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Fantastic contraptions( 25th May 2016 )

I tried to build a lego crane last week, using pulleys and stuff, but it was a depressing failure.
The less said about it, the better.
This week I tried to build a Mindstorms sweetie-sorter. It was also sort of a bust, but at least it was funny, in a 'robots are stupid' kind of way.

First up: the lego colour sensor doesn't recognise orange. It thinks the orange ones are red. So there's that. It DOES has a function to recognise brown, but brown M&Ms aren't the right shade of brown, I guess. They detect as black. Also, grey detects as black, so brown M&Ms are the same colour as my conveyor belt. That sucks.

So, one in six sweets is invisible, and it thinks the orange ones are red. That's not so bad.

My hopper mechanism is cool, extracting one sweet at a time for examination... so long as there's at least a dozen in there. The last few sweets just sorta tumble around and never come out.

But anyway, when a (non-brown) sweet emerges from the hopper, the machine lets it drop into a little carriage, then stops the hopper mechanism.

Then the carriage moves over to my receptacles, and tilts either left or right to tip the sweet into the correct pot. The carriage then rights itself, and returns to the start position to receive the next sweet.

Brown ones screw everything up, of course. I'll have to take those out. And the carriage doesn't so much tip the sweets out as launch them across the table. Also, the carriage traverse mechanism is nice and quick, but tends to explosively disassemble, and then try to drag the carriage around as far as the cable will let it.

So, yeah. It's shit. But it does something, and no individual stage is completely rubbish. I'm not proud, but it's progress.
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13 Aug 17, 16:50
MikeL says:
So what i am saying is, you just do what you want, :) --- a supportive reader.
13 Aug 17, 16:50
MikeL says:
At the same time, Whateley websites are always being plagued by people who are rude and crude and uncomplimentary and even abusive of the authors. Famously, it is said that this is why Diane Castle left. And her stuff was awesome!
13 Aug 17, 16:48
MikeL says:
TY 4 your post. Don't feel bad about "Dawn". I bet DaVinci had a bunch of paintings in his attic he didn't try to sell because he thought they weren't up to snuff.
16 Jul 17, 17:26
E.E. says:
I'm still alive! The Dawn story got some bad feedback on the Whateley forum, so Ive backpedalled a bit. Working on something new.
3 Jul 17, 22:34
MikeL says:
Just want you to know i still think about you, about the characters in Verity's Ark, and hope things are going well for you.
21 May 17, 06:27
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19 May 17, 13:28
MikeL says:
i should have said "hopefully in favor of nice real life stuff you like". <3 :)
19 May 17, 13:26
MikeL says:
I'm checking for updates/new chapters on Dawn. I know that you are winding down your web stuff hopefully in favor of real life. Lots of thanks and compliments and love.
2 May 17, 18:45
MikeL says:
Just wanted to say thank you for everything :)
20 Apr 17, 17:12
MikeL says:
I found more of Dawn on the Whateley site and enjoyed reading it very much :) ty!!
20 Apr 17, 02:02
MikeL says:
Read the first chapter of Dawn and the only criticism is it was too short! I was done reading it too soon. More, please. :) Most enjoyable!
5 Apr 17, 21:45
MikeL says:
You know how much I like the Whateley universe and how much i like your writing so "Dawn" is going to be, i am sure, the greatest mixture of two good things since peanut butter and jelly. Will be following it intently. :)
2 Apr 17, 16:58
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1 Apr 17, 23:11
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11 Mar 17, 15:58
MikeL says:
And thank you. I feel honored that you give me clues and name me. :)
11 Mar 17, 15:55
MikeL says:
no more Verity's Ark. All good things must come to an end and V.A. was THE BEST!!!! Congrats on your writing. :) Love you.
6 Mar 17, 07:58
E.E. says:
And that's the end of my NaNoWriMo story.
11 Feb 17, 10:14
E.E. says:
Progress is good on the new story, but I don't want to give away too much. A clue for MikeL, though: the working title is 'Dawn'
9 Feb 17, 20:33
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1 Feb 17, 22:15
E.E. says:
Starting work today on a new story. More details will follow...
30 Jan 17, 01:19
MikeL says:
It has been a while since i visited this site and i just reread some of my old comments and i just want to apologize for being a bit of a nag. I won't bring up that story again. :(
30 Jan 17, 01:17
MikeL says:
Looking at the latest cartoon (featuring Miki) and marveling at the incredibly prolific writing, it makes me a little sad that we never got to read the ending of "Revenge of the Sunbeam." But it is nice that we get to read more EE stuff.
30 Jan 17, 01:12
MikeL says:
TY, Ise. I know that EE is a great writer. A belated Happy new year to all! :)
7 Jan 17, 01:39
Isegrim says:
Have read the story, can recommend. It gets even better :)
6 Jan 17, 19:56
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31 Dec 16, 22:22
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17 Dec 16, 11:02
E.E. says:
Chrome paint for the Cobra! Got all excited until I noticed it was for the Mk4. Thanks, Frontier, a paintjob for a ship I can never ever buy.
7 Dec 16, 20:50
MikeL says:
Congrats again. Will be sure to read it. :)
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