Year 15
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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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MikeL says:
Read the five chapters of Mike in onw sitting and enjoyed them SO much. TY! :)
18 Mar 18, 21:50
Mike L says:
I will be looking at the new stuff and i am sure i will like it. Hope u r well <3
18 Mar 18, 21:50
Mike L says:
Sorry i have not been checking in. I am always thinking about your website and your screations.
1 Oct 17, 09:02
E.E. says:
Another chapter up. More coming tomorrow.
29 Sep 17, 09:41
E.E. says:
Okay, here we go, something new: crossover fiction.
28 Sep 17, 07:42
E.E. says:
Ugh. Forced to update Skype to include the latest rubbishy unwanted nonsense.
19 Sep 17, 13:07
E.E. says:
Funny thing: while assembling his StormWolf model, Isegrim somehow managed to put one of the parts in his mouth and chew it up.
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