Snow? In May? Give me a f*cking break, Mother Nature.



Snow? In May? Give me a f*cking break, Mother Nature.

Arduino Button Implementation

LED. Check
Breadboard. Check
Bunch of wires. Check.
C++. Check.

Not Pictured: Button

What is that under my finger? A BAD ASSED BUTTON!

I’m going to have this robot up and rolling in no time. Everyone knows that every robot needs at least one button…the fricking kill switch. For, in case, said robot gains sentience and tries to kill the creator. And I’m not going down by robot death. Skin cancer, maybe, but no death by robot.

Arduino Robot

I’m not there yet, but let’s chalk this one up as a step towards the end goal…which would be the title of this post. A Damned Arduino Robot!


Granted, this is basically just my hello world (hola mundo) program with the addition of a solderlss breadboard into the fray. But, it is awesome and, I am going to be the coolest dude on the block when I come rolling out with a bad-ass robot.

I had better get back to work.

Cross-bot is Full of Angst

Cross-bot was totally like, “grr–that sux I’m all angry” and I said, like “dude, whatever, ur a green robot-dude w/ some claws or whatevs”


just chillax cross-bot. chillax.



though not technically an original, this merges an established meme with an up-and-coming meme

Applied Robotics

Let me clear the air before this one. There are four things to know about me. In no particular order…

1) I love humanoid robots.
2) I love androids.
3) I love drawing humanoid robots…and
4) I love Android OS.

Now that that is out of the way, let me say that this post doesn’t pertain to any of those four, for better or for worse. This post serves to shed some light on some custom robotic applications. As always though,

While I am holding it down on Arduino and Lego Mindstorm front, there are, quite thankfully, people utilizing robotics to improve procedures in real situations. Nothing is better than robots, lasers, and gadgetry…unless it falls into another field dear to my heart. Quality assurance. I should trade in my twin monitors in for one of these bad boys:

robots rule
pretty much the opposite of claw-bot

Now that looks like some precision automation exemplified.

So the gist of my rant is that there are automated assembly applications all over the place. You name it, it can be automated…and with some crazy levels of precision… two tenths of a micron precision.

Take a look at a exemplary robotic setup.

diagrams...always helpful

I could color that sucker green, in an effort to appease my fan-base. Or, alternatively, I could throw up a pic of something slicker than green robots….

Enhance. Enhance. Enhance

Could those be lasers? Yep…I’m talking about some 6-axis automated inspection system lasers…for the win. I’ll be the first to admit that high performance machine vision, 6-axis robotics, and bad ass software trumps my form of QA…even though our banking software is pretty sweet.

Regardless of the preferences, hit the bump to read about some real robotics applications. They are numerous…from automotive, clean room, fuel cell, medical devise, solar, and semiconductor implementations, to my already-mentioned QA…there is a ton to check out.

In the mean time, I’ll be horsing around with my robot drawings and laser pointers…pining for an Arduino.

Fast Cash

broke as a joke
Monopol-bot is broke
Broke as a joke?
If you need some cash in a pinch, you have several options:

~ Hit a payday advance joint (and get nailed w/ a generous fee)
~ Write a bad check (overdraft fee != good)
~ Cash advance the ol’ credit card (and pay a ridiculous finance rate)
~ Knock off a convenience store (insert your own soap-on-a-rope joke here)

Or alternatively, you could hit, and get some loot the easy way….the easy and confidential way.

MyCashGo is pretty sweet. Everything is directly spelled out…no hidden fees, no need of perfect credit, no direct deposit…basically, they get you cash in a hurry. Plain and simple. Hit the above link to test it out…they give instant approval, so you could be up and rolling in no time. FWIW, they have 50% off for new customers, so you got that going, too. Which is nice.

***Of course, you could write paid blog posts (like this) for some loot. Trust me, it is far less lucrative than it seems 🙁

***Also of note, MyCashGo doesn’t require any faxing of info. I propose all fax machine use be discontinued, in general. So 1992. 🙁