Very nerdtastic ridiculous diagram or most nerdtastic ridiculous diagram?
At Fast Forward Labs we’re thoughtful about the kind of work space we want to spend our time in. We decided that we preferred a shared large table instead of individual desks, to make it easier to collaborate and offer the flexibility to spread out when necessary, and to allow space for other people to drop in and work with us.
We also love to build things, and find an hour of working with our hands to be a welcome respite from hours of math, programming, reading, and writing, so we decided to build it ourselves!
Our table construction project was designed and led by Micha, and it came out beautifully. The photos here document the design and build process.
This project ended up coming out way too nice.
"These names, Mohamed and Yousef, don’t they sound kinda familiar? Well, you know what? Everyone is — wants to be politically correct. The political correct thing of this whole thing is, we have to find out of allegedly all these Muslim students that are in our country, are they here really studying or are they here for something else.
We know there’s a war by fundamentalists and terrorists to kill us. So we have to be able to profile. And I’m sorry, if I see two guys that look like Aba Daba Doo and Aba Daba Dah, I’m gonna pull ‘em over, and I wanna find out what you’re doing.”
That’s Bo Dietl, newly hired by Cooper Union to “provide comprehensive campus safety services” including “a framework for ongoing training and supervision of guards” and “strike a good balance between more systematic security and a campus environment that feels comfortable to our own community…”
arrows, levers, buttons, assemblies
Overview The Pax Instruments T400 datalogger is an open source four-channel thermocouple temperature datalogger based on the Arduino™ Leonardo platform. It is ready to use out of the box with the f…
Charles is launching his datalogger soon! I’ll post again when it hits kickstarter.
What’s inside a Speak & Read cartridge? A enormous pile of goofy, that’s what.
The first thing you’ll notice is that whoever installed the chip in this board appears to have screwed up— only half the legs are inserted into holes. The second thing you’ll notice is that there are no holes for those legs. Half of the chip is just sort of dangling in the air.
The third thing you’ll notice, once you figure out what the chip actually is and find the datasheet, is that half the pins are Not Connected. This was actually an sensible design decision because wait what no wtf i can’t even.
It’s a serial chip that loads addresses in 4-bit nibbles. It takes in twenty bits for addressing 16K. Two bits are discarded. Four are used for the internal chip select. It wants -9V for VDD.
Much respect: this was designed in an era where chip layout was perpetrated on paper by the pocket protector brigade armed with rolls of black tape, sharp rocks, and hope. But still, ordinary EPROM had been around for a decade by 1980. This chip had to be incredibly cost-driven, and I’d love to hear the story of how it ended up this way.