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 02/07/2000 |   LEGOs and robots                                       |
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  tell us a |                                                          |
       tale |   I HAVE COME FOR YOUR SOFT INNARDS LITTLE CHILD         |
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    up with |                                                          |
       fun! |   After  this  weekend, my badly designed robot is now   |
            |   able to terrorize the  house.  It  no  longer breaks   |
            |   when  bumping  into  things,   and  it  even  has  a   |
            |   proximity detector so it runs into things even less.   |
            |   Now, the problem is more mundane; one motor for each   |
            |   of the  back wheels leaves  no control for steering,   |
            |   which leads to navigational problems down the road.    |
            |   If  I  have  them  go  in  opposite directions,  any   |
            |   attachments on the front just sort of scrape along.    |
            |   I am a dork!  Now for some links.                      |
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 mind green |                                                          |
            |   I  was  joking  about  it  earlier  this  week,  but   |
            |   somebody  has  created  a  robotic  automated  plant   |
            |   watering system.  Also,  his other bots  are powered   |
            |   by a  combination  of  sped-up clocks,  watches, and   |
            |   solar power.                                           |
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the best of |                                                          |
   the best |   The  NASA  Space  Telerobotics  Program has  a  neat   |
            |   listing of intruiging robots.                          |
            |   Don't  miss the  rats trained to control  robot arms   |
            |   with their minds.                                      |
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     combat |                                                          |
    fatigue |   Battlebots has  some interesting  Real clips  of all-  |
            |   out battles between weight-regulated metal  robots.    |
            |   Recommended:  turn off sound so that  you don't have   |
            |   to  listen  to  the  announcer   aping  professional   |
            |   wrestling commentary.                                  |
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            |   Why you should always keep a low profile.              |
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            |   Incredible  metal-piercing  scorpion  design  versus   |
            |   silly spastic box.                                     |
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            |   Mechadon: Chromed-out 400 pound insectoid!             |
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            |   Good example of the  general uselessness of Real for   |
            |   fast-moving media.                                     |
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    getting |                                                          |
     closer |   Robo Gladiators is a LEGO-sponsored event which does   |
            |   the same thing as Battle Bots, except  requires that   |
            |   the bots be composed entirely of LEGO bricks.  Also,   |
            |   the  site  details a very  interesting  voltage hack   |
            |   using only LEGO bricks!                                |
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  you're it |                                                          |
            |   Matt has  Robotag, which is a slightly  less violent   |
            |   version of the  robot fighting games; just bump your   |
            |   opponent before  they bump you!  Real video included   |
            |   here as well, but it didn't work for me.               |
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     deeper |                                                          |
  reference |   AI and Machine Learning with respect to Lego Robots    |
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            |   MIT: Beyond Black Boxes                                |
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            |   Fred@MIT's Learning Brick site                         |
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            |   Spotlight  on  Programmable  LEGO  Bricks    in  the   |
            |   Classroom                                              |
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            |   Patent describing  the ultra cool plug-any-which-way   |
            |   connections.                                           |
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            |   The Art of LEGO Design [pdf]                           |
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            |   "Where Am I? -- Systems and Methods for Mobile Robot   |
            |   Positioning" [BIG pdf]                                 |
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 people and |                                                          |
their happy |   Doug's Lego Craziness is even neater now than it was   |
     robots |   way back when I linked it.                             |
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            |   Spider Robot [swell]                                   |
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            |   Ben's  LEGO Creations  include a  righteous line art   |
            |   plotter.                                               |
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            |   Dave Astalfo's cool Mindstorm robots                   |
            |   [Especially the 6-legged walker and Johnny 5]          |
            |                                                          |
            |   InfraDreadnaughts sounds really fun.  [Neat  robots,   |
            |   scroll down for description of autonomous attackers]   |
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       link |                                                          |
   listings |   O'Reilly book linklist                                 |
  that I am |                                                          |
 needlessly |   Dennis Clark's linklist points to some  of his nifty   |
duplicating |   projects that I might even be able to pull off.  The   |
            |   whisker one, at least.   After  that, the schematics   |
            |   scare me.                                              |
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            |   Mindstorms Internals linklist - Techish stuff          |
            |                                                          |
            |   LUGnet robotics section                                |
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      other |                                                          |
 methods of |   Not  Quite  C is  a  more  familiar interface to the   |
    control |   RCX's command language.  The lack of certain editing   |
            |   functions (like copy and paste) are missing from the   |
            |   admittedly easy-to-use default Mindstorm IDE.          |
            |                                                          |
            |   RCX Command Center is a Windows frontend to NQC, and   |
            |   is very handy.  Plus,  it's  got  some fun toys; you   |
            |   tell it  how  your motoring system works and it lets   |
            |   you  remotely control your bot.  I hooked up the ol'   |
            |   joystick and gave it a go; way too much fun!  Now to   |
            |   get it to react to joystick buttons...                 |
            |                                                          |
            |   The RCXCC site  also  has very  nice tips, including   |
            |   some  help with  bumper  assemblies. [Always  having   |
            |   trouble with mine.]                                    |
            |                                                          |
            |   Bot-Kit uses Dolphin Smalltalk to produce RCX code.    |
            |   Ehh... yes.                                            |
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            |   PerlRCX  utilizes  Perl  to  talk  directly  to  the   |
            |   control brick through the serial port IR.              |
            |                                                          |
            |   RCXTools  includes a Perl disassembler that can pick   |
            |   apart the opcodes.                                     |
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 electronic |                                                          |
    garbage |   RCX internals                                          |
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            |   Michael Gasperi has a page on Sensor Input including   |
            |   ripping that weird light  sensor apart. Mr.  Sensor:   |
            |   Graph the values!  [probably handy for testing light   |
            |   sensor reflections]                                    |
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       blah |                                                          |
            |   Huge blast of nostalgia.                               |
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            |   Once upon a time, I owned all these Space sets:        |
       uhoh |                                                          |
            |   442 452 885 886  889 1498  1499 1557 1558  1580 1968   |
            |   6750 6803 6804  6805 6807  6809 6826  6841 6845 6846   |
            |   6849 6872 6874  6880 6882 6883  6891 6926  6928 6930   |
            |   6931 6951 6952 6972 6980  6985 6876  6894 6941  6954   |
            |   6987  6851 6812 6878 6887  6933 6981 6988 6810  6828   |
            |   6848  6850 6875  6884 6885 6925 6932  6953 6990 6811   |
            |   6862 6923 6989 6781 6831 6886 6895 6955 6986           |
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            |   The walking Astro Grappler, man!                       |
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            |   The  Solar  Power  Transporter  split  into  modular   |
            |   pieces   and  reattached   into   different  awesome   |
            |   configurations.                                        |
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            |   The Multi Core Magnetizer had a magnet crane.          |
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            |   Galaxy  Commander and  Cosmic  Fleet Voyager  versus   |
            |   Battrax and Renegade!                                  |
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            |   THE MONORAIL!!!  Those were  the days.   Man,  I'm a   |
            |   dork.  That was so much fun though.                    |
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            |   Since then, the  sets have  gotten incredibly trippy   |
            |   and specialized.                                       |
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 lego aided |                                                          |
      scifi |   3rd Millenium                                          |
 constructs |                                                          |
            |   Moonbase IO                                            |
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        eh? |   This is the log of a faceless entity.  Me.  I wander   |
            |   around  the web, and  point out what are most likely   |
            |   completely  useless things for  you to  visit.  It's   |
            |   where I have been, what I learned  there, and what I   |
            |   plan to figure out in the future.   All in  the palm   |
            |   of your hand.                                          |
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  the daily |   Technically speaking, this is a "weblog".  There are   |
    surfing |   many weblogs.  You can probably find one that  suits   |
      tools |   your tastes pretty closely in  the morass below, but   |
            |   if not, use the pitas system to track yourself.        |
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    contact |   Dan Fitch dgfitch@yahoo.com / ICQ 363803               |
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        old archives: dots are interstitial weekly posts

        grid puzzles: waste time with boxes and their brethren 
             . 
          chip music: listen to the sound of the FUUUUUTURE
             . 
       lewis carroll: charles dodgson wrote some happy tales
             . 
        opinionation: how do you do, capitalism?  how do you?
             ........ 
        defunct rock: amf, grammatrain, jawbox, poor old lu, roadside
             .. 
         ascii games: to quote salon, @ <- you are here
             . 
           voicemail: automated telephone systems
             . 
       bach and tone: the endlessly rising canon of links
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          eigenspace: eigen wha?
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         falling pod: zoooooming through the earth's crust
             .
       occam's razor: computational reflection
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             bad art: clean up old gallery
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             demoart: art disks, ansi conversion, zoomscope
             .
           WFMU hunt: scavenge a radio site
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         cardboardic: disposable release
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             collage: photographic and non, preferably non-digital 
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     stupid cartoons: sg, c+c, r+s, brak
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  a musical |                                                          |
  diagramme |                      2--.   .--1                         |
            |                   Pajo  |.'.|  McMahon                   |
            |                      1-.'   '.-2                         |
            |                      .'  .'.  '.                         |
            |                  2-.'  .' . '.  '.-1                     |
            |             Patton |--: .:!:. :--| Grubbs                |
            |                  1-'.  '.   .'  .'-2                     |
            |                      '. |   | .'                         |
            |                      2-'.   .'-1                         |
            |                   Zorn  |'.'|  Fahey                     |
            |                      1--'   '--2                         |
            |                                                          |
            |         David Grubbs - Potato Lettuce.mp3 [10.6mb]       |
      day 1 |                          vs.                             |
            |           John Fahey - Charles A. Lee.mp3 [4.3mb]        |
            |                                                          |
            |   John Fahey - Requiem for Molly (p3).mp3 [2.0mb]        |
      day 2 |                          vs.                             |
            |             John Zorn - Cartoon Music.mp3 [15.8mb]       |
            |                                                          |
            |             John Zorn - Saigon Pickup.mp3 [4.1mb]        |
      day 3 |                          vs.                             |
            |             Mr. Bungle - Ars Moriendi.mp3 [4.3mb]        |
            |                                                          |
            |        Mr. Bungle - The Holy Filament.mp3 [4.3mb]        |
     day 4a |                          vs.                             |
            |                Aerial M - Skrag Theme.mp3 [3.4mb]        |
            |                                                          |
            |   Papa M - I Am Not Lonely w/ Cricket.mp3 [7.9mb]        |
     day 4b |                          vs.                             |
            |              The For Carnation - Salo.mp3 [4.9mb]        |
            |                                                          |
            |               Squirrel Bait - Sun God.mp3 [2.8mb]        |
      day 5 |                          vs.                             |
            |      Bastro - I Come From a Long Line.mp3 [3.4mb]        |
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