Saturday, December 20, 2014

2014-12-19 (F) Charged: DesertIrish

Heather and Dawson landed in Minnesota and were picked up by Charley. Heather spread her bad mood and finally sequestered herself at a hotel. Dawson agreed to buy Charley a car and he picked out an old truck. Back home Dawson had a long conversation with his father about family. He admits he knew about Dawson's plan for revenge and won't stop him but he makes Dawson promise to protect his siblings.

To do:
  • Show how Shana knew Motor and Heather were a new couple
  • Reduce overuse of the word "power"
Total word count: 7 698 + 60 228 + 83 897 = 151 823 words


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2014-12-18 (Th)

Friday, December 19, 2014

2014-12-18 (Th) Charged: DesertIrish

I hadn't written anything for a month and I guess it kind of built up. I was working on the Color/Touch project and I was pure scatterbrain. Every time I put a tool down I lost it. Every time I drilled a hole it was in the wrong place. Every time I did touched a tool I broke something. My long list of things to do that evening was half completed and everything took longer than I wanted. I cut my losses and went to my apartment.

The thought of getting back to this story was the most appealing thing and catching up on the story was refreshing and I couldn't wait to move the story along. It was like reverse writer's block. Every character sounded right. Every scenario had a clear resolution. I was glad to be writing again.

Enough background.
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After a month the story had to be reread. Some minor additions and edits in the meantime bolstered the word count for the day. While rereading a few edits were made but only minor things like word choice.

The story continued quickly, mostly in exposition in order to move everyone from North Carolina to Minnesota. Jason took The Flying Machine and left the group. Everyone split up for the trip. Shana challenged the brothers Clary, Motor and Head, to a race to Chicago. Head too the challenge personally. This was Shana's attempt to get cohesion in the group.

To do:
  • Show how Shana knew Motor and Heather were a new couple
  • Reduce overuse of the word "power"
Total word count: 5 230 + 60 228 + 83 897 = 149 355 words

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2014-12-17

Thursday, December 18, 2014

2014-12-17 (W) Color/Touch Sensory Panel

Holes were marked on the inside of the frame for mounting the 3D printed light hoods. The hoods were suspended a specific distance above the bottom by placing a scrap of wood under a hood before marking the hole positions with a marker. The marks were started with a scratch awl. When the first hood was installed the screw broke the support so it was removed. Adhesives will likely be used to install the plastic hoods. Some flaws were also seen in the design which would make the hoods difficult to install easily.

 Marking hole positions

Starting holes with a short scratch awl
Broken hood

A piece of scrap wood with a white finish was trimmed to fit inside half of the frame. A section was marked off then cut away with a band saw. Angle brackets were positioned on the scrap wood and holes were marked and drilled. The frame's cross-member was removed so holes could be drilled and screws could be installed. This would serve as a platform for holding the lights not mounted on printed light hoods.

 Marking the position for the bracket

Cutting wood away from bracket
Platform and cross-member

To do:
  1. Build all light hoods
  2. Build electronics
  3. Program Arduino
    1. Break up tasks
    2. Sketch pseudo-code
  4. Buy, drill, and cut polycarbonate sheet
  5. Install switches
  6. Install light hoods
  7. Install electronics
  8. Install polycarbonate and light diffuser sheets

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014-12-16 (Tu) Color/Touch Sensory Panel

The programming cable for the Arduino Mini Pro was loaned to Joe Robertson for the Arduino Laser Tag project so it was not available. The Arduino Mini Pro was was removed from the prototyping board and jumper test wires were run between the relevant pins of each board.


Arduino boards connected with jumper test wires

The pseudo random color code was rewritten as a function and changed from writing the pseudo random variables directly to the NeoPixels and first writes them to part of a 2D integer array then writes them to the NeoPixel. This way the current color is stored on the controller which will be important for other color changing routines such as RAINBOW.

The second, third, and fourth switch positions were tested but failed because they were not connected. These connections were soldered then tested well in the program.

To do:
  1. Build all light hoods
  2. Build electronics
  3. Program Arduino
    1. Break up tasks
    2. Sketch pseudo-code
    3. Write code for first switch and 4 NeoPixels
  4. Buy, drill, and cut polycarbonate sheet
  5. Install switches
  6. Install light hoods
  7. Install electronics
  8. Install polycarbonate and light diffuser sheets

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014-12-15 (M) Color/Touch Sensory Panel

I'm trying a new thing. Maybe it will motivate me or maybe it will just make things a little clearer. From my To do: list I will show any completed tasks in red with a line through them.

Enough background.
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Schematics were sketched on graph paper with colored pens. Drafting by computer has been ignored since the circuit is simple. It only uses five digital I/O points and three analog inputs of the controller.

Color/Touch circuit

To do:
  1. Build all light hoods
  2. Build electronics
  3. Draft schematics
  4. Program Arduino
    1. Break up tasks
    2. Sketch pseudo-code
    3.  Write code for first switch and 4 NeoPixels
  5. Buy, drill, and cut polycarbonate sheet
  6. Install switches
  7. Install light hoods
  8. Install electronics
  9. Install polycarbonate and light diffuser sheets

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Monday, December 15, 2014

2014-12-14 (Su) Color/Touch Sensory Panel

The assembled frame and border were painted. The paint on the visible surfaces of the 2x4 frame received a second coat. The painted pieces were propped up to dry.

 Unpainted border

Fully painted frame

To do:
  1. Build all light hoods
  2. Build electronics
  3. Draft schematics
  4. Program Arduino
    1. Break up tasks
    2. Sketch pseudo-code
    3.  Write code for first switch and 4 NeoPixels
  5. Buy, drill, and cut polycarbonate sheet
  6. Install switches
  7. Install light hoods
  8. Install electronics
  9. Install polycarbonate and light diffuser sheets

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

2014-12-13 (Sa) Color/Touch Sensory Panel

This week I earned the moniker 23 Hour Engineer. On Wednesday I stopped posting until today because of a big project at work. I mean big in every sense of the word. I make band saws and this project was a band saw that is too tall to fit in my living room and more expensive than any car I have ever owned. Or will ever own. On Wednesday I showed up at the regular time, maybe a little early, and worked for 23 continuous hours minus a lunch break where I mostly stared at a cubicle wall and talked about anything BUT bandsaws. Maybe this won't happen again.

Its nickname is "Twister"

I have enjoyed getting back on track with my own projects and sleeping for more than five hours at a time. Fortunately, I have bad ass coworkers.

Enough background
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Quarter round wood wasn't in stock at the home improvement store so quarter round with a short ledger was purchased.  A miter saw was used to cut the quarter round into approximate lengths with a single angle used for all cuts. A radial arm saw was then set up to cut the second angle and a block was clamped to the rip guard to ensure each piece was the same length. Six pieces were cut from the quarter round.

 Approximate lengths of quarter round

Cutting second angle in quarter round

Uniform pieces

The quarter round segments were arranged on top of a painted frame so the edges were within the rounded area of the 2x4 frame. A clamp was put on each piece of the quarter round then the whole thing was propped up on scrap wood. Four wire brad finishing nails were used on each piece of quarter round. The nails were not driven flush with the wood so the wood would not be damaged. A nail set was then used to make the nail heads flush with the wood.

 Quarter round pieces arranged  on painted frame

Quarter round clamped to frame

Four nails in each piece of quarter round

Nail set used to make nails flush

Flush nail heads

A polycarbonate sheet was cut on a table saw to the inside distance of the quarter round frame. When this distance was confirmed by a good fit of the polycarbonate squares of light diffusing sheets were cut from a sheet meant for fluorescent fixture coverings. Each piece was made into a square by cutting segments out with two passes on the saw. The light diffusing squares fit nicely into the frame. Three squares were taken from the sheet of diffusing plastic.

Correct length of polycarbonate sheet

Cutting light diffuser sheets

Light diffuser in frame

On the inside of the 2x4 frame the half-way point was marked with a line so steel angle braces could be mounted into the frame and used to mount the whole enclosure to a wall into wall studs. The 2x4 frame should have been made 16" as planned since 16" is the American standard for wall stud spacing and multiple devices could be mounted with no gaps. A short awl was used to start holes for the angle brace screws. A short screwdriver was used to install two #10 screws into each position.

Finding midpoint of 2x4 frame

 Marking midpoint

Installing screws with short screwdriver

Installed angle brackets

Diffuser panel in place

The polycarbonate sheet was trimmed back to the half-way point of the frame. Pilot holes were drilled in the sheet and wood so screws could hole the sheet in place.

 Excess polycarbonate cut away

Pilot holes drilled in polycarbonate and wood

To do:
  1. Drill and countersink polycarbonate sheet
  2. Build all light hoods
  3. Build electronics
  4. Draft schematics
  5. Program Arduino
    1. Break up tasks
    2. Sketch pseudo-code
    3.  Write code for first switch and 4 NeoPixels
  6. Paint 1/4 round molding
  7. Buy and cut polycarbonate sheets
  8. Install switches
  9. Install light hoods
  10. Install electronics
  11. Install polycarbonate and light diffuser sheets

 Journal Page 1

Journal Page 02

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