Archive for the ‘Home Life’ Category

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. […]

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 […]

Morally Hazardous Technology

Posted: 3rd September 2016 by LegoDoug in Books, Home Life, Humor

Voices were raised in protest. Bicycles were proclaimed morally hazardous. Until now, children and youth were unable to stray very far from home on foot. Now, one magazine warned, fifteen minutes could put them miles away. Because of bicycles, it was said, young people were not spending the time they should with books, and—more seriously—that […]

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 […]

The Lord YOUR God

Posted: 13th November 2014 by LegoDoug in Doug, Home Life, Religion/Church

But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” He answered, “Because the LORD your God granted me success.” (Gen 27:20, ESV) I find the specific choice of words, “the LORD your God” to be troubling, especially as a parent. I want my children to have […]

Diligence

Posted: 4th April 2014 by LegoDoug in Family Members, Home Life, Naomi

I want to brag a little bit about Naomi. This is the finished result of a multi-week school project. It’s called a “Five Pocket Project,” and has a number of interesting features, but that’s not what this is about. On Tuesday, after a full day of school and two hours of dance classes, NaNi got […]

Live Free!

Posted: 7th March 2013 by LegoDoug in Home Life, Politics

Historical note: These quotations are from the Nemo Blizzard, February 8, 2013.

Beaten by Children

Posted: 23rd February 2012 by LegoDoug in Doug, Family Members, Home Life, Naomi, Photos

Each Friday evening I take a class in Mandarin at the Chelmsford Chinese Language School. After that class, I go to chess club, while Naomi studies Chinese Folk Dance. I wrote this at the end of last year. Carissa is quietly contemplative. She keeps her body movements still, with a level of concentration that seems […]

(Excerpt from the Community Advocate Newspaper, Friday, February 3, 2012, article by Sue Wambolt, Contributing Writer.) Marlborough – Prior to November 2011, Andrew Roberts worked for County House Research performing in-court background checks. By the end of November, though, he retired to pursue his lifelong passion, building Army tanks with LEGOs. Roberts’ love for LEGOs […]

See You Later, “New Dad”

Posted: 10th January 2012 by LegoDoug in Family Members, Home Life, Photos

Five years ago my Mom remarried at age 80, several years after the death of my father. “New Dad,” as I generally referred to him, was George Fortini, a sweetheart of a guy who proved (along with Mom) that being crazy-in-love and romantic wasn’t just for young people. The five years he and Mom had […]