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Hey all, a couple of my friends launched a cool swarmbot kickstarter on Tuesday, it's worth checking out:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/narwhaledu/the-little-swarmbuddies-that-could
Your own swarmbots! Fun little robots that move with music and teach you creative engineering. A robot kit + online community & class.
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Here's another Kickstarter I think is worth pitching, it's by the same people who made Myst, Riven (sequel to Myst), and Myst V: End of Ages (the last in the Myst series), and several other games. It's another gamein the spirit of Myst, and looks beautiful. I'm really hoping it gets funded so I'll get a chance to play it. They're very near their goal and have four days left, it'll be a squeeze.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cyaninc/obduction
An all-new, immersive adventure game from the award-winning creators of Myst and Riven.
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The rest of the pictures from my SF trip, higher resolution versions here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/awillisson/sets/72157634791486592/
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Thanks, it's my favorite too. These are all freehand, but I'm getting a tripod later this week that'll fit in my backpack so I'll be able to have it with me more often.
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I spent last Monday evening & night in SF for the first time and took a lot of pictures. This one stood out while I was reviewing them so I decided to upload it ahead of the others. More to come, along with higher resolution versions on my Flickr.
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I love how the bridge disappears into the mist.
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Same album as my Flickr post, except smaller images. Posting since I couldn't figure out how to share the album without posting about it.
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so good!
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20 second exposure at night from the circle outside our house while our Prius turned into our driveway. You can see the headlights down the road, and the tail lights lighting up the left and showing through the bushes. There's a few stars visible, but they aren't very clear.
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Hey everyone, there's another Kickstarter I think is worth funding, especially if you're interested in learning basic robotics. I know the people running this one, they're MIT alumni and really awesome people. As always, any pledge amount helps. If you want to give them more money than a pledge level and don't want to actually take the course (they're very interested in getting students through the robot arm kit levels), you can pledge however much you feel like and just select the pledge level you want. They're on track to make their goal, but I wanted to spread the word a little more.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/narwhaledu/robots-drawing-and-engineering-an-online-course

They're also the first Kickstarter project I've seen that's posted screenshots of the backend, which is fun. Check their first update to see some of what the dashboard for running a project looks like.
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CA outing

High resolution versions in this Flickr set
http://www.flickr.com/photos/awillisson/sets/72157634791486592/
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Thanks!

I hadn't thought about the colors of the sign, just how it gave the picture a sense of scale. Thanks for the feedback, I'll look for that sort of thing in the future.
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I just noticed I hadn't shared this album publicly, so here it is
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Keeping up with going through pictures takes longer than catching up on email.

Anyway, here's some stuff from around my yard right after I got my camera.

Full sized up on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/awillisson/sets/72157633920741842/
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Finally went through most of the pictures from my Iceland trip, here are large versions of a lot of good ones.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/awillisson/sets/72157633920500624/
Sets let you organize your photos on Flickr. Explore the 160 photos in this set.
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Pictures from my Iceland trip, I'm pretty sure most of these are ones I took, but a few are from my uncle and possibly my dad. I'll be uploading more later, these are just a bunch of ones that I think might make good desktop backgrounds.
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  • MIT '14
    Computer Science & Engineering, 2010 - 2014
  • Homeschooled
    1991 - 2010
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  • Exaptation
    Computer Engineering Consultant, 2014 - present
    Freelance consultant working on everything from embedded software to web backend.
  • Sumo Logic
    Software Engineer Intern, 2013 - 2013
    Summer intern, fall part time
  • KAR Engineering
    Frontend & backend web designer, 2008 - 2008
    Consulting work
  • Bolton Engineering
    Programmer (embedded C), 2010 - 2010
    Consulting work
  • Bolton Engineering
    Programmer (small backup scripting), 2011 - 2011
    Consulting work
  • Alipes
    Programmer (occasional scripts, backend work), 2010 - 2011
    Consulting work
  • Kayak.com
    Software Engineer Intern, 2012 - 2012
    Summer intern
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