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My First Single’s Dance

As I left for the singles dance I learned about on MeetUp I tweeted: “33% overweight, no teeth, shabby wardrobe – Heading for a singles dance! http://bit.ly/N8rFqu I did get a haircut! ;-)” Never mind that I had chickened out of going to two previous similar events. I found a reasonably clean shirt in the closet, but I felt it was a little tight and definitely not for going out on a Saturday night (unless it was to a conservative code fest) to the Single’s Dance! Fueling my pony (actually a Seabring convertible) gave me my first opportunity to cop out and flee for home. I pulled into a gas station just as the attended was placing yellow out of order signs on all the pumps. I took a deep breath and kept on going. Next stop? WalMart! They’ll have a shirt that will fit around my Dunlop’s disease and they’re on the way. I can get some Ode de’ cologne too! They didn’t have Ralph Lauren Polo so I settled for Usher ‘cause I like his music. Not sure if maybe I should be wearing white? It’s at the Toluca Lake Tennis club. I elect for my one pair of jeans that fit and a new black shirt that feels good on. Ya clothes gota feel right or just ain’t happening, am I right? Ok I’m here and layout out the dough. I get a 3 of clubs for a raffle later and discount tickets for the next single’s dances. If I attend two more in a row I get the third free? Check out these groovy sunglasses I won in the raffle. And a wide shot I took after the lessons during one of the first few songs. Got bored trying to figure out the flash on my Samsung Focus S while at the WhoopTdoo. It was kinda fun, I’ll probably try it again. Most likely at a larger venue with a live band. My name tag read: “Terry Fied” but it fell off before many could figure out how creative I am… I like to dance, and dance with a woman. I enjoy swing dancing. I’m not that big on the:...

12vdc Motors Matched Set; possible robot drive

I found these mirrored left and right motors for $24. They were apparently automotive windshield wiper motors. I’m looking for ideas on how to mount a wheel of say something like five inches to them. In the first picture are some hubs I found at a hobby store. One disadvantage to the tires I’ve found in the hobby stores so far is they don’t appear to be designed to carry much weight. I might have to use a solid tire. I’d rather use a tire with an inner tube or otherwise more solid. Do you know any resources for small tires, wheels, and hubs? Anyone have a metal lathe I can use or you can help me to turn these down enough to accept those hubs? Note in the partially dismantled picture the nylon gear. I hope that could be pressed off and back on again to allow the shaft to be mounted in a lathe. I found this site http://dumpstercnc.com/ that has shaft couplers and collars. Perhaps you know alternate sources? Or how to make them? I’d really appreciate some brain storming on this. Comments, suggestions, ideas are solicited and welcome. Is there a hacker space that has metal working lathes and mills? I’m currently in Los...

I participated at Occupy LA

Friday afternoon a series of tweets from someone I follow for technology caught my eye. She tweeted many pictures from Occupy Boston. I was struck by the number of people attending. I began to read about Occupy Wall Street in New York and other cities in the US and in other countries around the world too! I learned about OccupyLa from www.ocupyla.org where I found a fairly well organized and maintained site. I was able to read about the goals and activities of Occupy LA and find a map and transportation suggestions. Note that as I write this on Wednesday 5, 2011 I see a note on www.occupyla.org that www.occupylosangeles.org is the ‘official’ website. On Sunday morning I got my information from www.occupyla.org. My main frustration in society, politics and community, what is on my mind is the lack of cooperation in our government. It’s fine to have alternate views, but I feel they need to work together to solve problems right now! Not just bicker and attempt to stonewall until they have a chance to elect their own, and regardless of who is in power nothing is getting done. Although this may not be the Occupy specific voice I felt that being counted there is a message I want to send to the powers that be whether Wall street, corporations and/or Government. The message is that I feel the lack of action and progress on the part of our government far outweighs which party holds the reigns. And the time for action is now. Too much spinning of the wheel. On Sunday October 2, 2011 I went down town Los Angeles  to see for myself and to be counted in the numbers of people that are dissatisfied with the status quo. Arriving downtown I drove around a bit and couldn’t find the specific intersection so asked some media types setting up for the Michael Jackson trial who pointed me to the correct intersection. I noted that there were five or more media trucks already setting up for the trial and logistics for at least another ten, yet only one traditional or mainstream media crew at the OccupyLA site. As I approached I found...

Power over other Pairs

Power over other Pairs (PooP – perhaps the second o is silent) I’m working on a project I’ve entered into Parallax, Inc. Spinneret Design contest. The first thing I need to accomplish after ordering and receiving the parts from Parallax is to create power for the Spinneret. Hello World on my Spinneret will have to wait for me to create a power supply and delivery method.   Basically what PooP allows for is to plug in a DC wall wart into two of the unused of four pairs in 10/100mb cat5 cabling and on the other end add regulation and filtering to supply 5vdc to the Spinneret. I could power the Spinneret with 3.3 but I want the 5vdc for an LCD and Sensirion (temperature/humidity sensor) Last night I sketched out this rough idea with parts list and a couple questions. Click on any of the following images for a larger display. Then picked the parts at a local electronics store. For curiosity sake I also picked up this surface mount RJ45 connector. I have not used it in this current project. Note that it has two LEDs They aren’t powered from the Ethernet. Rather they are supplied by circuitry on the motherboard. I’ve often noted that they power this circuit even with the computer off. Note how I created a strain relief with a zip tie  I got this low profile box at a hardware store (Lowe’s or Home depot) It shows the input jack, the LED power indicator, and the little circuit board I got at Radio Shack to build the regulator, capacitors and power on. My handwritten schematic with some pain.net annotations. I think the 3.3 vdc regulator can be placed off of the Vout of the the 5vdc regulator contrary to the ‘proposed addition’ If you know of any resources for drawing schematics please leave a comment. Perhaps clip art or templates for use in gimp, paint.net etc.. Or an actual circuit drawing program. Budget is tight. Here it is all buttoned up. I have fifty feet of cat5 between the boxes. They are sitting next to one another for the sake of the picture. And here we go! Hello...

PooP

Power over other Pairs This post is like starting out so Wrong! It’s supposed to be about a project I’m working on delivering power over twisted pair Ethernet. I’m having a difficult time leaving the following in what is meant to be a technical post about a project that I’m seriously working on. So perhaps it was just to blow off some steam I Bingled poop and the first Youtube was a riot. A potty training cartoon spoken in what I assume is the Japanese language, then the same video with fake English sub titles. I was stuck in Youtube for awhile… I’ve just spent Three days, probably twenty hours ordering parts off the web, watching for the postal worker, acquiring parts at a couple different electronics stores locally, then some stuff at Lowes, then return defective parts and acquire some new parts at one of the electronic stores … and about two hundred fifty bucks on these parts and assemble them all to get started on my project. I now have power to my micro controller web server. Not one line of code yet. As I wrote, I think I needed to blow off some steam. There is a heat wave here at my Mom’s house in Chatsworth Los Angeles. It’s been eighty three degrees Fahrenheit or more in my bedroom laboratory (Note: spell checker just suggested Lavatory when I misspelled Laboratory) during this project. And I’ve got like a soldering iron on and a voltage regulator dissipating a lot of heat (writers embellishment) It is Sunday July 3, 20111 at 1630 the day before the United States Independence day anniversary celebration. Earlier I tweeted: “My uncle, two fingered Freddy, advises don’t light the duds while drinking the sudz. Happy independence day weekend!”. I just looked to twitter for some advice on how to get out of this sticky situation… To post or not to post that is the question! I thought maybe I would just tweet something foolish then leave all this crap out of this blog post. I guess it didn’t work as the universe has advised me thusly: Theses are all tweets in the timeline I follow within the last...

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