O sábado dia 15, imos realizar a montaxe da Mini Arcade Pi, en horario de 10:30 a 13:30, xa que temos moitas ganas de poder votar unhas partidas a videoxogos antiguos no local de Makers Lugo.
O plan para esta mañan de sábado sera:
Preparar a Raspberry Pi, plasmando a imaxe na tarxeta micro sd.
Revisar e cablear interruptores e joystick.
Pegar a estructura en madeira.
Montar os compoñentes na estructura de madeira.
As partidas teran que esperar a chegada da pantalla!!
Se queres iniciarte no mundo das maquinas recreativas, con electrónica moderna, pero un toque a antigua. Debes pasarte por Makers Lugo, a aprender como e a montaxe desta maquina. Recorda que temos o noso pequeno recuncho no CEI Nodus.
O sábado día 1 de Xuño imos a dedicar a mañan en horario de 10:30 a 13:30 a montaxe dun kit de sigueliñas Cyclops-project. Fixémonos con este kit a finais do ano anterior na OSHWDem 2018, e vai sendo hora de darlle un pouco de cariño, para tamen asi dar uso a pista de velocistas usada no Arduino Day Lugo 2019!!!
O plan para esta mañan de sábado e o seguinte:
Organización dos compoñentes.
Soldar os compoñentes a placa base.
Comprobrar as soldaduras.
Programar o Arduino Nano.
Probas na pista de velocistas.
Haber ata onde conseguimos chegar ao longo da mañan con este pequeno velocista!!
Se queres coñecer o proxecto Cyclops-project, podes acercarte a Makers Lugo, nesta mañan de sábado para charlar sobre robots velocistas. Recorda que temos o noso pequeno recuncho no CEI Nodus.
Dar grazas a Rubén Espino por o diseño deste kit de robot velocista!!
Continuando coa contrucción de InMoov, e desta vez imos a centrarnos nos seus ollos. Detrás deles escóndense dúas cámaras web, que lle van a servir a este robot para poder observar todo o que se atope diante del.
Con esta nova característica para o noso InMoov, xa podemos mostrar as persoas a visión desde o humanoide, que estamos seguros que a máis de algún lle vai causar expectación. Poder ver o que observa un robot non e algo normal nas nosas vidas diarias, e iso e o que buscamos con este proxecto. Mostrar como a robótica pode estar cerca de nós.
Para isto imos necesitar as seguintes pezas, por suposto impresas nas nosas impresoras 3D:
Nesta ocasión unha das profesoras do centro, puxose en contacto co noso socio Alberto, propoñendolle acercarse un día polo centro a mostrarlles a os nenos isto das novas tecnoloxias.
Buscando un dia con dispoñibilidade, para algún socio máis, decidimos mostrarlle as novas xeracións as tecnoloxias que agora mesmo son de vangarda.
Os nosos socios Alberto e David, mostraronlle aos nenos o diseño 3D con thinkercad, impresión 3D, levando con eles unha impresora 3D (Ender 3), escornabot, otto, e algún robotiño máis para que nos nenos viran alguns exemplos.
Moitas grazas ao CPI Dr. López Suárez de Friol por darnos esta oportunidad!!
What if, in 1983, the polish national resistance was slaughtered after a terrorist attack attributed to them? What if, as a consequence, in 2003, Poland would be governed by an authoritarian state, the Iron Cut would be still in place, and Al Gore the president of the United States? That's the premise of 1983, the first Polish tv-show produced by Netflix.
The main characters are Kajetan Skowron, a law student whose parents were killed by the bombs; Anatol Janów, an investigator who wants to get back his old job after a rank demotion; and Ofelia Ibrom, the leader of a rebel movement whose life goal is to kill the members of the government.
It follows dystopic arcs that have been filling our TVs since the beginning of the decade, from Hunger Games to The Man In The High Castle. The aesthetics resemble those of cyberpunk such as Altered Carbon and Blade Runner - music, photography, and plot are dark. Also, like them, the focus is on a criminal investigation as a MacGuffin to discuss bigger topics. It has obvious connections to 1984. The plot reminded of Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xialong, only that 1983 is an alternate reality, not historical fiction - its goal is to comment on the present, not the past.
One of the things that dragged me to this film was that it was created by Polish for Poland. I thought that was very bold and gave it more load, so to speak, given the country's past and present. The 1st season lived to its expectations and entered the top-three tv-shows I've seen in 2018.
I've received my copy a few days ago and just watched it now. The film gives a sense of Rams' beliefs and values, connecting his work to the Ulm School of Design and the era he lived in. Through interviews with him and others, I discovered a quiet and private person, who is also opinionated and vocal about the way of design. I think it's a great documentary, although I couldn't help but wish it could expand a bit more on his role as Braun's Design Director - the day to day of being the proxy between the design group and the rest of the company, the interactions among the members of the group, the design process itself, etc.
It took me half an hour to finish it. I haven't read yet any of the Earthsea stories but there is no magic or dragons in Omelas, so I'd guess this is more of a Hainish taste. Being already familiar with the plot, it lacked a climactic moment and the story didn't spark any more thoughts than I had already given to the topic when I first learned about it. It's probably wise to avoid related material about short-stories you want to read if you don't want them to be spoiled, but the advice is particularly true for this one. I wish I hadn't read anything about it.
I still liked how it's built on simple language and a raw metaphor anyone can relate to. Reading it helped me to consolidate this idea of Ursula being not a novelist but an anthropologist who happens to be interested in fictional societies. Writing stories about non-existing societies was her way of researching a topic, live with the locals, and explaining to us what it was like living in that world.
The anthology I bought includes an intro commentary by the author about how she came up with the Omelas word which was also fun and humanizes the way I picture writers work.
This book was the Reading Club assignment for June 2018, the last before the summer hiatus.
This is a thriller that builds slowly. Rachel is the main character, she's a depressed, mentally unstable, and alcoholic woman that can't cope with having lost her husband to another woman. Megan is also lost and has her own difficulties to find anything that fills her in life. Anna is a housewife and mother whose life goals are fulfilled.
Like in a jigsaw, we're presented with partial and unreliable information about what's happening to each one of them, which helps to build and keep the narrative tension. Through the story, they face different facets of emotional dependency, abuse, or personal struggles with life. There are some scenes that I particularly liked it because they embody so well one of the themes that give shape to the zeitgeist of our era: Rachel, in her daily train trips to work, invents any kind of stories about the people she sees through the window; their lives are always happier and out of struggles. We know that's not true, but she doesn't have that information. This made me reflect on our interactions through the so-called social networks and how they can be so much detached from the real ourselves in so many ways.
At times, I was so dragged to the story, that I even found myself reading while walking to board a plane.
The magician's assistant, by Ann Patchett, is a family story under odd circumstances. Set around the same time it was published (1997), it touches topics that were part of the life of many, although not part of the mainstream news at the time: violence in the family, how life differs in small and big places, homosexuality, and AIDS.
It's told from the perspective of Sabine, the best friend, assistant, and wife of Parsifal, a homosexual man that lives with Phan, his partner. Sabine and Parsifal marry when Phan and Parsifal are diagnosed AIDS so Sabine can inherit their state. She is in love with Parsifal.
Upon Parsifal death, Sabine is shocked to learn that his family is alive, despite what he had told her. They are from Alliance, a small place in Nebraska, and want to visit Los Angeles, where Parsifal lived, to get a sense of how life was for him. Sabine agrees and tours them for a few days, in the hope of discovering why he hadn't told her the truth. Through this tour, you are acquainted with the main characters. It's like a warm-up before the real match.
Parsifal's family turns out to be fine people, and the tragic event that made Parsifal break with them is revealed to Sabine. Fast-forward: she's invited to a wedding in Nebraska, which she agrees to attend as an opportunity to connect with Parsifal's childhood and find some rest. So we now have Sabine embedded in an environment so different to hers: a small town with little to do and few opportunities to reinvent yourself, a conservative society, and a family that had struggled (and still is) with domestic violence. This is the real match. We have now a vessel (Sabine) to cross the river of understanding: in one shore, a liberal society where you can be whatever you want; in the other, a conservative community that pressures you to be like the others.
The story ends with the liberal Sabine realizing that the only way that conservative family can break the vicious loop they find themselves in is by providing them an escape hatch. Perhaps this is also the message Ann Pratchett wants to convey: let's be less judgmental and more empathetic.
This book is beautifully written. The rhythm is slow but steady, with enough details to fill your imagination but not too many to get in the way of the story. The use of magic as a second thread and the dreams to feed us information was great. It is a straight story, doesn't have many layers to it. To a modern reader, it may feel perhaps a bit dated and certainly stereotypical in some ways (Nebraska, anyone?), but if you consider the time it was published (1997) I think it was actually a very brave book to publish.