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I am well impressed
Max The Magnificent   8/20/2014 9:50:12 AM
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Hi Steve -- I am very impressed with your ingenuity in creating these jigs -- your ideas are going to make my life so much easier when I build my own 8x8x8 cube (as soon as I clear some of my other projects out of the way :-)

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Steve Manley   8/20/2014 11:55:34 AM
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@Max: I am very impressed with your ingenuity in creating these jigs -- your ideas are going to make my life so much easier when I build my own 8x8x8 cube (as soon as I clear some of my other projects out of the way :-)

Thanks for the kind comments. Maybe I can help with some ideas for your cube being you are using different LED's to me.  

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Max The Magnificent   8/20/2014 11:57:34 AM
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@Steve: Maybe I can help with some ideas for your cube being you are using different LED's to me

I'm counting on it LOL -- but any thoughts of my cube can wait a while - -you hav eto finish yours -- I'm away speaking at ESC Brazil next week -- plus I want to put a few of my existing projects to bed before starting my cube.

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Steve Manley   8/20/2014 11:59:30 AM
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@Max: I LOVE your videos -- I know how much time creating this sort of thing takes, so I really appreciate all the effort you've put into them -- as far as I am concerned they are invaluable when it comes to really understanding the nitty-gritty construction techniques you talk about in your columns.

Thanks Max and yes they do take a lot of effort to make, but worth it.

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antedeluvian   8/22/2014 1:45:28 PM
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Steve

yes they do take a lot of effort to make, but worth it.

I second Max's opinion. I tried to make a quick one and the result was putrid so I really admire your results. Notwithstanding that, the result is on You Tube since I needed it to support a blog. I will have a to remake that in the future into a sort of training/marketing video (maybe two videos). Do you offer your services?

Oh and I reckon you could find a career in making test jigs- they seem to be of professional quailty with a great deal of insight and innovation.

 

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Steve Manley   8/22/2014 2:54:08 PM
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@ antedeluvian: Do you offer your services?

If you live in Gloucester in the UK then maybe :-)

 I took a look at your video and it's not as bad as you make out. At least you have the bottle provide an audio commentary, which is something; the thought of doing fills me with dread. I did try it once and hated the result so deleted it immediately.

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Max The Magnificent   8/30/2014 11:20:21 AM
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@Steve: At least you have the bottle provide an audio commentary, which is something; the thought of doing fills me with dread. I did try it once and hated the result so deleted it immediately.

I think adding a spoken soundtrack does improve these instructional type videos -- it helps the audience form a connection with the presenter.

On the other hand, I know what you mean about hating the result -- I hate to hear a recording of myself speaking .... and on the other hand, I've talked to you on the phone and I think you would sound great on a video...

Why not make a short test of something with and without you speaking, then share it with me and I'll give you my honest opinion...

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Steve Manley   8/30/2014 12:21:26 PM
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@Max: Why not make a short test of something with and without you speaking, then share it with me and I'll give you my honest opinion...

I really appreciate the offer and I agree with you, my latest video for panel testing truley does warrant a voice over. I did try and was so discusted with not the sound of my own voice per-say but more towards my presentation and the apauling hesitations. I just don't have the same level of confidence when speaking to another person. I think I nead some coaching and practice. If I could do it, it would save having to write all those captions, I hate writing those. On the plus side, the deaf amongst us do benefit LOL.

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Max The Magnificent   8/30/2014 12:47:03 PM
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@Steve: I did try and was so discusted with not the sound of my own voice per-say but more towards my presentation and the apauling hesitations.

One ay round this is to record the video with you waffling along as you go -- ignore any hesitations -- this audio is just for timing. Donl; actually video yourself speaking -- your voice is just a "voice over")

Then play the video back and re-record the sound sentence by sentence -- making multiple takes as required - edit it using a program like Audacity -- then add he sound back in -- again sentence by sentence. Just a thought...

Also, it DOES NOT have to be perfect -- the value is in the video itself -- most people will be saying "I wish I had the bottle to do that, but I hate my voice..." LOL

 

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Steve Manley   8/30/2014 1:04:18 PM
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@Max: One ay round this is to record the video with you waffling along as you go -- ignore any hesitations -- this audio is just for timing. Donl; actually video yourself speaking -- your voice is just a "voice over")

Then play the video back and re-record the sound sentence by sentence -- making multiple takes as required - edit it using a program like Audacity -- then add he sound back in -- again sentence by sentence. Just a thought...

Also, it DOES NOT have to be perfect -- the value is in the video itself -- most people will be saying "I wish I had the bottle to do that, but I hate my voice..." LOL

That's sound advice (no pun intended) and I'll give it some consideration for the next video.

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mhrackin   8/22/2014 1:46:12 PM
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I too am thoroughly impressed!  I've done a lot of "flywire" construction without the benefit of fixtures such as you have done, and your results look exceptionally workman-like and worthy of display (pun intended....).  This design will when completed produce a fine product, with a substance and ruggedness that will ensure its long- term survival (maybe even attacks by toddlers!).   The videos have been very well done, and explain the entire process in sufficient detail to enable others to reproduce it.  This last point is something I have spent a large part of my career trying to get other engineers to understand how important clear, complete, and cogent DOCUMENTATION is!  Bravo!

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Steve Manley   8/22/2014 3:04:55 PM
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@mhrackin: 

Thanks for the great feedback.

>> ruggedness that will ensure its long- term survival (maybe even attacks by toddlers!)

No toddlers luckily but I do have 2 cats. Not sure which is worse lol.

>> This last point is something I have spent a large part of my career trying to get other engineers to understand how important clear, complete, and cogent DOCUMENTATION is!

I agree with you here. Personally I get little pleasure from writing procedures, which happens to be something I do as part of my day job. So I understand how important it is to try and write instructions as clearly as possible. The video blogs is new to me and I'm but a novice at it, but they do help paint a picture that words alone sometime don't convey so well (especially when I write them).

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Crusty1   8/22/2014 3:24:07 PM
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Hi Steve,

Well the jigs are a major tour deforce and as a half trained watch and clock repairer I am very envious of the way you have managed to get the alignment to such a high degree.

I think at my advancing age the shake in my hands would kill my attempt to follow you stone dead.

Lets see more of the project as it complets.

 

Best

Crusty

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Steve Manley   8/22/2014 3:34:59 PM
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Thanks Crusty:

I have some more jigs to show in the not to distent future so keep watching.

Steve

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Max The Magnificent   8/30/2014 11:03:33 AM
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@mhrackin: This last point is something I have spent a large part of my career trying to get other engineers to understand how important clear, complete, and cogent DOCUMENTATION is!  Bravo!

I agree -- I'm totally envious of the quality of the videos -- I know how much time and effort this takes.

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Inquiring minds...
Max The Magnificent   8/20/2014 9:51:58 AM
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@Steve: ...I also tried some 0.7mm diameter stainless steel dress-making pins...

Is this another hobby we know nothing about? Remind me again, what's the name of that club you go to at the weekends? LOL

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Steve Manley   8/20/2014 11:56:34 AM
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@Max: Is this another hobby we know nothing about? Remind me again, what's the name of that club you go to at the weekends? LOL

Some secrets must remain just that LOL.

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Max The Magnificent   8/20/2014 11:58:58 AM
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@Steve: Some secrets must remain just that...

You can tell me -- I won't say a word to anyone -- my lips are sealed (apart from when there's a beer in the offing)

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LOVE the videos
Max The Magnificent   8/20/2014 9:53:57 AM
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I LOVE your videos -- I know how much time creating this sort of thing takes, so I really appreciate all the effort you've put into them -- as far as I am concerned they are invaluable when it comes to really understanding the nitty-gritty construction techniques you talk about in your columns.

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Very Impressive!
ClarkeMonroe   8/28/2014 8:07:03 AM
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What a great and detailed write-up!  I'm very impressed by your attention to details (and being a perfectionist when it comes to things like this, that's not a compliment I hand out all willy nilly)!  I appreciate not only the details about the construction but also the reasoning behind why you made the desicions you did not to mention the time you took to make the diagrams.  I've contimplated making an LED cube myself but haven't yet attempted it.  This is in large part due to my aforementioned perfectionism and the daunting time investment I imagine it would take to get it just right.  But I'm happy to see that I now have a wonderfully detailed resource to refer too, which makes the whole project that much more tempting!

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Steve Manley   8/28/2014 12:18:12 PM
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@ClarkeMonroe

Hi Clarke, thanks for the amazing feedback, I find your comments very uplifting and makes me feel that all the effort is worth it.

It's taking me a lot longer to build the cube than I expected mainly due to all the blogging and videos I've created. Having documented this as I go has made me stop and think things through a lot more than I would normally.

I'm please the blog has put temptation in your way to building your own cube and should you ever decide to create one then please do let us know about it.

The next blog should be along shortly which focuses on the 8x8 panel testing.

Steve

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ClarkeMonroe   8/29/2014 11:22:10 PM
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Terrific, I'm looking forward to watching and reading about it!  And yes I will most definitely let you know when I get around to tackling my own LED cube.  In fact, at that point, the trick will probably be in getting me to shutup about it.

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Steve Manley   8/30/2014 2:21:02 AM
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@ClarkeMonroe: In fact, at that point, the trick will probably be in getting me to shutup about it.

I understand the not being able to shutup about it because I'm much the same. My family, friends and work colleagues all hear about regularly like it or not. It's pretty much in my mind all the time.

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Max The Magnificent   8/30/2014 11:25:21 AM
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@Clarke: But I'm happy to see that I now have a wonderfully detailed resource to refer too, which makes the whole project that much more tempting!

I would have remained content with my 4x4x4 cube ... until I saw Steve's 8x8x8 cube developing ... now I want an 8x8x8 cube. I've already purchased the LEDs -- they are sitting in a box in my office -- but I'm forcing myself to finish some of my other projects first. Also, I want to wait till Steve finishes his because the construction details he's providing are invaluable -- I personally think this is the best such guide on the web (and I've seen a few).



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