Geocaching

41hb0jhdxl_sl500_aa280_Today I picked up a Garmin GPS handheld unit (picture to the left — cheapy $90 one).  I’ve been reading about geocaching and thought it would be fun to pick a target each weekend and go find it.  For those of you that don’t know what geocaching is, here’s the wikipedia definition:

Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container (usually a tupperware or ammo box) containing a logbook. Larger containers can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. Geocaching is most often described as a “game of high-tech hide and seek”, sharing many aspects with orienteering, treasure-hunting, and waymarking.

I signed up for an account on geocaching.com and have picked a few targets to try this weekend.  I’ll let ya know how it goes.

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

benderI went to this

http://feh.osu.edu/competition.htm

tonight.  Quite fun!  My girlfriend’s son was participating.  Lessons learned… don’t change your environment on the last day of testing.  They had a robot built that was working great and they had been downloading the software via one of the campus machines.  Today, all the sudden it started misbehaving?  Why?  Not sure, but they started using one of their own personal laptops and the thinking is one of the libraries in their environment that it downloaded to the robot was outta synch.  Their robot stalled after driving forward about 2 inches (the GPS data got all whacked).  We were sorry to see that happen, since his robot had performed quite well in the preliminaries.

I use to participate in a Lego Robotics League with a bunch of guys at AOL.  I kind of miss those days.  We had some great competitions and some great innovation.  Sometimes I wish I had gone into robotics, since whenever I play with it, I seem to do pretty well and really enjoy it.

Super Busy

I haven’t written for a while.  Been super busy at work with this new project, and home with various house projects.  I’ve also released a new version of Jiggle Balls.

I saw “Angels & Demons” a week ago.  It was pretty good (despite the sound level of the theatre being louder than a jet airplane).  I loved that they changed the ending from the book.  The ending in the book always bothered me.  Looking forward to Terminator (although terribly bummed SCC got canned on TV).  Even Land Of The Lost looks pretty cool (loved that show as a kid).

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Tribute To Tuesday

Today I put my cat of 16 years to sleep.  Her name was Tuesday.  She had bone cancer.  She showed up on our doorstep 16 years ago (on a Tuesday) with a band-aid on her foot.  She needed help and we took her in.  She’s watched 2 other cats and 1 dog pass on.  She survived the move from Utah to Ohio.  She was my companion through my divorce.  And lately she taught “Trinity” (girlfriend’s cat) how to brave the outdoors and how to fend off my dog “Izzy”.  More than 1/3 of my life thus far had been spent with this cat and I will miss her greatly.  For the last week she had been coming into the bedroom at night and curling up in my lap.  She was afraid and knew something was up.

She went peacefully today at 1:00p.  She was suffering and it was the right thing to do.  I will miss you Tuesday.