A Day off in Rome

Well this post doesn’t really have anything to do with IOT–actually anything to do with IOT.  But when in Rome…

It was a really beautiful day walking around in Rome after Maker Faire.  It was blue sky’s and about 70… but I am not sure what temperature that is in goofy units 🙂

Here are a few pictures that I took while wandering around here.

I had the taxi drop me at the Colossseum


Then I walked down the street along the Roman Forum.


In this video you can hear the amazing street band playing Jazz

Next I went around the corner where the church of Santa Luca e Martina


Then into the Capitoline Museum.  Here is a bad-ass bust of Medusa by Bernini who did a bunch of amazing statues including the Four Rivers Fountain that I posted about earlier.


And the Emperor Commodus as Hercules (apparently the guy was a real asshole)


And unfortunately I don’t remember the name of this sculpture but it is amazing… look at the thighs on that dude. (Edit: I figured it out.  It is a composite of an old fragment of a discus thrower and a 17xx addition by Pierre Etienne Monnot who also sculpted another amazing statue called Andromeda and the Sea Monster.


Another bad-ass who’s name I have forgotten from the Palaza Nuovo.  This is looking down the stairs on him… and those giant calves that look like they are carved out of marble. (Edit:  It is “The Colossal Status of Mars – sometimes misidentified as Pyrrhus” which for some reason they list as 360cm which is about 12 feet)


Then onto Trevi Fountain

Maker Faire Insanity

I have spent the last weeks traveling like crazy and working to much…  The cool thing is that my travels have taken me to Maker Faire NYC and Maker Faire Rome.  I will be back onto the Pinball machine shortly… and I will have a new series going soon with WICED WiFi.

Here are some pictures:

With Massimo Banzi in Rome:


And Grant Imahara in the Mouser + Cypress booth in Rome:


In New York, Nicholas and I taught people how to use PSoC.


Here is one of the classes in NYC.


People playing the Fruita Piano in Rome.


At the Piazza Novona in front of Fontana di Quattro Fiumi… this place is truly remarkable.


Jim and I at the booth in Rome.


Maker Faire – Bay Area


I am at the Maker Faire this weekend teaching people how to  program the PSoC.  We have a bunch of computer runnings PSoC Creator and I am giving out development kits.

Come to the Cypress booth and signup and I will teach you!