The Pulse - 2009w02
January 9, 2009
"Danger Will Robinson!"
Now what is that I'm reading? This one robot got destroyed in a fire? And its Infra Red sensor was tested following what kind of IR emitter?! Maybe use an LED next time...
"Thank you kindly sirs."
Ozzy is a new robot on the site. Ezekiel wrote a very elaborate project page about it. And he was so kind to mention the sources of inspiration he found on LMR. No, not Disney, on LMR!
"Smooth and flat"
Oddbot loves to use his Polymorph. He wrote a walk through on the stuff. Excellent suggestions on how to make really smooth, straight, flat surfaces and straight angles.
It is a time honored tradition in many guilds to start off the training of a new padowan by having him create his own tools of the trade. An apprentice carpenter is told to make his own straight angle. An apprentice blacksmith would forge a pair of pliers. And Mikkel jumped straight to building his own resistor sorting robot.
But he seems to have gotten stuck at the awkward "Tubular Pie" stage. *Sigh* We've all been there.
"Poor Maddy is covered."
Guess which one of us names his/her car? (Hint:
" 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse"
All our mice fell silent on Christmas Eve as our mostest favoritest website broke down! The server came back up soon enough, but the database got damaged in the process.
Poor, faithful Dan interrupted his celebration of the Holy Days with his family and fixed it all. So we could all continue to brag about all the cool Christmas Robot Presents we got.
"The LCD from Hell"
One man's Hell is another man's Heaven. Chris bought a nice binary puzzle just for my enjoyment. Way Cool, with blue back light and inverted characters! Way inverted. And very shifty.
When the ratchet puzzle wouldn't budge, Chris sneaked a peak in the answer pages and came up with the good ol' Picaxe firmware bug. Nahhhhh, that's just too obvious dude! Come up with something better next time!
Is there a lesson to be learned here? Apart from: "Never help a Carpenter who has his own podcast show". You will never live it off...
"About time I showed my face"
Welcome to the SYFL Club Ant!
"Go for it!"
This site is growing a bit of an attitude, a motto. "Go for it!" What could possibly go wrong? Every time someone suggests a crazy idea, this is what LMR's response will be. Are you not sure your code is capable of steering your bot cleanly along a straight wall? Don't fret about it! Just make it go! Faster!
Then, tweak your code. Add a sensor. Tweak some more. The worst that could happen is you having a great deal of fun. And maybe learn something along the way. And maybe you'll write about it here on LMR. To educate and entertain us all.
Go for it. But stay away from the match box.
Origami is for squares! 5 mm squares.