Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wocka Wocka

It has been called to my attention on several occasions recently that I am, in fact, a nerd. Or a geek, there is some dispute on the exact nature of my condition, but I am definitely some flavor of poindexter. This was confirmed today for the eleventy-millionth time when a student pointed me to this:

and I determined that it was possibly the coolest thing I have ever seen. That's right, it's a Pac-Man game built from Roombas. And the laptop he is running it on looks just like my oldest one, which needs to be repurposed, anyway. This could get ugly, though I suspect the cats would enjoy it immensely.

The part that will make some of you jealous, and the rest of you* sigh with pity at the way I like to spend my ever-diminishing spare time and disposable income? Part of my research is ways to make computing physical, so I could potentially kinda-sorta say this is work-related.

It's probably going to take me a while to gather the materials and clear time in my schedule. If I am in your house in the next few months and you own a Roomba, you might want to check for it after I leave. I'm just saying. In the meantime, Ida brought us unexpected clear weather for the next few days, so I guess I had better drag out the telescope again. This nerd business is an around the clock occupation
* I'm pretty sure The Wife is a member of that second group.


  1. one schematic to sort the differences can be found here. you're a geek. me too... at least that thought helps me sleep at night.

  2. OG. I'm laffen' -- you nerd stick, you...(just sayen')

  3. I have a Roomba that isn't worth a ...... actually, I think I tossed it a long time ago. Piece of c.r.a.p. Hey, I loved Pacman back in the days. Cool! Call me a nerd too! :)