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July 2007

July 31, 2007

The Humans Are Dead

Filed under: Humor,Robots — Bob @ 8:30 pm

Eileen’s co-worker pointed out this hilarious little song by the New Zealand comedy duo Flight of the Conchords about the upcoming (in the distant past) robot rebellion.

It made me think of the book How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion by Daniel H. Wilson. He gave a talk at Google that was sorta funny, also available on YouTube.

Seems there is a fresh round of geek comedy about robots going around.

July 22, 2007

Better Bearnaise Recipe

Filed under: Cooking,Food & Wine — Bob @ 8:30 pm

A while ago I posted this recipe for a Bearnaise sauce. This past weekend I was making a sauce again but I forgot where I found the original one. Instead some surfing lead me to this one. It was much, much better and also easier to make. Highly recommended. And yes, it took me a while to find the original one for comparison.

Suggestions welcome for a better recipe if you know of one.

More Minisumo Projects

Filed under: Robots — Bob @ 2:13 pm

VeloxI took a couple of hours today to photograph and document two old minisumo projects: Screech and Velox. You can see the photos here and here.

Screech was my very first minisumo and I attempted to make one without starting with a kit. It was moderately successful (good enough to win first place in Traditional Minisumo at Robothon 2003) but quickly lost any competitive edge against more advanced robots. Today it sits on a shelf and will eventually be recycled into a new robot.

The picture to the left is Velox as it is today. This isn’t what Velox looked like originally. I had purchased a Mark III kit and built it pretty much as-is except for using a different controller.

Velox continues to be a pretty good robot though. Recently it placed third in Advanced Minisumo at the WCRG. Over the last few years I’ve made many modifications to try to be more competitive. I didn’t keep a good photographic record, unfortunately, and I don’t even recall all the changes that were made. I do recall that at one time I had mounted 4 AA batteries above the controller board though. It had a total of 8 AA batteries and was pretty powerful at the time (circa 2003).

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

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