The Numerator 2.0

This blog will follow the design, manufacturing and competition of world's fastest calculator.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Red Bull Soap Box Race 2006 (STL) By Roody Savitt

an unforgettable weekend

Alas, the Red Bull Soap Box Race has come and gone.

The Good, The Bad, and The Nerdy came to St. Louis in full force this past weekend and put on a show worthy of a Broadway play. The Numerator faced up against a myriad of competitors including a group of Elvis impersonators, a bag of cheese puffs, a few pirate ships, a space shuttle and a giant skateboard - to name a few.

While we didn't end up on the podium, the Numerator was on the top in many fellow competitors and spectators minds. We wowed the crowd in the pits with our aura of nerdiness (and our free Nerds candy), Star Wars action figures, chess games, pocket protectors and sweet dance moves. The Derbycell Battery was charged up and powered the Numerator to a great finish in the race, and Chuck gave the crowd a show they won't soon forget when he slid face-first down the 50-foot-tall starting ramp, then proceeded to sprint the entire race course to meet the Numerator at the finish line for the post-race interview.

This video has a clip of Chuck running past the Vans Skateboard and a clip of our pre-race dance routine to get some noise from the crowd:

Thanks to everyone who sponsored, supported, cheered and helped us out! We couldn't have done it without all of you, and we already have plans for "The Numerator 2.0" so it will only be a matter of time before The Good, The Bad and The Nerdy return...

-The Good, The Bad, and The Nerdy

...the Numerator is always on top!

Monday, October 23, 2006

The Finishing Touches

As The Numerator gets the finishing touches, we took a quick snapshot for all you eager fans. There are also a few new videos posted on our YouTube site.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Logistics - Check

As we begin to cross items off of the To-Do-List, more tasks emerge. We have ironed out a major task on the list. The Good, The Bad, and The Nerdy will be receiving sponsorship from the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Production here at SDSM&T. This sponsorship will be to the tune of a Suburban, enclosed trailer and gas to get the team and The Numerator safely to St Louis and back.

Who is all considering attending this monumental event? Please let us know by commenting on this post or sending a quick email to

We want as many people dressed in proper nerd apparel cheering us on, so by all means come!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Numerator on TV

Check it out. We made the News!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

buttons buttons buttons

The Numerator finally has buttons. we went to school for 8 hours today, got back our probability and statistics tests (we probably could have done better, but the Numerator was more important) and then worked on sanding/painting/installing the buttons for another 8 hours tonight. if you're in the area, tune into KNBN for the 10:00 news to see The Numerator in action tomorrow, Thursday October 12th. (or the 6:00AM news on Friday)

Summit Signs is generously donating all the numbers/letters for the buttons and "The Numerator" side decals. if you ever need signs, decals, stickers or anything else like that, call Summit Signs at (605) 342-8303!

the green display window will be here on friday, so by next week we should have the Numerator pretty well completed. stay tuned for photos and videos.

Nerds unite!

...The Numerator is always on top!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

The Raconteurs- Steady As She Goes

Check out this rad soap box race video - this video is getting us even more excited for Forest Park!

the week's end

well folks, The Numerator is looking a lot more like a calculator now. we spent pretty much the entire weekend assembling the chassis and body, testing the brakes/steering, creating the button layout and making the buttons, so we decided to throw a few pictures up for the masses.

the completed chassis, saturday morning:

post-testing, saturday afternoon:

completed button layout, sunday afternoon:

only 20 days 'till Forest Park!

Friday, October 06, 2006

the smell of fresh paint

aah, the smell of fresh paint. it brings joy to my heart and tears to my eyes. tears of joy, of course.

The Numerator's frame is fresh out of the paint booth, a.k.a. back half of the shop. We layed a kickin' coat of krylon special over the freshly welded aluminum this afternoon, and it looks fast. really fast. the body will be reunited with the frame tomorrow, and some lucky folks will be seeing The Numerator in action at an undetermined location this weekend.

Red Bull Soap Box Race fans, competitors, judges, riff-raff and the like, remember: The Numerator is always on top.

-The Good, The Bad, and The Nerdy

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Office/ Numerator Get Together

The Good, The Bad and The Nerdy will be gathering at the Sports Bra, aka bridgewood estates to watch "The Office" and to discuss global soap box racing domination. If ya want to join the fun, let us know.

ps - check out this RED BULL event from 2005,