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Re: A slightly different clock
Max The Magnificent   5/28/2015 10:54:10 AM
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@Bill_Higdon: You might enjoy this clock: http://wv7u.com/cwc/hourglass.html

OMG! This is INCREDIBLE -- I would LOVE to build one of these!!! I love the alarm at the end of the video.

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Max The Magnificent   5/28/2015 10:48:16 AM
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@EB2: Since the main object is the psycological effect of the non-periodic tick of the clock, I expect the effect will be maximized if all of the visual effects (pendulum meter, tube base, tube "wires") are synchronized to the non-periodic tick.

Well, Duh! LOL

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A slightly different clock
Bill_Higdon   5/27/2015 6:24:16 PM
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Max,

You might enjoy this clock.

http://wv7u.com/cwc/hourglass.html



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EB2   3/24/2015 3:39:18 PM
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I did see that work of art. Since the main object is the psycological effect of the non-periodic tick of the clock, I expect the effect will be maximized if all of the visual effects (pendulum meter, tube base, tube "wires") are synchronized to the non-periodic tick. If they are independent, it may morph into random noise, and the intended effect will be lost.

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Max The Magnificent   3/24/2015 2:23:18 PM
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@EB2: If Max doesn't want to "fire up" the tube, perhaps fake illuninated wires to these terminals...

Good idea -- also did you see the latest video showing the LEDs under the tubes?

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EB2   2/6/2015 2:27:22 PM
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If Max doesn't want to "fire up" the tube, perhaps fake illuninated wires to these terminals. Translucent tubing with addressable multi-color LED strips inside. You could have multi-color light "chasers" showing capacitive flux flowing in and out of the tube.

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Max The Magnificent   2/6/2015 9:31:40 AM
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@Traneus Rex: How did you mount the vacuum tube?

It's got two longish pins coming out of the bottom -- at the moment I just have two holes drilled through the MDF -- they are just the right diameter to give a nice friction fit to the extent that you could turn the thing upside down and the tube wouldn't fall out (not that I plan on doing that, you understand :-)  But it's easy to remove the tube (for transportatiion, for example) by just pulling it off.

When it comes to the real cabinet I'm not sure what I'll do -- I had thought of applying a bit of hot glue to the pins inside the cabined, but I do like the idea of being able to easily remove the tube -- but that decision is a while away yet.

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Max The Magnificent   2/6/2015 9:26:46 AM
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@Rcurl: This may be caused by a recent windows update that included code from FTDI that bricks fake FTDI chips. Some Arduinos are known to be affected by this.

Oooh -- that's VERY interesting -- that would explain a lot!!!

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Mounting vacuum tube
traneus   2/5/2015 7:50:49 PM
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@Max: How did you mount the vacuum tube?

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Steve Manley   2/5/2015 2:07:46 PM
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@Rcurl: This may be caused by a recent windows update that included code from FTDI that bricks fake FTDI chips. Some Arduinos are known to be affected by this.  Look here:

Thanks for the info.

I pretty much use a Mac to program my Arduino so unless Apple did the same thing as Microsoft I'm not sure mine has been bricked the same way. It appears in a device manager on a windows machine as an unknown device with error 43.

There are articles and other utilities for recovering the USB chip but all have failed on Mac and Windows. I have been powering the board through the USB port so I think it has at some point received a few to may millivolts thus destroyed the chip, which would be My Bad unfortunately:-(

  

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