Monday, July 13, 2015

Discovery Science Center (The Cube) 2015: Weekend Visit.

The weekend some of the LA R2 Builders visited the Santa Ana DSC location. Paul Thompson went to take the LA location with his droid and another couple.
I joined Victor Franco, Dave, Roy Powers, Robbie, and all the droids (complete and in progress) from 1-5pm for the Engineering weekend.

Victors R2

Roy's R2 on the left, Victors on the right.

All the in progress droids, courtesy of Robbie. (Robbie's stuff on the right, mine on the left).

Made a food stop at the local mall and found this.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

WonderCon 2015

I attended WonderCon 2015 today with the R2 Builders club. In attendance was Victor Franco, Chris Romines, Gene Arena, Paul Thompson, Manuel Cruz, and the Miyamoto family. I was only able to attend today due to my recent wisdom teeth (all 4 impacted) surgery and my sister leaving for Hawaii with the high school band.

One of the many cool and wacky costumes seen around.

Bonus: Chris Romines and Wall-E keep the friendly fight going.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Engineer’s Week Day 2

Today was the 2nd day of the weekend the builders were at the Discovery Cube. We again started at 11am and ended at 3pm. In attendance was Victor Franco, Ken Stubbert, Paul Thompson, William & Nikkie Miyamoto (with their kids Kayla and Zoe), myself, and Dan.

It was slower and more boring than yesterday, but someone managed to rip off R2's Radar Eye.

Group droid picture

We killed R2D2


Baby R2 Stroller

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Engineer’s Week at the Discovery Science Cube. Day 1 of the weekend.

Today was the first day of Engineer's Weekend (for us only). We started at 11am and ended at 3pm. In attendance was Victor Franco, Tom Piedmont, Roy Powers, John Boisvert, Thomas, Paul Thompson, William & Nikkie Miyamoto (with their kids Kayla and Zoe), and Dan Caulkins.I also brought my friend and her 2 yr old who helped with transport and droid protection.


The place was packed so we stuck to the table and caught up with everyone and their droids. My friend and her son 22month old, Wyatt, had fun with the legos. He was a bit scared of the droids at first, but warmed up to them later.

William and Nikkie brought their famous R2 Baby R/C Stroller and drove the Kayla, 4 yrs old, around the small area we had. Here is an older picture of her from WonderCon 2014 as Baby Predator. The crowd was so huge I couldn't get a good one today, maybe tomorrow.

Kayla and Will

Here is Wyatt in the stroller. At 4 yrs old, Kayla can still fit and is not too heavy. Wyatt is not even 2 yrs old and can safely fit. Since I knew them and he was small (and I asked because Wyatt kept saying "Up!"), he sat in the stroller for a minute. He was a little confused and getting scared, so he got out quickly, no drive.

Wyatt in the R2.
A funny thing was, we had a woman want her 10 yr old daughter to go inside. A big 10  YEAR OLD would BREAK the bottom and not even fit in. She came after my friend and yelled at her for it, then cussed out Nikkie. Some people need to grow up and think. She then asked why we brought them if they could be damaged. Wow! I'd have asked her why she was there seeing them if she didn't think they should be out, but she had already stormed off like a angry toddler.

Anyways, we got the theater for our presentation at 1:30pm and Victor took the lead.

Victor Franco presenting about the club


I got an ok picture of Kayla in the stroller later on. I'll try for a video or better picture tomorrow.

My R2 as of now.
Lens flair view of the audience.

The day ended with us keeping kids from ripping off parts and more pictures. Someone managed to pull the skins off my frame. This was something I was going to do anyway in preparation for putting the new legs on R2. R2 got safely strapped in and ready to go home to rest up for tomorrow.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Discovery Science Center 2014: Day 2

Today was the 2nd day of my second visit with the R2 Builders to the Discovery Science Center in Santa, Ana CA. It was just me and Victor Franco with my dome and his R2D2 (yesterday, it was R5D4). He gave two presentations and R2 got lots of pictures. There was this one other robot not with us called the "Track Rover" that was there last time in 2013. We don't know anything about it but it looked funky. It hung around our area the whole 4 hrs.

Victor's R2D2

My dome

Victor presenting

We had a nice crowd

I also took a detour to the gift shop and purchased a 70 cent model of the International Space Station

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Discovery Science Center (Santa Ana, CA) 2014: Day 1

Today was my second time doing an R2 event at the Discovery Science Center. I was joined by Victor Franco, Roy Powers, Matthew Hendricks, and a few other builders. Victor gave two presentations (one of which I went on stage for) and the rest of us answered questions afterwords. I also saw the Mythbusters exhibit, it was small but they had lots of props. The day ended with a small dinner with Roy, Victor, and I. This event was from 12-4pm and I will probably go tomorrow with either the dome or the frame.

Victor does a presentation

Victor, Roy, and I on stage

Matt Hendricks, a DSC employee, and me on stage

Matt Hendricks and R2 go to the food court

My droid in it's current state minus electronics

Victor and his 2nd droid leaving

Sunday, April 20, 2014

WonderCon 2014: Day 3

Today was the last day of WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center.There were about 7 droids today plus Pauls tread robot from "Empire". I was joined by Dan Johnson, Victor Franco, Chris Romine, Will Miyamoto and his family, Gene Arena, Russell R, and a few others. Victor Franco was bringing out his newly finished R4D5 when the U-bolt's nuts would not tighten. This meant the legs could not stay in place and R2 could only stand with support, no driving for him. At least we all got to see it in person.

Victors R4D5

Victors R4D5 dome plus a mess of tools

Victor supporting his R4D5

Gene Arena gets an interview

Pauls R2 wants a drink!

Chris Romine flipped off Wall-E, why not baby predator (Kayla Miyaoto). This was all organized by her mom, Nikki Miyamoto,and Chris showered her with wafer cookies later.

Baby predator needs her lollipop

Will Miyamoto and Kayla Miyamoto. Kayla/babypredator got to ride in her R2D2 stroller! She got quite a crowd!

Victor gets an interview

"Bith Happens"