Thursday, October 30, 2008

87 miles

no update on the 5 volt to 3.3 volt board yet, I am planning on working on it some more this weekend.

I think I am running a sub-8 minute mile now. I am curious and will be taking my stop watch next run to see what my time is.

A side note, if we fall into the second great depression: I employ you to buy a pressure cooker, rice, dal, and some spices. You will never go hungry. I made some Monday and have had it 3 times so far... AWESOME

or you could go the route of my friend Mladen and buy absurd amounts of rice and beans. Beans are sort of like dal I guess...

Monday, October 27, 2008

84 miles

I made a first version of my 5vTo3.3v board. I also found a great pcb site. It is 2.50 dollars per square inch of design for 2 layers. This makes my first version cost about 7.50 as is but before I finalize it I am going to try to make it smaller and cheaper.

Here is the schematic:

And here is the PCB:

This was the plan when I thought I was going to use the acid and make it at home, but after attempting to transfer the toner via a paper and hot iron... I decided to use a PCB house. ;-)

So after thinking about this for a night, I decided that would use the back of the board for a voltage regulator. Also I might need to add some caps to the 5v input... Also going to move those mounting holes to the middle of the sides so I can reduce the size by 2 bucks or so.

Friday, October 24, 2008

82 miles

so... I answered a craigslist ad today for a running mate...

It looks like monday or tuesday will be the first running meet-up, so I will tell you how it goes then. Both my wife and my friend think I am a little crazy for it, but I am going to prove them wrong ;-)

OK, this weekend my goal is to finish the schematic for the 5v to 3.3v board and post it on monday. see you then!

MWF runs! Lets hear it for next week.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

80 miles


top post foul...

ok, so I have been waiting for inspiration for my ardunio project, basically I want to make something that I want and maybe learn something new... I think I have it. here it is. are you ready?

The concept is simple, I have a horrible memory about simple things to do around the house. I can't seem to clean the liter box before it smells like death, water the plants before they cry, or any other routine thing that you should do every few days. Wouldn't it be the bees knees if you could set an egg timer to let you know when to do something?! The egg timer has to be small, has to be located physically close to the reminderie.

I would like this device to maybe blink an led only when it is time to do the task? Maybe something that also lets you see the remaining time? It has to be set able without a computer. It should be battery powered (but that can be a second project...)

LED... OH!!!

I still have that OLED display, I still need to finish the 3.3v to 5v converter board. BUT, if I got the OLED to work, it can blink or display the remainder time or what have you.

I have used those phase shifting knobs before, you can get them with buttons too. I have also made an interface using the knobs and button, button as a way to navigate the menu, and the turning for adjusting...

ardunio does not know the time... So I also have to make a RTC board, which I have been planning. I have 4 RTC chips, but I need to find a 3 volt battery holder, and 32kHz crystal...


- make 3v to 5v converter board.
- make RTC board
- write OLED control software
- write menu software
- write timer software
- make a box to house all this stuff.
- add battery (just a thing to buy online... not important)
- when all this is working, think about making a board that is an arduino with RTC and OLED hardware build in... Maybe we get some fans and they want a remindme ?

So, I need to finish up that 3v to 5v board tute sweet. then I can start working on the cool OLED board... NOW I have a goal in mind and it should be easier to find the motivation to do it.


Monday, October 20, 2008

77 miles

this is going to be legen... wait for it...

Monday, October 13, 2008

74 miles

I went back to the Korean go club. Turns out that it costs money to hang out... there is a sign that says so but it is in Korean... So I had a very awkward talk with the host where here tells me I need to pay $8, so I look in my wallet and had exactly 3 dollars. awesome.

turns out I had 5 bucks in my car so it worked out...

ok sorry boring, but... thats all I have, been working late at work and doing a lot of driving...

Sunday, October 5, 2008

72 miles

My visit to the Korean Go Club (not a normal 100miles post):

My wife just got a job working as an art assistant near downtown LA so I am taking the opportunity to drive her there and then do my own thing while she works. I looked up the 7-day a week go clubs in the LA area and found a few. I decided to try out the LA Go Club, it is Korean in the Korean side of town. So Sunday I dropped my wife off and headed to the club!

I found the club with a medium amount of difficulty, the building is U shaped with a parking lot in the middle facing a busy road. There was a sign for the club but it was faded, rusty, and small; Lost within the absurd amounts of posters, bill boards, and Korean lettering on the walls.

When it was time to go in, I headed up a small staircase to a small landing with two signs, one of which pointed to the right for the LA go club room (the other pointing to the baduk university !!! badass!!!). I stepped into the room to find 5 or so Korean guys leaning over a game of go, my kind of place!

As a side note, I had been warned that these kinds of clubs might not openly welcome new people, and might not offer to play a game strait away. So I was prepared to watch a few games and maybe if I was lucky, someone would play with me.

But as soon as I walked in, they noticed me, asked if I played go, asked my rank and I was whisked away to a table in the middle of the room. It became clear that my opponent did not speak much English, but we worked though it. I took 9 stones and he proceeded to trounced me in this game and the new 3 games after. Later I found out he was about a 4 dan. He comes to the club every day! Wow that would be amazing to be able to do.

The club was apparently one of the original go clubs in LA. The room was filled with about 20 boards on folding tables. Each table had 3 go boards, 6 go bowls and 2 ash trays. The club appeared to be configured like this for so long, the tables had lost all their painted wood patterns on the surface someone would lean on to watch a game. The area where each go bowl sat was warn down past the wood pattern and into the substrate of the table. Under the go board was pristine table, pattern and all.

More people trickled and after I had been there for an hour or so, there where about 15-20 people all involved in watching a game or playing in their own, all chain smoking, most speaking Korean. The club members had this way of slamming the stones down onto the board for each move. They made it look graceful and aggressive at the same time. The clack sound filled the room just under the smoke layer. Amazing.

I played a few more games, about 7 in all in my 3 hour stay with 3 different people. I never won, but I got really close on one game. The person that runs the lessons (a 7 dan pro!) said that he has seen people start coming to the club as beginners and in 2 years they are shodan! So here is to that!

I am not sure if I conveyed the awesomeness of the place, or the energy that you could feel in the room. I will go again next week and see how I do then!