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Craig Berscheidt
A geek that builds things that build things
A geek that builds things that build things


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Ok, I like the using PCBs as the active components of the bots, but I love that they actually demonstrated a potential application for these guys that looks awesome. I'm guessing they're using a lot of current to move these bots around given that it looks like the induction is mostly done by the copper traces on the PCBs. Maybe the metallic coating is something ferromagnetic to amp up the B field?

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Another awesome update with some cool CNC techniques. I'll have to show these off in the upcoming CNC class.

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Shameless self promotion time!
In celebration of #cybermonday, all sleds and enclosures in the new tINDIE store are 20% off with the offer code BE27DB7. I've added tons of new stuff including accessories for the ODROID-X, Raspberry Pi, Freescale FRDM-KL25Z platform, Beagleboard, Fez Panda II boards, BeagleBone, and APC with more platforms on the way!

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Tallahassee is probably freaking out right about now. I imagine he and many others will be devising plans for a strategic twinkie reserve to help get them through the tough times ahead.
+NBC News Hostess Brands, baker of iconic Twinkies cakes, said Friday it asked a court's permission to shut down the entire company after a strike crippled its operations. The closure of the firm, founded in 1930, will mean all of the near 18,500 workforce will lose their jobs.

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While not as awesome as the amputee that was the lamp from Christmas Story, this is an extremely close second. Extra points for getting the dance down!

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I like that OWS found an outlet for their support and I like their plan. Hopefully they can muster enough support to make an actual impact.

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A sobering quote from Carl Sagan

+Dewayne Hendricks runs a very interesting mailing list that includes emails forwarded from various interesting people. The other day, he forwarded a piece from one of his readers, Steve Crandall. Crandall wrote:

"In searching for some kit for the storm yesterday in the basement I came across Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World from 1987.  I never got around to reading it, so I just started it this morning to see if it works 25 years later."

An interesting, but very dystopic, paragraph:

"I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time--when the Unites States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness."


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I'm glad that brain feedback devices are becoming more popular, but you can totally get these right now:
And get custom ears now as well:

You could customize them yourself with just some basic crafting skills too. This seems to be another project in the "Kickstarter ALL THE THINGS!" trend that's been going on lately.

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Here's my latest experiment with making clip together laser cut stuff.

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I saw this a little before the Adafruit post. The cheesiness had me laughing the first time I saw it, but it's cute. I imagine that if I was wearing a neural feedback device, it'd be pinging every time someone mentions bacon or Steve Jobs.
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