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PostSubject: Offseason Projects   Fri May 01, 2009 11:26 pm

What other cool projects do y'all work on in the other parts of the year?
Here is some of my stuff.

Here is the last full size human project we completed before I left Hanson Robotics

just about all the electronics and a lot of the mechanical design on Zeno was done by me


Of course robots are not the only thing I enjoy building. We melted a piece off our camera taking video of our first attempt at a liquid fueled rocket engine


And who dosn't like a good breech-loading t-shirt launching robot cannon? Even if the video quality is terrible...


The kids over at RHS did a phenomenal job this year in FIRST. they made their robot use calculus to maximize traction and pushing power on a slippery surfaces. The car manufacturers could learn from this design because it is more efficient. I don't deserve any credit for that one though. That was all Steven and Alex.
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Fri May 01, 2009 11:44 pm

those humanoid robots look really cool... REALLY cool...

when i'm not in season, I record music. heavy metal. full songs that I write myself, then record with me playing every necessary instrument... it's pretty cool.
http://www.myspace.com/apennyforyoursilence

and i do a lot of athletic stuff...

nothing too exciting.
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sat May 02, 2009 12:34 am

that's a pretty good attempt at a liquid rocket engine! I play sports in my off time.. sleep.. build robots.. dream about robots.. build things in general.. up until this past summer, I was building a car with my dad; Caterham CSR. This summer I'll be "interning" with Tyler Bond @ Syntheon, a biomedical company that just so happens to be where my father and a whole lot of people that I've grown up knowing and talking to, work! Team Loki, from the original Battlebots show, was made up of people who worked there at one point in time, 2 or 3 of which still do! uhh.. what else do I do?... I post rambling comments on robotics forums apparently.. I like to go out boating.. swimming.. and everything here and there..
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sat May 02, 2009 12:36 am

and Dan, I like the music!
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sat May 02, 2009 12:46 am

SWEET!
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sat May 02, 2009 2:03 am

I play hockey, lots and lots of hockey
I ride/race quads and dirtbikes (cross country on quad and hair scramblers on my dirtbike)
I build cars, my dad and i have been working on a 1970 dodge challenger for a few years now and im also helping my best friend build his jeep, its a 91 wrangler were putting 2 in shackle lift, 4 in suspension lift, 2 in body lift, 35 or 36 in tires, dana 40 axles with front lockers, bumpers, winch, snorkel and all kinds of off roading goodies
My other plan for the past few summers is to build a turbojet gokart from a CAT diesel turbo(no waste gates) Ive been slowly aquiring the pieces its just a matter of actually getting around to do it.
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sat May 02, 2009 1:01 pm

I don't really do anything with robotics over the summer (although I want to...just don't have any supplies or anything...). I do a lot of what you call "Xtreme" sports...I skateboard, wakeboard, surf, snowboard, skate, bike, and freerun. I am the process of making a film with a couple friends that is pretty much like Jackass. It is called Attempted. We haven't started yet but we have written skits and ideas and planned them out. I have a boating license so I try to go boating every other weekend. We have 2 boats. A 38.7 foot Midnight Express. I am in love with it. We also have a small Scout boat (I am not sure of the actual size at it is new...probably around 8 feet) that we use to go wakeboarding and tubing and fishing. It is pretty much my boat but i drive the Midnight around more often. So now that i have mentioned what I like to do, you probably know now why I have a broken arm!!
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sat May 02, 2009 1:41 pm

I'm gonna be doing my robotics teaching again.
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sat May 02, 2009 1:51 pm

Sean where were you snowboarding when you broke your arm?
I miss it so much already!
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sun May 03, 2009 2:10 pm

Hmm... when I'm not making robots I'm usually working on something else or playing teh videogames. "Something else" ranges from:
-homework (in the school year)
-reading (current record is 10 books in 10 days)
-drawing
-exercising (the 1996 Olympics were in Atlanta, so Tech has what used to be the aquatic sports venue that they revamped and turned into the campus recreation center. IT'S GINORMOUS. It also means my school has a water slide Very Happy)
-growing carnivorous plants (yes, I have kept a venus flytrap alive for more than a week, and many other plants that are much more difficult to grow)
-designing other random contraptions (I'm going to put an entry into the "Inventure Prize" at Tech this fall, so that's most of what I'll be working on this summer. Winner gets $5K, a free patent filing (about $20K), and a paid internship to market their invention.)
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sun May 03, 2009 2:24 pm

Jeff L wrote:
-growing carnivorous plants (yes, I have kept a venus flytrap alive for more than a week, and many other plants that are much more difficult to grow)

2 things:
1. please elaborate.
2. I'm gonna say this for the second time on this forum: Pics or it didn't happen.

Not to sound skeptical or anything, I just wanna see some of these plants.
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sun May 03, 2009 4:00 pm

Sure, I'll probably have some good photos up tomorrow (better lighting). Here's my current list of what I've got growing:

Sundews:
Drosera capensis (very easy to grow, originates from South Africa)
Drosera capillaris (easy to grow, originates from Southeast USA)
Drosera binata (easy to grow, originates from Australia/New Zealand)
Drosera nitidula x pulchella (easy to grow, originates from Australia)
Drosera nitidula x occidentalis (moderate difficulty, originates from Australia)
Drosera burmanni (easy to grow, originates from Australia/Southeast Asia)
Drosera intermedia (easy to moderate difficulty, the particular variety I grow originates from Cuba)

Venus Flytraps:
Dionea nuscipula (moderate difficulty, originates from southeastern North Carolina & northeastern South Carolina)

North American Pitcher Plants:
Sarracenia minor (easy to grow, originates from Southeastern USA)
Sarracenia leucophylla (moderate difficulty, originates from Southeastern USA)
Sarracenia x 'Judith Hindle' (easy to moderate difficulty, hybrid plant)

Tropical Pitcher Plants:
Nepenthes x mixta (moderate difficulty, Victorian Era Hybrid)

Butterworts:
Pinguicula primuliflora (very easy to grow, originates from Southeastern USA)

Bladderworts:
Utricularia livida (very easy to grow, originates from South Africa & Mexico)
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sun May 03, 2009 4:06 pm

thats a LOT of plants.
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sun May 03, 2009 4:08 pm

godughifu wrote:
thats a LOT of plants.
Fortunately, they're not very big. Well, most of them aren't.
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sun May 03, 2009 4:26 pm

Oh, I'm also going to be visiting Ransom this Wednesday.
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sun May 03, 2009 4:29 pm

How big is
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not very big
?

Damn it, I'm taking the AP Calc AB exam on Wednesday in the morning and then going home. So I probably won't see you.
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sun May 03, 2009 4:59 pm

Also, apparently there's more than one kind of Venus Flytrap (Dionea muscipula) which one is yours? Or does it not have an "official" name?
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sun May 03, 2009 5:04 pm

Nope, there is only one species. There are a LOT of varieties that have been grown with different characteristics though. I've got the "typical" variety right now, it's been going strong for about three years now. The other varieties I know of are "Red Dragon" (very dark all-red plant), B52 (grows the biggest traps possible), "sawtooth" (the little 'teeth' are greatly shortened), "dente" (again, another variety with the teeth), a ton of other variations on "sawtooth" & "dente", "all-green" (whole plant is green), "clumping cultivar" (a variety that forms clumps of many plants), "cup trap" (a variety with a mutated trap shape), and I think that about covers it.
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sun May 03, 2009 5:06 pm

I knew that they were all the same species, when I said kind, I meant same species but different characteristics. Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sun May 03, 2009 7:18 pm

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Sean where were you snowboarding when you broke your arm?
I miss it so much already!

Banff, Canada. THe mountain was Sunshine Village (best mountain n the world...it is huge and they dont make fake snow...cuz they never need to.)
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sun May 03, 2009 7:30 pm

Sean Rubin wrote:
Cody Harris wrote:
Sean where were you snowboarding when you broke your arm?
I miss it so much already!

Banff, Canada. THe mountain was Sunshine Village (best mountain n the world...it is huge and they dont make fake snow...cuz they never need to.)

jealous....
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sun May 03, 2009 10:40 pm

omgplantsdon'teatmewithsheernumbersandcarnivorousness?
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sun May 03, 2009 10:46 pm

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omgplantsdon'teatmewithsheernumbersandcarnivorousness?
lol, no Dan, I'd have to grind you into the consistency of fish flakes, sprinkle them evenly onto the traps, and then wait about a week for any apparent digestion to occur. The biggest one has caught and killed a few lizards before though... (pitfall style trap - it drowned them. It did manage to digest them though - bones and all)
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sun May 03, 2009 10:47 pm

hahaha that's so intense! i almost caught a little snake in the parking lot where i work today but my gf was freaking out too much to let me... i so would've though lol
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PostSubject: Re: Offseason Projects   Sun May 03, 2009 10:51 pm

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i almost caught a little snake in the parking lot where i work today but my gf was freaking out too much to let me... i so would've though lol

Yeah right, you were probably the one freaking out.

"OH NO HE DIDN'T!"

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