Weekly Wins 08-05-2022

So folks, what went well for you? Anything cool? Ate a meal you liked? Took a really good nap?


For me - got my first PR merged at the new place. It was fun.

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Finally have the new desk/office operational!

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I’ve had a very exhausting but very productive week of getting settled into my new apartment. My first place away from home that isn’t a dorm!

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The nearby wildfire shrank today.

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It rained here - my lawn and gardens are glad.

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Built our mentor a new computer.


We didn’t cable manage it because we were running out of time, but it powered on.

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Congratulations!! If you have any nearby thrift stores (especially in “high end” parts of town) I HIGHLY recommend them for china/glassware. No one wants grandmas fine china, you can get it for pennies (my kids can’t wait - insert eyeroll here).

Students got the to-be-upgraded robot reassembled and functioning for a Boeing demo (happening today).
Was told (again) that the school admin is still planning on giving robotics a newly empty room on campus.
Went to LA Rams training camp with some friends.

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50 Amp battery capacitor tester works! Needs labels, of course :wink: getting our new exchange student next week. He likes robots! Mwah, ha, ha!

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Finally got my first swerve drive running, albeit the code needs some SERIOUS cleanup… and the odometry is wrong by a factor of 2.5… but compared to where it was last week, I’m incredibly pleasantly surprised!

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3512 was presented with a check for $2.4K from our local Lion’s Club for a BBQ fundraiser they hosted for us a few weeks ago.

The Falcon budget grows, now if only they were in stock…

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Often, cookware like Corningware and Pyrex items go for a a fraction of what they sell for new and just need to be cleaned. Some of the antique shops in my area also have a section selling ordinary cookware for a few $.

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We finally got our swerve modules in and assembled them on Friday. Surprisingly, I only made one mistake on the swerve module I assembled that would have caused a rapid unscheduled disassembly on the field, so I give the MK4i swerve modules an A+ for ease of assembly (there is a reason I am on the programming team instead of the mechanical team :joy:).

I also started work on a cool scouting system I hope to release in a few months.

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Our A-team made it to the finals of the SCRAP off-season event as part of the #1 alliance.
Our B-team made it to the semifinals as part of the #3 alliance. We also brought home the Safety award for the event, and had some wonderful showings and progress from both of our drive teams.

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