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Saturday, January 10th, 2009
2:31 pm
Looking for any clues on a networking issue. Laptop and router see each other fine in default mode, even in 5g N wireless default.  Then we try to apply the settings we NEED for our driver station module to be included and nothing can see anything. 


xposted to first robotics, chief delphi, and here.  hopefully my computer-y friends can help out - I'm stuck at the school without phone!!

ETA:  We think we fixed it!!!!  FINALLY!!!!!!!
Someone skipped a page of the bloody frikkin' manual.
Thursday, January 8th, 2009
3:34 pm
Benchtest issue???
Our team seems completely unable to get our cRio to talk to our wireless.  Like, as in, nothing.  It is deaddedededed.  We have no idea why.  Banged our head against the wall for about 20 hours now, 4 or 5 hours at a time.  Anyone else have any problems (or is it just us?????)
Sunday, January 4th, 2009
1:33 pm
New season! LUNACY!
Hey all, I'm a new coach in Vallejo, California, Rookie Team 3013.  We've been spending the last two days at school for 9 or 10 hour days, figuring out all the pieces and what they do and putting our heads together on what kind of robot we want to make.

Just a note to see if any other current first-ers are even checking LJ or if they're all busy planning. :)
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
8:30 pm
Attention: Teams in Fairfax County, Virginia...
I'm going to make a post about this over in Chief Delphi, so apologies if you see this twice.

I've been a team mentor in software and controls since 2002. I am moving to Falls Church, VA right in the middle of build season due to a job change. I'll be working in Tyson's Corner. I'm a software engineer, so I'd like to find a team that needs a software/controls mentor.

Any contact information I could get would be greatly appreciated. I do NOT want to suffer from FIRST withdrawal!

Best of luck to all!

Current Mood: calm
Thursday, December 6th, 2007
4:05 pm
The California Fires devestated many people, including some of our fellow FIRST Robotics brothers and sisters.

We would love your help in helping them.

Monday, May 28th, 2007
2:20 pm
Dean Kamen Comic!
I just browsing around the internet and found a link to a comic with Dean Kamen in it. Enjoy!
Sunday, March 11th, 2007
9:03 pm
Who Are We? 33! What Are We? Killer Bees!
My name is Carolyn; I'm 22 years old, and I mentor The Killer Bees, Team 33! We're sponsored by DaimlerChysler.

This was our first competition event of the season, but year twelve of having a team. It was my first time attending an event as a chaperone.

This was my Friday, March 9, 2007.

I created this to post in another community, where you post pictures following through your entire day, but I thought fellow FIRSTers would enjoy it.

I have videos of our robot in my LJ if anyone is interested.

66 pictures portraying A Day In My Life as a Killer BeeCollapse )

Current Mood: exhausted
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
10:28 pm
4 Days and counting!

By the way, does anybody have a chart/data relating to the FRC motor and joystick biases?

And on a sadder note, the wife of Quentin Lewis, a former Team 811 mentor, has passed away over the holidays. May 2007 bring comfort to him and his family.

Current Mood: anxious
Thursday, December 28th, 2006
12:52 pm
Western Allied Robotics is looking for combat robot builders in the Pacific Northwest. We'll be hosting the 5th Annual Seattle Bot Battles at the Seattle Center March 10th, 2007.

Bring your own 3lb (Beetleweight) & 12lb (Hobbyweight) full combat robots to join in the carnage. This year we're also introducing a NEW 12lb Sportsman class.

Visit the WAR website for more information about the organization, details of the event and rules of combat.

Register your robot for the event at the Builders Database and join us for bot talk at the WAR Delphi Forum.
Friday, September 15th, 2006
6:08 pm
I've just been informed that a fellow FIRST-ie, Griffin O'Brien, has passed away suddenly and without warning this past Monday. He was 20. His obituary can be found in jwetzel's journal. A scholarship fund is being set up in his honor. He will be missed.

Current Mood: sad
Saturday, September 2nd, 2006
1:45 am
$6,000 Michigan Rookie Team Grants Now Available
As taken from an e-mail posted onto ChiefDelphi, and as a follow-up to the post made a few months back in regards to Michigan rookie teams. If you are a Michigan team looking to start another team in the upcoming year this could be a great way to find initial funding along with the NASA grants out there. Good luck!

We have some very exciting news. Thanks in part to so many of you who wrote letters to your legislators, the State of Michigan has just finalized a $150,000 grant to help start 25 new teams in Michigan.

I need your help to ensure we find enough new teams this year to use all the money set aside so the State will agree to set aside this much and more in the years to come.

So please, put on your thinking caps and let me know right away of any schools that might want to start a new team this year with the State providing the registration fee. Better yet, get the word out to your team members, their family and friends, and especially to your sponsors, school principals, teachers and administrators to see if they can help get new high schools interested in participating.

To read more about what's being offered or to download the application go to:

The application is similar to the one used by NASA. In fact, rookie teams should be able to use many of the same essays to apply for both grants. While there is a requirement for matching funds, we've set it up so teams can use the fair market value of engineering time and donations of materials/facilities to meet this requirement.

Again I thank you for making this grant possible. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me day or night either here or on my cell.

Best Regards,
Gail Alpert
cell: 248-425-4148
gail.alpert AT gmail DOT com
Wednesday, May 31st, 2006
1:41 pm
Attention Michigan FIRST Teams...
Katie Reynolds was doing some research and has found that the $2 million Governor Granholm set aside for starting new FIRST teams has been removed by both the House and Senate. For those that attended the Great Lakes Regional, the Governor made this announcement at the competition earlier this year. To fix this, there is a very short window and you must act quickly (we're talking in terms of the next few hours, not days even)

How you can helpCollapse )
Monday, April 10th, 2006
8:53 pm
My team (1306) qualified for nationals, and in honor of that I thought I'd post some FIRST-related LJ icons. My team's robot was awful (we placed 29th out of 35 at the Wisconsin Regional), but we won the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award, so we've qualified for Nationals. (Yay!) More details (in case anyone cares) are here.

FIRST IconsCollapse )
Thursday, January 12th, 2006
3:35 pm
Hey everyone!

I just wanted to say that I am very excited for this new season and hope to meet a lot of new people!!

Good luck to everyone, and remember that the answer is 42!


Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
11:56 pm
Did someone earlier mention something about setting up a scouting network accessible by multiple teams at some of the regionals (such as Richmond and/or Annapolis)? I thought I read that somewhere and would like to get more info about it, but I can't seem to figure out where I read that. Comment if you know anything. Good luck to everyone!

Current Mood: excited
Saturday, December 24th, 2005
3:14 pm
SO wut do u all think of the 'clue' to the game? (here it is incase u havent read it)

Greetings Teams:

The Game Design Committee is pleased to provide you with the following game clue:

five 'bots tangling with pasta
a game piece obsessed with a shovel's show
and seeing Montana's green heights
Thursday, November 24th, 2005
1:05 pm
What are you thankful for?

I think I speak for my entire FIRST team when I say BAE Systems.
Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
9:18 pm
Hey heres a question for all of you. this is more tech related so bare with me. say i have a big box with like 2, preferably 4 wires sticking out of it, and thats connected to a smaller box using an axle so that the smaller box can spin and spin and spin. now i need these 2 but preferably 4 wires to give power and whatnot to the smaller box while its spinning. the device used for this has many names but most popular ive seen is rotational ellectrical connector, or rotator coupling. i dont really care too much what its called really, i just need 4 of them. have any of you out there used a device such as this for a simmilar application? if so where did you get it and what was the cost? i found some one Mcmaster Carr but they were rather expensive ($50+) and were built to handle way more than i really needed. i thought of a headphone jack kind of thing but im not positive on the durability of that. the rotation is not very fast, nor will it rotate constantly. so the headphone jack may work but i really want something more durable, any suggestions?
Friday, November 11th, 2005
1:01 pm

Towel Day :: A tribute to Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

Join in the festivities, Hitchhiker's Guide Fans!
Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
11:23 pm
You Guys all know Andy Grady as that loud announcer from such events as River Rage, Mayhem in Merrimack, And Battlecry. You've seen the rambunctious side of him. Now who wants to see the softer side? The side thats not afraid to get up dressed in his prettiest dress and win a beauty pageant? Do you want the chance to do his make up? Then you would be interested in Trading Faces, a fundraiser that Team 166 puts on yearly, we dress our guys up and auction them off to the highest bidder who then is given the chance to do the guys makeup! After they change into their dresses they come back out strut their stuff and then collect donations, whoever collects the most is then crowned "The Most Beautiful feMALE!"

Also we will have vendors like Mary Kay, Tupperware, Silpada(a jewelry company) and Pampered Chef. the event cost $3 at the door, or if you would like to purchase tickets before for only $2 you can email me at BlondeFIRST166@gmail.com. Purchase of a ticket enters you in to a raffle for a door prize, donated by the different vendors.

Trading Faces is going to be Thursday November 10th, doors open at 630, and it will run till it ends. Located in the Merrimack High school Cafeteria. 38 McElwain St Merrimack NH 03054. If directions are needed feel free to email me and ask.

Enjoy Comedy and Shopping at

Trading Faces
“Female impersonation”

MHS Café
November 10

Mary Kay**Tupperware** Party Lite
Creative Memories**Tastefully Simple
Pampered Chef** Silpada Jewelry
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