Bringing It Back

It’s funny that my first post in almost a year will involve a small cassette-driven ‘robot’. Suspend, for a moment, any questions or curiosities, and instead attempt to fill yourself with the same childlike warmth that I feel. Got it? Good!

I don’t come from a wealthy family. Growing up we had few luxuries. Things like big-screen TVs, computers, hell, even GI Joe action figures… The point is, gift giving seasons like Christmas, birthdays, and report cards required careful thought and planning. My brother and I couldn’t ‘waste’ a present on something useless or short-term. Before we owned a computer (Apple IIe) I asked for nothing but gadgets. One notable and memorable toy was 2-XL from Hasbro (then only Tiger Electronics).

2-XL was a really neat approach at educating kids using fun! Well, at least thats what I think they were trying to do. There were two models, a cassette version and 8-track version. Check the link below for a small glimpse at my childhood!

http://www.theoldrobots.com/2xl.html

http://www.2xlrobot.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2-XL

http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/2XL/index.html

I gotta say, the coolest thing was pulling 2-XL out after I’d grown a bit, and playing the Black album. The robot seemed to sing the lyrics to the songs. All in all, pretty sweet!

Site Update

Hey everybody, I posted some site updates. Tried to streamline the interface a bit. Hope you like it!

Old School Work

I’m going to post all of my old code and executables soon, so stay tuned.

My God… It’s full of stars…

First post, lets see what happens!