In Full Swing

This means that the BotCave is now open all day errrryday.

Okay not all day, but everyday! Which in turn means that competition is coming up fast. The workshop last week was a great success and it has gotten the team really focused. As I write this the BotCave has only been open for 37 minutes and already the hardware guys are gathered around the game board working on the duck grabber and the software team is huddled in front of computer doing their thing. You’ll notice my use of general language describing the software team’s work. That may 0r may not be due to the fact that even though this is my fifth week in the BotCave, their job remains somewhat of an enigma to me.

No photos, please. Kelly can't be bothered while programming.
No photos, please. Kelly can't be bothered while programming.

Exhilarating announcement of the day: we now have two software teams working at once! This is extremely important because even with the little knowledge of software I have, I know that without their hard work and success, our team would be nowhere. That’s not to say that hardware isn’t just as important, because obviously without a robot we would be even more nowhere. (Is it possible to be more nowhere?) So really what I’m saying is everyone is of monumental importance to the triumph of the robot except me. I am important to you the outsider, the reader of this blog.  Yay for blogging!

'Nuff said.
'Nuff said.

The hardware team is working at an accelerated pace and the only logical explanation I can find for that is the motivational music I hear coming from their table. I mean seriously, who doesn’t work better when listening to “Party in the USA”? That’s an inspirational tune if I’ve ever heard one. By the way of software they’ve begun to program the machine to move about on the actual board. It’s a rather impressive feat and I’m shocked they were able to achieve it without any help from Miley Cyrus.

To close out today’s blog, I think I’ll give you guys a little piece of information I have been withholding from you. We at the Dead Robot Society have a secret weapon- Mrs. Newcastle. From my previous blogs you may have thought that Mrs. Newcastle’s skills were limited to the culinary arts. In fact she is the best programmer we have. Whenever we’re in a jam one thing is certain: Mrs. Newcastle can help.