Red Echo

March 28, 2011

Right, so, what have I been up to lately?

I spent most of March in a cabin up near Whistler, sick with a flu, or both. I didn’t do as much skiing as I had hoped to, but a quiet cabin in the woods with a fireplace is not a bad place to laze around and get over a flu. I also brought a formidable array of computing hardware and spent a lot of my relaxation time writing code. Some of this was actual day-job work – I brought along the dev boards for my current project – but a fair bit of it was Radian work. In particular, I made solid progress on the two indexed-container objects, map and array.

Most of my time back in Seattle has gone into the ALTSpace project. We have a very substantial sewing workspace, a reasonably well-equipped machine shop, and a rudimentary electronics workbench. There’s a lot of sorting and organizing left to do, and we haven’t even started on the welding room, but it’s coming together. We still don’t have Internet access there yet, but someone who knew what he was talking about took a look at our telecom panel yesterday and figured out what needs to happen next.

I’m still picking away at the next Rhythm Robot prototype. I have finished the layout for the control panel board, which is by far the most complex electronic object I have ever attempted to build, and have actually printed and assembled the MIDI & power daughterboard. I have not yet had time to test the MIDI interface yet but the power regulator works exactly as it is supposed to. The logic board, based on the STM32 Discovery, still needs a fair bit of LED multiplexing circuitry, but I don’t need to finish that in order to make progress on the main control panel and the rest of the hardware needed to make this project go.


  1. Do you guys a have serger in your new workspace? That would definitely be a useful addition.

    Comment by Niviarsiaq — April 6, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

  2. Yes indeed – we have two sergers, in fact, as well as two industrial sewing machines and a couple of tabletop machines. We aso have a cork-topped layout table, a digitizer table and pattern plotter for copying & reproducing patterns, and an ironing station. It is a great place to work with fabric! We need another work table, and I have a nice big tabletop which would fit the bill, but I have to make some time to bolt on the legs and clear out some space for it.

    Comment by Mars Saxman — April 6, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

  3. That sounds great! Pattern Plotters are so amazing- I haven’t had the chance to use one yet but we are learning the basics in my beginning patternmaking class and I can only imagine how useful it would be. Sewing definitely requires a lot of supplies but it sounds like you’ve already got a lot covered. Hope I can see it all someday!!

    Comment by Niviarsiaq — April 7, 2011 @ 2:45 pm