Meet Bender, the insulting, cigar smoking, drunk robot from #Futurama​ in #Pumpkin Form! #Fox #happyhalloween2014


When you pass by, the LED flashes while he spits insults. LED flashes as he speaks. When no motion is detected, he is silent and the LED is doing an RGB sequence.

Mp3 Serial module, PIR sensor, Intel Galileo, Seeduino Grove Shield,and RGB led.

Programmed, carved, and decorated in 1 Hour with my team from work for company Halloween Party. Runs on Battery Pack inside pumpkin.

Made using SeeedStudio #Grove and Intel #Galileo #Intelmaker

Code will be posted on my website and such later this afternoon. Its cross compatible with all #Arduino – based boards.

Supported Wifi updates (since everything is INSIDE the pumpkin) and commands to remotely turn off functions (silence, volume control).

Android Ramdisks for the Practical Hacker

Feel free to grab my presentation from the Big Android BBQ 2014 Conference.


Stacy and Miguel from OnePlus

Stacy and Miguel from OnePlus


Finished BABBQ14 Hats!WIP BABBQ13 hats

This will install the true Spotify for Linux (no Wine!)

Just copy/paste these commands:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb stable non-free" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list'
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 94558F59
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install spotify-client-qt

You say this and I say that

Then What I think….

Stacy's App development




At first I was like: 
Then, I was like: “I dunno ’bout this…”
And finally…. WHATTT????!!!
“No guys?!”

Google I/O 2014

I have had the pleasure of going to Google I/O this year and it was a BLAST!

I got to

– Have drinks with the GDE group (courtesy of Linda)

– Eat dinner with Women Techmakers

– Learn Stuff and talk to the Core Android Team

– Go to Pandora After party

– Google Afterparty

– Learn more stuff

– Big Android BBQ Meet and Greet Afterparty

– Geek out with Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) on Headphones and Amplifiers

– Yahoo Afterparty

– very short stint at Dropbox Afterparty  (so very tired…)

Women's Techmaker's Dinner (Linda Lawton on the left - awesome GDE!)

Women’s Techmaker’s Dinner (Linda Lawton on the left – awesome GDE!)

GennyBoy needed coffee

GennyBoy needed coffee


Protestors... there were many of these...

Protestors… there were many of these…

Awesome Seats for the Presentation

Awesome Seats for the Presentation

I was edmacated

I was edmacated

IO at Night

The main IO afterparty - went to many of these.

The main IO afterparty – went to many of these.

British guy brings his own Tea Bags to IO and the IO afterparty - thought we were supposed to drink beer?

British guy brings his own Tea Bags to IO and the IO afterparty – thought we were supposed to drink beer?




Just hanging with some of the CyanogenMod team

Just hanging with some of the CyanogenMod team

Inside the Moscone - last Day

Inside the Moscone – last Day

The Big Android Meet and Greet party at IO

The Big Android Meet and Greet party at IO

A few weeks ago I was in San Antonio working with the fine folks at Intel and my husband Stev-O ( @swebceo ) working with our friend Randal Arnold ( @texrat ). 

ON SOHACKS (School’s Out hackathon)

This was the world largest school-aged hackathon 550 kids were in a 24-hour coding lock-in at the world headquarts of Rackspace (who were just plain wonderful hosts!).

Ironically, I was the only Android expert on hand at the event… so you can imagine that I was very BUSY!

These were some of the best and brightest kids I have ever met or worked with and that is saying something. I think the one that I was most technically impressed with was a team of kids actually wrote a WINDOWS 8/ WINDOWS 8.1 LIVE WALLPAPER API and APP. This is a VERY technical item and requires that you find the right hooks and then make a DLL. They were actually forcing new DirectX frame into the windows front end screen engine. Because of this implementation, whenever the screen would be taken over by games and such, the wallpaper would automatically shut down as that process was shut down. Brilliant!

Here is an article on some of what I did at SoHacks to help them out: 

Some of the highlights form the article:

“Stacy is realllllllly good at Android development”

There were certainly a few hardware projects, including a team that turned a LEDgoes array into a Tetris clone, but the majority of projects were software.  We didn’t get anyone trying Intel technology, unfortunately, and that was largely due to unfamiliarity– most students had project plans going in, it seemed.   Still, we did manage to contribute!  In Stacy’s own words:

I did the ideation and technical direction for the team with the Bluetooth spacial based alerts. I had them use the Bluetooth APIs to listen for the dB’s of the radios connected and then knowing their class 2 radio capabilities, derive the distances not by feet but by generalization. Android has a way to gather this data using APIs. You just have to know that Bluetooth is an active protocol even in its ultra low power mode and acts similarly to cellular in its roaming (esp the roaming mesh in LE).
Also, I worked with many of those in the winners circle (just not that number one project or the Echoes app). Usually,  it was fixing code or working with them on weird solutions to weird issues.


The official prize for EOM at Rackspace

The official prize for EOM at Rackspace

Helped these guys make a custom android keyboard that you could send copy messages through to through the internet.

Helped these guys make a custom android keyboard that you could send copy messages through to through the internet.

Lots of People Awards presentations

This is my contest entry (Stacy Wylie /Childofthehorn / DoesitPew?)  for the DVDLUP day tatoo contest. 

This is a Windows Phone 8 and Nokia development teaching day for getting started with different topics. Since I had already done a Windows phone app, I decided to get more into UNITY. 

This is just my fun play on “Makers gonna Make”. Break out the markers and make my own steampunk inspired phone.

Front perspective of DIY Tatoo

Front perspective of DIY Tatoo


1. Big Selfie/Conference camera  with rotatable “Gear” Lens zoom

2. Big Speaker for ear and speakerphone

3. Multifunction Trigger for use in specific apps

4. Pressbutton to be combined with Trigger 

5. Antique frame inspired bottom for easy finger grip


It combines 3 of the tatoos available into a single image!


Thanks Nokia and Windows and DVLUP for allowing me a little bit of fun.


I agree with the members of the Northwestern University Football team in organizing a Labor Union. I may not agree with the form being a Labor Union, but there are some key items to address with the NCAA and its practices since the 1950’s. DIVISION I sports like Football and Basketball have become insane money-makers and constitute a multi-billion dollar industry that is bigger in $$$ and participants than Professional sports here in the US. If this is the best way they have found to do it, I would be remiss to not support them in basic labor laws that even graduate students, student researchers, etc. are covered by.  

Northwestern is my alma-mater. Its is one of those rare DIV 1 schools where football, basketball, soccer, fencing, etc. players are NOT treated any differently (socially or financially). They live in normal dorms, eat at normal dining halls, work out, and go to class literally with everyone else (unlike many schools where they have a private dorm, facilities, etc.).

Northwestern is also rare in its guarantee of scholarship. You get injured playing a sport for NU, you keep your scholarship and we will do what we can to get you better. EVEN STANFORD DOES NOT DO THIS. I am unaware of any other DIV 1 school that does.

Yes, I had friends on the football team and I have even had conversations with Coach Fitz a number of times in my tenure (a wonderful person and coach by all accounts).

So, quite literally, they are doing this for everyone else. There are a bunch of football players in DIV 1 NCAA schools that are genuinely frightened as all they have is football. They are pushed through a system and can barely spell as they were brought in regardless of their academic achievement. DIV 1 Basketball and football are MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR SPORTS. There are state schools that COUNT on that money to keep tuition where it is (many California schools do this).

This is NOT about payment. The NCAA will undoubtedly claim that it is.
Its about simple guarantees that would happen even if you were an unpaid volunteer at a hospital.

Why is it that a Graduate student can get free tuition and guaranteed medical benefits and a student-athlete can’t?

To the money comment, what would be the real implication of $3k/year for incidentals? Its the money amount that is listed in their OWN costs estimates that are given to organizations like US News and World Report.

For your own information, some of the Marching Band members of certain schools receive stipends for being in the band. Marching Bands in DIV 1 demand 20-25 hours a week (3-4 hours/day, 4 days a week + GameDay (12 hours, starting at 6AM pickup)) . No band member gets paid at Northwestern (other than instructors and Graduate assistants), but I know of a few.

I have heard of no outrages that some Marching Band members be paid or get scholarships.

The average Football Team member does 6-8 hours a day of training during the season and 12 hour days on game day. Then, count in travel time and summer training (which makes it darn near impossible to get an internship since you only get 1 month of total time off) and you have what constitutes a full time job..

How can you tell someone who was injured playing for you mid-season in their Sophomore year and unable to play the game that they no longer have a scholarship? In cases where there are academically challenged players who rely on those study-helpers that are supplied at many DIV 1 schools, how can you also take away their only way to succeed and learn while at a university?

Northwestern University consistently has the highest graduation rate in DIV 1 sports (pretty much all of them). Northwestern University does the best at this, but they are bound by the NCAA system as well. Its antiquated at best and they pay lawyers lots of money to keep this system where they have all the control. A gilded cage is still a cage.