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PRELANG.COM IS THE BEST. THE. LITERAL. BEST.
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Does anyone here have experience with the Xbee Zigbee and the python-xbee library? I'm having trouble getting the Xbee to read the response from AT commands.
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Poetic, but it makes you wonder how much weight we can give a platitude offered by a machine, compared to a human, at this point. 
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Today I get to start working with my Xbees! Hopefully, this means I can now extend the robot apocalypse beyond my USB cord. 
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Makerspace: A Semester's Resource Masterpost
Overall my makerspace has had a great year. I't's gone by super fast - there's something to be said for just jumping in there, but there's a learning curve that can be a little hard to jump. So in case it can help anyone else, I'm going to write about some ...
Overall my makerspace has had a great year. I't's gone by super fast - there's something to be said for just jumping in there, but there's a learning curve that can be a little hard to jump. So in case it can help anyone else...
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I'm working on my Girl Scout Gold Award project, where I run a Maker program at my old middle school. I'm trying to take it further by compiling resources that make "making" easier for teachers in areas with less time, support, and funding available. I know what challenges I faced getting a Makerspace started, but I want to know more about what a variety of educators with an interest in Maker Ed need. 

If you run or are a part of an educational maker program, especially one in an area of lower socio-economic status, what were the biggest challenges you faced in your program, and what tips can you share about how to overcome them? 
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Can AI 'experience' emotion?
Emotions are often portrayed in sci-fi as the last realm of humans, the only aspect of thought unavailable to most machines. Think of Data’s long quest for emotional experience on Star Trek, or the hard questions faced by Decker in Do Androids Dream of Elec...
Emotions are often portrayed in sci-fi as the last realm of humans, the only aspect of thought unavailable to most machines. Think of Data’s long quest for emotional experience on Star Trek, or the hard questions faced by Dec...
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Thank you, SCOTUS! 
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Hah. Nope. I bricked one, and I'm still not sure HOW (X-CTU will neither connect with nor recover it after it cut out in the middle of an update). Awfully kind of it : P.
 
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Installing ROS on a mac is TERRIBLE, but the results are definitely worth it. My arduino robot now thinks it's a turtle simulation. Or... vice versa, I guess. 
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Today's my last day helping out at UTD's Robotic Arts camp, meaning I'll have to get my fix somewhere else tomorrow :(. 
It' s great practice for the makerspace though. I'm already getting ideas!
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I always thought the Kardashian's had a thing for "K" names. She's breaking tradition here!
The Olympian and reality television star covers the July issue and says, "Caitlyn doesn't have any secrets. As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I'm free."
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