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I Wish I Were a 3D Mechanical CAD Hero
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3/28/2014   12 comments
Creating 3D models of switches, knobs, dials, meters, and panels is not as easy as it looks.
The Thought of 7 Billion Bananas Scares Me!
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3/27/2014   23 comments
Munching our way through 7 billion metaphorical bananas a day is quite possibly not the best way to take care of mother Earth.
A Hard Act to Follow
Max’s Cool Beans  
3/26/2014   7 comments
All of the ladies in the audience ended up crying (I had a speck of dust in my eye).
Free Hawaiian Baseball Caps at EE Live! 2014
Max’s Cool Beans  
3/25/2014   5 comments
The bottom line is that we don’t have a precision marching squad, but we do have a couple of hundred Hawaiian baseball caps.
Screw-Block Proto-Shield for Arduino Kickstarter Project Is Live!
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3/24/2014   11 comments
It was the enthusiasm of EETimes readers that prompted us to launch our Kickstarter project.
Time Is an Illusion – Lunchtime Doubly So
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3/24/2014   24 comments
Approximately 8,500 people have been born and 3,500 people have died since I started writing this column.
Mega-Cool FPGA-Powered Tracked Robot
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3/21/2014   6 comments
With an FPGA, you can perform a lot of different operations simultaneously in a massively parallel fashion.
Want to Join My 'Spouses of Cat-Lovers' Support Group?
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3/21/2014   6 comments
I wanted to scream "No! You don’t say!" I bit my tongue.
Creating Gender-Neutral Engineering Prose: Does Anyone Actually Care?
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3/20/2014   98 comments
If you see something like "An engineer should look after his tools," does this make you cringe inside?


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