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September 2006

September 21, 2006

The Thin Man, Continued

Filed under: Machining,Robots — Bob @ 8:44 pm

preview.JPGMy latest minisumo project, The Thin Man, is coming along nicely. The two slots in the front scoop will hold sensors and behind that is a small cavity for the electronics and li-poly battery.

I’m going to have to put in some extra hours this coming week, as I’ve only got ONE WEEK LEFT until Robothon. It’s going to be very, very close but I think I’ll make it.

Check out the new pictures here and let me know what you think.

September 19, 2006

Heist Television Gets Edgy

Filed under: Television — Bob @ 7:53 am

untitled11.jpgLast night we watched the pilot episode of Smith starrring Ray Liotta and Virginia Madsen. It was pretty good, and a welcome change from the latest trend of “good guys” shows like Law & Order and CSI. Unlike the classic stories of Robin Hood (rob from the rich, give to the poor) or The Thomas Crown Affair (rich guy steals but doesn’t hurt anyone) this story has sharp edges and blunt-force trauma.

I think the writers looked at every other drama on television and said “nothing that appears in those shows will appear in ours”. It was really different, and really enjoyable. I strongly suspect it will be ignored by most people as it contains a lot of violence, the characters are significantly flawed, and the storyline requires some thinking.

We’ll watch again next week for sure. If you enjoy a different kind of drama, you might like this too.

Did anyone else catch this?

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