Sunday, December 21, 2014

2014-12-20 (Sa) Charged: DesertIrish

The morning after Dawson arrived in Minnesota he restored the truck purchased for Charley. While writing, the detail about avoiding the odometer was forgotten so the story followed that Dawson also forgot the detail. With an odometer reading less than the purchased distance the truck cannot be sold. Dawson presumes this will not upset Charley and their father agrees. When Dawson wakes up after the ordeal he found his father, Bud, and Heather at the house. Heather was unusually chipper and Bud invited her to share in cooking which was out of character for him.

The plan with her mood and Bud's reaction was to show how she is currently like Dawson's mother. Bud will reveal that he felt at ease around her because she reminded him so much of his errant wife. Heather's mood will not last since it is an effect of over the counter pain medication.

To do:
  • Show how Shana knew Motor and Heather were a new couple
  • Reduce overuse of the word "power"
Total word count: 8 406 + 60 228 + 83 897 152 531 words

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2014-12-19 (F)

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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