well speed update
made cardboard proto of vending machine, final project of mas.863
then CAD'd and emergency lasercut one, but still didn't have time to do electronics :/ (buttons are just stuck on there, and i didn't leave space to route servo wires, and i'm using janky self-made continuous rotation servos / zip tie couplers to springs
but first time really CADing the full thing before creating it! compare hexa-not-quite-dancingpod, which was cut by hand and then CAD'd
anyway, open house happened, then I emergency packed and we took T Red line > south station > lucky star bus to NYC (11:30 pm) ... arrive around 4 am and take J nyc metro to JFK airport.
derp! didn't get on flight seattle > narita, (yay standby) due to some weight balancing fail. (flight left with 34 empty seats)
that's okay, we got to meet cathy's family! (cathywu.posterous.com)
well got on next day
ack! have to get on flight narita > taiwan now.
[edit: for more updates on vending machine, see: http://orangenarwhals.blogspot.com/search/label/vendingmachine]