Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. It’s also my least ambitious one and tends to disappear between the time I spend lingering in bed until I’m about to pee myself and getting stuck on what color socks to wear for the day.
Skipping breakfast is bad and I needed a change. Getting up earlier in the morning and finally becoming the grown-up my ID tells me I am? Not going to happen. I’m self-aware enough to know I only make good decisions out of total desperation, and I wasn’t there yet.
Instead I decided to build a breakfast machine. The plan: get a robot arm, have it pour cereal and milk into a bowl and feed it to me with a spoon. The only catch was that I had to learn how to program a robot arm and code a pretty complicated sequence to have it serve me breakfast. But I was up for the challenge, because the best way to avoid real problems is to deal with fake ones.
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