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.
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!
Are you in the FIRST Robotics Competition? Do you want a fun place to meet and interact with other FIRSTers? Then you should join the FRC Discord! Its at discord.gg/frc I’m on as GCRose. See you there!!
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.