A while back, we released all the manuals for SheekGeek kits like the WASP Original and Black Widow Walker manuals to the public. We have a newer version of the WASP called the WASP 2.0 and we are releasing the Manual and schematic for it. We’d love to see what modifications you can make with the new WASP! Feel free to post in the comments.
Currently, NASA allows or direct donations however, as you can see in the next link, it is complicated to figure out to whom make the check out and mail to.
I think we should campaign to get NASA listed on a great site called Pay.gov. Pay.gov allows everyday people to donate directly to United States government agencies. One example is to help pay down the national debt. <via NPR>
By making it easier for citizens to donate to NASA, we won’t raise enough funds for a mission to Mars, but even if a conservative estimate of 1% of working Americans (134.8 million people according to wolfram alpha) donate just 10 each, we would have we would have 134,800,000 * 1% * $10 = $13.48 million dollars. That’s not a lot compared to the cost of a space mission, but it is a small help to a struggling agency that should be the jewel in the crown of America. NASA has generated a good return for investment in the past and there is no question that investment in science and technology helps strengthen our nation’s economy and morale which is needed in this time of economic uncertainty.
Moreover, an investment in NASA is an investment in the future of our nation in terms of future engineers and scientists. NASA has achieved some of the greatest feats ever accomplished in the history of mankind. Landing men on the moon, as well as increasing our understanding of our place in the universe with missions like the Mars rovers, a multitude of space telescopes, and planetary probes have all served as inspiration for people who strive to be the best the world has to offer. They are inspired to pursue man’s long passion for exploration and curiosity.
NASA has helped develop technologies that improve and even save lives every day such as MRI machines, and many other fantastic technologies. This neat site lists a new innovation from NASA every time you refresh the page. NASA has a positive impact on the world as a whole. It should be funded as such.
Lets get NASA listed on Pay.gov, not because it is easy, but because it is worth the effort! The way to do it is to get this post seen by someone who knows someone in charge at NASA who can suggest it to them.
Today as I got into my car I realized that someone had broken into it and ransacked my glovebox and center console. I couldn’t nail down exactly when it happened but I couldn’t help but feel violated. Someone else in my neighborhood also had a break in. I decided to do something about it. I immediately went to the closest store and grabbed a cheap webcam and prepared to make a motion triggered surveillance system. (Man, I love Linux).
Our future plans involve laying down hardwood in our entire home. Since the carpet that currently exists still has some life left, I don’t want to replace it until it is necessary (oh the suspense is killing me; but I think it is practical to do major redesigns when they are warranted and not just because you want to). Anyway, my point is we are going to need to start building up a rug collection for when we have hardwoods.
Because there is tons of fun in doing-it-yourself, I scoured the internet for diy rug options. I was pleasantly surprised at all the choices I found. They really push the boundaries of the the term “rug“. Because sewing doesn’t agree with me and braiding/crocheting seems time consuming – these are options I think would be simplest to do.
I discovered my most favorite unexpected rug option at Sugar Bee Crafts -you can make a ‘rug’ out of plywood! Oh the options for a plywood rug! You can stain it or paint it (or both). You can use stencils or tape. You can make it fit your style. (The vinyl rug below has the same customization options).
At our old place we had a low pile carpet. Office chairs roll nicely over this carpet. Our new house’s carpet, not so much. This plywood rug might just be the ticket for this space!
The thing I love the most about vinyl rugs is the potential of putting a remnant piece of vinyl to good use. Based on the tutorials I read, any vinyl will work; however a thicker vinyl is a must. You can either paint vinyl like Addicted 2 Decorating’s post (pictured below) and Design Dazzle’s post or…
Or you can cover vinyl with fabric like In My Own Style.
I am also in love with Momtastic’s quatrefoil version of a fabric vinyl rug.
Staying on a fabric roll, fabric rugs also have a lot of simple, diy options. You can simply add a backing and lining to fabric you heart like High-Heeled Foot in the Door’s chevron beaut.
Rugs are not just meant for indoors. An outdoor burlap rug is featured on ohdeedoh’s how to post. One of the easiest rug options is to update an existing fabric rug with a little paint like Sarah Wandering did here.
Or like A Little Bite of Everything’s Moroccan inspired design here. It is fab and super simple. The only color painted on was the white for the pattern. LOVE IT!
Roll Up Blind Rug
To add the cherry to this post, the easiest DIY rug I found was Re-nest’s idea of converting a roll up blind to a floor covering. Very chic!
So which rug am I going to make? Right now I want to make them ALL! They are added to my ever growing home to do list…
Adam sent me a stumble of a DIY vinyl wall art project on Instructables by Britsteiner. Immediately I was inspired by her project and went to work. Her Instructables project used contact paper and after a quick trip to Lowe’s and the local dollar store I decided contact paper would not work for my project. I wanted specific colors – brown and green – that I could not find as contact paper. I wanted to make a tree.
I’ve had a FTDI cable for a while for testing serial communications between my microprocessors and my computer and for that job, it works great. However, I recently grabbed a couple Ardweenies from Solarbotics and decided to use my FTDI cable to program them. The FTDI cable doesn’t have an automatic reset, so you have to push the reset button on the board at exactly the right time when trying to program it from your computer. This causes tons of frustration.
Oddly, a few days of experimenting with the arduinos, my cable got a short in it. While fixing the short, I was surprised to find out that the FTDI cable uses the same chip as the Sparkfun Programmer (which has automatic reset) so I went about modifying my cable to include this feature.
Modifying the cable is much easier said than done, but since I got it working, I figured I’d do a write-up on it in case anyone else wants to give it a shot.
Everything about the Ikea Alex made it a perfect addition to our home office – except its color. After a few coats of black spray paint, some mod podge, and damask styled scrapbooking paper, I had myself an Ikea Alex hack that looked perfect for our tastes.