@Douglass: ...there's been some discussion about the functioning of the "Woman" portion of this project, but no details about the male counterpart...
Actually, I just took delivery of the most amazing switch that will be a key feature of the Man portion of this device (the Man part will be implemented in a smaller antique box that sits on top of the "Woman" radio cabinet).
I'll post a seperate blog on thsi next week -- I'm hoping to post Part 2 of the main project sometime today.
@Max: "-- but the advent of these NeoPixels and the fact that an Arduino can drive all of my meters (using the PWM digital outputs) has brought it back to full steam, as it were -- to the extent that I may have the whole thing up and running in a coupel of weeks, the way things are going -- watch this space --"
That is good news! Will be watching... waiting anxiously, with my shiny and newly purchased Arduino Mega in hand!
Was wondering, though... there's been some discussion about the functioning of the "Woman" portion of this project, but no details about the male counterpart ( other than the obvious toggle switch and pilot lamp ).
Might I suggest that after the switch, there should at least be a brief delay ( accompanied, perhaps, by some low level internal tickity noises ) followed by a single chime from the bell of an old-fashioned telephone ringer?
Surely, such a device cannot be complete unless it goes "ding!"?
>"I'm thinking of writing all of my instructions in Tolkenian Elvish script, so first you have to translate them (using the handy-dandy dictionary provided)"
There are also some free "Gallifreyan" fonts to be found online, as well.
>I'm thinking of writing all of my instructions in Tolkenian Elvish script,
A previous (and now defunct) employer once grew an in-house email app that was a nightmare to use - full of CTRL-x for various functions. The instructions were written for a particular type of keyboard - for those of us with a different keyboard, instead of providing instructions geared to that keyboard, the morons-that-be provided a "translation sheet" that listed the cross-references from CTRL-x to CTRL-y.
I went back to paper memos with the CC rather than use this botched application. Everybody hated this new email system, and needless to say I don't think the company ever managed to sell one to a customer.
@sa_penguin: At one stage, he is faced with a machine and a bewildering set of instructions.
I remember that -- I loved all of Heinlein's books for younger readers (I still do). I'm thinking of writing all of my instructions in Tolkenian Elvish script, so first you have to translate them (using the handy-dandy dictionary provided) and only then do you realise that there's no way to "win" LOL
In Robert Heinlein's 1948 book "Space Cadet" the main character sits an entrance exam. At one stage, he is faced with a machine and a bewildering set of instructions. When he sorts through them and realises there is NO Correct Answer, he calls the instructor - who notes the time he took and sends him to the next test.
A suitably inscribed placard, on the side of your machine, may make an interesting addition. You may also wish to add gate [flag] indicators, and a score...
"If any score from a previous test," Matt read, "appears in the window marked SCORE, return the starting lever to the position marked NEUTRAL toclear the board for your test." Matt found the window labeled "SCORE"; it had a score showing in it -"37." Well, he thought, that gives me a mark to shoot at. He decided not to clear the board until he had read the instructions.
"After the test starts," he read, "a score of T will result each time you press the left hand button except as otherwise provided here below."
"Press theleft hand button whenever the red light appears provided the green light is not lighted as well except that no button should be pressed when theright hand gate is open unless all lights are out. If the right-hand gate is open and the left hand gate is closed, no score wi l l result from pressing anybutton, but the left hand button must nevertheless be pressed under these circumstances if all other conditions permit a button to be pressed before any score may be made in succeeding phases of the test."
"To put out the green light, press the right hand button. If the left hand gate is not closed, nobutt on may be pressed. If the left hand gate is closed while the red light is lighted, do not press the left hand button if the green light is out unless theright hand gate is open."
"To start the test move the starting lever from neutral all the way to the right. The test runs for two minutes from the time youmove the starting lever to the right. Study these instructions, then select your own time for commencing the test. You are not permitted to ask questions of the examiner, so be sure that you understand the instructions. Make as high a score as possible."