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Gary Snethen
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The next Tomb Raider is looking pretty sweet! I love watching a game materialize from little more than a collection of numbers and colors. All you need to add is limitless human passion and a truly wonderful experience is born.

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Still me!  But with a beard!
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On Thursday, I was promoted to Chief Technology Officer. It's essentially what I've been doing for the past several years, but I've been relying solely on respect and soft power to get things done. No longer will anyone question my bad decisions, so I'm free to ... um ... make bad decisions. :)

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In case you haven't heard, there's a solar eclipse this weekend! It will be 90% in the Bay Area and a full annular eclipse in Tahoe and Reno.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_May_20,_2012

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2012May20Agoogle.html

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This is the prototype of a clock I'm building with the kids (4 and 6). I'm letting them drive the project, which has led to some interesting design choices.

If you look closely, you'll see that the numbers are out of order. The black hand points to the hours and the white hand to the minutes. Every five minutes, the hands reposition themselves to the correct time.

Behind the scenes, I'm using an Arduino to drive two micro servos. I also plan to add a relay so I can completely power down the servos between adjustments. This will cut down on power consumption and eliminate any buzzing from the servos.


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I wrote a program to generate seamless spectral noise on the surface of a sphere. My goal is to create some nice procedural planets. The 'moon' in these images was created by covering a sphere with pink noise.
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Here's a better close-up of the Wee Blinky. My first attempt was rotated.
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My son Elliot received an Elenco Snap Circuits Jr. kit for his 6th birthday and he demonstrates a significant interest in electronics:

http://www.amazon.com/Elenco-SC-100-Snap-Circuits-Jr/dp/B00008BFZH

I expect that advanced robotics will be a major industry by the time he hits college age. I plan to experiment with introducing him to robotics, embedded systems design and artificial sentience to see if he has aptitude and interest in the field.

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Yum!
This is a dish called Odori-Don. It has a dead squid on top that “dances” when Soy Sauce is poured on it, activating it’s neurons.
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I'm interested in people interested in hardware. If you like working on electronics, please share a private post so I can add you to my hardware circle.
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