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Fabable Arduinos, Wireless LEDs and Other Cool Things


Yes, those are lights in the table – “Look Ma, no wires!” (Read about it and link to the article towards the end of this post.)

FAFSA must be trippin’ (as is said in the vernacular of the day). They raised my EFC. At this point I’m not sure why.

Our government must be “trippin'” as well. Word is, they’re aiming to create a new legislative body called a “Super Congress”. Click here to read about it. This body would have special powers to draft legislation. It’s supposed to be for situations like the one we’re in now with the debt ceiling debate (a political debate turned civil war(of sorts). Politicians refer to each-other as adversaries. I didn’t know we had all moved to England.) For some reason I didn’t hear anything about this provision in our Constitution.

I’m going to make a point to watch old (’80s or older) movies (in what little time I might happen to have to watch movies 🙂 ). I’ve seen two so far: The Princess Bride and Hairspray(the 1988 version).

I’m officially finished everything my school needs me to finish to allow for matriculation – and…I ordered my books today! (Super excited XD).

In other exciting news: Our first materials shipment (for the Fab Lab) came in!! I went over to MIT today to pick it up, and then spent some time in the lab testing and getting everything working. It’s so great to see how everything is coming together.
Roxbury/Dorchester/Grove Hall: the Fab Lab is moving in!
This is so great for me because it has been one of my dreams to have a Fab Lab in my neighborhood. It’s been a dream of mine for a few years. I can’t wait for our first program day!

Interesting things I found today:

A transparent film allows LEDs (and other electrical components) to be embedded in transparent materials (i.e. glass) without any apparent wiring. Check it out here.

Also, a project I am looking forwards to trying out: Fabbing Leah Buechley’s Lily Pad Sew-able Arduino design. Shelby Doyle (one of Neil’s graduate students) did it and here is her documentation. I’ll let you all know how mine turns out. This is a variation on Ed Baafi’s Fabduino project.

Here’s the Lily Pad:

Here’s the design:

Here’s my goal (from Shelby’s documentation):

Ambitionz
Day 28
72 Dayz to go

The Atlantis (thousands of highly skilled US engineers) Gets The Pink Slip

Welcome home Atlantis – you are a national hero and treasure. In honor of this occasion, I have been commissioned with the task of informing you that – you have been laid off.
You didn’t see that coming, did you?

STS-135 Atlantis Landing (201107210007HQ)

If you’ve read my blog in the past, you know that I strongly question the wisdom of ending the space shuttle program. Unfortunately, I wasn’t consulted. 🙂

I did find this awesome, incredibly nostalgic video online however. I am really quite sad about this. I nearly cried (teared up slightly – no sobbing). At any rate – I think this is my dormant thirst for space travel coming out. Its afraid it will now go unsatisfied forever (and ever). Click here to see it

I would blog about how mechanical and computer-like the medical professionals I interacted with today were…
Ok, I will – briefly. I told the nurse that I had never had a particular procedure – and she continued to tell me I had. (No, she didn’t have any records to prove that – and I had really and truly never had that procedure). It was like trying to input data in a form where the option you need isn’t there. And then they made me take tests that, based on previous information, couldn’t possibly have been positive.

Big news: TIE Project Update! (imagine me squealing with excitement – while jumping up and down) (no – don’t, I just did and it was a little disturbing)…but at any rate: We’re really getting a summer lab! I can feel it getting closer! I sent in the order for our “Fab Lab Inventory” sourced materials which should start arriving next week. Setup on Monday, lesson plans coming soon. It’s all so exciting how it’s coming together!

Ambitionz
Day 23
77 Dayz to go

Japan, Congrats. (Yes, there is more to this message)

Today was a sports day – we played basketball and tennis so we were out pretty much all day. I drank more water today than I’ve probably drank all week – it was that hot (the last statement is a slight exaggeration). It was a good time with family and friends (new and old), and my shooting percentage has vastly improved :).

We will be finishing up curriculum development for the TIE Project tomorrow along with setting up the lab (on location). (I’m excited! 🙂 )
Twitter is/has become my main news source. I am now officially a part of our modern generation.

I read an interesting article about an “artificial leaf” that’s been designed to be many more times more efficient than an organic leaf at energy generation (using solar energy and water). This was designed by an MIT professor (not surprising) and is being marketed for use in developing countries. This apparatus could power a house (in a developing country) for an entire day using only one gallon of water (I do suppose it would also have to be a sunny day). It is mainly made from things like silicon and “doesn’t resemble a real leaf”.
Read more about it here:
WIRED UK and the American Chemical Society.

I find it entertaining that Twitter uses Tumblr to post updates when Twitter isn’t working. Twitter Status

And…

The Obama’s watched the Women’s World Cup at the Whitehouse: I have proof.
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Congrats Japan…a little kid said that it was a good thing they won: they “needed it more”, speaking with respect to the latest natural distastes that have struck Japan. That said, I’m not a sore looser – it was a good game. Good job Japan.

Dear Empire of the Red Sun,
You won! Congratulations.
We will win next time.
Sincerely,
An American Woman

Ambitionz
Day 19
71 Dayz to go

New Fab Lab comming online! (For the summer at least)(5 minute post)

I have 5 minutes to write this post, as I have homework to do 🙂 (4:59…).

Today’s big news:
In our meeting today with the program director at the Roxbury YMCA, we confirmed that we’ll be operating a Fab Lab out of their former computer lab over the summer! I/we are truly excited. We’re offering minimal hours at this point due to lack of human resources (HR at this point = me) but hope to expand, or at least get some other people/groups involved. We will have two of the four standard machines (thanks to the fabulous folk at MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms 🙂 ) and some of the standard materials. Machines are the vinyl cutter and the mini mill. We’re hoping to expand as the project is successful.

Click here for some pictures of things made in Fab Labs around the world

My timer is screaming at me – back to the books, then to sleep.

Ambitionz
Day 9
81 Dayz to go

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