The Robowranglers are frequently asked for information some of our “non-robot” designs. We are happy to publish STEP CAD files for several of the ones that are most commonly asked about. If you’re interested in our Drive Station, Pit Carts, or Robot Cart - enjoy!Read More
It is natural to become upset when we see someone take an action, or say something which goes against our beliefs or is hurtful to us. At some point however, these actions lose their emotional impact.
I’m reminded of one of my favorite parables:
A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so.
There are plenty of individuals and organizations which have upset me, and as such are no longer part of my life. I avoid them and try to avoid the actions which run counter to my beliefs.
However… There are ALSO plenty of these individuals and organizations STILL in my life. At some point I decided “they are, who they are” and made the conscious decision I’d structure my relationship with this knowledge in mind. You can deal with a scorpion, as long as you avoid its stinger.
Getting Upset After Getting Stung
Every so often, someone will approach me and ask:
“Aren’t you upset that so-and-so said this thing?”
No, I don’t get upset. I know I’m dealing with a scorpion.
The only reason YOU get stung, is because despite all evidence to the contrary: you keep pretending you’re dealing with a frog.
Since 2016, the Robowranglers have used Slack for team communication and organization. Like many Slack teams, we have customized our implementation with a set of unique emojis.
At times I’ve posted screenshots in this blog directly from the Robowrangler Slack. On several occasions I’ve received comments about the emojis which were visible. (In particular, people seems really enamored with our :butterbot: emoji. All of us on 148 were surprised by how interested people were in this aspect of our team…
In the spirit of furthering succinct, single-image, meme driven communication...
The Robowranglers are proud to post our collection of custom Slack Emojis.
They’re available on the Robowrangler website, in the downloads section.
We are happy to make this resource available to the FRC community!
Enjoy, and Happy Memeing.
Almost every team who visits the House of Black has been invited to play dodgeball with the Robowranglers. These teams all very quickly learned, the Robowranglers don’t just play dodgeball… we play Ultimate Extreme Robowrangler Dodgeball.
What makes it ultimate? What makes it extreme? I’m glad you asked!Read More
I’m a big fan of Apple products. I’ve been an iPhone user since the first one was released. I love my iPhone X. With last week’s product release I guess it’s official that I have one big complaint…
On behalf of Robowranglers everywhere I need to ask:
Why, ohhhhh WHY… did Apple skip over the iPhone Nine?
Q: How many email messages from me start with: “Sorry for the delayed response, it's been a busy few weeks.”?
Have you seen the commercial for the Homepod that Apple published earlier this year? I saw it when the Homepod was unveiled, but it was a busy time of year so I didn't pay much attention. I recently rewatched it (thank you, "you may also be interested in" recommendations!)...
One: I love Spike Jonze and was surprised to find out he directed it.
Two: I'm really digging the commercial! even though I'm not much of a dancer (not at all a dancer) I am drawn to the way the music, room, and choreography all come together.
Three: I had NO IDEA that so much of this was done with practical effects! I assumed it was all CGI! Check out this behind the scenes video:
I think I speak for many people when I say: "Show more detail of the moving set!"
Maybe Michael Bay is available? HomeBase Wall Mount for Apple Homepod another fine product of RackSolutions... now with 100% more explosions!
It is inherent to the nature of all FRC teams that our students will leave. As a long-time mentor I've seen many exceptional Robowranglers come and go over the years. Whether they only popped onto the team for a portion of a season, or have been part of the family for years and years - our time with them always feels too short.
Have we done our part in preparing them for what comes next?
Were we successful as a team and as mentors? - How do we define 'successful'?
What lessons does our team want to leave with those who come and inevitably go?
To those of you who are considering mentoring an FRC team while attending college, I'd like to tell you my story, and make a simple appeal to you: Don't do it.Read More