2018-12-14 (F) Weekly Summary

Sometimes people are inspired by clever hacks and sometimes they need someone to show them how to start. This video was definitely the second category and involved Justin Atkin showing people what they may want in their budding biology laboratory. Unlike a simple shopping list, this was partially about which tools to build instead of purchase. Pretty good perspective, if you ask me.

Researchers connected a wheeled robotic base to a plant and handed over the controls to the plant. Or is the robot using the plant as a light sensor to drive toward it? Maybe this line does not need to be drawn. It is an interesting question to me.

The ModuKey project took a couple of detours this week. The first was pleasant. I want to bring one of my science-loving cousins a trinket at the yearly family reunion. One of the simple 2x2 ModuKey boards was fitted with three keyswitches, a battery holder, and an RGB LED. The board was not meant for this but I am pleased that it worked.

ModuKey gift to my cousin

The on-track portion of ModuKey was filling out some templates which would help me program the keys. Some of the keys were things like momentarily shifting into different typing layers while others were meant to change the current layer. These two techniques have not combined before.

Example of a keymap layer

While progress on the ModuKey was moving forward, work was increasingly difficult and my messy room/office was to blame. It was intensely frustrating to solder or do anything on my desk. I decided that the only way to get my work space in order was to dedicate a few days to organizing it. This may be a train wreck.

A clean desk

The desk was cleaned first and next was a wire rack in the corner of my room. It was littered with various bins and boxes that had not been touched in a year. Some of the boxes were used regularly and I didn't sort through them but anything that wasn't used regularly was sorted, or emptied and taken off the shelf. Everything on the shelf was meant to be readily accessible and accessed regularly. It was trimmed to meet those criteria.

A tidy shelf

The rest of the summary posts have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1
Completed projects from year 2
Completed projects from year 3
Completed projects from year 4
Completed projects from year 5

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