plot serial data? Answered

Hello  i need to know how to plot serial data on computer , i have a data that comes from sonar sensor via xbeee to pin 19 rx on arduino mega , i can read those value but i need to plot it versus time and save its value  for pid results. i tried simplot and it work but it dosent save data, and im stuck on matlab and i couldnt make it work.

Asked by adiga123 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Plot a diagonal line? Answered

PD17200,11600; i am sure I should know this. I need to plot a diagonal line from 17200 to 11600  Obviously there are more X points than Y points. Is there a handy algorithm to work out how may X points to ploy against Y? My current solution is to extract the difference - 5600 and divide the Y by that  11600/5600 = 2.1 So you plot 2.1 Y points for every X point. Somehow this seems wrong? i am sure I should know this.

Asked by rickharris 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


What is Your Favorite Naruto Plot Arc?

The original series arcs: The Zabuza Arc, The Chunin Arc, The Invasion Arc, The Tsunade Arc, The Race Arc, or The Sasuke Arc.

Posted by Wabadee 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Real time plotting in Matlab

Hey ppl need some help, im working on a temperature controller that is based on 89c52 microcontroller, the sensor data is conv to digital by an adc0804 & the data is sent to the pc via the rs232 port, i need to plot a temp graph using matlab in real time, ive read that the hold function could be used but i havent had any success so far........ need help with the matlab code, the rest is fine... the baud rate is 9600

Posted by vedvern 10 years ago


problem with annotate()

Hi im trying to plot live data on python from an arduino through the serial port  i found some difficult with annotate function i don't know how to configure the third parameter (position) python code import serial # import Serial Library import time #import time import numpy  # Import numpy import matplotlib.pyplot as plt #import matplotlib library from drawnow import * temperature= [] vitesse= [] charge= [] current= [] Time = [] arduinoData = serial.Serial('com5', 9600) #Creating our serial object named arduinoData plt.ion() #Tell matplotlib you want interactive mode to plot live data cnt=0 ##fig1 = plt.figure() STARTINGTIME = round(time.time(),2) def makeFig(): #Create a function that makes our desired plot         plt.subplot(2,2,1)     plt.subplot(2,2,1).annotate(str(temperature)+','+ str(Time), textcoords='offset points')     plt.title('Live Streaming Temperature Sensor Data')     plt.ylabel('Temperature C')     plt.grid(True)     plt.plot(temperature, 'ro-')     plt.subplot(2,2,2)     plt.subplot(2,2,2).annotate(str(vitesse)+','+ str(Time), textcoords='offset points')     plt.title('Live Streaming Speed Sensor Data')     plt.ylabel('Speed KM/H')     plt.grid(True)     plt.plot(vitesse, 'bo-')     plt.subplot(2,2,3)     plt.subplot(2,2,3).annotate(str(charge)+','+ str(Time), textcoords='offset points')     plt.title('Live Streaming SOC Sensor Data')     plt.ylabel('Battery Charge %')     plt.grid(True)     plt.plot(charge, 'go-')     plt.subplot(2,2,4)     plt.subplot(2,2,4).annotate(str(current)+','+ str(Time), textcoords='offset points')     plt.title('Live Streaming Current Sensor Data')     plt.ylabel('Current A')     plt.grid(True)     plt.plot(current, 'yo-')     while True: # While loop that loops forever     while (arduinoData.inWaiting()==0): #Wait here until there is data         pass #do nothing     arduinoString = arduinoData.readline() #read the line of text from the serial port     dataArray = arduinoString.split(';')   #Split it into an array called dataArray     temp = float (dataArray[0])     vite = float (dataArray[1])     char = float (dataArray[2])     curr = float (dataArray[3])     temperature.append(temp)                     #Build our temperature array by appending temp readings     vitesse.append(vite)                     #Build our vitesse array by appending temp readings     charge.append(char)                     #Build our charge array by appending temp readings     current.append(curr)                     #Build our current array by appending temp readings     Time.append(round(time.time(),2) - STARTINGTIME)     drawnow(makeFig)                       #Call drawnow to update our live graph     plt.pause(0.00001)     cnt=cnt+1     if(cnt>50):         temperature.pop(0)         vitesse.pop(0)         charge.pop(0)         current.pop(0)

Posted by SoufianeG 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


any software dealing with bitmap for arduino plotting or GRBL

I want to build something like a CNC. But using a pen instead of CNC's drill so that I can use it to draw image. I searched a lot about G-code, but they are all for vectorgraph. So I need help if there is any software that can translate the bitmap to G-code? THANKS

Posted by asygoogle 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago



help writing a story?

I know that this type of question has been absolutely done to death (where did that expression come from anyway?) but I have a premise for a science fantasy story. I have a skeleton of an Idea of what the story will be, but here's what I have so far. Time: unspecified. Disaster: sometime in the distant past, a disaster the likes of which hadn't been seen since the biblical day's of old was swiftly falling upon the land. Somewhere in in the middle of the pacific ocean, a poisonous green fog begins to seep off of an unremarkable island, volcanic in origin, about a square mile in size. This wouldn't have been a problem, since such a small amount of fog would have eventually lost itself in the vastness of the planets atmosphere, and the stuff it was made of was largely biodegradable through a variety of ways found in nature. So it was sensationalized for a while, with the usual kerfluffle, and then it was quietly forgotten as some new crisis arose, banished to the shady corners of science, with only the ocassional visit from some obscure science foundation sponsored trip. And that was that. That is, until, somebody noticed it was growing. And  sure enough, it seemed that, contrary to what the specialists said, it was slowly, steadily, patiently growing, getting thicker and thicker. Eventually, (about four years) an expedition was chartered to go into the now opaque cloud. Here is one adventurers account of what it was like. " After a looong and boring flight, we neared the destination. Looking out, all I could see was what looked like a big greenish-brown mound. the truly weird thing about it was that it's edges weren't very well defined and looked like what you would expect something like a giant cloud of steam would look like that was left to dissipate, but there was a definite edge to it that billowed like a great sheet of canvas in the wind" Note: this is not the end of the story and setting, just my present atention span. I promise to include more of the setting and premise in the comments, but for now i'm completely fried. 

Asked by RGoI 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Using a plot leveling lazer to turn on a light? Answered

I have an uncle who want to make a light that will turn on when a senser come in parallel with a 360 degree plot level. to be attached to some heavy equipment to allow him to grade some property. any help? he was trying to avoid using a processer or computer, but whatever it takes to due it.

Asked by red9er 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


. Plot the magnitude of the couple M required to hold the system in equilibrium as a function of θ for 0 ≤ θ ≤ 2π

The magnitude of the force P applied to the piston of an engine system during one revolution of crank AB is shown in the figure below. Plot the magnitude of the couple M required to hold the system in equilibrium as a function of θ for 0 ≤ θ ≤ 2π.

Asked by zineb88 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


How to graph MPU6050 data?

I am using the MPU6050 sensor. I want to plot the graphs of accelerometer and the gyroscope data that I am reading via arduino. I have created a programme where I can plot 3D blocks of accelerometer and the gyroscope and then use the Complementary Filter to combine them together and get a nice and precise data. However, now I want to use the processing to plot the data from the accelerometer and the gyroscope and also to show the comparison with the complementary filter. Does anyone know how can I do that or anyone know any tutorial regarding this or has done a similar programme?

Asked by Bam Boy 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Mobile video game idea and mechanics needed

I've been wanting to create a game for a while and have learned mot off all the aspects needed...modelling,texturing,scripting(my specialty)....what i need is a good plot and possibly mechanics i can do the scripting...i am looking to focus on a survival horror genre...so if the plots could be generated around that area it would be nice and appreciated

Posted by kofo_14 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Does anyone have any good ideas for an action movie?

My friend Josh and I considered making an action movie, mostly just for kicks and giggles. however, I need a good, solid Idea in order to write the script. I already tried facebook, but got nowhere. anyway, I was thinking something along either a James Bond style or a Matrix style.  in the paraphrased words of Neo, "it's going to need guns. lots of guns." also any tips on cheap (safe?) stunts, camera tips, and other helpful hints are welcome and appreciated. I have access to some high-adventure equipment , so heights aren't much of an issue on the stunts point. Thanks in advance! Ciao!

Asked by AlternateLives 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Writing Partner

I am hoping to write with somebody on an experimentation novella of sci-fiction. English speakers are preferred, will be an informal schedule, focusing on plot and setting, symbolism is a lesser aspect, professional quality, and will self edit their work. I have a plot and idea, would like to write the novella using a tennis style of writing alternating chapters. I may self-published (Lulu.com). Working under the CC licenses. Wouldn't at all mind having a long term writing partner. Comment here or email me at 94johnjy94@gmail.com! :D

Posted by JohnJY 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Flea Market?

Does anyone know where I could find a map for a road trip that would plot out flea markets? I would be leaving from Central Ontario Canada. Thanks everyone :0)

Asked by porcupinemamma 9 years ago


Comic strip writing

Hello, this is my first post. I'm looking to draw a sarcastic comic strip and am looking for tips for writing it. I have character ideas and a plot but having the catchy writing will help

Posted by Gagreg 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


google earth trail to GARMIN Edge705?

I've used Google Earth to plot a nice trail - how do I get that trail transfered into my Garmin Edge 705 so it can guide me as we go?

Asked by lefties 9 years ago


User statistics report -- breakdown by traffic source is buggy

Here's the second bug I've found with the resurrected user statistics report (/you/stats/).  If you choose the option "By Traffic Source", the y-axis scale and detailed numbers get really weird. The first plot below shows the inclusive last-3-months data for my top five I'bles, while the second shows the same data broken down by traffic source. As you can see, the data points are all at 62 and 125 (from which I guess that the first is actually 62.5 :-). I think what's happened is that the data has gotten multiplied by 500/8 before plotting.

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago


Hello!

I just joined this group. I'm going out and hopefully getting a tub of K'nex today. The guns look really cool to make and design! In my mind I've been plotting out some ideas, so hopefully I'll be contributing some K'nex guns!

Posted by linkmaster03 12 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Stepper motors, plotters, millers and Arduino??? How does it work!?

So I would love to have a little help here understanding how these arduino drawing, milling, and plotting contraptions work. So I know that the stepper motor is for precision, but when you hook it up to gears and stuff, how does arduino know where the stepper motor is if its like on a track or gear? Say you have a stepper motor connected to a corkscrew gear. Some corkscrew gears may be large and others may be small. How does Arduino know where the motor is on that plane?? How do you import pictures or 3D objects to Arduino to make it draw/plot/mill? Thanks!

Posted by HavocRC 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Three Peaks?

Hi People,We're due to tackle this event http://threepeakschallenge2008.blogspot.com starting on 5 July.Everytime someone looks at our web page, their server location is plotted on our web page world map.It would be great to have hits from right around the World.Thanks everyone.Jon

Posted by jonpum3 11 years ago


Kids!! What makes you want to start the day??

Instead of letting the moms of the world plot against you, why not have YOUR say? https://www.instructables.com/id/Top-10-Evil-Techniques-to-Get-your-Teen-out-of-Bed/

Posted by cburrevans 8 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Hard Drive Help!

Well, I was rummaging through an old computer, and met up with Mr. Hard Drive, and his evil plot of frustration for all, Is there any way I can run the motor in the drive to spin the discs? I have included the wires running out of the drive.

Posted by bumpus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


User statistics report -- changing duration zeroes result

The newly-resurrected user statistics feature appears to have a bug.  If you switch the time duration from "last month" to "last year", all the bin values go to zero, and the plot scale runs from -1 to 0:

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Magnetics software for optimizing coil design?

Dear Instructables, I need to design coils for a matress that would emit a uniform magnetic field. Does anyone know of a free software program that plots magnetic field strength of a coil? Many thanks! Mike

Asked by Cburg1 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Magnetics software for designing magnet coils?

Dear Instructables, I need to design magnetic coils for a mattress that would emit a uniform magnetic field. Does anyone know of a basic program that would plot flux density over the coils? Preferably free! Thanks! Mike

Posted by Cburg1 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Three Peaks Challenge

Hi People,We're due to tackle this event http://threepeakschallenge2008.blogspot.com starting on 5 July.Everytime someone looks at our web page, their server location is plotted on our web page world map.It would be great to have hits from right around the World.Thanks everyone.Jon

Posted by jonpum3 11 years ago


any one with an idea of a simple to construct well water pump(30ft) and with head pressure for a savonious turbine?

I live in a remote area where electricity is not there and sometimes we do experience long dry spells. during the dry spells, wind is present although not too strong. i want to use this wind power with savonious turbine to irrigate a nearby one acre plot. water is 30ft and below.

Asked by Hezz 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Make your own philips screwdriver?

If I want a flat screwdriver in an odd size, I can take a piece of metal, heat it, pound it flat on one end and file or grind to shape; something within reach of even the clumsiest blacksmith. Is there some trick I'm missing that allows similarly simple home construction of a philps-style screwdriver? Or are they part of a plot to allow only factories to make screwdrivers :-)

Posted by westfw 11 years ago


Four Keyed Safe?

Ok, so in a book I recently read, the plot of the story was to find the keys to a safe the boys father had left him for his 13th birthday.  This safe had four keyholes with four matching keys, so I want to replicate this safe.  Any ideas on how to create blueprints for it.  Remember, the safe had four keys on the outside, it's not like one safe, then another, then another. Anything would be helpful. Thanks

Asked by whiskrs 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Video game IDEAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!! This question is for people who like games like minecraft, or at least the building aspect. I am making a video game and am going dry on ideas. The game is based on mayhem, and in the story combines past, present, and future. I need small ideas, not a whole new plot, so things like enemies or something like that. (Please don't leave comments like "Well this would be too hard, you shouldn't try to make a game) Those are annoying!

Asked by theodore665 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Whats your favorite Star wars Quote

Now some famous qotes that hundreds of people know are from the Star Wars Saga, like "You underestimate the power of the Dark Side" and "Size matters not" and more. My Favorite is probably the most famous Star Wars quote of them all, "No Luke, I am your father", its also a famous plot twist, so whats your favorite Star Wars quote?

Posted by FFVIIBOY 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


DC power logging, or at least measuring (for solar panel & devices)

I have searched and searched, but I can't seem to find what I need. I want to be able to log power and plot a V-I graph and a P-t graph. I was picturing tapping into an iphone charge cable (for example) and wiring in connections. Here, I could connect the device, so that when i connect the phone via charging usb cable, current runs through the device and is measured, and voltage is read from inlet of the device to gnd. Do these exist? I'd like to also use it for a solar panel (putting a big wire loop resistor for a load to draw max power) so that I could see where the power tops out, what voltage is yielded when the max current is drawn, etc. It would be nice to be able to plot data points in excel for example. Any idea? Even if I can't LOG the data, I'd like to be able to read instant power use, not just V and A. I've seen the inline USB meters that do that. Anything helps! Thank you!

Posted by Phoenix17 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


anyone intrested in an instructbl about making stairs, or chare experiences?

For work (carpentry) I make also staircases. very nice work.    Design (and plotting it all out) I do nowadays with sketchup, before it was working on big sheets of paper. As (for me) making an instructable is time consuming (but fun), better ask first if someone is intrested. And i would like to learn about other ways in design and aproach of staircases. I learned it myself, and seem to be staying within the same kind of construction.

Asked by tekaka 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Making a video game? PLEASE REPLY!!!

Hi all, i want to make a video game. i want it to be kinda like gta san andreas. i have 0 models, 0 anims, a little of a plot, and an idea 4 a setting. i need to know how to code it... make an exe... catch my drift. i am going to spend LOTS of time on this. i dont want to spend money but will if absolutely nesescary. PLEASE HELP!!! Kindly, DO NOT reply if ur not gonna give me somthing helpful.

Asked by sci4me 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Any video game ideas?

Hello, I am making a game and I have ran out of ideas. I has hoping that maybe some people might have ideas they would want in a game. It has a building aspect to it like minecraft, or terraria. The game Is about a merge of time lines, like Medieval knights and gulf war soldiers. I don't really want a whole new plot, but small ideas like enemies or other little parts.           Also If I use your idea, I will tell you and if its implemented in the game i might even pay you.Thanks you!

Posted by theodore665 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Grow 100 lbs of potatoes in 4 square feet

Learn how to grow 100 lbs. of potatoes* in a tiny plot with some lumber, potato seeds, and some careful watering. When I move into a new place where I can finally put my garden this is one idea I'd love to try out and see if it works.And then I will be the Spud King of my neighborhood, giving potatoes to all the kids for Halloween because that's a lot more than I normally eat. Link via Lifehacker*45 kg in .37 square meters for everyone else

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Any Maple alternatives?

I need a something that plots graphs (three-dimensional is better), solves differential equations and counts integrals - Maple would be ideal - plus I think that learning to use it is a nice constructive thing to do in the summer before starting university, but it costs a lot more than I can painlessly pay...  Any ideas? Probably some older versions are free or cheap, or there are any other programs? I looks like I'm only going to use it in the summer as they probably should give something to students... To be more specific, I'm trying to learn GTR and calculate some geodesics.

Asked by gruffalo child 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Our Homemade Short Films

Hi everyone! Just wanted to share with you the homemade short films we make! We, the fathomlis team, and our eldest brother sometimes come together as 'MidNight' to create these. We do the acting, he does the rest. Most of them don't  have a story at all, but with Only a Month we tried to at least have some kind of plot line. Just be advised, These shorts aren't really professional or anything. Hope you enjoy! Comment what you think... Here are a few... Check out the rest here. Fist Full of Mad People: The Recce Fist Full of Mad People 2

Posted by Fathomlis 2 years ago


Where U At?

I know that the USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, UK, Australia, and New Zealand are all represented on Instructables. What other countries are represented? Are we in all seven continents? (give or take Antarctica, since only scientists and penguins live there). How many of the states of the USA are here? What's our membership by country? Is our membership only limited to earthbound beings, or do we have any astronauts or other in the ranks? Are all of our members even human? You have answers, post 'em. Just put something like "Texas, USA, here", or "Gusev Crater, Mars, here".That way we know where we're at After that, plot your location on the membership map.

Posted by KentsOkay 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Nerd Pride Movie Night: Real Genius, 4/20 at Instructables HQ

We're hosting Nerd Pride Movie Night here at Instructables HQ at 8pm Friday the 20th of April. First movie: Real Genius starring a young Val Kilmer. A fabulous nerd comedy classic from 1985- see it and recognize the source or all those great quotes.Plot summary: A group of exceptionally bright students are unwittingly involved in the development of a military weapon.We'll provide the popcorn. Location: Instructables, 2175 Monarch St, Alameda, CANote that the mapping programs don't get our location exactly right. We're in the control tower at the old Alameda naval air base.Directions hereWhat is Nerd Pride Movie Night?

Posted by canida 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Commands needed in R language?

Hello everyone I hope that you are fine. Because I am starter, I am facing difficulties in figuring out commands that do the following: Find the sample mean M and sample standard deviation S Build the histogram. Find if the shape of the distribution is close to normal or not. Add to the histogram plot the line corresponding to the probability density function of the normal distribution using obtained mean and standard deviation. Set up a 95% CI for the sample mean, using your values of M,S and N Use the temperature (tempc and tempf) data given in the excel sheet. You can download the excel sheet from following link: https://app.box.com/s/8uw6os46iibmx4n5t21q Kind Regards raishikoh

Asked by raishikoh 4 years ago


Inkless printer- Laser or Heat to engrave Paper

Hello,I am currently searching for projects that print on paper using heat, lasers or other inkless technology. The problem I ran into is that a search for burn, laser and thermal in combination with printer and paper allways brings many results that are irrelevant (laser printers, thermal transfer printers and such).What I did find is http://www.flickr.com/photos/jabella/438212343/in/set-72157600033633262/ for example. Though commercial laser solutions seem a bit "too much" and overpriced to plot a bit on paper.Does anyone here have any links to projects that use heat or other methods to print on paper?I guess it could be as simple as a plotter using a weak soldering iron ;-)

Posted by schorhr 11 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Help with annotate function in python

Hi everyone I'm trying to plot live data on Python from an arduino through the serial port. I found some difficulties with annotate function. I don't know how to configure it or whether the place where I have put annotate function is it the the right place or not For example: for every point in temperature, i want the value to be printed next to the point ? this is my python code import serial # import Serial Library import time #import time import numpy  # Import numpy import matplotlib.pyplot as plt #import matplotlib library from drawnow import * temperature= [] vitesse= [] charge= [] current= [] Time = [] arduinoData = serial.Serial('com5', 9600) #Creating our serial object named arduinoData plt.ion() #Tell matplotlib you want interactive mode to plot live data cnt=0 ##fig1 = plt.figure() STARTINGTIME = round(time.time(),2) def makeFig(): #Create a function that makes our desired plot     plt.subplot(2,2,1)     plt.subplot(2,2,1).annotate(str(temperature)+','+ str(Time), textcoords='offset points')     plt.title('Live Streaming Temperature Sensor Data')     plt.ylabel('Temperature C')     plt.grid(True)     plt.plot(temperature, 'ro-')     plt.subplot(2,2,2)     plt.subplot(2,2,2).annotate(str(vitesse)+','+ str(Time), textcoords='offset points')     plt.title('Live Streaming Speed Sensor Data')     plt.ylabel('Speed KM/H')     plt.grid(True)     plt.plot(vitesse, 'bo-')     plt.subplot(2,2,3)     plt.subplot(2,2,3).annotate(str(charge)+','+ str(Time), textcoords='offset points')     plt.title('Live Streaming SOC Sensor Data')     plt.ylabel('Battery Charge %')     plt.grid(True)     plt.plot(charge, 'go-')     plt.subplot(2,2,4)     plt.subplot(2,2,4).annotate(str(current)+','+ str(Time), textcoords='offset points')     plt.title('Live Streaming Current Sensor Data')     plt.ylabel('Current A')     plt.grid(True)     plt.plot(current, 'yo-') while True: # While loop that loops forever     while (arduinoData.inWaiting()==0): #Wait here until there is data         pass #do nothing     arduinoString = arduinoData.readline() #read the line of text from the serial port     dataArray = arduinoString.split(';')   #Split it into an array called dataArray     temp = float (dataArray[0])     vite = float (dataArray[1])     char = float (dataArray[2])     curr = float (dataArray[3])     temperature.append(temp)                     #Build our temperature array by appending temp readings     vitesse.append(vite)                     #Build our vitesse array by appending temp readings     charge.append(char)                     #Build our charge array by appending temp readings     current.append(curr)                     #Build our current array by appending temp readings     Time.append(round(time.time(),2) - STARTINGTIME)     drawnow(makeFig)                       #Call drawnow to update our live graph     plt.pause(0.00001)     cnt=cnt+1     if(cnt>50):         temperature.pop(0)         vitesse.pop(0)         charge.pop(0)         current.pop(0)

Posted by SoufianeG 3 years ago


help code problems i want to pause each word after is scrolls in for about half a sec or so

I believe this is the section of code that needs to be altered? // Plot each character of the message one column at a time, updated the display, shift bitmap left. void AlphabetSoup1() {   char msg[] = "  Enjoy the Vittles  ";   for (int charIndex=0; charIndex < (sizeof(msg)-1); charIndex++)   {     int alphabetIndex = msg[charIndex] - ' ';     if (alphabetIndex < 0) alphabetIndex=0;         //-- Draw one character of the message --     // Each character is only 5 columns wide, but I loop two more times to create 2 pixel space betwen characters     for (int col = 0; col < 6; col++)     {       for (int row = 0; row < 8; row++)       {         // Set the pixel to what the alphabet say for columns 0 thru 4, but always leave columns 5 and 6 blank.         bool isOn = 0;         if (col<5) isOn = bitRead( alphabets[alphabetIndex][col], 7-row ) == 1;         Plot( numCols-1, row, isOn); // We ALWAYS draw on the rightmost column, the shift loop below will scroll it leftward.       }            //-- The more times you repeat this loop, the slower we would scroll --       for (int refreshCount=0; refreshCount < 10; refreshCount++)         RefreshDisplay();       //-- Shift the bitmap one column to left --       for (int row=0; row<8; row++)       {         for (int zone=0; zone < numZones; zone++)         {           // This right shift would show as a left scroll on display because leftmost column is represented by least significant bit of the byte.           bitmap[row][zone] = bitmap[row][zone] >> 1;                     // Roll over lowest bit from the next zone as highest bit of this zone.           if (zone < maxZoneIndex) bitWrite(bitmap[row][zone], 4, bitRead(bitmap[row][zone+1],0));                   }       }     }   } }

Asked by bdexter 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Titanic: Adventure out of time

Titanic: Adventure out of time is the best computer game I have ever played. It was released in 1996 by cyberflix. The main plot begins on the titanic the night the ship hits the icberg. You have a mission with many sub missions, that inclueds finding many items and doing many other things. You mission all boils down to getting 4 items. Depending on what you get and what you dont, you alter the corse of history. The optimum ending stops WW 1 and 2 and the cold war from happening. Its a truley awesome game Anyway, the reason Im posting this forum is I would like to discuss it with other people. If you have this game or have played it, Post a comment and you will be bombarded with questions from me :-)Thanks!Wikipedia link about this game.

Posted by I_am_Canadian 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Bio-Char Pellets

I didn't see a speel on this topic yet so now we have one. I wrote this to a forum for bio-pellet maker's and thought that I would pass it along to you to read. Enjoy. ______________________________________________________ Hello, I am new to the forum and to pellet making altogether really. I am an open researcher of the net at the present time have become interested in many topics I come across. The downfall of the net, for some, is that there so much information, it can boggle the mind. I ran across the videos put out by the web site on YouTube and decided to pose a question to the site administrator. They still have not gotten back to me, but I think from the posts on the forum you are a pretty busy group - he is likely looking into it. The newest thing on the 'Save the World' front is Bio-char. I asked if the pellet machine would be able to convert bio-char into a pellet form. I do know that the bio-char can be hand pressed, or screw extruded into briquettes. This is done in many countries around the world. What I think would work the best is the small pellets that your group are making. I will give a little bit of back ground for my idea. Researchers who have explored the rain forests of the Amazon have come across a soil type which is man-made. They call it 'Terra-Preta' or 'Dark Earth'. I have found out that the soil of the rain forest is not particularly suited to growing vegetation (this surprised me) and the ancient civilizations in the area would treat the soils. These plots of land they are finding today are estimated to be 100's of years old (in terms of last use) and are amazingly fertile as compared to other soils in the immediate area. They only run 4-5 feet in depth and cover the known growing plot area of the period. Today’s natives actually hunt out these plots and sell the fertile soil as an income. The keys to this fertile soil is a high carbon content and pottery chards. Both materials are very porous in nature. What happens is the nutrients that come to the treated soil gets trapped in the pores of the material and are held there, rather than being washed straight through the soil. These nutrients are then extracted from the material be the root systems of the plants as they grow. As the spaces in the material open up again they are refilled with newly arrived nutrients. This material has proven that it can remain in the soil for 100's of years - as is found in the 'Terra-Preta' plots. By the way these plots are not isolated to the Amazon they are found around the World in different areas. The thing is that the way they are made - the technique was lost. These plots around the World are being used up and the farmers are running out of nutrient rich natural (organic) soil. Some feel that the burning of the fields in the way to go as it has been done that way for ages. Well, the soil is dying and it working. The soils are being depleted. Plant matter which is made of carbon, takes its building blocks from the soil and therefore the soil is lacking carbon after centuries of use. But, because we had one lazy, or work saving generation, who knows how long ago, we have lost the technique of how to care for the soils. Tests run in Africa are showing an amazing 500+% increase in crop yields in the first year. They are still using un-organic fertilizers as that is what they thought they needed, but that can change now. Their soil is so bad in some areas that nothing would grow. If any farmer could get a 20% increase in annual yields they would be happy. The reason that the use of chemicals came into large use was because of the depleted soils. If the chemicals did not wash away (trapped in the carbon for future use) there would be less need in the future. Ideally there would be none needed in the future. So what are we doing? At present we grow plant material, burn it, and release the carbon into the atmosphere. I don't go for the global warming thing, but do feel it is not a good thing happening. The dirt on my car every day tells me that things are changing for the worse - I didn't see that as a child. What we can do is grow the plant material, burn a portion of it to covert another portion of the material back into carbon, and put that carbon back into the soil. This cuts emissions to the air (from that aspect of society) to 50% of what it was. Pellets can play a big part in this. My idea was to convert plant matter to char and the char to pellets. The pellets would be good as they are finding in test fields that the microbes in the soils like to grow in the larger pieces. 'It makes the soil happy' - they have a community of their own. You do not want too large of chunks as that makes the soil difficult to work with. Too small of piece (on surface soil) will be blown away on windy days. The windblown soil may not seem like a big thing, but the carbon has the nutrients now remember. Keep all you can on the fields instead of the forest. If you wish to recarbonize the forest soil, spread it through the forest in your spare time. It should be said here that the carbon upon introduction to the soil will deplete the soil of nutrients at first. This is the carbon 'charging' itself. The pores of the carbon are filling and will have the nutrients there; it just looks like the nutrients are gone. This is why it is a good idea to pre-charge the carbon before introduction to the soil. Mix it with compost or manure for a couple of weeks and let the pores fill. The nutrients will then be added to the soil with the carbon. This where the pottery chars they find in 'Terra-Preta' come from. They are the holding vessels from the indoor urinals and toilets - charged and stinky they were broken in the fields. This may not work as far as making pellets from bio-char goes. What about bio-char from pellets. This would be easy to test for you people. You have the machines and the wits to do it. The market is there if you want to sell the end material. Every back-yard composter, in every city will want this stuff. I hope I wasn't too long winded on this. It is an important topic, especially if you are a rural resident. City dwellers with a green thumb can help, but the rural residents hold a majority of the bio-matter. For more information Google 'bio-char' also 'making charcoal from wood' you can get into the worm castings and all that, but once the nutrients are in your soil the rest of the good things will come and live there without help.

Posted by strmrnnr 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Colossal (to me, anyway) Compost Kerfuffle

[warning: contains some rant-like content]I am so angry that I can't see straight. My apartment building has a Community Garden, which is good. Our rules and guidelines which are especially emphatic about keeping the gardens all natural and organic, and chemical and pesticide-free. To this end, there is an "Approved Garden Products" list specifying the chemicals and fertilizers that may be used in the gardens. The list includes "Walt's" brand organic fertilizer, "Cedar Grove" compost, and six product made by Miracle-Gro.I had two 4' x 5' plots in the Community Gardens last year, which I heavily amended with the compost from my worm bins. I submitted a request to have an organic fertilizer mix that I have on hand added to the approved list, but the only response I received was another employee telling me: "I emailed Jane (not her real name) about it, and she emailed back to tell to you that Walt's is the best one to use." I should have followed up on this, but was too angry and aghast to speak to Jane about it immediately, and later never did get around to grasping that particular nettle.This year I'm doing just one 4' x 5' plot. I dug in some compost on Sunday, and on Tuesday I received the following letter (all names have been changed for internet purposes):Dear Ms. Gorfram,I wanted to follow up with you regarding an email I received about "homemade" compost that you may be using in your garden.The garden agreement has specific items that can be used in the garden, unless you are using a combination of those ingredients, your "homemade" compost hasn't been approved yet. If you would like to submit the ingredients of your compost for review we can take a look at it and try to get it on the list as well. In the mean time please use only the Cedar Grove compost or any other product on the approved list.We appreciate you help in this matter.Sincerely,Jane Doe,Property Manager(Spelling and punctuation very much hers, very much verbatim)She insulted my compost. She accused me of violating the gardening agreement. She is demanding that I list every last darned thing that I ever put into my compost and submit it to her for approval. She appears to be confusing my compost with the fertilizer that I asked to have added to the approved list. She either does not necessarily believe that I do make my own compost, or she is misusing quotation marks to indicate emphasis. ...She insulted my compost!Not wanting to alienate the manager of my apartment building by telling her that she is a slavering ignoramus who does not know the difference between compost and fertilizer, I responded with the following:In re: your letter of June 9, 2009Dear Ms. Doe,Perhaps there is some misunderstanding about my use of soil amendments in my Community Garden plot.The compost that I use in my garden plot contains no chemicals or pesticides. It is made entirely from vegetable waste from my kitchen and garden, to which I add water and locally native earthworms. It is my understanding that this sort of bulk organic matter does not need to be reviewed for the Approved Garden Products list. In answer to a related question asked at the July 15, 2008, Community Gardener's Meeting, John Galt (n.b. Jane Doe's boss) said, "As long as it doesn't contain pesticides or chemicals, you don't need to tell us about it."The email your letter refers to may have been in regard to my August, 2008 request to have "Dr. Earth Organic 7" fertilizer added to the Approved Gardening Products list. For your convenience, I have attached a new copy of the information about "Dr. Earth Organic 7" and its ingredients that I submitted with my request. I look forward to receiving approval of "Dr. Earth Organic 7" for use in the Community Gardens, or a statement of your reasons for denying this request, soon.Thank you,Evelyn Q. GorframAm I nuts? Should I be this mad? Should I tell her to take her 20 square feet of soil and suggest where she might put them? Should I demand that we duel at dawn unless she publicly retracts her dread insults to my compost?

Posted by Gorfram 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Tinkerdays 2012 | DIY | prototyping an arduino wall plotter

Tinkerdays 2012 | a 60 hour prototyping event Already the second day of tinkering and we are starting to make progress on our current project, "the hemiphterograaf". We are creating a wall plotter / printer based on the kritzler schematics. Check http://tinkerdays.wordpress.com to keep yourself updated, join the conversation, tell us what you want us to improve and let us know if you think we should write an extensive tutorial. Today will be exiting. - With the use of thermoplastics (beats lego & meccano for certain applications) we will tinker the pen holder. - install the arduino blue tooth shield - update the testcode to synch the steppermotors - complete the stand on which we will secure the steppermotors (which hold the penholder via thread) - install the stepper motor pulleys (and pray they work, if it does, it deserves its own tutorial, more on this later) current state: we'll continue the day at 24/07/2012 | 12:30 GMT

Posted by bashaas 6 years ago


Can anyone help me identify this plant, please? Answered

Found in my new Community Garden plot, among the weeds that had sprung up over the winter. I was going to pull it, but then it starting looking to me like it might be a desirable garden plant. A few clues:garden is in Seattle, WA; in a Temperate Rainforest climate.raised bed garden, filled with a none-too-rich commercial compost, built on top of native soil composed of equal parts clay & glacial till.this plant or its seed survived an unusually long hard freeze (for this area) this last winter, 12 days of temps ranging from 10-20 F.discoloration on leaves is probably Leaf Miner damage, of which our community gardens have a minor plague.just before deciding that it might not be a weed, I discovered that it has a thick white taproot that extends well below the 4 inches or so that I'd dug out.Thanks for any help you can offer.

Asked by Gorfram 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago