January 2, 2006

Hit With A Dull Stick

Sorry, folks. Over the last few days I’ve felt like I’ve been hit on the head with a dull stick. It’s a good thing I took time off from work, because if I were there, I would likely be staring at the screen of my computer, wondering what all those funny symbols mean.


Likewise, I’ve stayed away from my blog because blank space on the blog is marginally better than “Duhhhhhh. I likes chockomunk ice cream!”

OK, so I did build a robot. I followed some instructions, and it is just the trainer robot for the Star Wars version of MindStorms. But it has a brain at least. It can respond to light! (see marginally viewable video here). He’s only got one motor and one sensor, and he’s using one of his built-in programs. I’ll have to start working with the other set Maggie got me before I can start doing neat stuff like downloading Java programs to a robot. I dunno what type of robot I ought to build.

BTW: Happy New Year and all. I’m not one to believe that it’s possible to tempt fate, but I remember thinking that 2004 was bad (I think it was the election, mainly) and being glad to see it in the past. Well, 2005 turned out to have some really ugly surprises in store.

But I guess ugly surprises are part of growing up. So, my wishes for 2006 are going to be simple. Health, and appreciating what we have that’s good. To keep it interesting, I hope we can through in a good laugh more often than not.

Cheers, all.

Posted by James at January 2, 2006 7:40 PM
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You are not alone.
That is just about how the first two days of '06 have felt for me, too. "Duh." Slow & kinda pointless, at best. Your robot is certainly a better start than my clean laundry! I truly hope '06 will pull us up from the downward spin of the past few years.
But, if there is really snow tomorrow, maybe I'll start the "new work year" on Wednesday instead. The "4th" seems like a good number...

Happy New Year!

Posted by: TCR at January 2, 2006 10:45 PM

I need a new droid.

Posted by: J. Sandstormer at January 3, 2006 9:08 AM

Apparently, LEGOs are the way to go in that regard.

But these droids are probably less versatile than what you are used to.

Posted by: James at January 3, 2006 10:25 AM

James, good thing your droid hasn't run away yet. Those seem to be pretty sizable paws. Any chance it can be programmed to mix up a "Dr. Momentum"?

Posted by: ThirdMate at January 3, 2006 2:49 PM

Pretty much it rolls around in circles and falls over a lot. Kind of like it's had too many Dr. Momentums. Not that I'm criticizing. :-P

Posted by: Maggie at January 3, 2006 8:00 PM

Cute bot. Was the resemblence to #5 intentional?

Posted by: Mike L. at January 3, 2006 8:21 PM

Funny you should mention that -- it was the clue my mother-in-law used on the gift (we trade clues on our gifts).

The trainer droid is built from instructions that come with the Droid Developer Kit, and I can't say for certain whether or not it was inspired by "#5" but it certainly bears more than a passing resemblance, doesn't it?

Can't seem to find a really good "#5" picture on the net, though.

Posted by: James at January 3, 2006 9:09 PM

Then feel free to post Ally Sheedy. Very similar structure, but better legs. Unfortunately, also falls over a lot. Johnny-Five.com seems to be the place for more 'bot info.

Posted by: ThirdMate at January 4, 2006 6:56 AM

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