All Mimsy were the Borogoves

A project log for Computer Motivator

If you don't know what a computer motivator is by now, then you have been reading too many textbooks and not watching enough TV.

glgormanglgorman 09/17/2021 at 18:510 Comments

 I am not sure if "mimsy" is quite the way to describe how I am feeling right now.  I was trying to 3D print a planetary drive, using a graphics package that I wrote from scratch, even though I used a commercial 3-d printer to do the actual print, and I ended up with a solid block of gear-ness.  Maybe I should entitle this post ".. and did gyre and gimble in the wabe."  Hopefully, I will have better luck next time, especially if I can conjure up a design for some kind of multi-axis gyroscopic platform, which might be used not so much as a part of an IMU (inertial measurements unit) - since we have GPS and MEMS (!!) accelerometers for that!  Yet, what about giving the Boe-Bot a multi-axis stabilized camera platform, based on the traditional model of the type of stationary platform as was typically used in the IMU in the Apollo spacecraft era.?

 Right now, I am nowhere near doing that, as least as far as "implementation" is concerned, or perhaps it might be easier than I might think.  So where are we?  Perhaps the Boe-bot isn't very good at navigating rough terrain, such as brick-work, or shag carpet, and that makes me think of something otherwise out of the box and as if out nowhere in this context, but which comes to mind, anyway.  How about a Boe-Dozer?  Not a bulldozer, because it's not a bulldozer at all, as it is more like a steam roller, that is to say, if I put that big gear on the front, it should be an easy mod.  Or I can try to finish the oscilloscope code and get a camera mounted, so that I can actually control this thing over Bluetooth.

 Maybe this is finally a good time to open up this page for comments.  What does the hackaday community really need right now?  A C++ compiler for the P2?  A LISP for P2/Arduino that is "just enough lisp" to be able to run ELIZA/SHRDLU?  Or a crystal skull that says "good evening" to passers by on Halloween?  (and then engages them in conversation sort of Eliza like) I don't think I can quite pull that one off, just yet.  The crystal skull part that is.

 A SHRDLU like "planner" with speech recognition and an Eliza like interface is very doable with 3-rd party open source tools.  I just need to finish Frame-Lisp and get the oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer interface running.