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Circuit Playground: N is for Noise
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This week's New nEw NEW Products include some limited edition enamel pins of Ruby, Gus, and Billie, a sheet of CRICKIT stickers, GPIO stacking headers, pop rivets for cardboard, a flexible RGB LED matrix, and a RGB Matrix Shield for Arduino!

Check out our video recap:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWHN-9N9rkk

You can see all the latest New Products each week at
https://www.adafruit.com/new

𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤:

https://www.adafruit.com/product/2601
Adafruit RGB Matrix Shield for Arduino

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3826 64x32 Flexible RGB LED Matrix - 4mm Pitch

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3822
Plastic Pop Rivets for Cardboard Crafts (20-pack)

https://www.adafruit.com/product/2223
GPIO Stacking Header for Pi A+/B+/Pi 2/Pi 3 - Extra-long 2x20 Pins

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3794
Crickit Sticker Sheet

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3493
Gus the Green LED Limited Edition Enamel Pin

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3494
Billie the Blue LED Limited Edition Enamel Pin

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3495
Ruby the Red LED Limited Edition Enamel Pin

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This week's New nEw NEW Products include some limited edition enamel pins of Ruby, Gus, and Billie, a sheet of CRICKIT stickers, GPIO stacking headers, pop rivets for cardboard, a flexible RGB LED matrix, and a RGB Matrix Shield for Arduino!

Check out our video recap:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWHN-9N9rkk

You can see all the latest New Products each week at
https://www.adafruit.com/new

𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤:

https://www.adafruit.com/product/2601
Adafruit RGB Matrix Shield for Arduino

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3826 64x32 Flexible RGB LED Matrix - 4mm Pitch

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3822
Plastic Pop Rivets for Cardboard Crafts (20-pack)

https://www.adafruit.com/product/2223
GPIO Stacking Header for Pi A+/B+/Pi 2/Pi 3 - Extra-long 2x20 Pins

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3794
Crickit Sticker Sheet

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3493
Gus the Green LED Limited Edition Enamel Pin

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3494
Billie the Blue LED Limited Edition Enamel Pin

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3495
Ruby the Red LED Limited Edition Enamel Pin
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Jeri Ellsworth #INWED18 #RaisingProfiles @WES1919
https://blog.adafruit.com/2018/06/23/jeri-ellsworth-inwed18-raisingprofiles-wes1919/

Jeri Janet Ellsworth is, American entrepreneur, an autodidact computer chip designer, inventor. She gained fame in 2004 for creating a complete Commodore 64 system on a chip housed within a joystick, called C64 Direct-to-TV. That “computer in a joystick” could run 30 video games from the early 1980’s, and at peak, sold over 70,000 units in a single day via the QVC shopping channel.

Here’s a feature article on Ellsworth from Polygon:

Flame-throwing race car driver, circuit board hacker, computer store chain founder, toy maker, game tweaker, car builder: Before co-founding her own augmented reality headset company, Jeri Ellsworth was a technology chameleon, finding niches in electronics and mechanics, mastering them and helping redefine how they worked.

Without formal training, without a high school diploma, Ellsworth MacGyvered her way through childhood and into an industry not only reluctant to welcome women, but not really designed for an autodidact.

Today, Ellsworth is known as a preeminent classic hacker, modding and brute-forcing her way to success. And as CastAR co-founder, she’s also one of two innovators fueling what may be the first release of a major consumer-friendly augmented reality headset.

With the consumer release of a new CastAR headset less than a year away, I sat down with Ellsworth to chat about the company and how she came to help launch it.

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LEGO Hasselblad 503CX #celebratephotography
https://blog.adafruit.com/2018/06/23/lego-hasselblad-503cx-celebratephotography/

From LEGO Ideas:

This is a Hasselblad 503CX Film Camera.

I Lego-designed this camera because I am also a photographer and this
camera has been one of my favorites.

I love the manual mechanisms of this particular camera very much.

This Lego-designed camera, just like the real camera is true to form with the interior parts as well.

I added a glass piece to the lens, so that you can see through the viewfinder.

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Valerie Davidson: Blazing a trail for female engineers #INWED18 #RaisingTheBar @WES1919
https://blog.adafruit.com/2018/06/23/valerie-davidson-blazing-a-trail-for-female-engineers-inwed18-raisingprofiles-wes1919/

Valerie Davidson is blazing a trail for female engineers. She is the founder of the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering and a professor for 25 years, via McMasterUniversity

As a student, a researcher and an academic, Valerie Davidson has led a pioneering life.

In 1971, Valerie Davidson was one of four women registered in first year engineering.

Oddly, that fact gave her some comfort when she arrived for orientation. At least she wouldn’t be alone. Or so she thought.

“As I walked around the corner of the engineering building, all I could see was a large crowd of males, but it was too late,” she recalls. “I had been spotted.”

“It turns out I was the only female student in year one to attend. So I was asked to sing a solo first verse of the Engineers’ hymn and that was it. No further embarrassment.”

Not surprisingly, her visibility continued throughout her McMaster studies. And those early years did have their challenges for females.

“At that time there were only a few women’s washrooms in the engineering building,” recalls Davidson. “I do remember climbing at least two flights of stairs from our basement study room to reach a women’s washroom, and I often thought of using a can of black spray paint to mark “wo” on a few of the men’s facilities.”

But overall, being one of only a few female students in the faculty was largely a positive experience for her.

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Flash Facts #SaturdayMorningCartoons
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via DC Multiverse Historian

“For a long time, every DC comic had something like this, a little half- or full-page filler like “Flash Facts” or “Metal Facts and Fancies”, possibly so that they could claim some portion of their content was educational. Of them all, I prefer “Science Says You’re Wrong if You Believe That…” because it’s the only one that flat-out insults the reader. These things are terrific insights into what the heck people were caring about at the time that they were written, or at least what comics writers were caring about. For example, read enough stuff from the 60s and you’ll see that bit about deadly gasses from the tail of a comet coming up again and again, though nowadays it’s gone the way of the classic plot to kill someone with a weak heart by scaring them to death. So were people obsessed with comets or was it just a case of writers getting as much use as they could out of a stlye of disaster with a lot of dramatic appeal?”

These read like the old Ripley’s Believe it or Not! comics in many ways, but as we know they were eventually more closely incorporated into the story of the comics. The leap between these types of examples and the, more often than not, third person narration of comics was a relatively easy one to make as the narrator – often spelling out exactly what the reader was seeing – was omnipotent and so could easily opine on science facts to explain how the Flash did all the thing she could.

This, with the rise of first person narration and better printing techniques that required less hand holding, eventually saw the facts transfer over to actually being said by Barry, and later, Wally. I can’t check right now, but I think it was during Morrison’s run on The Flash, specifically The Human Race arc, where Wally actually directly mentions how Barry’s science background meant he often referred to things as ‘Flash Facts’ while trying to explain things to/train Wally. (Click for larger image.)

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Assistive Tech web interface for target practice at gun range with Raspberry Pi, Pi Wing (FEATHER adapter and CRICKIT)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuEzNxRRqmc

Assistive Tech web interface for target practice at gun range with Raspberry Pi, Pi Wing (FEATHER adapter and CRICKIT)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuEzNxRRqmc
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Using Functions in MakeCode on Circuit Playground Express
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