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26 September 2013 @ 09:49 pm
Sat in a factory all day watching a machine with no problems because that's what I do.
There was an employee meeting today with free lunch afterwards- free hamburger! They had a live Bluegrass band as well, which was a bonus as far as I'm concerned.

Got my newspaper read- nothing good going on in the world. Maybe I won't read that tomorrow.
Going home tomorrow- That's good!
I did finish a stoplight controller design for someone else's stoplight today. At least I accomplished something.
stoplight pic

It will work better than it looks!
26 September 2013 @ 12:07 am
Hi Kelly! Since no one else knows my handle here, I have to assume it's you. (If you're not Kelly, then who are you and what have you done with _______________?(insert your name)).

Made the decision to dump facebook. After days of debate with myself, I concluded there is nothing there which enriches my life, except the few snippets the kids post. Kim will let me know about any of those which might be interesting, I'm sure. Anyone else I want to know about, I can call or email. Since I'm not really a social person by nature, I don't expect my phone bill will be going up anytime in the near future. Nor will it be ringing off the hook.
Now lets see if I can do something more constructive with the time I would have wasted on FB....
Current Location: johnson city, tn
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
09 January 2011 @ 10:48 am
First post for the year. Maybe I should do this more often.

Played RB3 last night with Kim on the drums- it was just terrible- she couldn't play them to save her life!
So I went on drums and she took the guitar, and I found out I really suck at the drums too. We didn't drink that much, WTF!!! Then I hit the green cymbal, and the red pad lit up on the screen- Ah the game is screwed up, so we restarted the game. Then it dawned on me what was going on as the game was restarting. I checked the drum configuration, and sure enough, it was left handed. It's amazing how much difference that makes. In any case, we switched it and sucked much less the rest of the night. At least I was able to keep up with Kim score wise for a change. More importantly, we now have a van! (in the game)

Worked on the theater door program again The following line took me over an hour to figure out. Worked fine when I ran the speaker, but hosed everything up when I turned the curtian on in the software. Turns out what I wrote in the comment wasn't entirely true! Anyone who can program would probably call me a blithering idiot, but that's me!

IF (motor=1) AND (dir=1) THEN
WRITE 1,1 'if moving speaker, update speaker position to eeprom #####################
Here's what I meant to say:

IF (motor=1) AND (dir=1) THEN 'if speaker moving and dir=1 make 0
ELSEIF motor=1 THEN 'else if speaker moving change memory to 1
WRITE 1,1 'if moving speaker, update speaker position to eeprom

When I create new code, I usually write it in english first, then translate to the appropriate language afterwards. the initial statement wasn't quite specific enough and it resulted in disaster. This is why I don't do this for a living- I like to eat!

Now on to fixing the bugs in the electrical portion of the speaker/curtain hardware.
21 November 2009 @ 12:14 am
The interesting thing about using a CPAP machine when you travel, is that you end up smelling the place you were sleeping in before you got to where you are now. This is because the air filter inside the machine traps odors and it takes a couple days for these to change after you arrive in the new place. It's interesting how fast you adapt to smell. Everyplace smells, it's just not obvious after you've been there for a few minutes.
It's always great to go to sleep on the road, since the machine smells like an air freshener due to the plug in in the master bath. The down side, of course is coming home. The machine smells like the hotel room, and that can take some getting used to when trying to fall asleep. The worst smell is from Indiana. The house has that musty stale odor to it which seems to take forever to get out of the machine. Time to hit the sack and smell- Appleton, WI.
13 August 2009 @ 10:29 pm
Things went well today, for a change, considering how things started out.  There were no hotels anywhere near the jobsite, due to a convention in Oshkosh (by gosh).  The machine I was installing didn't show up until this morning, which meant I actually had to unpack it and do the actual work installing it. (usually, the customer will do the install and levelling at this site, and I would then just calibrate it.)  I assumed that at that point, I didn't have enough time to finish the job, but amazingly, the machine is installed, calibrated and ready for production.  Still trying to figure out how I pulled that stunt off.

Managed to get plantar facititis in my left heel now.  This shit is really getting old.  No clue what I did to get it.  Now I have to see the foot doc  again and get some more drugs to reduce the swelling and give it a chance to recover.  At the rate body parts are failing at this point, I'm not going to make it to 60. (On the other hand, I can still walk and the problem is treatable, which is more than a lot of people can say.  No matter how bad things get, there is always someone who has it worse.)

Cancer- evolution at work! (OK, it's the really fast version of evolution, but evolution just the same.)
I have to get me one of those Darwin fish decals for my car.

Also, recently, someone apparently proved scientifically that simple molecular processes can eventually create interactions which, with environmental influence, can cause chemical pairing and replication.  Evolving the process over a long period of time, the more complex DNA type of pattern replication could result.

I met a customer who actually believed that global warming didn't exist and was fabricated with incorrect data and so on.  I thought this type of conclusion could only come from an ultra conservative religious and somewhat uneducated person.  Didn't expect it from someone with a college education and a passing understanding of chemistry.  I'll go with the 90%+ of the scientific community who say global warming is fact and must be dealt with.  The consequences of them being wrong are expensive but otherwise not significant.  If they're right, the consequences could be devastating if we ignore the problem.  Our response to this issue should be a no-brainer.
11 August 2009 @ 07:38 pm
Haven't posted for awhile, and since I've been bugging Kelly to post, I figured I would at least get a few entries in myself.
Most of this week has been spent fixing all the stuff I built that isn't working correctly.

The theater door is now working again, after correcting some design problems which reared their ugly heads. (Wish I could build stuff right the first time, but it's just not my way of doing things apparently.)

RAID arrays went down (both at the same time!)  Spent an incredible amount of time backing stuff up to insure I could fix everything without losing any data. I was successful!  

Otherwise, I'm in my ADD mode of existance, where I can't seem to get anything accomplished.  Happily, everyone else is really busy so my lack of progress in anything isn't obvious.

The republicans are really starting to piss me off, with all the demonstrations against medical reform. The GOP had 8 years to screw it up and accomplished nothing.  The current system doesn't work.  At least give the DEMs a chance to screw it up more before bitching about it.
12 February 2009 @ 09:10 pm
I now have 2 new working electronic sliding doors.
Of course, I found a whole bunch of problems with my software which didn't exist when I was testing it originally.  Those are fixed, for the most part.  The mechanical problems are a different story.  I have so much power on my controller, that the doors move faster than my hardware can control as I had planned.  I ended up dropping the max speed to less than 40% and pretty much increased the software breaking to max to get it to work at a reasonable speed.  Eventually, I'll rewrite the motion software to allow more speed without destroying the door in the process.

In other news, I dodged another layoff.  Seems like this is happening way too often lately.

Kim is coming home, and for a whole week!  Unfortunately, I will be on the road a couple days next week, so I can't take advantage of it.

Current Mood: nerdy
10 February 2009 @ 09:53 pm
 The human interface for the doors is done! 
Now, I get to plug everything in and see if it actually works (after doing sensor diagnostics, of course!)

Men can pee standing up, facing the toilet, so we don't really care if the door stays closed.
Girls have a different point of view (literally).

I had to put the following code in to keep girls from freaking out in the bathroom. (this should be pretty obvious even if you don't know pBASIC.)

   IF (openbathroomdoor=yes) AND (lights=yes) AND (outsideswitch=pushed) THEN peeing:    'don't open the door from outside when someone is peeing inside

This should work well, as long as you don't pee in the dark!

Anyway, today was remarkably warm, which prompted me to take the motorcycle out for an extended ride around the neighborhood. Called Kim and told her we needed to move down south as I would like to be able to do that more often.  Her reponse was that we can't, she'll be wanted for murder before the week is up. (She's not having a good week, obviously).

One more day of work, and then another 4 days off!  Rather sucks to be getting paid for 4 day work weeks, but the alternative (getting paid for 0 day work weeks) would suck even more.  Just hope things pick up soon........
Current Mood: calmcalm
09 February 2009 @ 11:05 pm
I've been procrastinating doing a functional test on the door control software that I pretty much spend the entire day Saturday writing. Invariably, when I program that much at one time, I tend to make all sorts of really hard to debug mistakes.

Well, to make a long story short, the functional bench test went flawlessly. As long as the actual hardware on the real door is good, it should open and close perfectly (after I adjust the software power settings to match the actual weight of the door, which I obviously can't do on a bench.)

Now, on to programming the human interface part of the software, where the controller decides what to do when stupid irresponsible humans start viciously pushing buttons to make it go............

First, though- bed with a cozy book! (or maybe a cozy bed with a book?)
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: none- to hard to concentrate!
08 February 2009 @ 10:52 pm
Spend all yesterday programming a door, and all day today completely avioiding it.  I've largely succeeded in getting absolutely nothing accomplished, other than labelling all my burned movies, and of course watching a few in the process.  This week is yet another fruitless week- I have no work scheduled and really have no other work related tasks which I feel any inclination to do.  In this state of economy, getting a paycheck for absolutely nothing just seems unsustainable, which brings me to that gloom and doom prediction that my working days are numbered. My existance won't change, just my income. I don't see job hunting in my case will be very productive at this time.

It's interesting how things change as I get older.  When I was young and broke, and supporting a family, I never had any doubt that I would get another job if I lost one.  Of course, at that time, the economy was  not in recession, and I really didn't have much in the way of bills.  In the current situation, at the same age, I could survive as we did the first time, but I don't believe we could have accompished as much in the end.
Being married very much helped us survive.  I don't see how single people today can get ahead without getting some really good breaks. It only takes one bad break to ruin household.

On another train of thought, when I was young, I was looking for love (sex) and basically someone to share life with.  I was lucky, and found this without having to look too long.  I got married, and went on pursuing  the survive and prosper portion of life.  I never had to bother persuing new relationships etc. as I always had what I needed.  I wonder sometimes of I missed an important part of developing social or relationship skills by not ever having had to vet out personal relationships in the process of finding the "right" one.  

I have no need or desire to interact with people for more than very short periods of time- am I just a hermit in disguise, or just too well adjusted to my life with Kim and don't need anything else. (Since I don't really care enough to change, I guess it really doesn't matter in the end).

My musings bring me to another interesting question:
Do older people, after ending a relationship for whatever reason, pursue new relationships and fall in love as they did when they were young, or does biology change the way new relationships are formed to something more appropriate, considering you're no longer in the family creation mode.  

Why would I even want to know something like that? Hmmmmmm.....

Well, I'm a guy, but I still enjoy romatic comedys.   
I don't expect I will ever have to start another initimate relationship from scratch, and really don't have a need to.

I think it's because humans can empathize with relationships and experiences of other people, even if they aren't actually part of that experience themselves. Falling in love, making a touchdown, beating the crap out of some asshole can be experienced by observation as if you actually the one doing it. This indirect experience is one of the many cool things primate brains can do that lower animals don't have brain anatomy to accomplish. (This allows humans to learn something without actually having to do it, which really comes in handy sometimes.)

With that said, is my current state of monogamous maritial bliss due to Kim being an awesome partner, (Kim's view, I'm sure).
Or, perhaps I quell instinctive tendencys towards poligamy by being good at empathizing relationships I observe.
I guess it really doesn't matter, as long as the end result is what it is.

Hmmmmmmmm- Horny is good. Maybe I should pop in some porn and work on my empathy skills!