Your leaking thatched hut during the restoration of a pre-Enlightenment state.


Hello, my name is Judas Gutenberg and this is my blaag (pronounced as you would the vomit noise "hyroop-bleuach").


decay & ruin
Biosphere II
dead malls
Irving housing

got that wrong

appropriate tech
Arduino μcontrollers
Backwoods Home
Fractal antenna

fun social media stuff

(nobody does!)

Like my brownhouse:
   inside a capital L
Tuesday, November 17 2015 [REDACTED]
Early in the day, I banged out some more code for my Ahmed Mohamed clock, eventually taming sprawling sprigs of new ability and getting things to a state where the next feature won't break the whole thing. I can tweak more functionality out of poorly-planned code than most other programmers, but experience has taught me that exuberant coding must be tamed or that code will be the last code added. By the end of the day, my Ahmed Mohamed clock had pretty much all the functionality of a digital wristwatch I wore as a teenager. It could act as a stopwatch or as a countdown timer. The only thing it lacks at this point is keypad interactions with the ten alarms. These alarms still have to be set by serial interface, though almost every other feature can be set or viewed using either the keypad on the device itself or via the serial interface. The complexity of the interface options is why the source code for the clock is now over 80 kilobytes. As for the compiled code, it now occupies nearly 23 kilobytes, which is 75% of an Atmega328. It's not impossible to imagine an elaborate clock requiring an Arduino Mega2560, which provides 256 kilobytes for compiled code.
Other things I did today included the installation of most of the trim around the now-exposed masonry south wall of the main guestroom in the basement. Due to the removal of drywall, a rough drywall edge had been exposed, and some sort of trim was the only solution. I'd bought the plastic kind that is incompatible with all forms of fungal life, and the shape had an the cross section of a capital L. I installed the trim so the apex of the L was furthest from the corner the trim was covering, since there were things that needed to intrude into the void inside the trim.
It was a cold day, but Gretchen found warmth down in the greenhouse upstairs, where she slept until temperatures fell into the 60s. But then, the sun had set and it was after 5:00pm. The greenhouse upstairs doesn't have much besides drywall and air for a thermal mass, but after a sunny day it stays warm in there until dark.

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