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Stripping an old ship engine telegraph panel to make a new master control panel for +Xerocraft Hackerspace​​​. It will control the door locking/RFID system, our open status on the site (the needle will move around and point to different statuses like "Closed", "Open Hack", ect and it will control audio announcements such as when cleanup time is about to start, members logging in, and an "emergency deathmetal" mode which is inspired by +HeatSyncLabs​​​ button. First thought, we are stripping the old nasty paint and wiring. This thing is all marine rotted inside and smells like horrid old bilge water. Enclosure is fine, but the paint is all peeling off and rotted from moisture. Yay sand blaster.

Soon, new laser cut panel for the arrow display and new name tags for buttons. 
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As far as I can tell, fully electrical and always was. The panel was either last inspected, or installed in the 80s. It looks like something that is just an indication panel in a ship, not an engine control panel. It does have the emg start and shutdown buttons though. 
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The robot was on brick hauling duty as well as work music duty at +Xerocraft Hackerspace​ tonight. 
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+Addidis no​ I have not posted much because it has been working well so far. Already started on a new version of it which will be a 5th wheel trailer design with a differential steer chassis under the trailer. 
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I love how cryptic messages sometimes come out when voice transcribed. I just asked Google to set a reminder to "Get sheets out of dryer" in 45 minutes. Instead, in 45 minutes, I am going to be told "She eats out of the dryer". 
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lol yeah my ma got an iphone. her texts went from mildly mispelled and short and to the point, to costing me 1$ plus per message because now she just rambles to siri and i get 10-20 page texts that make no sense at all lol.
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Meh! I have no clue why but for some stupid reason TSA in Minnesota felt the need to cut every damn zip tie on a test fixture I made that I co-worker took to a client site. It was a clear acrylic base and the zip ties were just holding down stepper small motors and wires. There was nothing else on the board, but they cut all my carefully arranged zip ties. FFS, its an exposed wire harness of just wires going to various locations on the base, with no PCBs installed and just some motors! Cutting the zip ties will reveal NOTHING! IT IS A CLEAR PLASTIC SHEET! It just reveals that yes, the wires were tied down nicely to CLEAR acrylic and yes, I took time making it all look nice which I now need to redo because some idiot decided to unpack it all, cut my zip ties, then pack it all back in a heap. Tucson TSA had no problem with it. Who the hell were the agents who thought that somehow a wire held down with zip ties was dangerous, and would not be if every one was cut?! Grrrr. My time is being wasted by overzealous idiots with snipers and rubber gloves. I have to fix this thing before I start the tests I need to do. 
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:/ that would be maddening . Perhaps mail it to your destination?
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I made myself a new multimeter case. The pick/pluck foam is temporary until I can finish designing a custom molded foam design. Hard cases are awesome. 
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yes they are, I get mine from mcmelectronics. Super cheap compared to pelican and for my uses no noticeable difference . Very cool with the custom foams, Im gonna have to try that out. 
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My truck was completely iced over this morning after the snow/rain mix we had last night. I had to climb in from the tailgate because the frozen rain iced the doors closed. It has been years since I had to do that. Yay for remote start at least warming up the engine. 
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Yeah, I had a garage and an oil heater in Iowa. Still you had to make sure the tires weren't frozen to the concrete!
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Apparently it is frowned upon by others to put Flash Gordon lyrics in the description for a PLC code block called "Flasher" that handles flashing warning lights. :(

Flash a-ah
Savior of the Universe
Flash a-ah
He'll save every one of us
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+Zack Williams yes it was a terrible movie. Terrible song too, and from one of my favorite bands.
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The Transistor: a 1953 documentary, anticipating its coming impact on te...: https://youtu.be/V9xUQWo4vN0
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My mother's father worked for Bell Telephone of New Jersey and was influential in making the Teletype system work. I think I inherited my passion to figure out how things work from him.
I remember working at a TV repair store in the mid-50s, watched the TV gradually transition from tubes to transistors.  First came the transistorized IF strip, finally everything but the flyback transformer rectifier.
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I finished converting the +Xerocraft Hackerspace​ kiln over to a PID controller with Ramp/Soak and computer control, plus I upgraded the wiring to oversized wiring so there are no more hot power cords. Almost ready for public use once I finish testing. To think this thing used to be open loop control with the temperature gauge having a +/- 200 degree temperature inaccuracy. 
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That is sweet, a working kiln!
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Feet are killing me. Just finished the south hall today. Central hall tomorrow. #CES 
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Hey, this is work for me. Got a bunch of possible new clients. 
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I just got most of our commonly used Molex connectors sorted into a nice bin and labeled. No more random bags of KK connectors floating around the lab. The labels even have the reorder numbers. Still finding more connectors to add to the bin as I sort. 
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yeah those things are expensive to have getting lost . I do the same thing. IF you ask digikey for double lables they will send them so you can just use their labels even
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Behold, a power supply with Comic Sans front lettering. Who thought that was a good idea?!
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+Patrick Armstrong Nope, it gets used at a client site. 
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  • University of Arizona
    Electrical Engineering, 2008 - 2013
  • Palos Verdes High School
    2005 - 2008
  • International School of Brussels
    1996 - 2002
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Usually I prefer to wash my own cars using the dual bucket method, a foam cannon, and lots of clean microfibers but it takes a really long time and I needed to get my car washed and ready for a long road trip. After a bit of asking around I was told that Classic Car Spa did full hand washes which I hoped meant they would take really good care of my new car and avoid swirling common with the dirt that usually is soaked into the automatic washes. I was wrong. The car was rushed through the washing process by people who were never told how to properly hand wash a car. The wash towels looked dirty and I ended up with swirl marks in my brand new paint. Never again will I come to this wash. The car was only a month old and now I have swirls to buff out once I find the time. They did not even do that good of a job drying the car and I ended up with water spots along the various trim edges.
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