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The Revolution will be Exploited

The Revolution will be Exploited

Nov 18, 2011

I don’t know if the revolution will not be televised. Nor do I know that it will be televised. However it looks to me that The revolution will be exploited At least by Maybelline in their commercial for Baby Lips. I don’t generally watch commercials. I have a DVR in the form of Windows Media Center. However sometimes I’m held captive, for instance when I go to see a film at a theater. I guess I could leave my ear buds in a little longer… I saw this commercial from Maybelline last time I went to a movie and again last night. I’m appalled, It just blows my mind, am I wrong? Is this commercial for Maybelline Baby Lips, a huge corporation owned by L’Oréal, not using images of revolution?, a revolution that objects to the ravages of corporations on the worlds citizenry? with a New York background, where the Occupy movement began, to sell moist glossy lip balm? I duno, it just seems wrong. But perhaps I’ve tipped over that point where, like Howard Beale’s audience, "We’re as mad as hell, and we’re not going to take this anymore."1 and that my frustrations with politics, the economy, global warming, agribusiness2, education and the inequality in the distribution of assets be they financial, life, liberty, or perhaps just a pursuit of happiness for everyone has me so frustrated it’s hard not to see conspiracy everywhere. For me I think that’s what the Occupy movement is all about. Living is for everyone. There are a very few that seem to have an insatiable appetite for power and control beyond the consensus of the inhabitants of and the consequence of their actions to this, our biosphere, earth. Check out these two screen captures and a short video of the commercial, I couldn’t find the longer running version I saw that contains more of the revolution images. However I did find a behind the scenes making of the commercial that has the images. They aren’t on screen all that long, perhaps it’s a bit of subliminal suggestion? Maybe not… “It’s the end of basic lip balm” the voice over in the commercial begins and a cut away...

Dottie; BoeDuinoBot.Net

  Meet Dottie (Doing Other Technology That Is Extensible) my BoeDuinoBot.Net Robot built on a Parallax Boe-Bot (parts kit) with a netduinoPlus (a netduino is in the mail somewhere…) rather than a basic stamp. Note the Parallax Li-ion Power Pack Mounted under my BoeDuinoBot.Net RCB (Robot Controller Board). I’m planning to control the Boe-Bot from Arduino and Netduino. I’m building a PCB shield to support both platforms. Check out my effort to move from concept, prototype to PCB board. I learned about Fritzing and etched my own PCB at home with a toner transfer method using an easy process using laser printer and clothes Iron. I’ll be blogging further on this project as I drill the PCB and install it on Dottie, add sensors and continue refactoring BoeDuinoBot.Net. Dottie got off to a little bit of a wobbly start in this very first prototype of the basic hardware platform. Uncentered servos and a high center of gravity will be fixed right away. Read on.     Running this code on Dottie results in the following wave form. using SecretLabs.NETMF.Hardware; using SecretLabs.NETMF.Hardware.NetduinoPlus;   namespace CenterServos { public class Program { public static void Main() { PWM leftServo = new PWM(Pins.GPIO_PIN_D5); PWM rightServo = new PWM(Pins.GPIO_PIN_D6);   leftServo.SetPulse(20000, 1500); rightServo.SetPulse(20000, 1500); } } }   Very solid 1.50ms pulse for center and the frequency of 49.75 reciprocal is pretty darn close to 20ms keep alive. The continuous motion servos were no where near centered. Continuous motion servos should be still with no rotation when fed a 1.5ms signal. I adjusted a set screw on the servos to stop there motion while being fed this signal generated from the previous code. Centering the servos and lowering the center of gravity has improved Dottie’s stability.   Here is the program I ran for the above video. Not sure I want to share the boeNetBot class yet until I clean it up a bit. It’s a mess right now. Hmm… The code insert plugin expanded all my carefully collapsed #regions I had created to increase readability. The commented out code might be instructive. Some of the test I ran in development of Dottie. Note: This is pretty early code....

Journey to PCB

I’ve spent the last week learning about Fritzing to create printed circuit board art work. It’s a cool program with a quick learning curve. You might enjoy this quick video. It’s a great demonstration introduction. (Note: Fritzing is not limited to adduino)   I also spent a bit of time trying to produce a PCB board. After quite a bit of frustration I learned it’s pretty easy to do. The numerous tutorials I found weren’t exaggerating. Turns out it was the laser printer I was using, an HP Color CP2025. Love that printer. But $50 bucks at Office Depot bought me a Samsung ML-1865W monochrome laser printer. Once I had this new printer I produced this board with my second try at applying the art work to the copper using the toner transfer method. Turned my frustration into excitement for using this technique for lot’s of electronics projects. It’s not much more time and effort than doing it on a perf board and it’s quite a bit more durable. You can send the circuit you create to a fabrication house for production too once you come up with that great idea for a new product. After checking out the various tutorials in the Resources section below I highly recommend the Yahoo group: ‘Homebrew_PCBs’ Big win here was Staples item# 633215 Color laser paper. $12.49 / 300 =~ .042 cents per sheet. I also bought some 3M color transparency paper at Office Depot for the sticker shocking price of $35.49 / 100 =~ 35 cents a sheet. I haven’t tried the transparency subsequent to the laser printer purchase. For that price I can deal with the few shards of paper that stick to the artwork. I’m assuming you’ve read one of the tutorials and are familiar with the terms used in the remainder of this post. This is a nice little video from Instructables. Check the links in the Resources section of this post. Doesn’t hurt to read a couple different tutorials to drive the concepts home.     This is the PCB view in Fritzing of the board I created. Here are a few pictures of my first circuit board using the toner transfer...

Truth in Advertising?; Grim Reaper selling Smokes–LOL

I was heading out to the Post office this November 3, 2011 when I came across a fairly funny scene. To me at least. It’s the Grim Reaper selling Cigarettes on a street corner. Advertising Fail! Might do better as a public service announcement. You know, one of those folks, and this one truly nameless, advertising with a flip sign. Excuse the resolution. Shot with my Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7 and cropped a bunch. Just struck me as pretty funny ha ha and funny...

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