Author Archive for apitel

As a test to see what I’ve learned at college, I was handed a recent lawn equipment catalog and asked to point out the falsities of a particular ad–a typical breakfast in the Pitel household.  The ad in question was for a fully electric lawn mower.  The mower was featured in a nice two page spread, but [...]

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Design Process In order to better under the digital design process with respect to real-world applications, a two-way traffic light controller was designed. The traffic light operated in two modes: Timed signal changing cycle with weight sensor input The primary mode of operation is the standard timed signal changing. Additional logic was added to implement [...]

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Nothing passes the time like a good audiobook.  The only problem is that buying audiobooks from sources like Audible or iTunes is often pretty expensive.  However, the quality of these paid audiobooks is always top notch.  Most free audiobook sites only offer books that are in the public domain (i.e. old), so a good source of free [...]

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Yesterday, Rockstar Games released the long anticipated trailer for the new Grand Theft Auto game due out in October (10/16/07).  When I saw it, the first thing that came to mind was Koyaanisqatsi, a 1982 film by Godfrey Reggio.  In fact, the GTA IV trailer is a near replica of the film’s style, down to using the [...]

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By utilizing various structural techniques, filmmakers evoke different feelings and give more depth to the content. Film’s structural elements tone the content in different ways. Content proves unappealing and ineffective without proper structure. Structure evokes emotion and gives a deeper understanding of the content by revealing, or not revealing, certain scene elements. The director creates [...]

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I’ve been hard at work on this year’s Engineering Week Video for the Electrical Engineers. Every year during Engineering Week, the different schools within the College of Engineering at Bucknell compete in a series of competitions for the Golden Hammer. These competitions span the entire week, including events like Textbook Toss, Poetry and Artwork Contest, [...]

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You were a true companion and will be missed, Cody.

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I stumbled across Vimeo recently and was pleasantly surprised.  I’m not one to upload commercial content (like ads and music videos).  I was looking for a site that offered fast service and limited compression for my personal DV projects.  Everything else, while important to consider, is secondary: interface, community, ratings, comments, etc.  Previously, I had [...]

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I was amazed with the quality of coffee from Keurig’s single cup brewer when I tried it. I used the B100 Brewer when I was working at Magna-Power Electronics. Before I returned to school that following fall, I purchased the B50 home brewer and have been thrilled with it at college. I have now owned [...]

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I’m currently working on a new video project, compiling some of the footage I’ve taken while at college. Here is the introduction to the video. Most of it is funny, though it may be hard to tell from the intro. Anyway, it’s work in progress.

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