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Unread 04-22-2013, 11:09 PM
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Re: Traditions/Superstitions

Team Paradox has had 3 years of robots that did not work well until a particular BLUE C CLAMP was used to fix one problem or another. Sometimes the last day of build but sometimes in competition.

This year, the design team was doing a great job; so, no BLUE CLAMP was needed and the mentors started to get worried that something was going to require the clamp to work. To stave off disaster, a mentor and student created a laser cut "BLUE CLAMP" tiki to mount on the robot. Our robot stayed mechanically sound thru 2 regionals.
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Re: Traditions/Superstitions

My team has a pirate rubber duck(can't find a picture but it's a black duck with an eyepatch) that we always keep around for luck. It's lucky because we have lost it several times, but we always find it again. No one recently on the team really knows where it came from.
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Re: Traditions/Superstitions

A less consistent but fun tradition we have had over the years is that a mentor must wear the Daisy Pot Mascot costume if we ever win a blue banner.
I had to wear it in 2007 Philly and 2010 NYC. I know Jared had to wear it in Philly 2010. I also jokingly told the kids in 2010 that if we won the WCCA that I would wear the Daisy Pot for a full day in school. I was very sorry that I made that promise.
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Re: Traditions/Superstitions

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Googly eyes must be the secret to success! Just look at the "ducks" on our climber!

But wait! If they're ducks, and ducks float on water... then team 1806's climbing hooks are made of wood... and therefore... WITCHES!
I know 2495 had the best giant googly eyes on a robot ever. And they won their first district ever, and went to MAR!

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Re: Traditions/Superstitions

I cant say if it is good luck or bad luck, but 329 has had a piece for fruit cake on one of the I beams in the ceiling since either 2006 or 2007 which no one dares to remove. Clearly it is there for a reason and we shouldn't touch it.
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Re: Traditions/Superstitions

On the first morning of our first competition, I and another member of 4531 sang a song to our team:
"Good morning to you! Good morning to you!
You look awfully drowsy, in fact you look lousy!
Is that any way to start a new day?"

It is now tradition for the whole team to sing it every morning on the bus from hotel to playing field.
(One of our mentors confessed to me that he even sings it to himself when he wakes up on regular days.)
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Unread 04-23-2013, 02:39 PM
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I've been waiting for the appropriate venue in which to post this video, but in what is (probably) embarrassment, before a few of our matches at the Bridgewater-Raritan District this year, Nate "The Motivator" Knauss gave our robot/robot cart some motivation. This one was caught on tape:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyW4-XCG4m8

I apologize for my Vertical Video Syndrome, as well as my high pitched laughter.
Oh wow! Along with that cloth, I think I motivated a bucket that weekend too.

I'll be motivating 2729 and anyone else who needs it in Galileo this weekend!

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Re: Traditions/Superstitions

In 2008, after a horrible '07 season because our team had drivetrain issue ( goodbye 4 wheel drive, hello 6 wheel drive) one of the mentors (childhood friend and Rival) tells me that i should bless our robot. Well i write on our robot "Jesus blessed this robot" and that year we had a good season, that year we came close to entering the Finals in Florida at the Orlando Regional as backups, and did pertty decent in our Division at World Championship. Ever since than i keep that little tradition going
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Re: Traditions/Superstitions

Our rookie team was given the use of an old rehab building for a build space. When we first moved in, it was a creepy old building with mice and mysterious noises. As we walked through, we turned a corner and found a 1 .5 foot long stuffed fish, complete with painted on teeth and creepy eyes, staring at us. After overcoming our shock, we decided to adopt it and "The Fish" became our lucky mascot. We brought it to competitions and demos and we like to hide it around the build room for others to stumble upon.
We hope to continue this tradition next year
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Re: Traditions/Superstitions

As nod to our '96 rookie robot, our primary robot class in C++ is always named some version of TwoMinuteWarning or TMW, at least since my first involvement in 2010.

But now that I think about it... we used Robot Builder this year to generate the project. Our project is named TMW2013, but the primary class is Robot.cpp. Maybe this is the source of our lack-luster performance this season.
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Re: Traditions/Superstitions

Last year during the Spokane regional one of the parents jumped up and started cheering "Matthew Klockner, Matthew Klockner" really obnoxiously, which prompted the entire team to join in. After that we spent an incredible amount of time explaining to curious teams who this Matthew Klockner is (human player last year).
With his promotion to second driver this year we all decided to up the ante and made buttons that said "I know Matthew Klockner" in bold letters and a picture of his face in the center. Many a laugh was had over this and we ended up with a really successful regional. By the time we graduate we intend for him to be famous (maybe then we'll win a blue banner).

Anyway, our "robot tradition" is something that we do on our "bunnybot" scrimmage machines. We always try to incorporate a massive pigmouse into the design of the bot (think 20in wooden cube with all of the features of our logo). It doesn't make us do any better, we just have more fun with the bot. If there is no room for the wooden pigmouse, we do have a smaller "pilot" stuffed pigmouse that can take its place (it was our gunner last year).
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We name our robot Audrey ___ each year... I dont know why, but we do
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Re: Traditions/Superstitions

Every year, our team goes and plays Whirlyball once or twice after our competitions, no matter how we do in the competition! If you don't know what Whirlyball is, it looks like this. Our team always has a blast, and most of the time, our night goes well into the next morning!
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During my first year with my current team, myself and another mentor ended up stopping at K-Mart looking for supplies to paint our robot, and we found a hula-girl dashboard ornament. We looked at each other and bought it. Attaching it to our driver station with velcro, we went on a run I thought we would never ever make.

Every single member of our alliances bumped the hula-girl, and even the queuing staff got in on the ritual. We ended up at 8-4, and the 7th alliance captain. Our alliance kept up the ritual, except for one student who did not, and we upset the #2 alliance. Going into the semi-finals, the director of the teen center bumped the hula-girl for the first time all event, which ruined the juju. We lost in 2 to the eventual champion.

Sadly, she snapped off her base almost immediately when we returned to the club. We tried to replace her on the driver station, but it didn't feel right. Turns out we would have preferred the natural habitat of the hula-girl; we got snow locked on friday, which prevented us from making the trip to our regional
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