Let's Make Robots!

Robot band "Z Machine" (where the girls in mini skirts aren't the eye candy)

The girls are cute but they are still less life-like than the automatons. At least you can tell that these really are robots and not costumes.

Player Project

I went off on a linking tangent from one of Peter's posts and found a sourceforge page I'd never heard of before:

I'm kind of surprised-it seems pretty well supported, but our search page only brings up chess playing robots and MP3 players when I look for refs to it. It should be an easy matter to build a robot that works with it, and I know nhbil was interested in creating this kind of software. It looks like its a deep implementation. Has anybody done any work with this?

Guess which one will be me...


Hey-I have an excuse. The doctors say I have to keep out of the sun. Of course, the model is missing my trademark gut...

Geek (physics) joke I'm very proud of (on Star Wars day, but somehow not related....)

I was so amused with myself over this in retrospect (in the shower this morning) that I decided to go back and save it for everyone who wasn't lurking. It's a little physics one-liner for 3D Printer enthusiasts that mogul and jinx set me up for. (Remember, this is copied from the shout box, so read from the bottom up.)


TinHead: mo' printerz!

jinx: lol

Shoutbox Invocation Script for Mac Users (Now with Merser's Python Interpretation)

First off, sorry-I realize that very few people are Mac users and can make use of this.  Also, it's kind of useless if you have a bot or other project on page one, but if you need you can really work around that I guess.

LMR IV Update

I was pestering FritsL the other night with my curiosity about LMR IV.  (Not that there's anything wrong with the way things are-after all, Kariloy is back in the Shout Box after a week off and people are requesting code there again.  All the robot elders make regular appearances and new content is added daily, and we have, as always, knowledgeable and exciting new members in and out.)  Still, change it is a coming.  Eventually.  In any case, this is a snippet of FritsL's explanation of what's going on:

LMR IV launch

Wondering if everything is still on schedule for the new site. The last update I'd heard was that on 14 Feb after midnight we'd all have to sign up and get new IDs. Is that midnight GMT? What else do we need to be aware of? Thanks guys!

Tutorial Trolling

I've seen a few instructable-type tutorials here and there that just look too good to be true.  My favorite was someone trying to convince you that you could run your flat-screen TV by splicing a AAA battery holder into the power cable provided with it.  In any case, I came across a tutorial today (an electronic instrument complete with its own URL and Makerfaire badge) that should have been a straight-up download, upload, hook up some pins and a speaker rig and all I got was one tone, with no reaction to the Inputs.

LMR Email Notifications (Don't call it SPAM if you're too lazy to do this...)

Like most of you, I've noticed that the eMail updates have started again.  I've also noticed a few shouts accusing LMR of "spamming" them.  That's a little unkind, but if you don't want to receive the email updates to every thread you contribute to, it's very easy to change the settings.