2020-05-24 (Su) HouseRobotInterference

The keyboard sequences erred out in a couple of ways, so I tried to combat the situations as they arose. It felt like piling on band-aids, and the thought of starting over crossed my mind more than once. At the same time, preparing for many problems should produce a robust system. I considered different methods altogether, like storing all the words in the Arduino, using a new computer, switching to a random generation website, and converting all the entries to sound files.

The first issue came upon startup when cell A1 was blank. If I tried to initiate text-to-speech without a selection, the keyboard sequence would select Chromium's adblocking plugin, and everything quickly became a mess. I programmed the Arduino to type a few prandom characters in the cell, which didn't hurt anything, and the spot was never blank.

As I slogged through the problems, I saw reliability improvements. There was a mix of regular debugging, like finding out I should perform a newline instead of a tab, but there was also a debugging style new to me, where I could not assume my previous commands worked.

I listened to my work cycling through prandom words while I wrote this journal. I occasionally heard repeated words, but the routines always fixed itself within a few iterations.
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