Mascots are wonderful for upping spirit and bringing excitement to events, but there are some things I would like to share with you.
At robotics world championships this year, some of you made me very uncomfortable. I had mascots refuse to let me pass without a hug and who toucked me without permission. I had a few very bad mascots who groped me. The anonymity that comes with the mascot head or mask also comes with a responsibility. You are representing your team. You need to ask permission to hug people (and that can be nonverbal). You need to represent your team positively. You need to understand that not everyone appreciates mascot interaction.
Keep bringing the spirit, just keep in mind that respect is still necessary.
It would be helpful for team members to bring this up to mascots and to mentors. Let’s keep gracious professionalism going.
So I’m watching battlebots [shivers] and I just wanna throw them an extensive email explaining that there are /kids/ doing this much AND BETTER on FRC teams. Like, this isn’t revolutionary. If they televised FRC, there would be sooo much more intense competition I swear. Ya feel? They should talk about that fr fr.
Phillip at suffield shakedown!Everyone was so excited to meet her! ^_^
SO many people took pictures of phillip today and I thought I’d be cool to have hashtag for her! So if you have met phillip and your’re posting pictures of her anywhere make sure to use the hashtag #OMGphillipthehedgehog
There was a substantial population of anti-war activists in the country. “American Firsters” and other non-interventionist groups were well-organized. Then there was the German American Bund. They were all over the place, heavily financed and effective in spewing their propaganda of hate; a fifth column of Americans following the Third Reich party line. They organized pseudo-military training camps such as ‘Camp Siegried’ in Yaphank, Long Island and held huge rallies in such places as Madison Square Garden in New York. Our irreverent treatment of their Feuhrer infuriated them. We were inundated with a torrent of raging hate mail and vicious, obscene telephone calls. The theme was “death to the Jews.” At first we were inclined to laugh off their threats, but then, people in the office reported seeing menacing-looking groups of strange men in front of the building on Forty Second Street and some of the employees were fearful of leaving the office for lunch. Finally, we reported the threats to the police department. The result was a police guard on regular shifts patrolling the halls and office.
No sooner than the men in blue arrived than the woman at the telephone switchboard signaled me excitedly. ‘There’s a man on the phone says he’s Mayor LaGuardia,’ she stammered, ‘He wants to speak to the editor of Captain America Comics.’
I was incredulous as I picked up the phone, but there was no mistaking the shrill voice. ‘You boys over there are doing a good job, ‘ the voice squeaked, ‘The City of New York will see that no harm will come to you.’
Joe Simon, in “The Comic Book Makers”, on why America First-ers hated to see a Nazi punched and how a Mayor protected Captain America
On May 20, 2017, STORM Robotics hosted its first annual FIRST Compass, an event where teams can give or watch presentations about different subjects in robotics. Representing LGBTQ+ of FIRST, Jaye and Sean presented this slide show to help teams in the MAR region and MAR itself learn how to be more inclusive to LGBTQ+ FIRST participants.
Since numerous teams seemed interested, LGBTQ+ of FIRST is sharing this presentation for all FIRSTers, especially those outside the MAR region and those who missed the event.
Every LGBTQ+ students deserves a welcoming and inclusive environment.
This is a rendition of 'Twas the night before Christmas someone on Chief Delphi made, and I think it would be a shame if you guys didn't get to see it!
‘Twas the night before Kickoff, when all 'cross the globe The teams were preparing for their brand-new workload. Each tool and supply was sorted and stocked, Ready for the moment the game manual’s unlocked.
The mentors were getting their last sleep for six weeks, No time to get rest once the robots need tweaks. So until that approaching final day of the season, There’s no time for naps! (At least within reason).
The students, however, were awake and a-buzz Squeezed the hint for more clues! Why? Just because! I’m sure there’s still time to unravel it’s secrets! And a game hint, after all, is CD’s greatest weakness.
And up north in New England, in the snowy Manchester, The FRC folks give the game one last minute tester. It turned into a romp, all the people were joking. Then suddenly, CRACK! Something impressive had broken!
Dave Lavery ran frantic, red herrings in hand. Dean looked around saying “Well that wasn’t planned.” Woodie Flowers stood pointing, “I think it was Blair!” But Blair had roller-bladed the heck outta there!
A broken down field, oh, the gasps and the fears! The sight of the ruin brought them all to tears. That’s when Frank, he stepped up, and went all MacGyver, He fixed the whole field with his sonic screwdriver!
“That’s good enough,” called Dean, “Lets have no more bad luck!” “Someone help me push this whole field onto the truck.” Together they heaved the crates one after the other, And swore they would never once speak of this blunder.
The group packed up the totes and went over the list, Ensured that no detail would ever be missed. In no time they finished the last work of the day, As Dean practiced the words of the speech he would say.
While I cannot speak for this greatest inventor, Here are some choice words that you should remember: You have a clean slate, in this twenty fourteen. Time to actually build that one simple machine.
But for now please relax, and get one good nights sleep. The road ahead is quite long, and the climb is quite steep. But regardless the challenge, I tell you now: Believe! There’s not a thing in this world you cannot achieve!
To the north and the south and the east and the west, Good luck to all teams, I wish you each the best! And until we all gather at the last competition, Happy kickoff to all, and to all a good season!
Isn’t it funny when people hate on Ariel because “she gave up on her entire world for a man” and praise Ursula as a strong, independent, feminist icon when:
the beginning of the movie establishes that Ariel’s fascination with the human world is way older than her love for Eric
she has an entire cave filled with trinkets from the human world, she loves it so much that she finds tableware fascinating!
you have an entire song segment about how she wants LEGS in order to do what humans do - run, dance, right before she meets Eric, really, it’s the most iconic song of the movie, how can you miss that
she saves Eric first
Eric never asks her to leave the sea, and she wanted to do it long before she met him. Ariel wants to be “rescued” from her homeland, and she finds the way how to do it herself, she doesn’t wait for Eric to come and save her
she gives up what others, not herself, consider her biggest asset - her voice, and she does it in order to live her own dream
she doesn’t give up her voice in exchange for Eric, she gives her voice in exchange for what will allow her to be where she wants to be
she is concerned that without her voice she won’t be able to talk to Eric a.k.a. know each other
kissing Eric/ making Eric fall in love with Ariel is Ursula’s condition
Eric likes mute Ariel not because of her looks, but because she’s quirky and lively and her excitement is contagious
honestly Eric was just the cherry on top, Ariel wanted the whole cake that the human world is
you’re never told how much time passed before they got married
Honestly Ursula is a cool villain and all, but there’s nothing feminist about
using a young and inexperienced girl in order to take vengeance on her father
taking advantage of a young girl’s crush in order to control her
sabotaging Ariel’s attempts by any means necessary
EDIT: telling Ariel that what she says doesn’t matter, only her pretty face
Ariel is that girl who fell in love with foreign lands and different cultures and wants to leave her hometown and explore the world, and as someone whose biggest dream was to become an archaeologist because she fell in love with Ancient history, I can completely relate to her, and that’s why she is my favourite princess. Ariel’s story isn’t about sacrificing everything for a man, it’s about growing up and following your dreams.
“Later in 2004, shortly after the ‘outing’ of Scheuer’s harsh criticism of America’s close alliance with Israel, Scheuer resigned from his position at the CIA.“
“In February 2009, Scheuer reported that, as a consequence of his statements about US foreign policy towards Israel, he had been fired from his position as a senior fellow of The Jamestown Foundation by Jamestown’s president.“
In Marching Toward Hell, Scheuer laments “the war in Iraq that was instigated by U.S. citizen Israel-firsters and their evangelical Christian allies”.
Your robot is important.
You are more important.
•wear safety glasses
•keep your shoes tied
•tuck the sweatshirt strings in to your sweatshirt
•take deep breaths
•drink water (preferably not near the robot)
•keep your hair tied back
That’s all, have a safe 2015 season!
Signal boost the heck out of this to your fellow FIRSTers.
We’ll be doing a tumblr meetup at 12:30 on Thursday of Championship - on the 2nd level of the convention center (Last year, it was by the Chairman’s presentation rooms, and that seemed to work out.)
Basically, from where the pits let out, go up the big staircase that’s right there, and you’ve arrived! If someone wants to make a little sign or something that’s cool, but TBH I can’t drag it around all day because I’m all over the place.
I am hoping to be on my Segway if I can get it down there, so I should be a pretty easy target.
(Speaking of, any NJ/PA area teams taking a bus down that want to do me a huuuuuuuge favor? Love you forever. Message me on libbykamen.tumblr.com)
I’ve come to certain conclusions concerning FIRST.
I’ve only been on Team 308 since Logomotion in 2011. I had just missed the year that we went to Nationals (or Championships, as some refer to it. It’s an age/regional thing) and quite frankly, I had definitely fallen for FIRST.
Not only was it the best thing I had ever been a part of, but it was something that I knew was an important part of my life. It had changed my life. But that season, did I know why?
I think, unfortunately, that most of us FIRSTers forget what FIRST is really all about.
I know kick off is in like not even two days and it’s really exciting but at the same time I’m honestly terrified about it.
Okay maybe terrified is an exaggeration but I’m still scared.
A lot of our main students graduated team, our programs gone, main builders gone, both drivers gone. It going to be a lot different without them but I guess this happens to every team.
I’m going to try my hardest to step up the best that I can but there is only so much I can do. I already have a full plate and to add more sounds crazy but I’m going to do it anyways because I must.
I’m scared that we won’t have people set up to help fill the jobs that needed to be filled.
I try to think of the positives, like how we got a lot of great new students, or the fact that we got a practice field to work in with a bunch of incredible teams, or that we’re getting the grants that we need to help run our team.
I guess it’s just hard sometimes to think of positive things when the negative things are all around you.
Maybe I am just getting worried about nothing but I can’t help it, I just love my team so much.
And I want this year to be fantastic for everyone.