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The Seventh Reservoir Dog

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Did you notice me? To the right of Mr. Blonde? You can juuuust see my left foot between his legs. That’s the story of my life: always cropped out of the picture. But hey, I’m not complaining.

See, for a while there I was the Seventh Dog. The fellas needed a backup getaway driver, Joe knew me from back in the day, and I couldn’t say no to that big, lovable lug. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t in it for the money—I just liked being part of the crew. They were all super cool. Just look at them! For a dork like me to get to ride around in 1970s cars with these guys, chit-chat in raunchy language about pop culture over breakfast, get briefed on capers in an abandoned warehouse? It was a dream come true.

But, here’s what I get for being the nerd of the bunch: the day of the robbery, I’m sitting there greasing my hair and ironing my white shirt, when Nice Guy Eddie phones me up. He says, “Mr. Teal, you should probably stay at home today. You might be coming down with a cold.” And just like that, I was left out of the whole thing. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t hurt me when he said it. I tried to keep myself busy that day, but the whole time, I kept thinking about what fun the Dogs were having with their jewel heist. I guess you could say I was “blue” with sadness and “green” with jealousy, haha!

Of course, when I heard what had happened to the boys, I felt more lucky than envious. That could have been mebleeding to death on the dirty floor of an abandoned warehouse! Talk about a wake-up call. I took a long, hard look at my life and realized that being “cool” wasn’t worth it. I would accept and embrace the softer side of my personality, the side I always tried to hide when I rolled around with the posse. I drove to Goodwill and dropped off my fitted black suit, my pencil tie, my plastic sunglasses. I stopped listening to K-Billy radio. I went back to school and got my degree—heck, I even went for a PhD.

Twenty-five years later, how do I feel about my decision? Well, I may not be some extremely hip gangster type, spouting zippy one-liners over the barrel of a 9 mm gun pointed at an undercover police officer cop in an abandoned warehouse. But I’m a working professional now, I run a successful small business, and we’re starting to branch out into national distribution. In a way, you could say I’ve pulled off the ultimate caper—successfully, too! And while I never got to burst into a jewelry store, yelling for everyone to get the fuck down on the floor and not move a muscle or else, while I never got to participate in a Mexican standoff, or torture a captured cop tied to a chair in an abandoned warehouse, I guess that in my own, small way, I still consider myself one of the Dogs. The quiet one, the thoughtful one. That’s me,

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samuel
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I love peeking inside this guy's mind
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Davis, CA
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Introducing The Teensy 3.5 And 3.6

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Paul Stoffregen has built a new Teensy. The latest in the line of very powerful, USB-capable microcontrollers is the Teensy 3.5 and 3.6 development boards. It’s faster, more capable, and bigger putting even more pins on a solderless breadboard.

The first Teensy was one of the first Arduino compatible boards with native USB. The Teensy 2.0 was even better with support for USB keyboards, mice, and MIDI. Even today, the Teensy 2.0 is the de facto board to use if you want to build anything like a USB keyboard. The Teensy 2.0 was followed by the exceptionally powerful Teensy 3.0, the first 32-bit Arduino compatible board, and thanks to Paul’s contributions of a pile of Arduino libraries, doing cool stuff faster has never been easier. Since the launch of the Teensy 3.0, its successors, the 3.1 and 3.2 have launched. If you want the power of an ARM microcontroller with the deepest Arduino library support, there’s only one board you should consider.

Like the launch of the Teensy 3.0, Paul is Kickstarting the launch of the latest Teensys with a crowdfunding campaign. Let’s dig into everything these new boards have to offer.

Inside the Teensy 3.6

A native SD card port

The high-end offering in the new line of Teensys is the Teensy 3.6. The main CPU is the Freescale/NXP Kinetis K66 ARM Cortex-M4 running at 180 MHz. There’s 1 Megabyte of Flash on board, 256K of RAM, and 4K of EEPROM in this chip, 32 DMA channels, two CAN bus ports, and a USB High Speed (480 Mbit/sec) port.

A native SD card port
A native SD card port

The microcontroller also supports 25 analog inputs with 13-bit resolution, two analog outputs with 12-bit resolution, a native SD card port, Ethernet MAC capable of 100 Mbps (you’ll need a ‘shield’ for this), I2S audio, a crypto acceleration unit, random number generator, six serial ports, three SPI ports, four I2C ports, and a real-time clock.

Like the Teensy 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2 before it, the 3.5 and 3.6 are loaded up with IO. pins. There are 62 IO pins available as 0.1″ headers and as SMD pads on the back, and they’re all entirely compatible with the Teensy 3.2. That means the Teensy Audio Adapter board and the Prop Shield will still work with these latest Teensys.

Of course the Teensy is just a microcontroller board, and you need libraries to build anything with it. In the massive thread over on the PJRC forums, a community of Teensy hackers have been putting together device libraries for the past few months. The FAT file system works on the SD card, you can have six serial ports, and Paul has been hard at work getting the crypto accelerator library working.

SpecSheet

The crowdfunding campaign for the latest Teensys is live now, with the Teensy 3.6 available for $28, and the slightly lower spec, but 5 volt tolerant, Teensy 3.5 available for $23.

This thing is fast, and I have no idea what to use it for

There are faster microcontrollers around. The STM32F7, an ARM Cortex M7 running at 216MHz was released last year, but so far we’ve only seen a single development board and only a few projects using this powerful microcontroller. The current state-of-what’s-on-the-workbench is still firmly planted in the ARM Cortex M4, and we’ve seen some very impressive projects from video generation to quadcopter control boards with these chips.

The Teensy 3.5 and 3.6 are a bit more powerful than what you would find currently available — the chip has only been available for a few months. With this comes a lot of possibilities, and I don’t even know what it could be used for. A cursory glance at the datasheet tells me it’s possible to connect SDRAM to this chip somehow. I haven’t looked into that enough to see if it’s even possible with the Teensy 3.6. If it is, though, we’re going to see some very impressive builds generating video for LED walls, or real-time synthesis on audio waveforms stored on an SD card.

There’s a lot you can do with this Teensy, and we can’t wait to see what the community comes up with. Paul has hit this one out of the park, and for once you might be limited by your imagination and not what a microcontroller can do.


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samuel
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This is a big deal for prototyping.
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kazriko
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The Teensy 3.1 was what I used for my giant POV display 2 years ago. It was entirely fast enough for the task at hand. It was also small enough to fit on the rotor with a small USB battery so there was no need for any brushes.
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Burning Man 747 To Begin Shutting Down Roads Today En Route To The Playa

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Burning Man 747 To Begin Shutting Down Roads Today En Route To The Playa It's slowly making its way from Mojave to Black Rock City! [ more › ]
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samuel
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This year's Embrace (from 2014). My art installation, Grove, will be on the playa at 3:15 between the Man and Esplanade. It's ten 16-ft steel trees that light up with your breath. It's another interactive biofeedback installation, similar to Pulse & Bloom from 2014.

Come say hello if you're at Burning Man!
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The 8 Coolest BART And Muni Stations

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The 8 Coolest BART And Muni Stations To be clear, these are not necessarily the absolute cleanest and safest, but just the coolest for other reasons. [ more › ]
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samuel
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SFist continues to suck. West Oakland BART station is #1 in my book.
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Aug 2, 2016: Aurora Borealis peak tonight?

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While not precisely an "image of the day", it is an interesting event supported by an image. :rolleyes:

Tonight is going to be a better than normal night for the Aurora / Northern Lights, according to this site that I watch. They could be visible as far south as southern Illinois, but not as likely. Given a clear night, though, all of Minnesota should get a good show as well as the northern parts of other northern states.

Given how quiet our sun is right now, it might not be spectacular, but there should definitely be something to look at if you're in the right region.

Note that this is just a Forecast, and is not a sure thing. But this site has been pretty accurate in the past.

www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/NorthAmerica/20160802

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samuel
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Anybody in the north?
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xkcd Phone 4

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The SpaceX system carefully guides falling phones down to the surface, a process which the phones increasingly often survive without exploding.
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samuel
38 days ago
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Seedless, just another way corporations ensure we're always coming back.
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laza
38 days ago
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As someone from orthodox christian country, gregorian/julian calendar switch is killer feature :D
Belgrade, Serbia
wreichard
40 days ago
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I like the idea of letting Siri and Cortana shout it out each time a request is made. Competition leads to innovation.
Earth
kyounger
40 days ago
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12 headphone jacks 😂
Covarr
40 days ago
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I need a phone with fins to lower wind resistance, and a racing stripe I feel would be pretty sharp.
Moses Lake, WA
putnawa
40 days ago
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I need the onboard cloud feature immediately!
Seattle, WA, USA
jscartergilson
40 days ago
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Onboard Cloud!
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