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Moment of Science - Esperanto

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For the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, Ken Spivey of The Ken Spivey Band, dedicates his song Health to the Company to all his friends and companions.  Meanwhile The Lab Staff uses the WayForward Device to see how they resolve their season one cliffhanger.

BREAKING NEWS – The very popular Facebook Page Doctor Who and The TARDIS by Craig Hurle has also recently undergone a regeneration for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.  It is now The Doctor Who Hub 

How does fiction quickly indicate that the story takes place in an altered history? Easy, the sky will be full of airships.  With few exceptions this mode of transport has been relegated to the past.  To see airships in wide spread use now is mere fantasy.  Or is it?

Mac Byers came up with this design for his final project while at the University of Huddersfield.  As you can see from the video below, it combines the luxury cruise concept with air travel.  Now all they need to do is add a little more 19th century flare, and I am sure our Steampunk brethren will be the first to purchase a ticket.

The technology behind this design is currently being developed by Aeroscraft.  Lift is primarily coming from the engines, leaving the helium to offset the weight of the cargo.

So…I did the set up I needed to do before I started my first Arduino project.  Did I do the normal thing and download the software onto my Mac?

 

No.  Apparently that would have been too easy and that’s not how we roll at my place? I thought it would be fun to download the software onto the Raspberry Pi, and my husband agreed.

 

Yeah.  I wonder about us sometimes, too.

It actually worked out pretty well.  It turns out that Raspbian (the operating system that we are using on the Raspberry Pi) is close enough to Debian that we got everything running like the book said it should.  Well…mostly.  I looked up more recent info on the Arduino website, and it looked closer to that.  Still, one more in the win column, yeah?

 

(I’m as surprised as you are.)

 

We got the Arduino hooked up, opened up the Sketch program (Arduino programs are called Sketches) and uploaded the test Sketch that was supposed to make a light blink on the Arduino.  And it worked!  We rejoiced.

 

…And then we couldn’t figure out how to shut the darn blinky light off. I read ahead in the book.  Nothing.  We tried the reset button. Nope.  Unplugging it from the system shouldn’t have done anything…and it didn’t.

 

Sigh.

 

Luckily, my hubby actually knows the underlying programming language that Sketches use.  After a couple of tries, he managed to get the darn blinky to stop.  *whew*

 

Now we’re all ready to dive in, right?

 

…And then we went to Maker Faire.

Moment of Science - Esperanto

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Meet Robert and Alex Doyle, the father / daughter team who are sending a TARDIS into Orbit for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.  There is still time to support their project before the Kickstarter ends on June 29th 2013.

 

Once the projects funds, stay connected to this dynamic duo by following their progress on their Facebook Page