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Edmonton in summer

Here’s a panorama of Edmonton in the summer time, specifically July 2022

http://smackaay.com/files/edmontonpano072022.png

Enjoy!

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Plumbo – A simple way to measure horizontal rotation

Over the years I’ve had issues with large parts and finding easy ways to lay them out angularly, especially on the ram EDM. During this time I’ve kind of tinkered in my head with an idea whereby you have a level of sorts stuck to the part and you simply rotate it and have a direct reading of rotation applied to the part. I have tried those digital levels but accelerometers don’t have the precision required to get within a few thou over, say 6 inches.

The prototype device as it is right now

It’s obviously very rough and uses a cheap Chinese 2000ppr encoder but it’s good enough for .045 degree increments. I would trust this thing for some larger layout and alignment work. That said, I have a nice US digital encoder on the way with 10000cpr (40000 ticks all the way around) so a resolution of .009 degrees. Some issues I’m having is with the mass. If the mass is too small it won’t overcome the friction of the bearings completely and if the mass is too large it swings for a long time making it a hassle to allow it to settle. I’d like to find a solution whereby I can add friction without adding stiction. Frankly the whole thing needs a good concept redevelopment but I believe it’ll be a handy tool in niche situations.

I’ll keep this updated as I go along.

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Back at Rejent and back in the design chair

It been some time since I’ve updated this blog. While I have designed and made quite a few things, it’s been at the very bottom of my list to update this blog. Anyways, here are a few things I’ve worked on or am working on.

New RTJ gage

So, in an effort to simplify the manufacturing and generalize the usage of the gage I have redesigned it. With 3/4″ of travel it will allow for the use of almost any attachment along with the balls that typically fit something like this.

A rough early version of the new gage

Still will take some time to actually manufacture it but whatever.

A quick gage for a customer

These were commissioned from a customer for the quick checking of a particular size on a production job.

Nothing too spectacular there.

I’ve worked on a few other things such as the forklift safety system. This device was meant to be attached to the forklift and engage a horn when the forklift went to fast. It was completed but the company no longer required it.

Anyways, time to start some more interesting projects in the future.

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Quick tile generator for games.

I found I kept making and drawing tile sets for little games I wanted to make and I found it time consuming. some engines require a bit of padding around each tile so that when the drawing is scaled, the next pixel isn’t shown from an adjacent tile.

I quickly wrote it in freebasic in under an hour, there’s an EXE in there too if you don’t want to use freebasic or look at the source. very little to it and everything is straightforward. The program will generate a blank tileset with both borders and internal padding indicators. I may write a program sometime that will automatically pad the tiles as needed from an existing set.

Get GenTiles zip here

Here are some png files that are generated by the program, you could use them directly if you want…

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A quick post, a map from late 60’s edmonton

I just wanted to post this on the site for posterity.

Edmonton in the 1960's

Edmonton in the 1960’s

Pretty cool methinks!

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A Quick Series of Videos on Making a Pong Game

In my time making things for my YouTube channel, I’ve made a little series of videos detailing my creation of a crummy pong game. Fact of the matter is that I haven’t done some serious programming in some time so I needed to wet my whistle so to speak. You can play this game here. Quickie Pong!

A screenie of Quickie Pong. a very simple game indeed but I detailed my fumbling method of making it.

A screenie of Quickie Pong. a very simple game indeed but I detailed my fumbling method of making it.

So, for anyone who wants to view them, here are the videos for anyone’s perusal. Oct 1, 2016 is when the 3rd video is published so, if anyone cares, that’s when it is available.

Anyways, hopefully somebody enjoyed that. If not, you;re welcome to like and subscribe anyways!!! Again, go to my channel 🙂

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New Youtube Channel for a new time

I’ve decided to start a new Youtube channel simply because I feel as though adding my projects and the things that I like to a video channel will drive me in ways I hadn’t had before. Thus far, I have 0 subscribers (aside from myself) and I’m genuinely curious to see how well I can make a Youtube channel work out. I believe I have some interesting things to share and some boring but popular things to share as well and a new Youtube channel that explores all those things.

Here’s a link to the channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwxvlEKdkh9eV9qLXHBh3fw

Not the most graceful URL but I will get a better one once I get some subscribers and I’ve been around for a while. I will explore things that I do such as electronics, gaming, machining, photography and whatever else I come across.

Here’s a video detailing something mundane, my calculator collection.

So, feel free to look at my channel, subscribe and like a video or two. 🙂

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What a coincidence… The Remote indicator is alive!

Well, I was looking at my site and noticed that my last entry was November and it was the very project I’m starting to finish right now.

remoteacator

This is my Remote indicator. It’s a tool I developed after having found that standard indicators are a pain in the ass in some circumstances. While you can bash something together with off the shelf parts like say,  a Mitutoyo digital dial and a SPC box, that option can be pretty expensive.

Now I’m going to start developing the next version while I test out this one. The next one will be slimmer, more efficient and more attractive. There will be an optional Infrared communication port for it so when it’s sitting inside a deep bore or whatever ,it can still be read.

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The Remote-a-cator

Well, the first project out of my little skunkworks is ready for doing the electrical side now. here are some shots of the device.

remdial-inhand1 remdial-onbench1 remdial-sldworks1

It’s been a bit of work getting everything together but thanks to having a decent work space, I can finally let my ideas become reality.

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My new office and projects I’m working on

My office in September my office in October

My new office is filling up, now I need to move some of my test equipment in and start developing. Truth be told though, I have been developing some interesting things and soon I will post them here on the blog again. It’s been a while since I’ve felt like posting about the things I make but it’s always a good time to keep a good record of the things you do.

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Edmonton – Postcards from the past – Part 1

For the last year or so I have been collecting various postcards and images from Edmonton’s past. My collection isn’t that wonderful or anything but I have some neat pictures nonetheless. Since my favorite thing is to do a comparison between then and now, I will also include some Google Earth or Streetview images.

This is an aerial view looking at what was the Edmonton Auto Court. The postcard doesn't specify a year but I can only assume it's sometime before 1953. What we are looking at is 104st southbound going left to right. Where the subject is, the auto court is now where a part of the Scona High School sits. Scona High School was built in 1955 so this was quite some time ago. The little road on the left hand side is 70th Ave. Many of the houses are still there.

This is an aerial view looking at what was the Edmonton Auto Court. The postcard doesn’t specify a year but I can only assume it’s sometime before 1953. What we are looking at is 104st southbound going left to right. Where the subject is, the auto court is now where a part of the Scona High School sits. Scona High School was built in 1955 so this was quite some time ago. The little road on the left hand side is 70th Ave. Many of the houses are still there.

I tried to get the view as close as possible but it's not always possible to change the  field of view to match. As you can see, most of the buildings have been torn down except  what appears to be an old shack in the bottom left hand corner of the original. It's interesting to me because I used to work for the company that grew out of that building. It was called Micro Machine. Also, many of the houses in that area are exactly as they were from that time but the colors have faded significantly. Also, you can spot the remnants of the train tracks that used to run along that path. As far as I know they were moved in the late 70's.

I tried to get the view as close as possible but it’s not always possible to change the field of view to match. As you can see, most of the buildings have been torn down except what appears to be an old shack in the bottom left hand corner of the original. It’s interesting to me because I used to work for the company that grew out of that building. It was called Micro Machine. Also, many of the houses in that area are exactly as they were from that time but the colors have faded significantly. Also, you can spot the remnants of the train tracks that used to run along that path. As far as I know they were moved in the late 70’s.

I find those kinds of comparisons pretty cool. Here’s another comparison from another postcard from the 50’s

This is a view of the Legislature grounds from some time in the 50's. As you can see there is a large building in the bottom right that has been torn down and the auxiliary building that sits on the Legislature grounds is substantially shorter than it is today. There have been a huge number of changes to this area in the last 60 years.

This is a view of the Legislature grounds from some time in the 50’s. As you can see there is a large building in the bottom right that has been torn down and the auxiliary building that sits on the Legislature grounds is substantially shorter than it is today. There have been a huge number of changes to this area in the last 60 years.

A Google earth view from 2014. Tons of changes. As you can see we have a great many more trees, or older larger ones at that but we have ripped up the tracks that used to run along 109st and there are more government buildings.

A Google earth view from 2014. Tons of changes. As you can see we have a great many more trees, or older larger ones at that but we have ripped up the tracks that used to run along 109st and there are more government buildings.

And now, I’ll simply post some images from Edmonton’s past that I have a bit of history on

This is the Hotel MacDonald as drawn in 1915. In the 50's they added an auxiliary building which didn't match the style or grandeur of the original building. It was called 'The MacDonald Hotel and the box it came in'

This is the Hotel MacDonald as drawn in 1915. In the 50’s they added an auxiliary building which didn’t match the style or grandeur of the original building. It was called ‘The MacDonald Hotel and the box it came in’. They later demolished the extra building and restored the hotel to its former glory.

This is from a postcard from the late 1980's as far as I can tell. You can tell simply by the super saturation of the photo. Also, there was a truck stop on the south side of Edmonton on Calgary Trail called 'Mr Johns'. I believe it closed down in the late 2000's due to the construction of a bypass route which decimated the businesses in that location.

This is from a postcard from the late 1980’s as far as I can tell. You can tell simply by the super saturation of the photo. Also, there was a truck stop on the south side of Edmonton on Calgary Trail called ‘Mr Johns’. I believe it closed down in the late 2000’s due to the construction of a bypass route which decimated the businesses in that location.

Anyways, I hope people enjoy these as I have many, many more to post. I may try to research the images a bit more closely and give some history on them.

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Testing out my HTML5 compiler with a game, Flarpy!

It has been a long time since I wrote a game. This one just took me by surprise as I was playing Flappy Birds for the first time. Having heard that the author pulled it. I wanted to make my own version but different.

Pulling from Super Mario Bros. and Flappy, I came up with this. I started writing it at work today and am now finishing up the levels. Hell, I even made a little title graphic.

flarpy

Well, it took me about a day to write the game but the levels are another thing. I will update the game as I finish the levels and hopefully someone, somewhere enjoys this game.

Link to HTML5 game here

Link to small project page here

 

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