May 31, 2012

Drive a car, build a robot

Haven't blogged, though it seems from the comments I'm not much missed. Hmph.

We're getting ready for a big fundraiser at Ari's school for the Robotics Club - Central High in downtown Burlington. On Saturday, we're holding a Ford Drive One 4 UR School event. Along with Discovery Ford, we will have 8 spanky new Fords for you to test drive. For each test drive, the Robotics Club earns 20 bucks. Just think: a team raising money for a great cause, and all they want is ten minutes of your time! Come to Burlington. I'll be there all day conducting tests drives, and so will my colleagues Lesley Wimbush, Peter Bleakney and Jeff Voth. We all write for different outlets, so how's that for the spirit of cooperation?!

We run from 9-4, if you're early you can get breakfast, and they'll be BBQ at lunch. Bring a dirty car - the kids will be doing a carwash, too. And, best part? You can meet the robot. If seeing what these kids can build doesn't blow your mind, I'll be surprised. This is the coolest thing, ever. My column in tomorrow's Globe is an intro to the event.

Speaking of robots, it seems some of you Sweet Commenters are getting increasingly weird words to convince the powers that you're not robots. Roz now believes it is speaking to her in Arabic; we spent a moment marveling at how complex the Arabic characters are. I told her my new phone has a conversion for that, and it kinda freaked me out the first time. Here is her response:

Roz: "If I was Arabic, I would be having a really hard time with our keyboards. Their letters are so hard."
Me: "I'm sure they have their own keyboards."
Roz: "Oh. That makes sense."
Me: "Yes, it does."
Roz: "Cuz otherwise, you'd have to have tons of little sticky notes all over the keys."
Me: Silently shakes head....

More later....

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Anonymous Zena said...

It's not just words anymore, Lorraine. Now it's pictures. Seems the Anti-Robot League is into abstract art...

Saaaay... This all wouldn't have any weird, underworld connection to that Robotics Club stuff, would it...?

"basedis 5"

That's definitely code for something...

May 31, 2012 1:56 PM  
Anonymous jmd said...

Zena - I think Basedis 5 was a boy band in the 90's.

May 31, 2012 2:17 PM  
Anonymous Zena said...

Must've been a real 'turkey.'

(never could resist a bad pun...)

May 31, 2012 2:37 PM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

I guess between the last time web God Jeff was trapped inside the computer and now, he's taken Modern Art History and Arabic as a Second Language. At least he's keeping busy inside. I wouldn't mind getting a Picasso pictograph, if you please.
...just checked, it's a Eward Hopper pictograph.

May 31, 2012 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be there on Saturday. Great way for the robot club to raise funds, even if they are the competition to my MMR roboter!
Good way to convince my 6' kid to come with me and see how well he can fold himself into the back seat of a new vehicle when he loses the battle for 'shotgun' with his bigger brother.
I love my rusty old Windstar that has long been paid for and gets us everywhere we need to go. Now that its 12 it is on borrowed time but I'll keep driving it until it won't go anymore. I figure I need to be prepared for the day that it is going to need a big repair and then I have to make the decision!

June 01, 2012 11:14 AM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

Test drove a Bentley in London just to stay in "the mood." I'm sure Ford won't allow that. Hope the day goes well. Wish I could be out there to aid the cause. If they give away the 8 testers at the end of the day, I'll take an Edge.

Please and thank you.

June 01, 2012 5:21 PM  

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