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About AZAtheist

Retired--Researcher, Developer, Program Manager, Arizona Regional Director--American Atheists, Organizer--Tucson Atheists, Organizer--Skeptics of Tucson

Pandemic: A day in the life?

I should be writing more on this blog. I really don’t have an excuse. I should also be accomplishing more in general. I’m not going anywhere and all the functions that take me away from home are cancelled. There are … Continue reading

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A Safe Place for Gort

Here it is mid-September and I’m missing normality more than ever. Normally, I’d be deep into Halloween preparations. Actually, I would have started the effort a couple of months ago. Last year the theme of my display was Aliens from … Continue reading

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Geezering

I was watching Adam Savage on YouTube. He, like the rest of us reasonable people, is on self-induced lockdown. On the bright side, he can spend a lot more quality time with his tools in his “cave.” By himself, he … Continue reading

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Holiday from Danger

“Holiday from Danger” was the name given to the base picnic when I was 7 and growing up at the Air Force Academy. It was quite an affair as I remember it. That was 60 years ago. My father was … Continue reading

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The Robot Marionette

Today was a surprisingly good day for me under self-imposed lockdown restriction. I slept in a bit longer than usual. The morning scale reading was not higher than expected and there was a new GeoCache within a half mile from … Continue reading

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R2D2 Build: Final

The is a great project! It gets a little “fiddly” at times but it is one that starts with a box of parts on day one finishes with a complete illuminated model on the second day. It’s also dear to … Continue reading

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R2D2 Build: First Day

The first step in building the R2D2 tin can robot is collecting a few things. This is my fourth one so I’m familiar with what I need for materials. The one luxury that we have these days is plenty of … Continue reading

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I’m Itching to Build

You may recognize this picture. Especially, if you are a long-time reader of this blog. It is a model of the Star Wars robot R2D2. It has LEDs that light up; it is crude. Most importantly, it is something made … Continue reading

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45 Days After Lockdown and Feeling a Bit Guilty

Yes, it’s another unboxing blog. I’m feeling guilty because perhaps I shouldn’t be having so much fun while on lockdown when others aren’t so lucky. Every day starts out with a 5 mile walk on the portion of “The Loop” … Continue reading

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38 Days of Quarantine: Another Robot Unboxed

I bought a few robot kits late last year and early this year. I also bought some robot associated kits. For example, I bought a robotic arm driven by hydraulics. I buy these things for evaluation and get ideas for … Continue reading

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