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DPRG: Contest and Practice Issues

Subject: DPRG: Contest and Practice Issues
From: Reynolds, T C (Craig), SITS tcreynolds at att.com
Date: Mon Aug 16 09:05:38 CDT 1999

I think killing birds with stones is not politically correct. I just came
out
of lurking to agree and add my comment. Thank You.
Craig Reynolds

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> From: 	James, Bill[SMTP:w-james2 at ti.com]
> Reply To: 	dprglist at dprg.org
> Sent: 	Monday, August 16, 1999 8:40 AM
> To: 	'dprglist at dprg.org'
> Subject: 	RE: DPRG: Contest and Practice Issues
> 
> Are you asking me? 
> 
> My opinions: 
> I would like to have the contest pushed to October so we could have at the
> Science Place, it would kill three birds with one stone. 
> 
> 1. Solve the problem of having to get permission to have the contest at
> the center. 
> 2. Give us more publicity by having it at the Science place. (Beerbot on
> TV :-) ) 
> 3. Give me one more month to get beerbot ready. 
> 
> As to having the normal meetings at the Science place, I think we should
> not move them around so much, it might get confusing. 
> 
> I would like to be a tour guide, but I am already helping out with Dallas
> Best competition and would be tied up with that and getting Beerbot ready.
> 
> Next ------ 
> 
> 
> Bill James 
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: James Vroman [ mailto:vroman at mail.airmail.net] 
> Sent: Monday, August 16, 1999 7:58 AM 
> To: dprglist at dprg.org 
> Subject: Re: DPRG: Contest and Practice Issues 
> 
> 
> I have a meeting tentatively scheduled for next Monday the 23rd. 
> 
> Can we push the contest a Month to see what happens?????? 
> 
> If given the opportunity would we consider holding some meetings at the 
> Science Place?????? 
>   
> Would we be willing to donate time to help act as tour guides on their 
> robotic display? 
> 
> 
> 
> David Philip Anderson wrote: 
> > 
> > Howdy 
> > 
> > Clay writes: 
> > 
> > > at the last meeting we asked Alan Sosby about this and the answer was
> no. 
> > >  He had repainted the floor himself and caught some flack for doing it
> 
> > 
> > Bummer! 
> > 
> > > Alan Sosby said that DPRG officers would need to meet with the
> president of 
> > > BPI to get permission to hold the contest there in September. 
> > <snip> 
> > > James Vroman mentioned that it might be possible to have the contest 
> > > at the Science Place.    James,  any news on this? 
> > 
> > Seems like there are two separate issues here: 
> > 
> > 1) Having a cool DPRG contest course (permanent or otherwise) that we
> can 
> > use for testing and evaluating during the year.  As JonWms wrote: 
> > 
> > > I'm working on an SX-based bot (using the 
> > > Parallax BoE-bot chassis, and I'd certainly like to test it before 
> > > embarassing myself publicly... 
> > 
> > as would we all! 
> > 
> > 2) Having a place to hold the upcoming contest. 
> > 
> > Looks like #1 will have to be on hold for a while.  Darn!  I thought
> this 
> > was a done deal.  Are we going to have to get special permission from
> BPI 
> > for each contest?  Perhaps advisory boards don't usually ask to bring a 
> > bunch of un-insured strangers into the city's facilities.  I wonder if
> there 
> > isn't there a warehouse or something downtown in need of a 501c
> occupant? 
> > 
> > Seems like #2 might be really nice at the Science Place if they are
> interested. 
> > I went by the Science Place last evening to see if they have a space
> that 
> > might meet our needs.  Mac Sudduth was not there but one of the exhibit 
> > personnel (Lynn Morris) took me around and we let the robot wander in
> the 
> > exhibit area for a bit.  Got lots of attention!  This seems like a
> natural. 
> > 
> > There is a space which Lynn said was not being used for the upcoming
> robot 
> > exhibit.  It is the room that currently has the two big parabolic
> reflectors 
> > ("whisper amplifiers") and the VandeGraf (sp?) Generator.  The room is
> about 
> > 36 feet by maybe 50 (couldn't tell exactly) and Lynn said it could be 
> > partitioned off from the foot traffic.  Plenty big enough for our
> carpet/walls 
> > and room for participants and contestants.  Might be pretty cool. 
> > 
> > I still have dreams of a permanent DPRG contest course somewhere that we
> can 
> > use year-round for testing, perhaps with a nice DPRG logo painted in the
> 
> > end-zone like professional sports!  Guess this will have to wait... 
> > 
> > cheers, 
> > dpa 
> 
> 

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