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bio website robotclub.ab.ca
location Alberta, Canada
age 33
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seen Feb 4 at 3:40

I was a professional video-game developer in Vancouver. Now I'm working at a Mac sysadmin in rural Southern Alberta.

I'm a competent C++ programmer, I love python, I've learned a little bit about Objective-C, and, of late, I'm programming in Smalltalk (Squeak), hacking on Scratch to help kids learn robotics.


Nov
29
comment How do I quickly count pieces?
Thanks for the reply. I especially love the idea about grouping and counting the remainder.
Nov
24
comment How do I quickly count pieces?
Thank you, Ӎσᶎ. I'm not at all opposed to taking the parts out of the tackle box -- it never even occurred to me that one might be able to count them otherwise. Its just that when I have more than a dozen pieces of one type, I want to be able to count them quickly after I've gotten them out of the box, just to check that the quantity is right. That paper you linked to looks very interesting.
Feb
20
comment Why does LEGO now use studless technic designs?
I've been meaning to get ahold of that book.
Feb
20
comment Why does LEGO now use studless technic designs?
Interesting. I'd often thought that the holes in the beams should be better centered. Is there any reason that the studless beams can't be made with an even number of holes? I must say that, while vertically reinforcing a part with the older system took some thought, building up or rotating 90 degrees was straightforward, without using any special joiners.
Feb
19
comment What are the angles used in angle connectors and liftarms?
Ah. It must've been the #5 ones I was working with. Thanks again : )
Feb
19
comment What are the angles used in angle connectors and liftarms?
Aha! I knew there was a reason for the angle on the lift arm. Thank you. I did try connecting a number of angle bricks (of the same type) together with axles to see if I could make a complete circle, and it didn't work. I'll have to try again; maybe my axles are bent.
Jan
10
comment What is different between the EV3 Home and Educational sets?
I think the caster is the right-most piece in the diagram of the educational set. Building casters for the NXT was a real pain, so I'm hoping that both sets include it!
Jan
10
comment What is different between the EV3 Home and Educational sets?
Ah. I think the link to Robot Square you want is: robotsquare.com/2013/01/07/lego-mindstorms-ev3-tnew-robots
Jan
10
comment What is different between the EV3 Home and Educational sets?
I believe that the education kit will come with a rechargeable battery.
Jan
10
comment What is different between the EV3 Home and Educational sets?
Do we know if the retail set comes with a castor wheel?
Jul
20
comment Remote Control option NXT Mindstorms
Would you please provide a link to one of the videos?
Dec
13
comment Where can I download the LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 IDE?
Joubarc, you are quite welcome. I was pleased and surprised that LEGO made the software available like that, too.