Flirt and Save Lives

18th February 2009

A few people have been asking me what arduino is. My response is this, arduino is anything.

An open source language combined with a low cost micro computer the technology called arduino which can be hooked up to sensors, lights, buzzers, speakers, other computers, mobile phones, internet connections and so much more. It comes in different forms such as basic chips and flexible boards that can be sewn into clothing.

There’s a workshop today at 2 in the user centre, queen mother building. So if you want to make a coat that flashes messages across you with your gruesome chat up lines, or if you want to make a rover that roams through disaster zones and monitors survivors vital signs, we hope to see you there. All ready I’m meeting people who have hooked up their sofa to inform twitter when they’ve sat down.

Make anything you want. Two hours is all it takes to get you started. See you there.

Snow Day on Campus

12th February 2009

Most classes have been cancelled and most buildings are closed. Yet Dundee University is amok with students. The snows that were nearly all melted have been replaced by a shower that having started in the early hours of the morning has only just yielded in the last few minutes.

The green outside the union is overlooked by a snowman towering higher than any student in attendance, having been constructed by dozens of large snowballs, each three times the size of a bowling ball. Here in the warmth of the School of Computing, an individual cannot walk to the shop without the compulsory snow ball fight as some form of right of way. Though the lack of classes, the campus is busier than ever.

A group of half a dozen roll by a snowball bigger than themselves with great care not to get trapped underneath. They struggle with the ball as they get it onto the green where after a great war of snow, the massive structure cracks in two. No spirit is lost as one student shouts “that can be the head” and the mass is turned into another figure to observe the days goings on.

Planned events come and go weekly on campus, but this unscheduled extravaganza has attracted more than any other will, at least until next snowfall.