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Circuit Break Podcast #307

Sixth Annual MacroFab Star Wars Christmas Special - The Bad Hunch

Roz, Hyr0n, Stephen, Chris, and Parker discuss the latest in Star Wars media and tech.

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December 16, 2021, Episode #307

Six times! Y'all let us talk about Star Wars 6 years in a row! Roz, Hyr0n, Stephen, Chris, and Parker discuss the latest in Star Wars media and tech.
  • What has released since last year’s Star Wars podcast episode 255?
    • Star Wars Visions
    • Ending of Mandalorian Season 2
    • LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special
    • Bad Batch
    • Does Audible count?
      • Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy book 2 and 3 were this year
      • Star Wars: The High Republic
  • Upcoming releases you’re excited for?
    • The Book of Boba Fett
    • Ahsoka when it finally comes out
      • Mostly because it should have a live action version of Thrawn

Parker

  • StarWars Visions Ep 5: The Ninth Jedi asteroid grabbing trebuchet engineering exercise

Stephen

Hyr0n

  • Star Wars Visions episode 9: Akakiri
    • Praise/Rant
  • Lego Star Wars – Could you actually build…

Chris

  • Technology in Star Wars
  • What fictional technology do you think would make the most immediate impact on your life? How would you integrate it into your own work?
    • Anti-gravity, repulsors (floating stuff)
      • Vehicles are the obvious cool application
      • Manufacturing?
        • I worked in a foundry
        • The heat from the hot iron and the refractory sand constantly wore down the bearings in the conveyor system
        • If things could just float it would be amazing
    • Droids
      • How does anyone actually program these?
      • In The Mandalorian it seemed like it wasn’t a simple task to reprogram IG-11
      • Anakin “built” C3PO but did he really build it or assemble it?
      • In the series they say to “wipe the protocol droid’s memory” it seems like whatever the tech is it is easy to wipe memory but not easy to change programming
    • Hyperspace
      • Outside of exploration and colonization would this really make an immediate difference in day to day life
    • Power Density

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About the Hosts

Parker Dillmann
  Parker Dillmann

Parker is an Electrical Engineer with backgrounds in Embedded System Design and Digital Signal Processing. He got his start in 2005 by hacking Nintendo consoles into portable gaming units. The following year he designed and produced an Atari 2600 video mod to allow the Atari to display a crisp, RF fuzz free picture on newer TVs. Over a thousand Atari video mods where produced by Parker from 2006 to 2011 and the mod is still made by other enthusiasts in the Atari community.

In 2006, Parker enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin as a Petroleum Engineer. After realizing electronics was his passion he switched majors in 2007 to Electrical and Computer Engineering. Following his previous background in making the Atari 2600 video mod, Parker decided to take more board layout classes and circuit design classes. Other areas of study include robotics, microcontroller theory and design, FPGA development with VHDL and Verilog, and image and signal processing with DSPs. In 2010, Parker won a Ti sponsored Launchpad programming and design contest that was held by the IEEE CS chapter at the University. Parker graduated with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Spring of 2012.

In the Summer of 2012, Parker was hired on as an Electrical Engineer at Dynamic Perception to design and prototype new electronic products. Here, Parker learned about full product development cycles and honed his board layout skills. Seeing the difficulties in managing operations and FCC/CE compliance testing, Parker thought there had to be a better way for small electronic companies to get their product out in customer's hands.

Parker also runs the blog, longhornengineer.com, where he posts his personal projects, technical guides, and appnotes about board layout design and components.

Stephen Kraig
  Stephen Kraig

Stephen Kraig is a component engineer working in the aerospace industry. He has applied his electrical engineering knowledge in a variety of contexts previously, including oil and gas, contract manufacturing, audio electronic repair, and synthesizer design. A graduate of Texas A&M, Stephen has lived his adult life in the Houston, TX, and Denver, CO, areas.

Stephen has never said no to a project. From building guitar amps (starting when he was 17) to designing and building his own CNC table to fine-tuning the mineral composition of the water he uses to brew beer, he thrives on testing, experimentation, and problem-solving. Tune into the podcast to learn more about the wacky stuff Stephen gets up to.

Credits

Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro!

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