Author: Mike Garrity

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Motor Shield

Peter’s friend Will was over today. One of the things they did was to assemble a motor shield for Peter’s Arduino. An Arduino has a bunch of output pins, but they aren’t powerful enough...

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Friday Night Music Videos

Here are some of the music videos we’ve been watching recently. Be forewarned, it’s a pretty random collection. Astronaut – YILA featuring Scroobius Pip Scroobius Pip has always been a big favorite at our...

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Undulatus Asperatus

Remember when I mentioned the Cloud Appreciation Society back in June? Well, there’s big news in their world right now. A new type of is in the process of getting named. It is called...

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Note By Note

We got a chance to see the film Note by Note last night. It’s a documentary which follows a concert grand piano through the Steinway factory. It’s a fascinating movie. The movie talks to...

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Closing Time on Route 7

Rich Cohen wrote a nice article in The Believer recently chronicling the history of the American car industry from the point of view of the dealers. In many ways, the story of the American...

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Nonsense

The NYTimes had an interesting article yesterday about how nonsense primes your brain for problem solving. It’s based on this research paper: Psychological Science Volume 20, Issue 9, Date: September 2009, Pages: 1125-1131 doi...

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The Plenitude

The Plenitude is an interesting book about creating stuff. Rich Gold worked at places like Sega, Mattel, and PARC. He created a lot of interesting stuff during his career “making stuff for the Plenitude”....

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Blend Cube

Tom had some geometry homework today which involved calculating the surface area of a unit cube with a 1/3 wide square hole punched through the center of each face. Sort of a level 1...

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Blogging @ MIT

The NYTimes has a nice article this morning about how MIT is embracing student bloggers as a way of connecting with high school students. It’s a good idea. It’s very hard for high school...

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Hawai’i Volcanoes & Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau

We visited two parks when we went to the Big Island in 2007. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Hawai’i Volcanoes surrounds Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano, and the smallest of the three mountains which...