 256 Geek Challenge.
Have fun, and good luck !

Pascal