Right now is a good time to watch the Moon grow slowly larger as seen from the Orion spacecraft as it approaches for a close lunar flyby in a couple of hours: nasa.gov/artemislive/

It feels like I'm in the place with electrical engineering that I was with writing code 10 years ago. I have no idea what I'm doing, but can kinda get it to work.

Except that I went to school for writing code and very much did not go to school for electrical engineering

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wheee hyperfocus is fun.* I think I spent seven(?) hours today looking at the parts available with different wire connectors (JST PH, JST SH, IDC) and came to the conclusion I need to make custom cables

*"fun" meaning oh god I need to eat

What I'm listening to today: "Strega processing LF radio signals", Tom Zicarelli

"Software Defined Radio" is a technique where an untuned radio receiver shovels the bottom 48 kilohertz of the spectrum into a computer's audio-in "raw", at which point bandpass/demodulation are performed in software. In this video an iPad runs SDR with intentionally incorrect demodulation/frequency settings, so the only output is chaotic squealing that a Strega smears into audio ambience.


Today I'm trying to see if I can use org-mode for electronics inventory. Because when your only tool is an eldritch swiss army knife every problem looks like it should bend to your will

But it fits pretty well into the stack of otherwise-legitimate music gear

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zynthian.org/ "we made an open hardware synth platform with a Raspberry Pi in a really graceful small form factor"

me: "it's gonna be in a box, 1m wide, with a CRT. There's gonna be a 4 track tape recorder involved"

What I didn't mention in the writeup, is that I've had the Raspberry Pi that controls the keypanel lights connected with a breadboard for the last two years.

I've now properly(ish) soldered it! (Because I needed the breadboard)

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I love this hardware because a) it's very pretty, and b) there's no computer in it. Just some very specific integrated circuits

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Anyways, unrelated but timburbank.com/ now contains no YouTube embeds or other third party content

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The fun thing about building your own website is any attempt to post something new easily turns into "what if I redid a bunch of the structure instead" (part 200)

Idk why, but Moon dot NASA dot Gov is a very good domain

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Note: In a pinch, "ending the day by writing a failing test" can mean "test_thing(): raise NotImplementedError"

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I'm also learning to end the day by writing a failing test, so when I come back the next day it automatically tells me what I need to do

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This has been a real hard week to focus on writing code, and I've been relying a lot on my test-driven process.

"I don't need to figure out what to do next, I just need to write a failing test"

And like, I've needed to learn more about guitar pedals for the last 10 years. But also it didn't have to be this weekend

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Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous and secret cell
Unnumber'd and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the lumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge sea-worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.
— "The Kraken" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1830