Does anyone have a Spike the Ultra Dinosaur?

Posted by JT , 9.25.2010 12:05 PM


I'm looking to borrow a remote for Spike the Ultra Dinosaur for a few hours.

So, with a wild look in my eye, last week I bought a Spike the Ultra Dinosaur from Savers (a local thrift store) for $7. It retails for $130-ish and is chock full of awesome electronics, motors, IR sensors, microcontroller, lights and other stuff. Here's a link: http://bit.ly/clFDQG

I first bought it so I could steal all the parts from it, but upon bringing it home, my kids _really_ want to play with it before I disassemble it. I got to thinking it'd be a fun project to reverse-engineer the infrared remote protocol and create a new remote from scratch (that I could control with a computer). I think it'd be fun to give small-brained Spike an IQ upgrade by hooking it up wirelessly to my computer.

Anyway, that's where I'm at a loss. I don't want to have to brute force the protocol, that could take a _really_ long time. I was hoping someone I know would have a Spike dinosaur and would loan me the remote for a few hours. I won't take it a part or anything :). I just need to read the infrared signal that it outputs when you push each of the buttons. I record the signal and that's that. You can have your remote back.

If you have a remote for Spike the Ultra Dinosaur and would be willing to indulge me, please let me know. I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks!

JT

Anyone wanna buy our awesome house?

Posted by Heather , 9.15.2010 11:47 PM

Hey family and friends,

A few weeks ago we became aware of a house for sale in Pleasant Grove that would be a really good fit for all of our family, including Nick. The catch is we'll be looking to sell our current, beloved house. Ugg.

We weren't really planning on moving anytime soon, and we may not for awhile if this situation doesn't work out... but we keep feeling like this is an opportunity we should pursue. We have had the feeling that if this was supposed to work out, things would fall into place. Through our experiences the past few years, we have learned to follow impressions, even if it doesn't make sense or seem logical/plausible. Even if things don't work out the way we think they should, the process teaches us things we couldn't learn in any other way. The home we are looking at would provide space for everyone in our family, including Nick (JT's brother) and future family members to grow and reach their maximum potential.

So we're looking into to selling our current home. We need to find a buyer, or at least be well into the process before we can make a competitive offer on the new house. With the current market, it seems like kind of a long shot, but similar to adoption, it only takes one person to choose you (or your home). It could take years, or days. So, we are just putting it out there... Our home is unofficially for sale. If you, or anyone you know is looking for a home to buy and appreciates awesomeness, please let us know.

Here is a quick synopsis of our lovely home:
Square Feet: about 2,200
Acres: .22

Main Floor: Master bedroom with new 3/4 bath (wheelchair accessible with dual shower heads--woot), 1 additional bedroom, 1 full bath, kitchen & living room
New hickory wood floors & tile
Cathedral ceilings & fireplace

Basement: living room (with hobby nook & fireplace), 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, laundry room (wired for a home Internet server)
New paint, new carpet in bedrooms

2 car garage
Nice big shed

Wheelchair lift to get to the main floor...which we may take with us if the potential buyer doesn't want/need it.

Fully fenced yard, mature trees, fully landscaped with automatic sprinklers

A couple of my favorite things about this house are the yard and location. It feels like you are living in the woods. Every window, even in the basement looks out on to trees or foliage. It's got a pond and a stream with fountains. Backyard parties definitely have a forest ambiance.

The neighbors and neighborhood are awesome. It is in a quiet, safe cul-de-sac off 1600 North in Orem. There are lots of kids to play with close by. We're within walking distance to the park, close to the freeway and within 10 minutes to just about any kind of shopping or the mountains. We really do love it here, and there's a good chance you know someone who would love it too. :)

We have been working with my brother who is a real estate agent and loan officer. It would be awesome if we could find a buyer on our own and have him help with the paperwork to help keep the price as low as possible and the realtor fees low. He has done a bunch of research and thinks the house is worth $215,000 ish.

So, there you have it. If you know of anyone who may be interested, feel free to give them our contact information. We're more than happy to talk to them and show the house.

Thanks!

Love the Zemps
ph: 801-592-2112










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