Tribble Nibbles

the tribble nibble popcorn popper.Today Hannah and Ben are working on the ChickenBot that the hardware guys created. Physically, the hardware is perfectly capable of lifting a Tribble, but the programming looks like it will be more difficult. Right now there is plenty of talk of x and y coordinates… the bot needs to see the Tribble, get to the Tribble, then pick up the Tribble and eventually drop the Tribble. It sounds so simple; that’s when you know it’s tricky.

Anthony has decided to share his family recipe for Chex Muddy Buddies; the tradition is very sacred and we are honored that he would share it with us and take the effort to photocopy it from the Chex cereal box. They are delicious.

Anthony, Hannah, and I developed a plan as Mrs. Newcastle was putting the Pizza Rolls into the oven. We brought the container downstairs with a single frozen pizza roll and I put my dramatic experience to good use.

Me (shocked): “Anthony, is that the LAST Pizza Roll?”

Everyone: “what?? there were pizza rolls?”

Anthony: “last one.. who wants it?”

Tim: “I do!”

Liam: “No! Give it to me!”

anthony hard at work; tim in his stylin’ hat, eating a tribble.So we gave it to Tim but he figured out that it was frozen as soon as he touched it. Then Liam said, “I’ll eat it!” and put it to his mouth only to say, “aww, it’s hard.”

So we decided to bake it anyway, with the rest of them, figuring that 350 degrees will kill all of the germs. Except, Liam says, ebola. No comment.

eating those yummy tribblesThe “food dynamic” is quite fascinating; hoarding and hiding of food takes place frequently. Since the food stays on the hardware side of the room, the software guys typically don’t find it until most of it is gone. Luckily for me, I’m right in the middle so I can find all the food and participate in the hiding and hoarding, while feigning innocence.

What might be my favorite picture of all time:

Ben is clearly intrigued.

The Last Taquito

Skill Spotting Sunday: Tim can place a piece of chex mix on his foot, kick it up into the air, and catch it in his mouth. We never said we weren’t a multi-talented bunch.

edited to add: Tim is not the only one with superior eating ability. I managed to get it on the first try. However, the experiment did not have adequate repeatability.

Hannah, Liam, and Benjin were all doing a practice exercise attempting to make the bots move in “Squarular Spirals”. Hannah was working with the Create, while Liam and Benjin coded for the simpler XBC. Both robots spun in plenty of circles (well, squares) of increasing size, thus accomplishing the goal and allowing our software people to learn a few new pieces of code.

he missed.Liam and Benjin were disappointed when Hannah’s spirals beat theirs simply because of Anthony’s faulty wheel construction. After some tinkering, though, Anthony has promised that we could attach a 10 lb. weight to the wheel and it would not break off; if anything happened, the entire Servo would fall off. But at least we won’t lose a wheel ever again.

The hardware guys have created a new Tribble Chucker, apparently capable of throwing Tribbles about ten feet.

“It’s very cool,” stated Mr. Newcastle, “but I’m not sure if it’s at all useful.”

Ben, Tim, and Hannah also played a bit of Tribble basketball, tossing the Tribbles into the pipes. Of course, missing was frequently blamed on the pompoms’ lack of aerodynamic qualities.

Plans are being made for the first feature-length film from BotCave Productions, Inc., entitled The Last Taquito. The film would not be suitable for small children because of its graphic violence and epic battle scenes.