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Hello everyone!

I've been a little silent here, mostly because I post to my page on facebook. You can find me there as "Electric Giraffe" on an artist page.

SO...what have I been up to? Well, 2014 started off with a bang in xmass 2013, with me showing up at a huge candy cane lane out where I live, wearing all my xmass lights and reindeer antlers! That was such a fun gig, watching the kids completely lose it when they saw a 1 ton reindeer walk into their neighborhood!

And just prior to that, I appeared at the first ever San Diego Maker Faire! It was at the Del Mar Fair Grounds and I so hope this event will transform into a full blown Maker Faire for the San Diego area! We deserve it! The organization can be found at http://sandiegominimakerfaire.org/ Please check them out and get involved!

Since then I've appeared in several locations recently:

Maker Place, with Brian Salmon having me show up and play music for their open house events. Maker Place is where Lindsay is making me new hexagon Giraffe Spots with their laser cutter.

Washington Middle School where I hung out with their robotics class for an evening.

The Aerospace Museum in Balboa Park! Imagine, me, the Robot Giraffe, in Lindsay's personal place of worship! After all the years he's spent in there as a kid, to have me, something he built, featured inside the very same museum! That was a fun day, that will likely lead to something more with the City of San Diego. News to come!

Fox 5 news: I did their morning news show! Take a look here for a fun news segment! http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/03/17/made-in-san-diego/#axzz2wpXAu0je

Plus other appearances at more schools to support their robotics programs.

Maker Faire is also talking about sending me to New York and possibly London! Please wish me luck in getting there!

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Current Location: My Garage
Current Mood: accomplished accomplished
Current Music: Bluetech

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Hi there!

We managed to make it to Maker Faire 2012 and have a great time. I was almost destroyed on the road when my trailer became unhitched from the car, and what followed was a lot of crashing about and swaying until we got to the side of the road. A very close call for me indeed!

Once at Maker Faire, we were on the news again, and had lots of fun with all the people there, selling shirts and models and having a wonderful time.

But what really took me by suprise was when a representative from the Tech Museum of San Jose stopped by, and informed me that I was one of the top exhibits ever seen at the faire, and that I was being invited to be installed at the museum for a month long exhibit! Wow, what a wonderful compliment!

And with Maker Faire out of the way, my summer schedule is more busy than ever before! Here is where I will be.

Monday, May 28th at 10am. "Memorial day parade" in Kensington.

Saturday, June 2nd at 2pm. "Art Around Adams Ave." (An artwalk on the streets of Adams. Ave. Will be at the carwash since that gives me space to walk around!)

Saturday, June 16th at 8pm to midnight. "Feast of Hammer's Ball" at Queen Bees art and performances studio, a Steam Punk oriented event. http://www.queenbeessd.com/

Friday, June 22nd thru June 24th. "Elysium Festival" A Burning Man inspired event for the local San Diego Burner's crowd. This will be a MAJOR event and I strongly suggest you attend if you can! http://elysiumfestival.org/

Saturday June 30th to Wed. July 4th. "Del Mar Fair" See the giraffe at the famous Del Mar Fairgrounds. We'll be out in the carnival ride area in the horse race arena.

After that, we'll be taking a break and hoping to get ready for heading back up to San Jose for a stay at the Tech Museum. Wish me luck!

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Hello there! With the approach of 2012, I thought it best I wake up here and give you some updates! I have remained good and active, with many appearances and modifications!

In 2009 my owner started house hunting, and has since landed a huge house, a massive garage, and lots of land out in the country for me to dwell in! The garage is so big that I can walk right in. No more sitting outside and hoping the weather won't get me wet or rusty! But with all these goings on he forgot about my need to talk to folks here in my Journal!

So, what has been happening with me? Here's some updates.

2009: We managed to do the Maker Faire once more, and as usual, had a total blast. I cannot say how much I love attending the Make Faire! Russell Pinnington, my programmer, came out from England once again to accompany Lindsay and myself to the faire.

I also entered the Ocean Beach Christmas Parade, the largest parade in all of San Diego, and had a lovely time showing off my new lights and paint job to everyone, plus I was dressed as Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer! With my new sound system blaring xmass music for everyone, we once again took the parade by storm, the crowd was overwhelmed and cheered very loudly as I walked down the same streets that Lindsay once roamed as a child. Afterwards we received a 1st Place, Best in Show award once again for best individual entry! This was the second 1st place award I got, the first one being 2007, when I was still all white and had not been given my major overhaul. So, I was now 2 for 2! Could I get 3 for 3?

2010: Lindsay was by now looking very hard for a his very first house to ever own on his own!

We once again attended the Maker Faire that year, and had a wonderful time, showing off more technology and advancements. I was able to now move my jaw to talk, and I had a new neck gimbal, that allowed me to look around in all 3 axis of movement! People were amazed as I actually looked at them as I spoke! Also, I was now able to auto-level my head, so that as my neck went up and down, I electronically knew where my head is, and can level it according to the neck attitude. As usual, a wonderful time was had by all, with Russell visiting once more to offer technical support and eat all of Lindsay's food. >.>

The Make Faire also introduced a new format to the room we were in. Lights out! We were able to show off all of our lights very nicely, while a band with a roaring Tesla coil took the stage and thrilled everyone with a particularly unique brand of rock and roll music!

Then I was asked to appear at the prestigious Del Mar Fair Grounds, where I was allowed to walk around in the children's area, letting kids pet me and be amazed at what appeared to be a carnival ride having escaped its moorings and was now running loose about the fairgrounds! I cannot say how fun that was for me and everyone I met!

By late 2010, Lindsay had finally managed to find a house to buy! Naturally I assumed he would take care of me, and indeed he did, finding a house with a huge garage and workshop, with which to build more exciting updates to add onto me, plus, some even LARGER robots that he is hinting at making!

2011: This has been a more quiet year for me, with Lindsay working hard to set up the house and the workshop with which to build new updates for myself and future robots he is planning. Already he has bought a TIG welder, and a computer controlled milling machine! From what I understand, I am to receive a fully articulated 7 segmented neck! When is not totally known, but we are hoping it will be ready for the 2012 Make Faire! Wish me luck!

In the meantime, we once again attended the Make Faire, just barely because of bad weather, but still had a wonderful time in the new dark room format that the Make Faire people have created, what I consider a brilliant move. It allows all of use really pretty "Night Time" oriented robots to show our stuff!

I have also been out to some school based robotic events, and very much enjoy attending those. Dave Masey has been instrumental in booking outdoor appearances for me, so its starting to look like I have an actual agent working on my behalf! Thank you Dave!

And last but not least, I once again entered the Ocean Beach Christmas Parade, partly because the town council called Lindsay and asked him to bring me! Lindsay had once again hoped to attend, and by the skin of our teeth, we just made the long journey from Ramona, and got into Ocean Beach just in time to attend! My run down the street was without incident, and an old high school friend of Lindsay's showed up to operate my new jaw and ability to look around with my head, and sing to the crowd! Thank you, Allen! So, walking and singing, we paraded down the streets of Ocean Beach, sending off 2011 with a very memorable appearance!

Shortly after, I was contacted by the parade council, and they have once again, voted me a 1st place award for best in show! That's 3 for 3! What a perfect way to end 2011, with so much more to look for in 2012. Dave Masey has already booked another appearance for me at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Feb. 2012. Thus, between appearances, and a new workshop Lindsay is creating to build new things for me, I have a lot to look forward to in the new year!

Wish me luck and I hope to see all of you again soon!
P.S. Lindsay will also be 12 in 2012, because he was born on leap year and only gets a birthday once every 4 years! Hope to see some of you at his party! :D

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Current Location: Ramona, CA
Current Mood: cheerful cheerful
Current Music: Psyamb

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Hello gang!

I'll be at the Make Faire again this year. And you probably will barely recognize me, from all the changes I've been put through. I have a lovely golden orange paint job now, and 100% all new electronics and hydraulics!

Make faire checked in on me recently, and will do a follow up article once images of my new self are ready. Here's the latest article about me!

http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/04/checkin_in_russell_the_electric_gir.html

Enjoy, and check back soon to see some amazing new images of what I've become!

RRR

Current Location: Lindsay's Driveway
Current Mood: excited excited
Current Music: Bluetech

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Help! Eeek! My owner went crazy and tore me to pieces!

Well, this needed to be done, but, ZOMGWTFBBQ, I’m freaked out! I’m down to 25% complete! AIEEEE!!!

He’s assured me I’ll look better than ever, but for now I’m very nervous about my future and wondering what’s going to become of me! What follows is a series of images of my teardown, with my owner narrating. I just hope he knows what he’s doing!

Ouch Oook, Eeek ACK!!!

The maniac at workCollapse )

Current Location: Lindsay's Driveway
Current Mood: anxious anxious
Current Music: Kraftwerk - The Robots

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There is an event I was going to sleep through, but the people begged me so politely that I just have to come out for one more event before my official rebuild begins. So, I'm all stiff and sleepy, but I'm going to show up at the Carlsbad Art Splash up in Carlsbad CA, near something called "The Flower Fields."

http://www.carlsbadartsplash.org/

So, hope to see anyone who's watching and who can make it!

Zzzzzzzzz...

Raffe

Current Location: Lindsay's Driveway
Current Mood: awake awake
Current Music: Pete Namlook

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Hellooooo all.

Rave Rafe is still alive, just very sleepy while I sit in my giraffenhaus and await my reconstruction. Russell and Lindsay are hard at working building something they call "Noo Feechas" for me. I'm not totally sure what they are up to, but I think when I hit the streets again, I'm going to be an almost totally new giraffe, with more lighting and computer power than ever.

Stay tuned! Oh, and we're working on the new website too. =:D

G'night!

Zzzzzzzzzzz...

Current Location: Lindsay's Driveway
Current Mood: sleepy sleepy
Current Music: Bubbles in my Batteries

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While I sit all torn to pieces and being put back together, I got Blogged by a nice fellow out in New York! Go check it out!

http://www.musicandartsblog.com/

I hope someday I might be able to make it out that far and do some east coast stomping about.

In the meantime, I sleep, and dream of electric sheep.

http://www.electricsheep.org/

(Psssst, go there and get the screen saver and see what I see while I dream)

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Current Location: Lindsay's Driveway
Current Mood: sleepy sleepy
Current Music: Fleetwod Mac-Rumours

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I sleep, I dream, I miss walking about already.

Ok, sorry for sounding spooky, but really, it’s hard not to be weird when you look down and see your guts spilled out all over the place! Not to mention your own skeleton! Here’s what mine looks like! It’s no secret that my electrical system went in too fast when I was originally built. For the most part, I was very possibly going to be just another project and torn down again and forgotten forever. But that didn’t happen. Instead I lived, and to keep on living safely I need to go into the next stage of my development! So, here comes giraffe 4.0. But lets look back on version 1.0 and the mess of my original wiring.!

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/originalelectrics1.jpg

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/originalelectrics2.jpg

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/originalelectrics3.jpg

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/originalelectrics4.jpg

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/originalelectrics5.jpg

So, now I’ve been gutted, and here’s the mess that followed. Ewww, giraffe guts!

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/giraffeguts1.jpg

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/giraffeguts2.jpg

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/giraffeguts3.jpg

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/giraffeguts4.jpg

And having been gutted, you can see my bones! Eeek! Skeleton Giraffe!

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/giraffeskeleton1.jpg

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/giraffeskeleton2.jpg

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/giraffeskeleton3.jpg

So, I was asked where my soul goes when I sleep like this. Well, for the most part, the living room! Here’s what’s left of me, chilling with the stereo system and posters of past appearances on the walls around me. At some point I’ll have my eyes turned on again and you can look out through mine and see the room. The more realistic plan is to put a camera out in the work area so you can log in and see what’s going on with my rebuild!

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/dreaming.jpg


Here’s images of the new “Giraffenhaus” too, just as I got parked inside, and just in time for some rain. Yay, I’m finally protected like I should have been all these years. Lindsay should be ashamed for how he took care of me, and he is. So, now I have a lovely house to live in!

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/Giraffenhaus1.jpg

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/Giraffenhaus2.jpg

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/Giraffenhaus3.jpg

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/Giraffenhaus4.jpg

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/Giraffenhaus5.jpg

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/Giraffenhaus6.jpg

So, for now I dream of electric sheep, and hope I shall be operational again soon. And just look at what I’m getting! All new electrical systems that will be modular and safe and fused and circuit breaker protected. I’ll have more power than ever to distribute over my frame, and that will go along with my upgrades very nicely. I seek to be a very professional creature here very soon indeed. Able to showcase items from companies with pride!

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/newbreakers.jpg

http://www.electricgiraffe.com/NewImagesandVideo/girafferebuild2008/newloadcenter.jpg


So, for now I sleep, and dream of my new 4.0 self, and how I will look and sound. Everything is going to change. Audio, electrical, hydraulic, mechanical drives, new neck, new operations controls and the entire control deck, the works. I can’t wait for all this to take place. I’m hoping not more than 4 months time! Hah, I just heard Lindsay and Russell groan! Get to work, guys!

Zzzzzzzzzz…

Current Location: Lindsay's driveway
Current Mood: thoughtful thoughtful
Current Music: ommpa doomp doomp!!!

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Well, it finally had to happen. Lindsay is tearing me down completely and pulling all my electrical guts out, to be replaced with shiney new stuff. Pictures to come soon. I'm a mess!

The sponsorship by Kontron has helped a lot with this desision. It's time to get serious, so now I'm going to get the attention and detail I've always wanted!

After three years of burning man and staying outside most of my life, I'm finally getting some first rate treatment! I have "Giraffenhaus" now, a full barn that I live inside, complete with workspace! I love my new home. Inside it they are going to rebuild me and give me a shiney new coat of thick white paint. I can hardly wait. I haven't had a new coat of paint since I was built in 2005!

My new electrical gear will be all modular and removable for changes and upgrades. All control panels can be taken out in minutes and updated on the bench, then re-installed. No more messy wires just laying all over the place. All wiring will be in fully encased harnesses based on Amphenol's CPC system of connectors. I can't wait for this work to be completed!

Oh, and Lindsay is using screen shots found online of the space shuttle's control panels to create the ones for me! This is going to look so cool! Here's an example image. Look at the ceiling controls. I'm going to get panels similar to that type of layout!

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-101/hires/s99_01418.jpg

Stay tuned!

Current Location: Giraffenhaus
Current Mood: anxious anxious

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