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Ice Tube Clock

Posted 2011.05.09 9.00 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

I (heart) my Ice Tube Clock – another kit from Adafruit.

It was fun to build, and it’s just really fun to look at – high tech and old tech all together at once.

Got My 2011 Census Letter

Posted 2011.05.03 18.03 in Computers/Internet/Technology, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

No questions in it though. No forms. Just an URL and a ‘secret code’, really.

Wierd how this newfangled internet thing seems to be good for darn near everything, these days. So why the frak can’t we vote with it?

Over-Engineering FTW!

Posted 2011.05.01 12.57 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

So a while back I was talking about building a Game of Life display – blinking flashing lights is what it’s all about. For those who aren’t familiar, Conway’s Game of Life is sort of a zero-player game. It’s a mathematical progression that simulates a sort of simple life evolution.

Using the kits from Adafruit, I started back in December with a small array, 12 x 8 cells (96 LEDs). Over the next few months I added to it and grew it till now it’s 20 x 16 cells (320 LEDs!) This is a good size, I think. I mean, you can always go bigger. You can never have too many LEDs. But still, one ought to draw a line at some point.

Next step was making it pretty. So I have it framed with a wood frame and protected with a sheet of dark green acrylic. Sort of like a framed piece of artwork on the wall. Including the frame it’s about 21″ wide and 17″ high.

Now that it looked good, I wanted an elegant, electronic, complicated way of turning it on and off. You know, better than flipping a switch like some sort of cave-man.

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