“Those Guys” always have some sort of project going. Recently we’ve been playing with the Raspberry Pi credit-card sized computer. You may have seen our recent foray to the Raspberry Pi Bake-off at Hendrix College. We when we got on the Raspberry Pi.org website this morning to continue our research for our Roomba project there was a pleasant surprise awaiting us.
A video by the girls of the engineering class to the girls at Charlotte Latin School, which we have heard to be the first class using the Raspberry Pi in the United States. This group of his 13-year-old pupils have just given a TEDx talk called How Girls Should Serve Raspberry Pi, presenting the projects they’ve made with Raspberry Pi over this semester.
They have some interesting projects, from social media to younger sister (and parents I bet) warning alarms but there’s another important message here: we know that STEM subjects are not just for boys.
Do you miss playing classic arcade games like Donkey Kong, Tron, Popeye, Zaxxon, and more? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to go and play those games to your hearts content with like minded folks?
Well the Z82 Retrocade will be opening in Central Arkansas summer 2013 to give you just that opportunity!
The folks at Arcade Wizards, who are big promoters of the Classic Gaming Association, plan to open Z82 Retrocade in Sherwood, on Kiehl Avenue near Kapow Comics later this summer. They are going to have 45 to 50 games in play in the facility and will rotate in and out from the 130 games that Arcade Wizards possesses.
In this modern age of interconnectedness, many of us spend some time each evening cruising the glorious Information Highway aka the Internet. Well Commander Brandr was out in his stylish computer researching neat projects using a Raspberry Pi mini-computer (more on that in a later post) for the Raspberry Pi Bake-Off on March 14th. One interesting project was an awesome state board for a class project done by a second grader, Emma, and her dad. We will go over Emma’s project in more detail but in scanning through her dad’s blog at SWB Labs we found a video he recorded on a trip to Akihabara, Japan. The random event they found was a Kondo Robotics humanoid robot competition. This video of one of the matches was captured from outside the shop.
Raspberry Pi for those who have been living under a non-technological rock (or haven’t been standing near Commander Brandr for more than 5 minutes) is a credit card sized computer that only costs $35. Well there is going to be a meet & greet/show & tell at the Hendrix College, Student Life and Technology Center, Campbell Dining Room on March 14th.
March 14th? 3-14? Yep, that’s right PI day. LOL How clever!!!
The Raspberry Pi Bake-Off is your chance to showcase your own Raspberry Pi projects and creations – for bragging rights, and for the chance to win a Raspberry Pi! Table space and power will be provided. Guest WiFi is available.
“Those Guys” just love to make a splash where ever we go and our trip to Octopodicon in the fall of 2012 was no exception. We took the opportunity to shoot some video footage and put together the offering below. ENJOY!!!
Did “Those Guys” just say Professor Elemental?
That’s right we did. One of the musical guests at Octopodicon 2012 was the Chap-hop star Professor Elemental. The Professor is a rap musican from England who winged his way across the big blue ocean to spend a few days hob-nobbing it up with many of his American worshippers fans at the Con. He was decent enough to spend a few moments chatting with the Nerd Ne’er Do Wells. Keep a weather-eye out for the video!
The doors open from 3pm – 9pm on Friday November 9th and from 10am – 8pm on Saturday November 10th. The admission is free and there is a full schedule of events featuring tournaments (video game, card game, and board game), panels, classes, and a Cosplay/Costume Contest! Find the schedule of activities here.
So put on your favourite costume (or not ) and join the Nerd Ne’er Do Wells at ComiCon-way!
Find “Those Guys” at the Con on Saturday for a photo-op, and your picture will be posted on Nerd Ne’er Do Wells.com.
Doesn’t that title just reach out and grab the Nerd in you? It does me. It conjures up images of craft, large and small, floating in space, traveling from the earth to the moon, and beyond. It is exciting to see the funding for this project nearing its goal.
Just under 24 hours to go was I write this and they are $995 away from go. I encourage you to click the link and join in the effort!
The project was created by the company, HyperV Technologies Corp., has extensive experience designing, building, operating, and deploying extremely high performance single-shot plasma accelerators of many different shapes, sizes, and power levels for applications in fusion energy and high energy density plasma physics research. Check them out at www.hyperv.com.
to all me mateyz who be celebratin’ this here 10th annual International Talk Like A Pirate Day and ye sprogs who be new to ship be ye welcome as well. Pull yerself a mug a’brew and sit down on the barrel there or prop yerself up ‘gainst and Commander Brandr be tellin’ true now.
Arrgh, lads and lassies it be nigh unto 10 years ago now that the noted rapscallion (and Pulitzer Prizing winning author) Dave Barry mentioned Talk Like A Pirate Day in his syndicated column and be spreading the word fame o’ The Pirate Guys. E’r since that fateful day, on September 19 crew from around the world have be swaggering forth from their secret bilges and exhivi, exchi,…..showin’ the PIRATTITUDE!!!! This year ‘Those Guys’ be hopin’ that ye ARRRR!!! puttin’ yer best peg-leg forward and lettin’ at ‘em with both barrels (of rum) in celebration.
If ye be wishin’ to know more about this holiday and it’s origin be readin’ the Official Talk Like A Pirate Day site. Be sure to check out the FAQ for all those questions that be burnin’ in yer soul. For the burnin’ in yer trousers be seein’ the doc and avoidin’ them “fireships” in the future.
Video: Rap Like A Pirate By Cap’n Dave and the Scurvy Crew
Here’s a quick video to teach ye understand how to show yer pirattitude.
Over the weekend of August 17-19, 2012, Commander Brandr loaded up the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator and headed to Fort Smith with Kwadroke of Central Arkansas Artemis and Arkansas Geek Central for the Konsplosion sci-fi/gaming/anime/zombie/etc. convention. Over the course of the convention, heros and villains of all sorts took to the bridge of the Artemis to protect the galaxy. Every thing from Princess Zelda (see photo) to rotting zombies and medieval knights to the Dark Knight (yes I mean Batman check the second photo!) tested their skills on the Artemis.
Princess Zelda & The Links Control The Artemis
Billed as a “one of a kind” convention that was a cross pollination of many different genres, the Konsplosion lived up to the claim providing a diverse assortment of activities, panels, and games to slake even the most jaded of geeks. The convention was held in the 80,000+ square foot Fort Smith Convention Center the sheer volume of which made it possible for a wide variety of activities to happen simultaneously.
Batman Thor & Captain America Fly The Artemis
The weekend was rife with knightly combat, burlesque shows, raves, panels, and the ever popular Zombies vs. Humans Nerf War roving the halls and grounds. In one hall (it’s just not fair to call them rooms) was a continuously running demonstration medieval combat (with wooden swords) and various arts & crafts by the Fort Smith area SCA (Society of Creative Anachronism) group for most of the day which was followed up in the late afternoon with a demonstration of a slightly less intense combat stylings of the local Amtgard group Storm Grove.
And now a short Artemis Video
Add to the few things I’ve mentioned, socials, raves, bands, DJ’s and panels galore and you’ve got an inkling of all that Konsplosion was. I really do look forward to it next year.
I'm always adding to my project list. I just can't tell myself no. I add costumes, crafts, and home projects to an ever growing list of things that do eventually get done, but the add rate far exceeds the completion rate.I see something cool and start making mental note, pinning stuff on Pinterest, chatting on forums... The part of my br […]
Just before Dragon*Con last year, I went back to school. Not too long after Dragon*Con, I realized that being back in school would impact my time for costuming. Turned out it was more like "completely negate any and all hours you thought you could spend working on anything other than studying for class." *sigh*But, bowing to peer pressure over last […]