I don't know about you, but I can't believe that this is my last day as editor of the Programmable Logic DesignLine.
How long have I been doing this? Well, it's funny you should ask, because I wondered that myself. So, I just opened my www.pldesignline.com window and typed "Max Blog" into the Search field (I didn't use the double-quotes, of course).
My first surprise was how many blogs I've written ... can you guess the number? Believe it or not, the answer according to the search engine was 666, which is, of course, The Number of the Beast!
I mean, come on, what are the odds of this happening ... Friday 13th and 666 ... is this shaping up to be my lucky day or not?
I know, I know ... ask not for whom the bell tolls ... it tolls for ... well, me in this case ("squeak")
Anyway, I penned my first blog, titled "Who is that masked man?" on 12 October 2005 (see blog #172300624), which is close to three-and-a-half years ago. Good Grief, a lot of Poohsticks have passed under the bridge (as it were) since those halcyon days, haven't they?
In fact I just went scanning through the list of blogs returned by the search engine, and there were some strangely evocative titles ... I've forgotten what a lot of them were about myself ... when I get a moment I think I'll go back and peruse a few of the little rascals. Actually, if I get any free time (and if Dylan, the in-coming editor, agrees), I might create a blog in the future that gathers all of these links together in one place...
With regards to my "Man versus Woman Display-O-Meter" project (see blogs #212701651, #212900832, #212901825, #212902580, #212903198, #213300574, and #214500840), things progress apace. The kitchen table at home is buried under the prototype microcontroller system (I'm going to start playing with tri-color LEDs this coming weekend); the spare table in my office is now festooned with antique meters and switches and knobs; Denis (my web-guru and artist friend) is slogging away on the "look-and-feel"; and Joe (my PIC-guru friend in the UK) is fine-tuning the tri-color LED control subsystems, where each LED has an associated 8-pin PIC providing Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) control (I'm going to use a similar approach to control my antique meters).
But wait, there's more, because I've decided that I want some form of subtle sound effects to be associated with the "Display-O-Meter". There are several approaches I could take to this, but at the moment I'm thinking that something muted, random, and "ethereal" is the order of the day.
By some strange quirk of fate, I've long wanted to construct an "Atmospheric Monitor" that detects electrical activity and discharges in the atmosphere hundreds or thousands of miles away (sometimes all around the earth via the ionosphere) and presents them as seemingly random chirps and trills and whistles and suchlike (or so I'm told), and I'm thinking that this could be the ideal audio add-on to my "Display-O-Meter".
As an aside: This Atmospheric Monitor was a project from the April 03 issue of the UK electronics and computing hobbyist magazine EPE. By some strange of fate, since 1998, I've been one of the guys publishing the online, web-delivered version of this magazine. You can check out the magazine itself at www.epemag3.com and you can find a short description of the Atmospheric Monitor by Clicking Here.
With regard to my Ney Year's resolution to Walking 1000 miles in 2009 (and my associated Competition with Jack Ganssle); Jack he will still be around, and I'm sure that he will record my ultimate victory (and his crushing defeat :-) on www.Embedded.com.
Last but certainly not least, with regard to my www.TheWayThingsWere.com website that launched just a couple of days ago as I pen these words (see blog #215801871), it's heartening to see how many folks are joining in such a short space of time.
I have an ever-growing list of "When I was a young lad..." tales I plan on adding to the site (they keep on popping into my mind as I'm driving into work in the morning and back home at night). My problem is that for every story I write, I think of two or three more that I want to add.
More importantly, I don't want to do this all myself ... I want to read other folks stories! A couple of people have contributed already, but we need more content to flesh out the site ... come on, I know you have some tales to tell...
Speaking of which, my chum Alan Winstanley in the UK just sent me the link to an incredibly interesting history of The Development of Ethernet; trust me, this is well worth a few minutes of your time to peruse and ponder.
And with that, I will bid you adieu ... acting as the editor for Programmable Logic DesignLine has been a blast and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I've really appreciated all of the folks who've written to me over the last few years (even the ones who said I didn't know what I was talking about [grin]) and I've made lots of friends, which – after all – is what life's all about, isn't it?
Until we meet again ... have a good one!
PS It just struck me that, as soon as I post this blog (which will be seconds from now), my blog-count will be a healthy 667 ... phew ... talk about dodging a bullet!
2009 New Year Resolution (Goal: Walk 1000 miles at ~3 miles a day)
[A=Actual, C=Current, P=Plan-to-Date, R=Remaining, T=Total]
|Days:|| T=365, C=72, R=293|
|Miles:|| T=1000, P=216.00, A=254.64, Δ=+38.64, R=745.36|
|Note:|| I know, I'm a "wus", but it was too cold to walk yesterday...|
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