Let's Make Robots!

Reflections on Hoff

I haven't been able to substantiate or dispel the note about our friend and my likely relative hoff70. What I can say is that repraff.com lost its place on the web two days ago. It's safe to say that if hoff isn't dead, in some sense he's killing his online identity.

The iPad of Dr. Moreau

Is anyone else getting weird renderings of the site on a tablet? Here's a screen cap I just landed:
ld5cWi8.jpgNever mind that johnnyalpha seems to be the logo out header, and that Duane's project picture is in the wrong box. What really disturbs me is

That ain't BDK.

Any complaints about your scope?

No, not variables. I'm wondering if anyone using a newer tft screen oscilloscope has any regrets about it. I'm talking the Attens, Owons, Rigols, Hanteks and Siglents in that U$300-500 range, 100-200Mhz, 1Gs area. I'm probably wasting money either way, and wasting time thinking about it, but that doesn't stop me from thinking about it.

TARS from "Interstellar"

If you haven't seen it yet, the new Christopher Nolan film "Interstellar" features three robots that look like a cross between HAL and a ninja throwing star. _1412189530.jpg They're pretty clumsy puppets. If you've seen the movie (3 1/2 stars for me) what do you make of the realism of their motion? I don't see how they could work the way they do.
Tells me when someone is standing in my doorway
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