2018-11-23 (F) Weekly Summary

When I saw that lasers, gold, and silk were being used to seal up wounds, I wanted to show that off. It ticks all the boxes of a noteworthy device from exotic materials to buzzwords and a sci-fi quality.

The first time I saw this device in action, I thought it was neat. The more I thought about it, the more I realized the level of creativity needed to make something that worked so well with only a few parts and was immediately recognizable to anyone who saw it in action. Like the commenter, Khai Bach said, "the KISS Principal in action." I could not agree more.

Team Magnet Fish Spectacular entered the final stages of coverage this week unless the project goes to another event like Maker Faire.

We reached the stage of fish construction where they looked like characters, not just hacked together bowls. They had so much personality that one team member asked if they all had backstories. I couldn't resist so I took a couple of minutes to write a quick story for each of them. This was posted in a group chat


  • Clide, it's like Clyde with one 'I' (eye) is a cyclops who makes watches as a jeweler.
  • Henry has six kids who all live at home, and he's supremely stressed out.
  • Gus is from East Europe and refuses to shave his unibrow because it reminds him of his mother.
  • Peter plays video games and probably needs glasses because he squints all the time.
  • Rufus wears his glasses but does his own repairs on them.
  • Margaret just finished her masters in business analysis and vacations with her family in Bermuda.
  • Lord Scenturio is a frog god with weather magic and mad SkeeBall skills.
  • Portia likes planning parties and karaoke, but she doesn't like drinking beer. She does like wearing pink.
Fish who are nearly finished

My task of moving the motor was not going to be a slapdash affair. I spent an evening figuring out the motor control circuit and all the physical connections which would be necessary. To keep things neat, and reduce stray wires from causing unwanted problems, the stranded wire for the power circuits were given crimped ends.

Tidy wire ends

The hackathon arrived, and the team had an all-out day where we hacked for a solid eleven hours. Angeliki shined as our captain, and I delivered a moving motor, although there was not enough friction between the motor and the platform so that will need to be revised if this is going to be shown off again.

The grand finale for Team Magnet Fish Spectacular

The rest of the summary posts have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1
Completed projects from year 2
Completed projects from year 3
Completed projects from year 4
Completed projects from year 5

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