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BotanicalVoyeur 09-29-2016 02:32 PM

Science Nerd turned Skoolie
Greetings all!

Just introducing myself, I'm a science nerd who used to study plant evolution and am now planning to take on a school bus conversion to create a rolling science lab and home.

snorris8236 09-29-2016 04:46 PM

Nice to meet you! I too am a science nerd turned skoolie (and new around these parts). Though I'm on the genetics and computational biology side of things. Do you already have a bus you're working on?

cadillackid 09-29-2016 05:08 PM

I made a software / hardware DEV lab out of a bus.. so definitely they make great labs!

Jolly Roger 09-29-2016 06:13 PM

Sorry CK everyone can laugh at me but what in the world is DEV?
Tech. Challenged but very hands on?
I will call a designer or engineer in a heart beat when there in my world but the whole computer spectrum? I didn't have a chance/suck at? My 15&16 year old kids have to help me with anything my my I-pad mini or I-phone but almost anything hands on I get to teach/advise?
I just want to know what is DEV LAB, DEV RANDOM? The latter I can figure out so what is DEV?

cadillackid 09-29-2016 07:10 PM

a DEV lab is basically a Development lab.. when writing software, or working with hardware, i needed a place to test my creations.. easily and quickly.. for me driving is often a way to clear my brain when i am trying to solve an issue or develop a piece of software for a task.. having the bus allows me to write down my thoughts wit hjust a simple stop at an exit.. and then even test my theories.. and alas then get back on the road to solve more issues... withiut having to go to the office, or home, etc.. my system consists of compouters networked together and computeerized telephones that i write the software for.. so physical devices need to be present for me to test..

in the computer world a person who does this is called a Developer or a Dev,

sometimes when you write a compouter program you need your program to find a random number.. say you for instance trying to generate random passcodes to give to someone on the screen.. you would use random numbers.. when using UNIX / LINUX (a type of computer environment similar to windows or macintosh OSX)... you make your program look to a file in the memory called /dev/random when you read this file it gives you random number each time...

I named my bus DEV RANDOM because of the connection with the programming... but also because my bus is the RANDOM travels of a DEV (developer) (me).

often I have no destination.. I just hop in the bus with the trucker;s GPS set to warning mode so i wont end up with any really tight turns or low bridges ...I wont set a route.. and I'll just drive.. Driving a school bus makes me smile and feel good.. I wanted to drive a school bus since i was a little kid... I always liked riding to school in the front seat so i could watch what the driver did...

so naturally its an escape for me where my mind can work well and design software.


SDR76 10-03-2016 06:20 PM

Nerds and hippies
That's the general populace here....

Geo Jeff 10-03-2016 06:51 PM

I guess were just recycling what was before. I told someone what I was planning the first thing they said was if you sell your house you'll be homeless. I just explained to them I was building a new home on wheels. This is why I must leave for the open road.

BotanicalVoyeur 10-05-2016 02:32 PM

Im looking for the right bus now. It seems to be the biggest hurdle so far, lol.
I'm in the botany, systematics, and paleo side of the sciences though I dabble in the nature of philosophy and metaphysics on occasion..

turf 10-05-2016 02:42 PM

well, scrape the darn bryophytes and algea off your ass and get to converting!!

welcome to the site!

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