Hi! My name is Ben, and I’m exploring ways to upgrade my life in 30 day chunks. The plan is simple: I will choose something to do or learn for a 30 day time period, study the topic and dissect it, then share my findings and results. Please follow along and feel free to share your thoughts and let me know how you're upgrading your own life!

30 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Robocode- Day 30- A Finished Bot

I finally finished my bot, but it’s not as pretty as I’d initially hoped.  As I got deeper into Robocode, I started getting frustrated with the lack of resources that I previously thought existed.  Robocode has a long history, and I think that at this point the level has just gotten so advanced that people […]

14 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Robocode- Day 14- Robot Strategy

After spending time looking over sample robots and code for more advanced robots, I’ve familiarized myself with some basic tips and techniques that will allow me to create my own killer robot.  There are several well-known strategies that have been outlined at other sites that can help your robot reach an advanced level.   After playing […]

07 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Robocode- Day 7- Learning the Basics of Robot Programming

As usual, the first week or so into whatever experiment I’m doing consists of reading about a topic and trying to quickly jump in, experiment, and make mistakes. I’ve started with a free online book I found- Learning to Program with ROBOTS- JAVA, which is about learning to program robots in the Java language. Even […]

01 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

30 Days of Robocode- Robot Programming for Newbies

It’s a new month, I’ve taken a short break, and now I’m getting back to work on a new 30-day challenge. I may be further alienating myself and this blog by writing about something a very small percentage of people will care about, but in the end, this is about me and what I want […]

02 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Building a Robot Car- Day 30- What’s Next?

After 30 days of building this robot, I have completed a simple robot, experimented with control and sensors, learned a great deal about programming and electronics, and learned that you can achieve quite a lot in only 30 days! After doing these challenges for nearly a year now, building a robot has been the most […]

18 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Building a Robot Car- Day 18- Obstacle-Avoiding Robot

After my first couple weeks building up the robot and playing with individual sensors and pieces, I’ve completed a very basic obstacle-avoiding robot. With all of the resources available online, I’ve looked at many different codes and libraries, and pieced together some of my own codes to make the robot do different things. While I’ve […]

10 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Building a Robot Car- Day 10- Putting It All Together

Jumping into a new project like this, I never have a great idea about how much time things will take and I just have to do the best I can to set goals and achieve them. I thought that it would take me an entire month to put together this robot car, but I assembled […]

01 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

30 Days of Building a Robot Car – Day 1

After my Arduino experiment, I wanted to move into building robots, and I figured the robotic car would be a nice place to start.  Not feeling ambitious enough to start from scratch, I decided to order a robot kit online to play around with.  To complicate things a bit, my kit is all in Chinese, […]

18 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Arduino- Day 30- 3 Lessons to Push Through Setbacks

I remember getting our first family computer in the early ‘90s when I was growing up.  I used to sit with my dad, as he would spend hours figuring out how to make our computer do things.  This was a time before computers were so intuitive, and simple tasks required problem solving or a little […]

11 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Top 5 Beginner Arduino Projects

This has been a very fun and challenging 30 day experiment, as I’ve really tried to dive into programming and electronics with almost no prior knowledge or experience.  I’ve been playing around with many different projects and circuits and came up with a list of 5 places to begin.  Understanding the underlying electronics and sketches […]


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