The comic below tickles my fancy thinking only in the box and yet being totally creative. This is an old cartoon from the new yorker by Leo Cullum. Well tonight, I had a great time thinking in the box. Had the second class in my LED programming for artists series. It went so well. Everyone had a blast soldering test leads and making a blinking light computer.
These artists quickly understood what was going on, change the timing sequence and you have a different blinking pattern. Add in a second LED and its more complex; but you can get some great patterns. Soon the phrase “That’s Boring” for the basic on/off pattern was heard on a regular basis. We had strobe lights. We had slow drum rolls of lights. We had complex dances with a couple different colors. It was marvelous; I can’t wait to see what these people come up with after this class series is done. It will be creative — one person already has an old pressure sequencing valve and he’s thinking about adding steam and lights to moving wings. Wonder where the steam will be vented — out from the bottom of the wings or from the joints?
Next week, we are going to build a small array — everyone will get 6 LED’s in 3 colors. And we will add a random number generator as well as mimicking a stoplight. Big things these people will learn is using a breadboard, resistors, capacitors, and other things. I’m not sure what because I don’t know what is needed. ARGGHHHH! Another weekend spent frantically learning a lot of stuff. It feels like I’m barely in control and frantically learning so much new stuff. But that’s the fun of this class, especially since I’m paying for the privilege of teaching. However, I actually am gaining so much — learning new things and setting up a whole curriculum of new classes. The artists are excited. So now if we can find enough paying students, I can get a second job teaching. HURRAHH!!!!!! That will be fun. And if not, the journey is fun and worthwile.