2024-05-13

The Obvious - Owen Barfield

 Sometimes it is totally impossible to point out the Obvious to people, there were

many examples of this over the last few years especially, COVID tyranny being one

of them, people refused to admit they were being controlled.

"The obvious is the hardest thing of all to point out to anyone who has

genuinely lost sight of it."

    Owen Barfield



2024-05-12

Humility - C. S. Lewis

 We often make the mistake of assuming humility is thinking less of ourselves.

To the point of thinking we are humble, when we are, in fact, narcissistic.

Lewis has it right here.



2024-05-10

Wheels Of Injustice

 “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims

beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke

into the wheel itself.” 

We face in this world today, many wheels of injustice -

Driven by a media no longer influenced by objectivity, but

by ideology, urged on by governments driven by ideologues

backed by some of the richest men in the world.

The little man suffers, and if the new petty fiefs have their

way, will continue to be surfs, owned and not their own man.


Dietrich Bonhoeffer 


 

2024-04-21

Arduino Controlling a Small DC Motor

So I received a question some time ago (sorry to whomever posted it):

What pin do I hook up a motor to?

The short answer: you don't, not directly.

 

A direct current, or DC, motor is the most common type of motor. DC motors 

normally have just two leads, one positive and one negative. If you connect these

two leads directly to a battery, the motor will rotate. If you switch the leads, the

motor will rotate in the opposite direction.

 

The Arduino can only provide 40mA at 5V on its digital pins. Most motors require

 more current and/or voltage to operate. A transistor can act as a digital switch,

enabling the Arduino to control loads with higher electrical requirements. The 

transistor in this example completes the motor's circuit to ground. Arduinos are

great to direct drive an led or two, but a DC motor will draw too much current, and

will probably fry the Arduino. Here is the circuit to drive the motor:

(In this case, the transistor I'm using is a P2N2222AG, not much different

from a standard 2N2222 - it's what I had within reach when I made the video.)

Now, if you watch the

video,  you will see that

this circuit differs from

the one I show in the video,

in that there is an extra 330

Ohm resistor in parallel to

the 10 K Ohm resistor, this

is because the 10 K resistor

was too high a value, the

voltage to turn on the transistor

was dropped too much, and the transistor would not turn on. With the

330 Ohm and 10K ohm in parallel, the circuit works just fine.

 

Here is the breadboard layout created in Fritzing:

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the video:



Here is the Sketch:

int motorPin = 9; // DC motor is  connected to this pin

void setup() {
  pinMode(motorPin, OUTPUT);
}

void loop() {
  motorOnThenOff();
}

/*******************************************************/
/* MotorOnTheOff turns the motor on, then off          */
/* Code is more-or-less the same as turning an LED     */
/* on and off                                          */
/*******************************************************/

void motorOnThenOff(){
  int onTime = 1000;    // How long does it run?
  int offTime = 2000;   // Turn it off
  digitalWrite(motorPin, HIGH);   // This command turns the motor on
  delay(onTime);                  // run for this many milliseconds
  digitalWrite(motorPin, LOW);    // We're done? Turn motor off
  delay(offTime);                 // Wait for offtime to complete
}

Have fun!


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2024-04-08

A cosmic game of chess, sort of, at least, that's how I am portraying things in this 3 - part video series. The moves which led up to Easter, and check. Part 3 (who knows when that will arrive) will describe mate - an event in the future. When I was much younger, I used to play a chess game called "Battle Chess" it was a chess game which used all the standard rules of regular chess, but the pieces walked to their spots on the board, then they attacked when taking an opponant's piece. This was as close as I could come visually.

View the video:

2024-03-27

Did You Know, God Is A Liar? Dangerous Theology.

Well, according to a number of very foolish blasphemers in the pulpit, He is.

This dangerous blasphemy has been creeping into the pulpit for a few years, but lately, the spread seems to have hit overdrive.

Those of us who follow Christ know the truth of the matter. 

How?

We actually read the Word of God, and believe on His Son.

Re-interpretation of the Bible through a worldly (especially feminist) lens is a very dangerous theology, there are multiple passages about false teachers and false prophets.

A few of them being:

Matthew 24:24 

    For false christs and false prophets will arise and will provide great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

I John 4:1
    Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

II Corinthians 11:13-15

13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

That was just three, here are more references to look up:

II Peter 2:1
I Timothy 6:3 - 5
Matthew 7:15
Jude 1:4

Here's a link to a BUNCH of references - False Teachers

Watch this video:

 

2024-03-23

Model trains, one of my big loves, along with so much technical, musical and literary. In September 2023 we went up to Sydney, BC, where the Victoria Model Railway Show was held.

This show has really shrunk over the years.

It's still worth the trip, though.

Here's a link to a selection of video. It's from my phone, as I forgot my main camera, so the video occasionally flips from horizontal to vertical and back a few times.


2024-03-15

The Big Mystery Make.

 The big mystery make project, what is it, can you guess? Will it work when I'm finished? It's desktop sized, and fairly complex, in fact, it's the most complex thing I've tackled to date, and I'm worried about it. Building it involves Stepper motors, wires, gears, a microcontroller, computer interface,  and lots of 3d printing and metalwork. This is a long one, so, give yourself some time.

 


2024-03-05

Time Travelers

 We are all Time Travelers in this life, after a fashion, we live in a completely linear timeline, we can't exit it, go back or jump ahead in the queue. We can only go forward, time is a river pushing us ever onward at a constant pace, no matter what we are told be TV, Movies, or theorists.

 

Check out my video on Time Travel plotlines in TV and Moveies.


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