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July 27, 2005 at 9:29 pm

This won’t affect most of you, but I have disabled trackbacks on my blog. I’d like to give a big EFF YOU to all the spammers that spam my web page trying to get google pagerank (you won’t, since the trackback links don’t link to you), and spam my email with “new trackback received.” Off to delete 200 more now :(. It’s especially sick since almost all of them are transexual related, with about half of them refering to “tgirls.” Odd.

In other news, I’m still hard at work on Fortress Forever doing a bunch of pushing buttons on my keyboard in a funny language called c++. My WoW guild has been changed to Ataraxia and I have been doing a bit of web work for them as well. I also started going back in to work and hopefully making some $$$. No more robot news, except that I went to Marin Ant Wars with my dad and friend Joe. We had to drive in seperate cars because Joe picked up a trebuchet that he was given at the event by someone who didn’t have enough room for it any more. We took it back to his place and tested it out.. It’s pretty cool :). I did pretty well at the event too, coming 5th out of 16.

Emsee Fry Pants

June 20, 2005 at 12:01 am

I created a new fighting robot thanks to my dad and my friend Joe. It’s called Emsee Fry Pants, which is an homage to the robot MC Pee Pants since they’re similar and was part of the reason that the robot ended up as it did. If you don’t know, MC Pee Pants is also a character on the cartoon Aqua Teen Hunger Force (ATHF). I took it to an event this Saturday in Gilroy and placed second out of sixteen. I lost my second fight against Rebel, then fought through the losers bracket to face the winner of the winners bracket. I beat him, but it turned out to be normal double elimination instead of modified double elimination (what’s usually done since the losers bracket has to fight more fights). So I rematched Lethal Wedgie for the championship and got stuck on his wedge and pushed out of the arena. I’m glad I’ve done so well with Fry Pants at this event though. It’s much more fun to drive than all of the other iterations of FryBot combined since it’s decently fast *and* has a weapon.

Emsee Fry Pants \"Attacking\" FryBot
A few things I learned at the event which made the robot do better towards the end than the beginning was that I should tighten all of the screws before every round, and make sure that there’s some kind of agent to keep them tight during the fight (like superglue/loctite/etc). Through the event, the endcap screws were getting looser and looser, and by the second rebel fight, one started to come out (it had been making some noise when it spun up like it was off balance or something). Tightening those screws made it sound like normal and do a little better :). Also, during the first and second matches the bolts/screws that were used for teeth came loose and started hitting the ground when the drum was spun up. They were still attached because of the lock nuts they were screwed in to, but it was enough “damage” that caused me to lose my second fight (the first against rebel). Between rounds Joe put some quick-drying epoxy that he brought with him on the teeth and then screwed and tightened them in and the teeth coming out ceased to be a problem for the rest of the event. The final thing that I learned was that I could safely turn the drum up to full speed. During the second match with rebel, and the two matches with lethal wedgie at the end of the event, I ran Fry Pants with the weapon motor at full and the trim all the way up. Previous to this, I was only turning it up to around 3/4 speed and trim at the bottom. This helped a lot since it was able to throw Rebel upside down in the second fight, whereas only knock him in the air a little the first. Likewise, it tore up Lethal Wedgie’s lid pretty bad, and it made him cut a new lid out (at least that’s what it looked like from where I was standing).

An update of sorts.

May 31, 2005 at 1:27 am

Dear Life,

I am currently playing World of Warcraft. Talk to you in a few years.

Sincerely,
Kevin

MmmMmmmmm..

November 13, 2004 at 2:20 am

Half Baked is the best ice cream ever. That is all.

Continuing on?

November 4, 2004 at 6:50 pm

In other news, I was parking my car Tuesday (ya ya, I know it’s Thursday but I forgot about it) in the parking garage. Normally I go straight to the roof because it’s easier to park there and I need the excercise anyways. It was raining that day though, so I thought I should park on one of the lower levels that wasn’t the roof so I wouldn’t get rained on. And when I say wouldn’t get rained on I mean only get rained on for the 5% of the trek out of the parking garage. However, there were none. So I ended up parking on the roof anyways.

On the fifth floor however (roof minus one) I heard the nostalgic sounds of the CSUS drum line practicing in the garage. I can hear the bass drums booming (what I used to play), the snares clacking, the metronome beeping while they play their music. There is also an encore when they finish from the car alarms. Silly car owners who set their car alarms too sensitively. I mean, why should a car alarm go off when it feels a large percussive force? Sheesh.