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EE Live 2015
Max The Magnificent   4/22/2014 12:36:27 PM
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I am SO going to bring this to EE Live! 2015

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Is all this of interest to you?
Max The Magnificent   4/22/2014 12:39:46 PM
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I just wanted to check that this type of blog (discussing nitty-gritty details and construction and stuff) is of interest to you ... or would you rather that I talked only about the electronics side of things?

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Re: Is all this of interest to you?
elizabethsimon   4/22/2014 1:56:49 PM
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Well, some of us have been known to hang on your every word....


This brightened my day for sure.

 

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Re: Is all this of interest to you?
Max The Magnificent   4/22/2014 2:03:03 PM
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@Elizabeth: Well, some of us have been known to hang on your every word....

Not my wife, unfortunately LOL

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Max The Magnificent   4/22/2014 2:03:46 PM
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@Elizabeth: This brightened my day for sure.

Thank you for your kind words, Elizabeth -- I really appreciate it

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Keeping a sense of proportion
perl_geek   4/22/2014 2:30:56 PM
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You might want to consder employing the Golden Ratio (1.618 : 1, close enough for government work) in your rectangular layout. Doing so several times would be even cooler.

 

I'd include a link to the topic, but the comment mechanism doesn't seem to appreciate the idea.

 

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Max The Magnificent   4/22/2014 2:38:10 PM
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@perl_geek: You might want to consder employing the Golden Ratio (1.618 : 1, close enough for government work)

I did wonder about this, but 1.5X gave 5cm, which had it's own attractions LOL

 

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Max The Magnificent   4/22/2014 2:40:08 PM
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@perl_geek: I'd include a link to the topic, but the comment mechanism doesn't seem to appreciate the idea.

You first select some text in your comment, at which point the link icon (looks like a chain) will become active -- click that icon and a window pops up for you to enter your link.


ALSO -- it's a good idea to select the "Open in New Window" option

 

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Re: Keeping a sense of proportion
Max The Magnificent   4/24/2014 1:48:34 PM
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@perl_geek: You might want to consder employing the Golden Ratio...

Check out the blog I just posted: Should the Golden Ratio Be Used In Industrial Design?

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Golden ratio
David Ashton   4/22/2014 5:11:35 PM
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@Max I was going to suggest you used one of the usual TV ratios of 4:3 or 16:9 but I think @perl_geek's comment

You might want to consder employing the Golden Ratio (1.618 : 1, close enough for government work) in your rectangular layout. 

is spot on - old TVs were't wide enough and new ones (16:9) always look too wide to me.  I did come across the Golden ratio, as the Golden rectangle, years ago and the Wikipedia artilde on it is good (if a little over my head maths-wise :-) :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio

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Max The Magnificent   4/22/2014 5:19:04 PM
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@David: I think @perl_geek's comment [...] is spot on.


I might have a play around this evening and see what it looks like...

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Max The Magnificent   4/24/2014 1:49:28 PM
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@David: I think @perl_geek's comment [...] is spot on...

Check out the blog I just posted: Should the Golden Ratio Be Used In Industrial Design?

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LED's are OK, but...
csquared0   4/25/2014 12:30:24 PM
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For a real display try old fashioned fire.

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Re: LED's are OK, but...
Max The Magnificent   4/25/2014 1:00:45 PM
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@csquared0: For a real display try old fashioned fire.

Someone else pointed me at this -- it's really tasty, but I don't think our cats woudl like it LOL

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Re: LED's are OK, but...
Douglas442   4/30/2014 1:07:36 AM
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Max,

Nice work!

One suggestion, with respect to the use of the brass washers - you might want to consider using brass faucet seats ( seen on the left side of the picture), instead.

 

faucet seat used to make pushbutton assembly

True, they are more expensive than washers... a little more expensive, given the skyrocketing price of brass at the hardware stores... but they are more visually appealing, and seem to fit perfectly with the function of implementing a pushbutton or framing a large LED ( such as Adafruit's new 8 mm neopixel devices, or other 10mm ultrabrights ).

Last I checked, you can buy packs of 25 at Lowes or Orchard for about $25, or a buck apiece.





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Re: LED's are OK, but...
Max The Magnificent   4/30/2014 11:18:19 AM
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@Douglass: One suggestion, with respect to the use of the brass washers - you might want to consider using brass faucet seats...

Oooohhhhh -- they DO look tasty

Last I checked, you can buy packs of 25 at Lowes or Orchard for about $25, or a buck apiece.

But I need 256 of the little scamps -- that's not chump change -- but let me drop in to Lowes and take a look on the way home...



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