May Caption Contest!

It's time to squeeze in a caption contest before the end of the month - and a quick reminder about this year's AVC!

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First off, a reminder that if you want to register a vehicle to compete in the SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition, today is the final day! Head over to the AVC website to register your bot, or to sign up for your free spectator ticket. The AVC is June 21st, 2014 at the Boulder Reservoir - hope you can join us!

Since we’ve only got a little over a week left in May, it’s time for a caption contest! The rules are the same as always, but here’s a refresher:

  • Leave your funniest clean caption in the comments section below. We reserve the right to delete captions that we deem inappropriate. We’re not too stingy, but try to keep it moderately PG-13.
  • Captions submitted any other way besides in the comment section will not be accepted! That means do not use the feedback form!
  • Captions will be accepted from the moment this post goes live until Friday, May 23rd at 10 a.m. Mountain Time.
  • A crack team of humor experts will pick the winner and we will announce it next week.

Here’s your photo:

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The winner receives $100 in SparkFun credit to build whatever their heart desires! Good luck!


Comments 387 comments

  • pursang360 / about 8 years ago / 14

    The new SparkFun Health Care Program turned out to be less desirable than we were lead to believe.

  • I don't understand why its so difficult; the Sparkfun document says its simple to solder a through hole header!!!

  • PatentExaminer / about 8 years ago / 11

    Hold still! Either I touch it up now, or you go back into the reflow oven.

  • Patrick113 / about 8 years ago / 9

    Just the tip?

    • AdamTolley / about 8 years ago / 3

      this. It likely wont win the contest, but it wins for me.

  • Funi / about 8 years ago / 7

    For thirty-four years, I have endeavored to be more "human"; to grow beyond my original programming. Still, I am unable to grasp such a basic concept as humor... This emotion chip may be the only answer. -Data, Star Trek Generations

    • Member #394180 / about 8 years ago / 1

      0 points for originality

      • EvilGenius121 / about 8 years ago / 1

        But 82 points for a Star Trek reference!!

        Now recite some poetry!

  • joesugar / about 8 years ago / 6

    Geppetto, I take it back! I don't want to be a real boy!

  • Echo / about 8 years ago / 6

    Fine-tuning the emotion chips in positronic brains is always touch and go.

  • Levi / about 8 years ago / 5

    Sparkfun's idea of trust-building team exercises.

  • Honus / about 8 years ago / 4

    Sparkfun is taking embedded electronics to a whole new level.

  • subbdue / about 8 years ago / 4

    I hate [redshirt](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redshirt_(character)) Wednesdays!

  • engunneer / about 8 years ago / 4

    The only thing better than a third hand is a second head.

  • DraperRobotics / about 8 years ago / 3

    "The ear bone's connected to the... microphone. The microphone's connected to the... bluetooth. The bluetooth's connected to the... internet feed. Now, why would doctors need 8 years of training to do this again?

  • Member #409290 / about 8 years ago / 3

    One more header and your brain will be Arduino shield compatible.

  • vintageVerb / about 8 years ago / 3

    Don't worry, I just finished soldering a "Simon Says" kit, I'm a professional.

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 3

    And you thought the Google new employee quiz was tough..!

  • Member #22010 / about 8 years ago / 3

    Good idea: plating through-holes on PCBs made at home. Bad idea: plating a piercing.

  • AustinSpafford / about 8 years ago / 3

    When done quickly enough you can tin a human without additional tools, but a third hand is recommended for beginners.

  • pauljhill / about 8 years ago / 2

    the sparkfun employee firmware upgrade was proceeding smoothly

  • Scrubb / about 8 years ago / 2

    Hair Club for Engineers

  • OddBot / about 8 years ago / 2

    It could be worse, Nick wanted to drill mounting holes.

  • OddBot / about 8 years ago / 2

    I said I wanted to do a "product showcase" video with Robert. I didn't mean I wanted to be a new product!

  • Barry2 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Dammit Jim, I'm an engineer, not a doctor.

  • "You know, I bet if we pose like this, we will be in the photo for the caption contest this month..."

  • qcard / about 8 years ago / 2

    Coming this Fall, from the makers of Surgeon Simulator 2013, comes the exciting Solder Simulator 2014!

  • engrstephens / about 8 years ago / 2

    Oops, looks like i got a solder blob on the facial expression circuit.

  • Jess2 / about 8 years ago / 2

    It took some doing, but we finally got Bob back to normal.

  • BigBadWolfe / about 8 years ago / 2

    At Sparkfun we aren;t really happy until we can attach an IC to something

  • Lansaw / about 8 years ago / 2

    Alright,alright!! You can have my lunch money!

  • Digisynth / about 8 years ago / 2

    ...and this is how Sparkfun developed their very own hearing aid!

  • Member #362693 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Sparkfun's version of ASIMO is so much more realistic.

  • themryan / about 8 years ago / 2

    Are you sure this is how Google's Glass technical support does it?

  • Gizmoguy / about 8 years ago / 2

    Interrogating a developer who refused to make his design open source

  • JHuber / about 8 years ago / 2

    Hold still or you'll let the magic smoke out!

  • Member #556370 / about 8 years ago / 2

    The guy in the back left seems oddly cool with obvious workplace intimidation.

  • This was one heck of a green wire fix.

  • Dan P. / about 8 years ago / 2

    Alan Thicke has nothing on this version of Chip

  • Member #556347 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Wait!! Help!! NO STOP!!! I AM NOT DATA...... And you are NOT Geordi!!!!

  • Member #482178 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Meanwhile, at the Six Million Dollar Man fan club...

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 2

    Hacking hearing aids 101

  • Anachronomer / about 8 years ago / 2

    Friends, hackers, lend me your ears!

  • prmullen / about 8 years ago / 2

    SparkFun: When wearables go bad ...

  • bdwyer / about 8 years ago / 2

    The only time it's ok for soldering to smell like burning hair.

  • Member #548477 / about 8 years ago * / 2

    "Trust me, dude - that Instructables tutorial on DIY brain surgery was totally legit!"

  • Member #136519 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Can you hear me now?

  • Member #537149 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Hold still, I can fix the damaged nanobot that was cleaning out your ear.

  • Member #25362 / about 7 years ago / 1

    "Add a pull-up resistor" she said... "It's never gonna work" she said... $%^&*

  • Member #543682 / about 8 years ago / 1

    You will never lose your eyeglasses again. drmrs 5/29/2014

  • CompuDrummer / about 8 years ago / 1

    One more solder point and you'll finally be able to access the internet with you're new Wi-Fi implant.

  • Member #427004 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Hold on. I've just about got it.

  • zipeto / about 8 years ago / 1

    I originally went to college to be a doctor, you can see that that didn't work out.

  • Blacklab1 / about 8 years ago / 1

    The only way to get rid of an earworm at Sparkfun.

  • Member #557714 / about 8 years ago / 1

    ... and making him shriek like a girl? Priceless!

  • JPaul / about 8 years ago / 1

    Path to be initiated into the cult of Sparkfun, step 3: Solder tattoo...

  • jerryki / about 8 years ago / 1

    Another example of a Solder Sucker

  • Member #465564 / about 8 years ago / 1

    "... you went through how many prototypes for your last build??"

  • h22 / about 8 years ago / 1

    After the amazing success of the NERFCS, Sparkfun is embarking on a bold new project to provide unprecedented customer tech support, right to your front door! Once we finish modifying out crack team of engineers with the latest tech, we will begin test flights.

  • h22 / about 8 years ago / 1

    SAW!......

    You're doing it wrong.......

  • TheModerGuy / about 8 years ago / 1

    we have the technology we can rebuild him

  • cborrero / about 8 years ago / 1

    No pain, No gain.... SparkFun motto

  • cborrero / about 8 years ago / 1

    Trust me, I can fix the frame of your glasses

  • schwal / about 8 years ago / 1

    Finally pushing your glasses back up your nose will be a thing of the past!

  • RFsynthesizer / about 8 years ago / 1

    After a routine core dump to spot memory damage from a cosmic ray event, it was discovered that one of the surface mount resistors was tombstoning.

  • Sneak85 / about 8 years ago / 1

    We have additional engineers if anyone needs a "stable" platform to solder on.

  • Nz / about 8 years ago / 1

    Implant the Sparkfun logo and he's done!

  • Robert3 / about 8 years ago / 1

    SparkFun employees developing "Soldering on the head" lessons. It is more expressive then "Hit on the head" lessons.

    But I came here for an arguement!?!?

  • Member #401698 / about 8 years ago / 1

    It is time for another. Sucessfull procedure. - medic, team fortress. Two.

  • Gblaze / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Hey wait this Android is a real live boy?!!"

  • Member #341578 / about 8 years ago / 1

    If the first thing you saw in this picture was a giant Hershey's kiss in the background you are probably addicted to chocolate.

  • TeenageEngineer / about 8 years ago / 1

    Before there was Data, there was...

    **only a real treky would know.

  • Member #480876 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Too much synergy thanks to our new Synergizer ... Now the engineer needs to be 'fixed'.

  • Member #36636 / about 8 years ago / 1

    In some states this procedure is still illegal and widely considered pornographic…solder me!

  • Funhough / about 8 years ago / 1

    The new wearable tattoo electronics demanded some sacrifice.

  • Melarky / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun chose employee branding over cumbersome non compete forms.

  • Member #557000 / about 8 years ago / 1

    So much for the bypassing the uncanny valley if I can't get this facial expression module working.

  • Member #81252 / about 8 years ago / 1

    I am not sure, but we might have misunderstood the term wearable electronics

  • Member #480667 / about 8 years ago / 1

    It's time to fix every thing odd.

  • Member #410034 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Ok, if you are not going to put your safety glasses on while soldering, I will solder your safety glasses on. Or, These are not Google glass please do not solder them to my brain stem!

  • slip / about 8 years ago / 1

    I've almost finished blue wiring the estrogen module in, Pat. Next - the sex change hack!

  • matthewdlaudato / about 8 years ago / 1

    Well, there was that fella last week, but I've had much less to drink today!

  • MicroClutter / about 8 years ago / 1

    Hold still Checkov while I remove this mechanical Ceti eel larvae from your ear!

  • MUNTER DELETE / about 8 years ago / 1

    ...... Step 5: Next solder a head. ......

    YeeOwwwww!...... this is what can happen children!!!!...... if noone proof reads the documentation!

    Remember kiddies.....ALWAYS proof read your documentation.

  • EvilGenius121 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Finally- the positronic brain will be completed! A sentient android!

  • asciirory / about 8 years ago / 1

    Maybe I should have taken his glasses off first to fix them...

  • madara_x64 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Captain America: The Solder Soldier

  • asciirory / about 8 years ago / 1

    ...this is going to be EXTREMELY PAINFUL, Mr. Verrill...

  • asciirory / about 8 years ago / 1

    The Sparkfun DIY Stephen King robot nears completion...

  • Drok / about 8 years ago / 1

    If I add a resistor here, he should stop screaming...

  • Trackdaddy / about 8 years ago / 1

    Warantee...........VOIDED!

  • Member #435690 / about 8 years ago / 1

    The new sparkfun board holder for soldering, it has a lot of new things that make it worth the money: it will (definitely) tell you if you put too much on the board, it will tell you if your soldering iron is too hot, and i load of other things.

  • Member #43839 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Safety glasses make trans-orbital frontal lobotomies impossible, so here at SFE we perform the more painful trans-aural lateral lobotomies on all our new interns.

  • Member #391621 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Introducing Spakfun's new make your own zombie kit !

  • Member #540546 / about 8 years ago / 1

    There is a label here directly behind your ear: DO NOT OPEN HOUSING; NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. However, if you can't open it you don't own it. I am going in.

  • techmau5 / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Fredo! I need a brain-enhancing microchip!"

    (reference to http://www.pidjin.net/2012/06/21/chip-n-date/)

  • GeneralPHY / about 8 years ago / 1

    Hold still, I'll smoke that earwig right out

  • GeneralPHY / about 8 years ago / 1

    Please note, there may be some temporary discomfort during the procedure

  • Those solder joints must be what's making you so stupid, let me touch them up......

  • cobra18t / about 8 years ago / 1

    That was the year that Larry stopped getting Christmas cards from Joe.

  • Want to measure brainwaves, but don't want to pay for the electrodes? Tune in to SparkFun Live for a lesson on how save money and attach a wire directly to your friend's skin.

  • polectron / about 8 years ago / 1

    Ouch! MAY ear!

  • Daniel_Vitor / about 8 years ago * / 1

    DAD! I told you to try to fix the sound card header, not solder them on my head!

  • jpvlsmv / about 8 years ago / 1

    Steve complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: 1. Steve may not cause harmful interference, and 2. Steve must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

  • greggler / about 8 years ago / 1

    oops, did you say you had 5v or 3v brain?

  • MrCS / about 8 years ago / 1

    The professional jewelers at Pearl Street Mall will repair your earrings in 3 minutes or your money back.

  • D0Cpr0ph3t / about 8 years ago * / 1

    Reversing the effects of New Product Friday: Acid

  • D0Cpr0ph3t / about 8 years ago / 1

    fix my head 'til I'm dead

  • Oscilloscope Man / about 8 years ago / 1

    Don't you ever touch my capacitors again!

  • Lion XL / about 8 years ago / 1

    Dr Noonian Soong's ancestor first attempt at a positronic brain, and it appears to be heading for an epic fail...

  • Member #375102 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Denver lice are tough!

  • Bob797 / about 8 years ago / 1

    When I bought it, I was told installation was quick and simple.

  • 172pilot / about 8 years ago / 1

    "I sure hope when I'm done with this project, I can find a red box big enough to ship it in.."

  • pauljhill / about 8 years ago / 1

    Nobody on staff looked forward to wearables Wednesday.

  • Dan60 / about 8 years ago / 1

    No, I am not a doctor, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

  • n0qbh / about 8 years ago / 1

    Welcome to the Westworld repair facilities. Your android will be ready momentarily. We promise he'll look happy again.

  • Member #480230 / about 8 years ago / 1

    How to fix a defective Sparkfun Employee

  • Member #374528 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Hey....from this angle, I can see you have a SD sniffer inserted into your camera! Are we broadcasting live on Hack A Day right now?

  • crkbbyx / about 8 years ago / 1

    Let me help you forget last night.

  • Member #71928 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Two esteemed scientists attempt to reverse engineer little Susie's pierced ears. v2.3.2315

  • ubuntuguru / about 8 years ago / 1

    Earing soldering 101

  • Member #126518 / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Let me remove that short for you"

  • New body modification technique proves much safer than the old wave-solder tattoo craze.

  • now... i want to hear no more complaints about losing your glasses, or i will weld them on!!

  • tpw / about 8 years ago / 1

    Despite advice from friends, Jay decided to try his hand at home-made implantable hearing aid technology.

  • happicow / about 8 years ago / 1

    We won't stop until we perfect the Bone Conduction Transducer for our through-hole Sparkfun Glass kit.

  • Member #510042 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Biomedical has really gone open sourced recently...

  • Member #470433 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Don't mind us, RAM upgrade.

  • Member #451649 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Stop! You should not put anything in your ear that is smaller than your elbow!

  • ccbundy / about 8 years ago / 1

    I didn't realize Sparkfun's Google Glass program was so ... painful.

  • nbfritz / about 8 years ago / 1

    "You're sure you don't want to take your glasses off first?" "Nah, it'll be fiiiiaaaaaaaaaargh!"

  • cjh08052 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Ofcourse I know what I'm doing, I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express...

  • cjh08052 / about 8 years ago / 1

    One little solder-jumper will change your whole facial expression!

  • HairlessBaboon / about 8 years ago * / 1

    Here at sparkfun, we developed a robotic labour force to simulate a human in every way. We were too successful. This one asked for a raise.

  • idget / about 8 years ago / 1

    We are glad to announce our rival to Google Glass. Here is a preview of its installation.

  • Member #451649 / about 8 years ago / 1

    The CIRCUIT BOARD you fool !!! I said " ... some solder left outta here!", not "Come solder Left Outer ear!"

  • Member #556449 / about 8 years ago / 1

    I didn't know male headers scream when you try to solder them!

  • RFsynthesizer / about 8 years ago * / 1

    After 3 DUI arrests, The Colorado DMV will be disabling Josh himself instead of his vehicle when he is drunk or stoned.

  • D0Cpr0ph3t / about 8 years ago / 1

    Fixing "stupid", one person at a time.

  • D0Cpr0ph3t / about 8 years ago / 1

    Getting "a head" in my solder techniques!

  • joe512754 / about 8 years ago / 1

    I said gray with a yellow face. Not yellow with gray face.

  • joe512754 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Day one for interns brand company logo behind ear.

  • Erik Kallen / about 8 years ago / 1

    New sparkfun product bionic lice!

  • Member #490770 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Unexpected hardware update.

  • So where did you go to school to learn how to do this?

    School? I didnt go to school i just watched a youtube video just a second ago and figured it cant be that hard.

  • BlueDog / about 8 years ago / 1

    Don't panic...we're ISO 9001 certified, and we routinely conduct internal audits of our mastoid processes.

  • googly_eyes / about 8 years ago / 1

    Are you sure this will makes the solder ROHS compliant?

  • lesto / about 8 years ago / 1

    installing the brand new Emotion Chip (*)

    • unwanted side effect may apply. We Will Not Be Responsible for Any Damages or Losses

  • Paul NZ / about 8 years ago / 1

    The instructors hot tip went to the student with his eyes open and ears wired to receive.

  • Support our kickstarter "Microtooth" -- An arduino dental crown module. Discover what you can do, while you chew.

  • Basile / about 8 years ago / 1

    I have this last resistor to solder and he will be back online in no-time!

  • Member #186828 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Dude, I think you forgot the pullup resistor.

  • Han_Sojoe / about 8 years ago / 1

    Chip is getting his final modifications for the sequel to Not Quite Human.

  • "Look! It's moving. It's sha — it's... it's alive. It's alive... It's alive, it's moving, it's alive! It's alive, it's alive, it's alive! It's ALIVE! Oh, in the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to BE God!" (from Frankenstein)

  • OddBot / about 8 years ago / 1

    While I'm at it, do you want bluetooth?

  • smakonin / about 8 years ago / 1

    Here, let me make you a pair of nice custom earrings.... this won't hurt a bit!

  • Brain-dead-bug-rewiring :D

  • OddBot / about 8 years ago / 1

    After watching "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D", the Engineers at Sparkfun decided to start their own deathlok program. However initial results were not promising.

  • OddBot / about 8 years ago / 1

    See it's just like getting a tattoo. Just a few hundred more spots and you'll definitely pass as a Trill at the next comic-con.

  • OddBot / about 8 years ago / 1

    Never, ever fall asleep at your desk around here. It's not the boss you need to worry about.

  • OddBot / about 8 years ago / 1

    I know it hurts more than normal but I broke my sonic screwdriver fixing the elevator.

  • OddBot / about 8 years ago / 1

    The health and safety officer commented that the workbenches should be higher. He was concerned about the number of reported back problems.

  • OddBot / about 8 years ago / 1

    This would be much easier with the flame thrower but I was out of napalm.

  • OddBot / about 8 years ago / 1

    Don't worry, I'm using lead free solder.

  • OddBot / about 8 years ago / 1

    Why can I smell bacon?

  • OddBot / about 8 years ago / 1

    Yes, I know it stings a bit but I guarantee that a cauterized ear piercing won't get infected and won't grow over.

  • This is not what I had in mind for a "brain trust"

  • MartinCU2010 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Getting the bugs out 0b1100101

  • Oh_Herro_ / about 8 years ago * / 1

    The intern. Robert. Dave. Nick. Pete. The Hound. All men must solder.

  • Member #444914 / about 8 years ago / 1

    I don't see what the big deal is, I'm just a guy in the background, wearing a yellow shirt.

  • kennethlimcp / about 8 years ago / 1

    Our skills are never restricted to what we are good at, but everywhere which needs us :)

  • Amarender / about 8 years ago * / 1

    Adding Zener to keep him working for long hours :P

  • Nelson.r.o / about 8 years ago / 1

    Demonstration of a T-1000 field repairing another

  • rwizard / about 8 years ago / 1

    I'm going to prove ear wax is an environmentally friendly alternative to flux if you'll just hold still !

  • SparksLikeaG6 / about 8 years ago / 1

    You might want to spend a little bit extra on that next tattoo, there are good places to go and there are.... well....

  • Member #475836 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Oh your glasses broke? Let me fix that for you!

  • i_am_not_me / about 8 years ago / 1

    This would have gone quicker if you hadn't demanded I use lead-free solder!

  • Trackdaddy / about 8 years ago / 1

    Compatible? No you idiot, that's what the solder's for!

  • Trackdaddy / about 8 years ago / 1

    Dude, it's Friday night and neither of us has a date. It's either this or or wrap your head in bubble wrap and hit it with a stick.

  • Lynnco / about 8 years ago / 1

    You can't trust the new guy - I told him not to activate this robot before I got the ear attached!

  • Trackdaddy / about 8 years ago / 1

    Can you hear me now?...Can you hear me now?...Can you hear me now?

  • R_Phoenix / about 8 years ago / 1

    I TOLD YOU, I DON'T NEED HAIR EXTENSIONS!!!

  • Ted M / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Resistance is futile. You will be assimulated"

  • zaphol / about 8 years ago / 1

    Frozen in agony after mistakenly reading free shipping was canceled, the SparkFun SuperFan was sent back to to the factory to get refurbished.

  • KnightsTour / about 8 years ago / 1

    Dx - ear wax buildup, Rx: Ear wax removed by lost wax method

  • sem / about 8 years ago / 1

    We can rebuild him. We have the technology.

  • lpgatlin42 / about 8 years ago / 1

    how to get a geeky tattoo.

  • lpgatlin42 / about 8 years ago / 1

    DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

  • Member #373803 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Hold still, this new optical augmentation module will change the way you see... or don't see.

  • lpgatlin42 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Our next tutorial: A DIY to soldering up you're own ear piercings.

  • Kash / about 8 years ago / 1

    These robots don't come cheap you know

  • Ezman / about 8 years ago / 1

    In these situations, it's essential to use soldering flux to ensure a clean joint and maximum heat transfer.

  • Robdrech / about 8 years ago / 1

    Obamacare - Phase 2. Privatizing - Sparkfun employees take a stab at Neurology.

  • doofenshmirtz / about 8 years ago / 1

    Welcome to a brand new Friday product post. Today we will demonstrate the new state of the art Sparkfun DIY Operation kit. One human, a little solder equals tons of fun. Check it out.

  • Sn0MaN / about 8 years ago / 1

    Are you sure this is going to keep my glasses from falling off?!

  • Member #556550 / about 8 years ago / 1

    The NEXT generation of ARDuino... say hello to TARDuino !!!

  • N314 / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Now can someone please tell me what is wrong with this picture?" (Pause) "Ummm... He's not using flux."

  • Ben Rothschild / about 8 years ago / 1

    Our autonomous vehicle may not be ready for the June 21st competition

  • DraperRobotics / about 8 years ago / 1

    Man. Dr. Frankenstein had it so rough with all that pre-historic lab equipment. Glad Sparkfun was invented since then. Now if only that high-voltage shock-box kit I ordered would just get here...

  • chienline / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Wait a second, I can see your hair is not in good connection. Relax. I've joined SparkFun for 20 years and I'm good in soldering."

  • DraperRobotics / about 8 years ago / 1

    Data, Data, Data... First of all, it is not considered an automated robot when its robot controller is considered sentient. Secondly, I TOLD you what would happen if you tried to race that Sparkfun crew from Bouldarius 6 in that Intersolar AVC competition. Maybe this pressure chip will help...

  • Member #546625 / about 8 years ago / 1

    ...must remember to heat the ear first, then apply the solder...

  • Member #529648 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Oh my... I think I've found a cold joint.

  • Member #122062 / about 8 years ago / 1

    I knew it was a bad idea to buy a GM robot!

  • dkadish / about 8 years ago / 1

    Uhoh, I think I shorted a connection on that last solder point!

  • jhjh / about 8 years ago / 1

    Barry really should have opted for the solder-less hair extensions

  • RFsynthesizer / about 8 years ago / 1

    I may need to switch to a bigger tip, your head is too much of a heat-sink.

  • ftrocchi / about 8 years ago / 1

    Looks like we have a bad solder joint. We said $75 for shipping but got $60.

  • RodIOT / about 8 years ago / 1

    CALM DOWN!!! A bit of high voltage on the reset pin never hurt anyone!!....

  • RodIOT / about 8 years ago / 1

    Well That! wasn't the reset pin.... I'll try this pin..

  • Ardumaniac / about 8 years ago / 1

    All we need now is a bit of lightning and a hunchback sidekick.

  • Member #539340 / about 8 years ago / 1

    A small bead of solder should seal the gap where we installed the redboard.

  • Member #279477 / about 8 years ago * / 1

    Sparkfun's deep penetrating follicle solder is the only permanent cure for premature hair loss. Easy and nearly painless to apply. Side effects may include headaches while operating a microwave oven, and hallucinations if hair is combed in low humidity conditions. Consult a physician if hair ignites while receiving a TSA x-ray scan.

  • dave / about 8 years ago / 1

    Ah $%@... another lifted pad on the motor cortex!

  • ElegantElectrons / about 8 years ago / 1

    REAL hackers solder wearables while wearing them

  • ElegantElectrons / about 8 years ago / 1

    OW! This is not how you hack an implanted RFID

  • Right idea. Wrong tool. Should be using a Nut Driver

  • Member #427895 / about 8 years ago / 1

    SparkFun Employee's must be the brightest and most productive in order to survive their harsh working environment.Their solution, turn all employees into ANDROIDS by adding Quad Core Intel Chips directly on to their brains and hope for the best they don't take over with their superior minds

  • Member #214218 / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Stephen King gets a new plot idea installed."

  • Lansaw / about 8 years ago / 1

    There must be a better way to get rid of these head lice!

  • SamHorne / about 8 years ago / 1

    If Jesus healed an ear, I think I can at least solder one back on.

  • Member #480876 / about 8 years ago / 1

    I told this engineer not to go near that blond leggy woman. She said hi to him and now I will have to fix this neural network overload.

  • rocketdawg / about 8 years ago / 1

    Ok, I will just complete the installation of the new SparkFun "you will become irresistible to women" module. Hum, is it the blue wire or the red wire, well, given your track record, we shall soon know!

  • Member #480876 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Idiots guide to fixing your annoying intern.

  • Member #480876 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Robert: Hi and welcome to Sparkfun Electronics. Today we will show you how we brand our employees for corporate recognition. Our hairstyle management and branding practices are second to none. This makes us leaders and innovators of our field.

  • Jonathan T / about 8 years ago / 1

    Aaaaaaaaand now you'll never loose your glasses!

  • CrypticVapor / about 8 years ago / 1

    Hold still, I've almost got the neural-net processor integrated.

  • Member #480876 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Hold still otherwise I will have to solder your a$$.

  • Member #480876 / about 8 years ago / 1

    How to make a human in 10^10 easy steps

  • Eddie90 / about 8 years ago / 1

    This is not what I had in mind when you told me to come play Operation

  • Member #542064 / about 8 years ago / 1

    ELECTRONICS: It's not brain surgery!

  • Colecago / about 8 years ago / 1

    When used correctly, RoHS solder presents less of a health hazard than leaded solder.

    This is not the correct use of RoHS solder.

  • Member #106479 / about 8 years ago / 1

    The goggles, they do nothing!

  • Colecago / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Okay! I believe you when you say lead-free solder requires higher temperatures!"

  • bbotany / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun's biohacker-in-residence at work.

  • bdahlem / about 8 years ago / 1

    Our entry for the AVC will be using bipedal locomotion, if our proof of concept checks out.

  • Member #17043 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Can you hear me now?

  • TeslaTrooper / about 8 years ago / 1

    Biiiiiipppp, you lose !!!

  • fogweaver / about 8 years ago / 1

    'That feels resinous and tastes bright.' 'Patience, I told you, just a couple more.' 'Furbelwect!' 'Oops.'

  • cSu7xFSE / about 8 years ago / 1

    Assembling the first open-source human

  • Lansaw / about 8 years ago / 1

    You lied!!!! You told me I could hear the ocean in this box!!

  • LED addict / about 8 years ago / 1

    Can you do me a favor and listen to this box for a minute?

  • We've really got rethink this corporate branding, things are getting out of hand...

  • Member #493756 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Ahh! What are you doing!?

    What!? I though you said you wanted your ears pierced!

  • birojow / about 8 years ago / 1

    No flux? Good luck.

  • Putting the blue smoke back inside the package.

  • Madboy #82637 / about 8 years ago / 1

    This will only hurt a lot.

  • LightManCA / about 8 years ago / 1

    Hold still we're just upgrading you from an Arduino to a Rasberry Pi. Aftwards we will be able to reprogram you simply by changing an SD card, instead of using that clunky ICSP programmer.

  • SgtJake / about 8 years ago / 1

    Hold very still, these SMDs are tricky to solder freehand!

  • Leif / about 8 years ago / 1

    quoated text The reworking will continue until morale(crossed out) performance improves

  • Hackberry Jake / about 8 years ago / 1

    YOU TOLD ME LEAD-FREE SOLDER WAS SAFE!!!

  • MicroLAN / about 8 years ago / 1

    Is this thing on?

  • Member #377629 / about 8 years ago / 1

    These new sound cards sure are squishy!

  • Member #377629 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Here at Sparkfun, we try to reuse and recycle everything! This large item from our parts bin will be used to upgrade a 4 head VCR player into a world's-first FIVE head VCR! Behold the brilliance....

  • Member #382396 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Could you hand me my sponge please?

  • Member #15009 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Solder boarding

  • 2BitBot / about 8 years ago / 1

    I know we promote DIY but lets leave colonoscopies to the professionals!

  • SquareOne / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sure...it stings for a second, but if you're going to pierce your ear, pierce it like a man.

  • Member #556435 / about 8 years ago / 1

    ... but... you said I'd become a 'Real Boy'

  • Member #126010 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun staffers prepare to offer their most advanced soldering class to date.

  • D_C / about 8 years ago / 1

    Every now and then his brain gets fried and I just have to resolder these joints.

  • D_C / about 8 years ago / 1

    A little more solder and I will have my own "human"oid robot!

  • EvanAlmighty / about 8 years ago / 1

    Note to cyborg user: DO NOT attempt solder rework on an active cerebral core!

  • Member #220272 / about 8 years ago / 1

    OOPS!

  • FlowerAskew / about 8 years ago / 1

    this is worse than the Heretic's Fork.

  • DaveM / about 8 years ago / 1

    Not the red wire! That will disconnect the speech fern gerbil logic texas. Nickle three paper hat smurf painter!

  • Member #330069 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Hold Still, you wouldn't want this to go on crooked

  • Member #349112 / about 8 years ago * / 1

     

  • Member #556417 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Despite years of practice, Tom just simply couldn't build a life-like robot.

  • Parizival / about 8 years ago / 1

    USASEF United Solderers Against Sparkfun Employee Frying

  • techmau5 / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Wait, we forgot the flux!"

  • BeerCannon / about 8 years ago / 1

    Jeff explores re-tinning as a cure for tinnitus.

  • JakeR / about 8 years ago / 1

    PRO TIP: The new brain stimulation kit should be assembled BEFORE wearing.

  • JohnathanN. / about 8 years ago / 1

    THIS IS SPARKFUN!!!!!!!!!

  • JohnathanN. / about 8 years ago / 1

    And this is why a steady hand is NECESSARY!!!

  • Member #189314 / about 8 years ago / 1

    If only Van Gogh knew you could reattach ears using a soldering iron, but then again modern medicine has advanced such a long way.

  • dksmall / about 8 years ago / 1

    Yes, the solder is lead-free. Why do you ask?

  • themryan / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun employees are dedicated to helping the customer any way they can.

  • Nathaniel D / about 8 years ago / 1

    Maker level: DIY cartilage piercing.

  • Member #15009 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Don't worry, I learned how to solder back in the sixities. The rule was: the bigger the blob the better the job.

  • kevins2012 / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Is it safe?"

  • Robert3 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun employees are just built different.

  • Busa / about 8 years ago / 1

    The first trial of the Arduino Ow took place this year at the Maker Fair. Reports are mixed.

  • Member #537769 / about 8 years ago / 1

    I know, I know... next time, we'll order the kit pre-assembled....

  • farzadb82 / about 8 years ago / 1

    The next generation of wearable devices are fully embedded

  • noworries / about 8 years ago / 1

    After a simple modification, he will never forget his safety glasses again!

  • "Hold still, I'm installing a JTAG header to do some debugging"

  • themryan / about 8 years ago / 1

    Working some kinks out of the Sparkfun bio-upgrade kit.

  • themryan / about 8 years ago / 1

    Don't get caught without your Sparkfun Third Hand.

  • BruceF / about 8 years ago / 1

    "You want augmented reality? I'll show you augmented reality."

  • Hold still and quit moaning....I have to make this connection or the video from the glasses can't get to the Raspi implant.....

  • boromir2482 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun: Your next desination for Biomedical Research

  • Yodaob1 / about 8 years ago / 1

    In this weeks SparkFun live we Learn how to build your own cochlear implant! you can Get the Build list hear......

  • jma89 / about 8 years ago / 1

    SparkBot: Surprisingly lifelike!

  • This new permanent Bluetooth ear bud is gonna be Sweet !!!

  • BrianDagobah / about 8 years ago / 1

    The mouth/eye control wire came loose.

  • THX1082 / about 8 years ago / 1

    How to install the new Brain-Computer Interface breakout board (BCIY2K).*

    *BCIY2K is designed for 5V brains. Please use level converter BOB-12009 for brains using 3.3 V signals or below.

  • Member #421778 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Mr. Roboto: Domo Arigato

  • janascii / about 8 years ago / 1

    Why didn't I read the agreement for Google Glass?

  • BrandonB / about 8 years ago / 1

    Gauging his ears with the 0.020" special blend

  • FiveFeet / about 8 years ago / 1

    It's just a little tattoo, ya big baby!

  • Grey Wolf / about 8 years ago / 1

    Hacking Google Glass is NOT brain surgery!

  • Felix24 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Whatever you do, don't make fun of his bad solder joints- he'll give you an earful right back.

  • let me think of one / about 8 years ago / 1

    Should your humanoid persist with obscure facial expressions, you can bridge jumper 1, located behind the left ear, to restore it to factory settings. Don't forget to back up its memories, as all data will be lost.

  • Member #519484 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Just a little bit of solder and you should be as good as new..

  • Member #394180 / about 8 years ago / 1

    The lawsuits from Fluke (yellow & black meter case), Microsoft (max Power Point chargers) and the ASPCA (dogs confined in an industrial setting) not being enough to keep them employed, the Sparkfun Legal Staff stages a totally contrived photoshoot after which they post the pictures in junior high shop classrooms.

  • MartinCU2010 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Debugging 0b1100101 (101)

  • Member #436136 / about 8 years ago / 1

    SparkFun expands the factory tour to include a soldering demo.

  • Blueblast88 / about 8 years ago / 1

    The Maker Faire Infirmary.

  • Member #470975 / about 8 years ago / 1

    When Soldering Competitions get out of control...

  • Gokbora / about 8 years ago / 1

    Now where did that white smoke come from?

  • hbp / about 8 years ago / 1

    Google engineers begin prototyping google glass implants.

  • Stuxn8 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Klaatu barada nikto

  • Svartalf / about 8 years ago / 1

    When I said I was "wired", this wasn't QUITE what I had in mind...

  • andy4us / about 8 years ago / 1

    Soldering the back to an earing to make sure it doesn't fall off is an effective, but extreme measure.

  • coyotetom / about 8 years ago / 1

    The TSA finally found a more invasive method of screening travelers: in ear monitoring.

  • D0Cpr0ph3t / about 8 years ago / 1

    Heeet Mon!! We need more heeeet mon!!

  • D0Cpr0ph3t / about 8 years ago / 1

    New SparkFun service: On site eyeglass repair!

  • D0Cpr0ph3t / about 8 years ago / 1

    New Product Friday: Human

  • MechaTweak / about 8 years ago / 1

    New Product: Cerebral overclock kit...Some soldering required.

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago * / 1

    Who said you can't teach an old Tech new tricks?

  • kpFerg / about 8 years ago / 1

    Hold still, it will only hurt for a few weeks...

  • SlyVixsky / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Trust me, I had it done, and haven't lost my glasses once since then!" "Well, if you're surrREAAAhhhhhh...."

  • cholq / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun tried to emulate Googles successful employee retention strategy by offering certain perks, such as free on-site haircuts, but they just never seemed to catch on with the staff.

  • getaholdofdave / about 8 years ago / 1

    ... Why did they use have to use 0402 and not 0603? Always have the hardest time with these suckers...

  • IrritableGourmet / about 8 years ago / 1

    While the PCB layout was immaculate, Harry's robo-husband still left something to be desired.

  • Member #234024 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Next time, take the implant off before you get in the shower.

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    The only option for many of us born with tin ear syndrome

  • biojerm / about 8 years ago / 1

    Please hold still, you might feel a little pinch...

  • Member #504681 / about 8 years ago / 1

    The project will be easy they said...

    Solder: $10 Soldering iron: $50 Electricity: $0.10

    'Accidentally' getting 360 degree solder on your skin: priceless.

  • joesugar / about 8 years ago / 1

    We can rebuild him. We have the technology....

  • FiveFeet / about 8 years ago / 1

    C’mon, it’s Saturday night and we don’t have dates – what else would we do?

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    How many technicians does it take to change a light bulb? Some questions are better left alone.

  • WKUACE / about 8 years ago / 1

    Our future robot overlords were clever. They sent back several advanced Androids, creating a larger interest in STEM to ensure their survival. Too bad manager robots forced them send out early beta test units!

  • joesugar / about 8 years ago * / 1

    Don't be such a baby. If you'd stop picking at your ear we wouldn't have this problem.

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    Why pounding code is a better career option at Sparkfun.

  • E=somethingOrOther / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Stop your crying: 'tis but a scratch!*"

    *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdSLP-qz_fw

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    A steady hand, and a cold heart. Professionals tackle the tough problems.

  • prmullen / about 8 years ago / 1

    Bob the Tech: "Don't worry Dan, I'm only going to stick it in a little way..." [OK, I give up for the day]

  • Member #511089 / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Third Hand..TOL-09317..$9.95...IN STOCK DAMMIT...IN STOCK! "

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    Working here is fun, once you wrap your head around the basics.

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    Hold still - this won't hurt a bit. You might feel a little sting...

  • The_Tyler / about 8 years ago / 1

    Early male pattern baldness? We got you covered.

  • Member #306393 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Dr. Frankenstein. The original Lifehacker.

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    After the first couple you hardly notice the student's screaming

  • No, no, that's the vision section. I said I wanted a deeper voice.

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    The OSHA Inspector enjoys his annual visits to Sparkfun.

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    Another silly idea from that Nick Poole?

  • prmullen / about 8 years ago / 1

    Bob the Tech can be seen here repairing a bad short in one of the new "SparkBorg Wearables" implants...ZZAAPPP !!

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    All Sparkfun projects are fun, this one is a little hair raising!

  • prmullen / about 8 years ago / 1

    SparkBorg Personal Electronics: Resistence Is Futile !!

  • Empty Jay / about 8 years ago / 1

    One more solder joint and he'll look just like Arnold...

  • Member #523556 / about 8 years ago / 1

    That's the "Disable Insanity" header bridged...

  • prmullen / about 8 years ago / 1

    Warning: The new "Burning Man Wearables" neural-net memory augmentation chips require a skilled technician for proper installation !

  • Thetinkerer / about 8 years ago / 1

    I hope that's lead free solder, you wouldn't want him to get lead poisoning now would you :)

  • Member #25059 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Who knew that the personal sacrifice involved with the new "wearable electronics" trend would be so extreme?

  • Ogre / about 8 years ago / 1

    I guess I've finally discovered the soldering points for "Full-Excite Mode" on humans

  • DanJAB / about 8 years ago / 1

    The new resident piercing specialist could only work with the tools to hand.

  • prmullen / about 8 years ago / 1

    Bob the Tech Manager is seen here installing the new "Burning Man Wearables" Arduino board into Dan the QA Tech...

  • dorght / about 8 years ago / 1

    Suddenly the realization strikes, sitting there right in front of him is their sole spool of lead free solder.

  • l0gikG8 / about 8 years ago / 1

    I don’t know how you keep attaching yourself to tables but this is the last time I help get you unstuck.

  • prmullen / about 8 years ago / 1

    Bob the Tech: Call me a "near-sighted old fool" will you ??!!

  • denbo68 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Told you not to play with the new Sparkfun Borg implants.

  • prmullen / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sparkinator Robot: Soldering skills required for assembly...[OK, I know this is lame !]

  • Member #113792 / about 8 years ago / 1

    He really should have disconnected the power before he started overclocking

  • prmullen / about 8 years ago / 1

    MIT Tech Review: Embedded microcontrollers now finding their way into new "Personal Applications"...Ouch !

  • tycen / about 8 years ago / 1

    I don't understand what's wrong...this totally worked on Star Trek...maybe a little more solder here...

  • prmullen / about 8 years ago / 1

    Warning: Installation of the new Google Glass clone, "SparkGlass", requires a certified SparkFun technician [Don't do this at home !]...

  • ME heat o nator / about 8 years ago / 1

    once you hack the cochlear implant, the memory is easily accessed and modified...

  • Member #2129 / about 8 years ago * / 1

    Spock Hurry up it hurts! Mr Chekov please keep your emotions on hold while I wick this Ceti eel out of your ear with the flux!!!

  • Levi / about 8 years ago / 1

    We recommend you take the hearing-aid OUT of the ear before attempting repairs.

  • Member #482906 / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Hold your thermally-massive head still! This would've gone a lot faster if you'd have let me preheat..."

  • johnjulian / about 8 years ago / 1

    Once I'm done tinning, you'll never have to worry about a hair out of place again....

  • Member #74840 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Hold still. Now, you might feel a little pressure.

  • prmullen / about 8 years ago / 1

    The SparkFun approach to hearing aid repair...Argh !

  • Just hold still, we'll have that pesky earwax out in a jiffy.

  • The_Voidistition / about 8 years ago / 1

    I spelled it wrong, we are going to have to do it again from the beginning...

  • User Name / about 8 years ago / 1

    Join us for the Engineering Self-Defense workshop after AVC!

  • Whysitsmoking / about 8 years ago / 1

    Much to Bill's surprise and displeasure, John discovered that ear wax could be used in place of desoldering braid.

  • bhoskinson / about 8 years ago / 1

    Before there was Commander Data there was...Private Bits the Sparkfun automaton!

  • TGWMS / about 8 years ago / 1

    Skynet preset his switch to "read-only" when sent out alone, but you can set him to "learn" so he's not such a dork all the time.

  • listsp / about 8 years ago / 1

    Repairing my Androids optics..nothing to see here.

  • DrT_Unsweet / about 8 years ago / 1

    UGH! This QFN pinna chip is mother to solder. Should have gotten the SOIC package. Maybe SparkFun has a dev board...

  • Whysitsmoking / about 8 years ago / 1

    The latest Geek fad: Solder jewelry.

  • quidproquo / about 8 years ago / 0

    To learn to solder, you must become one with the solder.

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