Archive for the ‘Geekdom’ Category

One of the best parts of the March for Science Sarah and I attended on April 22, 2017, in Washington, D.C., was the nearly endless creativity the marchers put into their signs. Not too many were repeated, and few would have been considered offensive. The preview image here is my sign, cribbed from “Stand back! […]

The TramBot—When my nephew Dave Matheson (a veterinary grad student at Prince Edward Island) stopped in for a day-long visit, we constructed a TramBot that ran on a string stretched across an upstairs room with a light-activated set of “grabs”—perfect for bombing runs. This was inspired by the “Bomber Fly” seen in assorted Lego media. […]

Isaac’s First Robot—The “Punching Robot” (Original date, approximately 1998.) Hey, He Was Only 3 At three years old, my son Isaac might have been the youngest person ever to construct a Lego MindStorms project. Although he calls it a robot, it is more of a contraption than a real robot … but I cannot help […]

Weasley Clock Code

Posted: 4th December 2016 by LegoDoug in Doug, Electronics, Geekdom, Home Life, Work Life

Back at Veracode’s last Hackathon, I published the video below. People have started discovering this and asking questions about it, so here is the code for it: /* Weasley Clock ————- Created by Doug “LegoDoug” Wilcox for Veracode Hackathon IX. Video of the completed project is at https://www.youtube.com/embed/oRUViFnxKsg. “Share and enjoy.” */ // Arduino SPI […]

Remember Scotty’s remark about his nephew in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? (No, of course you don’t.) Scotty explains to Kirk, after an inappropriately emotional response by Midshipman Preston: “My sister’s youngest, Admiral. Crazy to get to space.” “Come on, R2, we’re going.” Although I never pursued a career as an astronaut, I […]

Dear QuickBooks:

Posted: 29th February 2016 by LegoDoug in Doug, Family Members, Geekdom, Technology

Dear Intuit/QuickBooks: When importing an IIF (Intuit Interchange Format) file, you might report “The NAME field in this file is too long” as something other than “Error on line X – You can’t change the type of a name or a add a duplicate name.” (You may recall, this is the same problem that remains […]

R2 Really Gets Around

Posted: 16th October 2015 by LegoDoug in Geekdom, Star Wars, Television

That’s right! Look who seems to be part of Lost’s Dharma Initiative.

Android v. iPhone

Posted: 5th May 2015 by LegoDoug in Cool Sites/BLOGs, Geekdom, Humor, Star Trek

“Space,” [The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space, listen … Inspired by this NASA Web page, and Miss Sarah’s […]