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Last Build Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:40:43 +0000

 



Presidents Day @ The Tech

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:40:43 +0000

On Monday, February 19, we’ll be celebrating Presidents Day at The Tech Museum in San Jose. Spend your Presidents Day with us! We’re bringing you even more hands-on science fun than usual. You’ll build straw rockets and design colorful climbing robots. We’re also teaming up with Kickstarter to give you a sneak peek at some … Continue reading Presidents Day @ The Tech



Spaceship Cockpit with a Larson Scanner

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:05:24 +0000

Lee at Sawdust and Solder is building a kids spaceship cockpit and used a Larson Scanner for one panel. I wanted to spread out the LEDs over a large arc to simulate the sweep of a radar screen. The idea was to make it a scanner to look for other ships, class-M planets, or whatever … Continue reading Spaceship Cockpit with a Larson Scanner



Evil Mad Scientist Valentines: 2018

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 19:08:43 +0000

Today we are releasing our newest set of “Download and Print” cards for Valentine’s day. This is our sixth year, and sixth set of cards: The 2013 set had six equation-heavy cards, the 2014 set was a set of six symbol-heavy cards, and the 2015 set included love, hearts, and arrows. The 2016 set featured Pluto’s cold heart, and the perfect card for your … Continue reading Evil Mad Scientist Valentines: 2018



Linkdump: January 2018

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 18:17:37 +0000

The Idiot’s Loop: Dropping a nuclear bomb with a backflip was a 1950’s US Air Force tactic. History of Philips’ Semiconductors in the 1950s Terry Gilliam reveals the secrets of Monty Python animation Vintage Computing for Trusted Radiation Measurements R.I.P. astronaut John Young, the first man to get yelled at for smuggling a sandwich into … Continue reading Linkdump: January 2018



MOnSter 6502 and Digi-Comp II at Vintage Computer Festival PNW

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:18:15 +0000

We’re bringing the MOnSter 6502 and the Digi-Comp II to the Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest February 10-11 at the Living Computers: Museum+Labs in Seattle, Washington. Living Computers: Museum+Labs is an incredible museum! Bring your camera, bring your children, and enjoy all that LC:ML and VCF have to offer. Check out the exhibitor list and … Continue reading MOnSter 6502 and Digi-Comp II at Vintage Computer Festival PNW



AxiDraw, JavaScript, and Generative Art

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 18:36:18 +0000

Matt DesLauriers published a two-part blog post, Pen Plotter Art & Algorithms exploring his JavaScript workflow with AxiDraw and generative art. Unlike a typical printer, a plotter produces prints with a strangely human quality: occasional imperfections arise as the pen catches an edge or momentarily dries up, and the quality of the ink has the … Continue reading AxiDraw, JavaScript, and Generative Art



Linkdump: December 2017

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 18:57:00 +0000

Computing a world of snowflakes 6 Animatronic Eye Mechanisms You Can Download and 3D Print Parafilm: What is this thing? (YouTube) The colorful modern history of ancient crookneck watermelons The Boldport Club is a monthly electronic kit subscription The mathematics of the game 2048 Why do asteroids explode high in the atmosphere? Stromatolites found alive, … Continue reading Linkdump: December 2017



Plotter Portraits

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:32:38 +0000

A couple of creative artists, Makio&Floz, are offering custom plotted portraits, drawn by their AxiDraw, playfully named Jojo the robot. Makio&Floz is a duo working on digital based projects. Without limiting themselves to a virtual space or a physical one, their goal is to explore design and generative art using code as a pencil. You … Continue reading Plotter Portraits



Callie’s Crown

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:05:45 +0000

Last year while attending FIRST robotics competitions with the Firebots, I had the privilege of serving as a judge at both the Central Valley Regional and the Sacramento Regional. Judging gives an opportunity to get to know the folks involved in the competition, whether they’re students, mentors, or other volunteers like you. I’ve judged and … Continue reading Callie’s Crown



Using the WaterColorBot to teach programming

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 19:19:37 +0000

JR has been volunteering in a high school programming class and wrote up a thoughtful post about his experiences using the WaterColorBot in the classroom. He wrote a Python library that allows users to directly control a WaterColorBot by writing Python code. To be honest, this library is a pretty insane way to control the … Continue reading Using the WaterColorBot to teach programming