Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Always loved the view of the rain storms from his loft in the city. They calmed him. They were always a small grace in a world grown too big, too strained. It was a fortunate circumstance that he was able to acquire his home. High enough in the metropolis to still be able to enjoy the daylight, and the night for that matter. He was an investigator; the kind of guy that never sought work, or trouble for that matter, but he always managed to remain busy.
His name was Jon.
~~~Jacob Greenburg ~~~
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
My Master's Thesis:
Monday, August 5, 2013
|A tasty specimen. (courtesy: Wife.)|
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Stress and Reaction.
|That "AHHH" feeling.|
[Catch more after the break]
Friday, July 26, 2013
More to the point, this hike was such a stress relief for me and aided so very much in clearing my head. In fact I probably wouldn't have gotten much done if I had not take a break to go on one or two of these at the height of my stress.
I also have been helping my wife with some photo editing with Gimp a freeware version of the popular photo suite. Since I originally snapped the above photo in her name, I decided it was a good place to learn and show her how to work her project. So here's the result. A gorgeous flower I found in this massive world.
If anyone knows it's species I would love to hear from you.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
here it goes....
Abstraction, [ab*strac*tion]; n. a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance.
ORIGIN: abstract, latin abstractus, "drawn away"
Confirmation, [con*fir*ma*tion]; n. additional proof that something was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct.
ORIGIN: latin con- (with) + firmo, "to firm or strengthen"
What's the difference between the two ideas? Now, I've had some downtime so don't hate; but, occasionally I do like to ramble, as I'm sure your all aware. These ramblings extend beyond my normal oral rhetoric and into something more akin to a, "thought experiment."
So I ask again, "what is the difference?"
I believe it to be one leads to another (abstraction to confirmation), but this cannot happen without the second being there (confirmation to abstraction). To me it lays in a sort of duality. You need one to get the other.
For example, should I dream up a creative idea, I need it to be supported by previous creative ideas. This is true to the point of not be over encumbering of its self. In the end, what am I talking about?
We need to be creative, but at some point we have to prove our ideas.
Its circular in nature.
So with the most recent addition to my "cloud" services, I've decided it's time to talk a little about this.
For those of you who are uninitiated into the world of "the cloud" I'll give a brief introduction. You see, this idea is nothing new really, email services can almost be considered a cloud service. But basically, it's akin to a virtual hard drive of sorts. It's a place for you to store, manage, backup, and share digital information.
While there are many services out now like Google Drive and Microsoft's SkyDrive, my favorite has been https://www.dropbox.com/ . This service is the first one I was introduced to and features a slew of features that the others don't seem to have as readily. For instance, not only is it managed on their servers, but it keeps a copy on my computer as well.
And of course it wouldn't be of any use if it didn't sync between the two automatically, which it does.
Anyways, these services are just a giant server bank somewhere managing your files as efficiently as possible. Giant computer clusters with ridiculous amounts of read only memory. Many companies are jumping on board too. For instance, the Sony PlayStation 3 has cloud saves and Microsoft Xbox 360 now is offering up their rendition.
Extremely useful stuffs!
By the way, my new service is https://soundcloud.com/ . Gots a few friends in California that publish there.
just a shoutout.. slopycopy
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
It's always a sad day when one has to let go of their books. A sad but sometimes necessary action.
Turns out that, along with being collections of knowledge, these things are heavy! It also happens to be that heavy things are not conducive to moving across the country. Therefore, a purge was necessary.
Not to be a complete pessimist this post I do have some great news!
Come August 13th my wife and I will be moving to NY to continue with my education in pursuit of a PhD. Yup, I passed my oral exam/defense and will finish polishing my thesis soon.
Master of Science.
I like the feel.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
|Mmm.. static goodness.|
Of course always being dynamic can be difficult:
I'd rather keep my equations derivative free if possible. So what's a person to do?
Derive Quasi-static Loading!
As far as I can tell it hasn't been done yet , not even sure of its value. Makes a nice slide show of derivations though.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
And a cherry on top! It has a beautiful set of equations with expansions and n degree generalizations.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
|The Walk Home and the Ivy Growth|
|A Beautiful Flower I Decided to Claim for my Loving Wife.|
Since I've been working oh so diligently on my Master's thesis I have not made a post in quite some time. As a matter of fact, I may receive some flack once this post goes public. In my defense I see this medium for writing as a departure from the mundane, a creative outlet if you will. For a change of pace where I can write a touch of a prose without the hampering of "formal" dialog.
It truly is tiring to think of a certain purely logical topic for extended periods of time. Even more so when it extends beyond simple daydream of thought experiments and into a formal communication.
That all being said, I got caught red handed. Back to the grind.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Dieser Beitrag ist meist nur ein kurzes Hallo und ein kleines Snippet von dem, was mein Blog über. Hier werde ich für elektronische Führungen Bewertungen und Erfindungen, die ich arbeite.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Check out the video.
I'd like to get a small screen for it, maybe see if it has bluetooth support?
Friday, February 1, 2013
Here at the University I got a fairly large shipment in today and boy does it feel it Christmas!
Here's a photo of the mystical brown boxes that contain magical wonders and dreams. What could they contain? Where did they come from? What fabulous creations will come of this?
Ok, ok, calm down. We got this and I will be updating you all soon as to what mysteries they contain.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
In all seriousness though, we would most likely be considered second out of four. Not two shabby for two Mechanical Engineering students with no software background!
Needless to say, the event was a success and I look forward to the next time I can lend my talents and ideas.
I met new faces and Many, many movers and shakers in the Lincoln community. Hopefully some of these contacts can get an idea or two off the ground and into a nice start-up. Many Congratulations were to be had and even a few people seeking out advice for their firms projects. Fascinating stuff really.
Here's to Blue Sky Doing, Cheers.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
I think that a good way to start this one off is with a little story.
Back in December of 2012 I had a little project with Christmas lights. Of course with any project there are fail, success, and "I wish I did this." moments.
I failed in that the system was complicated and cumbersome. This was an easy fix with more funds to buy extension cords and maybe some wireless transmitters (see XBee). The success? It worked! I also only got electrocuted once. :P
As for the innovative, great, and "I wish I did this." moment. There's no outlet on my porch and I had to leave my door cracked in the dead of winter. It was cold, Very cold.
This got me thinking, INDUCTIVE CHARGING! I emphasize the idea because it was a little bit of a eureka moment.
The Problem: No power outlet outside.
The Boundary: Glass window.
The Solution: Wireless Power Transmission
So the design would be really simple actually. Two coils opposite each other with magnetics to hold the two plates in the right position. The inside plate plugs into the wall the outside plate has a normal outlet. The part would be getting the voltage you need on the outside. This can be corrected for by stepping up the power on the inside.
It's easy and only might catch on fire.
Since it's impossible for me to have a new project everyday, I've decided to start what I like to call "Blue Sky Dreaming".
This essentially is me rambling about cool ideas and thoughts that might get the mind ticking and possibilities flowing. However, Keep in mind that this is in all actually just being silly and throwing things out there into the cosmos. (Hence blue sky dreaming)
I haven't been able to sleep well the past.. Week. I've decided that while I'm laying in bed maybe I'll "dream" of cool physics principles and applications of understood phenomina. I am not a physicist, but who cares. Call me out on it.
Magnets, How do they work?!
Let's get some basics with our friend Wikipedia.
Ignore most of that and focus on the well know fact that magets can generate electric currents and electric currents can generate magnets. Exciting right?
I was thinking about applications obviously. What would happen if we put two electromagnets in a triad type arrangement with the axis of action pointed off plane and merged at a singular point above the system? Honestly I'm not sure, but stay with me.
Provided the magnet fields play nice and the polaraties remain in the same direction, could we use this triad arrangement to create "Legs" and float a permanant magnet? I've actually seen magnetic levatation using PID control and some crazy sillyness with a single halleffect sensor and ALOT of math to back it up.
As a practical engineer I'd like to set this up. Try it out. Throw caution to the wind!
(some math might be required, but how about we avoid it as much as possible)
Imagine if you will, that this is possible. Now imagine having several of these in a 3D arrangment. Then imagine controlling them with PWM signals. Did we just create a 3 DOF (or larger) Haptic controller??
Let's put that in our pocket and hold onto it for a while. Let it sit and collect dust while we think it through.
Expect some more blue sky dreaming in the future, I've got some ideas using inductive charging. Should be thought provoking if nothing else. I've also got a buddy that's trying to talk me into vacuum tubes. So there's that.
Just got a new Keyboard mount for my tablet (The samsung 7.7).
Hopefully with that I can start making some more posts on a more regular basis. The future looks bright that's for certain.
On another note, Recently I have been involved in several projects of interest. The one being mentioned on this blog earlier has to do with hospital round optimization. This project might actually be in danger of being dropped.
This is only due to time constraints and the fact that I can't program more than a pretty picture in Java. Yes, like it or not, a Mechanical Engineers forte is not programming Java.
That being said, I really do enjoy the IOIO project and overall idea of controling anything and everything with my android based device. The trouble is the overall complexity of programming it. I guess it's just "Easy for some, Hard for many".
Other popular projects include some Finite element analysis on a rover project I am working in a group with. Simple stuff, quick analysis of models they throw at me is all.
Hmmm.. Sparkfun products are hit or miss too. Ordered a power supply from them 1A and 5V. Not exactly a tall order right? Well, the darn thing broke and electricuted me when I tried to fix it. I'm done. I'm throwing it away.
Needless to say, I had to put together my own from spare parts (namely another powersupply and connector). Here's the kicker. It works better than the one I paid good money for!
Yeah, 120 Volts doesn't feel the best on your hand.
It's actually a funny story. I figured I could fix it, so I unplug and take it apart. From there, I adjust it and put it together minus a screw. Plug it in, still doesn't work. Try to unplug it, it comes apart and shocks the heck out of my hand/wrist/arms.
Moral of the story..... Actually I don't one...
Until Later, Here's a stick man getting shocked!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
He also said, "Let's Make This."
I promptly agreed...
Now, time for an engineer/inventor's favorite part. Brainstorming.
Seriously though, I need some thoughts and ideas.
Crazy LCD displays in mask?
Light up power module (center of chest thingy)?
Cool mechanical sounds?
Let's blue sky this for a moment and dream... What would make an amazing Iron Man suit?
Keep E-textiles in mind ;-)
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
I've moved away from the typical Arduino and put in for a IOIO android board. It's rather interesting because it can work with much earlier versions of Android and doesn't require host support like the previous post does.
Here's a sparkfun link to the IOIO board that I want and probably will be getting soon.
Now the project is a little top secret to those of you who are not so close in my design group. Basically though I'm going to try to root a Nook Simple Touch to run the IOIO. This should give me basic I/O, PWM, Analog in, and other fun stuff with full support of an E-Ink touch screen.
The Nook simple touch of course can be found at Barnes and Noble.