Today I volunteered at the FIRST nationals and helped set the fields up. The Vex fields, anyway. We assembled two operator control practice fields, an autonomous practice field, and a miniature, Vex-sized version of this year's FRC field. Then I was asked to tape up the lines on the regular autonomous competition field. Let me elaborate. These are the lines that competeing robots will use light sensors and such to find and follow. If they aren't just right, half the robots won't function correctly.
It disturbs me deeply that instead of hiring a team of trained experts, or at least getting someone with one of those laser-guided ultra accurate rulers, they picked me. I was armed with the following:
- A broken tape measure. It started at the 3' mark.
- Stretchy tape. Seriously, that stuff will easily extend an extra inch or so if you pull it out straight.
- Thick tape. It was about 0.2' thinner then the official rules called for.
What disturbs me even more is that almost no-one else seemed to notice or care, unless a line was more then three inches off.
Ah, well. I did my best, anyway. It should be fine. But, um, ya'll do have fallback emergency routines in your code, right?
And a shout-out to Penguinator. I missed you man, sorry. Maybe tomorrow. You got my note, right?