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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

Moment of Science - Esperanto

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Join the Lab Staff at TimeGate 2013 where they explain the science behind fictional world of Stargate.

We had an historic moment at TimeGate 2013.  For the first time, Doctor Geek, Mr. Flask, The First Mr. Creature and Madame Oracle (also the voice of DEUS-X) were together at a convention.  It was an honor to have Doctor Geek’s Laboratory to be listed at the top of the hotel’s video marquee.

Our panel, Doctor Geek Live! The Science of Stargate was a lot of fun.  It was great to see so many people enjoying our mix of science and fiction.

Sexy Professor (The River Song), the music heard in this episode, is from The Ken Spivey Band’s new album, The Universe Yields.  Buy the album atkenspivey.com

With our successful first season now behind us, and season two already in production, now is the time to address our first science fair.  What would a Doctor Geek’s Science Fair look like?  Well, just like everything else we do, it will be a mix of both science and fiction.  It will be a fiction convention mixed with elements of a classic science fair.

When you think of science fairs and world’s fairs, you probably think of the 1964 World’s Fair.  Thanks to the various Disney attractions that originated at this event, it is often thought of as a bright example of the imaginative use of technology.  The 1964 World’s Fair has made such a strong impact that it was even the template for the 1943 and 1974 Stark Expos.

Stay tuned as we continue this 50 year legacy with our own Science Fair in 2014.