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Froggums



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, shes a midget.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those lego strippers were some of the first things I saw on sinfest Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i wanna see the LEGO mecha, wheeler!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have, on my desk, a series of pictures of an air craft carrier scaled to the correct size for the Lego mini figures that someone built. It is truly cyclopean in dimension.

EDIT: they're printed out. if I had electronic forms of them, I'd share.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One eyed in dimension? ORLY?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It means big, in this context (and usually does when lacking capitalization).

Vocabulary for the win!

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Michael



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
Actually those are all K'nex.

Flion wrote:
Heh, I won a Lego anime tank in a programming competition this semester. It was fun, but I noticed they actually have Lego robots (I mean with a cpu that you program from your computer and sensors and motors and all) that look like they'd be a hoot to play with.

They used to have just a Mindstorms line with a programmable yellow brick that housed 6 AAA batteries and an 8-bit cpu, with an LCD numeric display and an infrared transceiver built in. It could attach to three sensors and three 9v Lego motors (which you could easily daisy chain to others), and it came with about 700 Technic pieces. You programmed it from a PC with a drag-and-drop interface and interconnecting object "bricks" with adjustable values and statements. Then you uploaded the newly "built" program via an infrared transmitter.
That was the main set. The expansions included more pieces, motors, sensors, a digital camera with color/motion recognition, even a remote control.
I've had one for years and it taught me at least as much about robotics as some high-end educational kits like the Parallax BOEbot, plus being Lego it was infinitely more fun.
All this started coming out back in '98 and until this year the same line was just continued, with only modest improvements or additions. Now they have the Mindstorms NXT system. It uses three servomotors and ports for up to four sensors (including what looks like an ultrasonic range finder). The onboard processor is now 32 bits, and the brick has a dot matrix LCD display that can show custom graphics, a speaker, and communicates via Bluetooth or a USB port.
I kind of have mixed feelings about the new system, though. You can't hook up any more than the three motors, they use a different connection system, and they're unusually shaped. Lego is also moving away from the classic "studded" Technic pieces to a "studless" variety that's in some ways less useful or versatile.

I may or may not have been putting the finishing touches on a Lego mecha just before signing on tonight. >_>


We have those sets at school!
Although I think we pretend they're only for open days and PR
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lego my eggo! HARHAR. it'd an eggo made out of legos!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

holy shit. nyx is some kind of retro psychic.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm with wheels on this one: old style mindstorms definitely works better than the nxt looks like it will. Will this stop me from buying the nxt set soon? no. But I wont abandon mindstorms, i'll just have dual brain robot. As a CS student, I just cant make myself get rid of a ROBOTIC LEGO set. It would be sacrilidge or something.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BoySetsFire wrote:
i wanna see the LEGO mecha, wheeler!

I don't have a camera, and somehow I don't think it would show up well if I tried to scan it. It uses a blue on black color scheme.

As to the old vs. new Mindstorms, keep in mind how heavy that RCX brick was. Hopefully the NXT brick will be lighter.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, I do believe in the review I read, it said that while you are limited in the number of motors you can use, you can run up to four of the controllers off a single controlling program, which is nicer (if expensive). Plus, there are a ton of fun features added. I may try to see if I can find that review...
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ars Technica's NXT review
the Lego Aircraft Carrier I mentioned earlier. 200k+ bricks and 5m long, for anyone interested.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that is the most amazing lego build i have ever seen, including the working harpsichord. it's not the most technically superior, but the staggering amount of work, planning and gathering if specialized pieces puts it at the top.
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