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Old 02-15-2014, 04:24 PM
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I made a single cell battery checker for testing the teeny batteries I use in my discus launch (chuck) glider. It uses different colour LEDs from red, orange, yellow, green and blue - but the difference between green and blue doesn't show up too well in these photos.



With a fully charged "Big" battery (a bit bigger than my thumbnail) plugged in, all the LEDs come on this means a voltage of 4.1V. You can see one of the smaller batteries that I use in my glider at the back.



The little battery is partly discharged - but would still be OK to fly - each LED is worth 0.1V, and the LEDs range from 3.5V (red) up to 4.1V (blue) so this battery is at 3.9V



A blurry shot with the lid removed.



I used an ATmega328 without crystal to drive it. This is the same chip that you get in the lower-powered Arduinos, so I'm only using a tiny part of its capabilities here.



I designed the whole thing, wrote the code for the chip and printed out the case on my 3D printer. :pleased:

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I don't usually bother to document the gadgets I lash up, but this time I made an exception.



Code:
// single cell LiPo battery checker
// using bare ATmega328 without crystal
// ceptimus  2014-02-09

// No protection against connecting the LiPo up backwards!  Make sure NOT to do that!

// I put a 100K pull-up from RESET to VCC - not sure if that is really necessary

// you could use any LEDS as the number of LEDs lit indicates the voltage, but to make it look pretty I used:
//   blue led on digital 2 (lights when LiPo voltage ~ 4.2V)
//  green LED on digital 3
//  green LED on digital 4
//  green LED on digital 5
// yellow LED on digital 6
// orange LED on digital 7
//    red LED on digital 8 (lights when LiPo voltage ~ 3.6V)
// common cathodes of all LEDs via single 150R resistor to GND (LEDs are multiplexed)

// potential divider into analog input A4 to reduce VCC (up to 4.25V) down to range of
// INTERNAL 1.1V analog reference
#define VOLTS_PER_COUNT (1.1 / 1023.0)
// nominal 1K resistor from GND to A4 (potential divider)  I measured the actual resistance with a DVM
#define R1 987.0
// 3K3 resistor from VCC to A4 (potential divider)
#define R2 3280.0
#define VCC_VOLTS_PER_COUNT (VOLTS_PER_COUNT * (R1 + R2) / R1) 

void setup() {
  for (int pin = 2; pin <= 8; pin++) {
    digitalWrite(pin, LOW); // all LEDs are initially off
    pinMode(pin, OUTPUT); // switch the LED pins to output mode
  }
  analogReference(INTERNAL); // analog inputs range 0~1023 = 0.0~1.1V
}

void loop() {
  float volts = (float)analogRead(A4) * VCC_VOLTS_PER_COUNT;
  int ledsOn = (volts - 3.5) * 10.0; // 1st LED on at 3.6V
  // we have 7 LEDs: one for each 0.1V step from 3.6V to 4.2V
  if (ledsOn < 0) {
    ledsOn = 0;
  }
  else if (ledsOn > 7) {
    ledsOn = 7;
  }
  
  // only one LED is lit at once, but they're cycled so fast that they can all appear to be on together
  // doing it this way saves power and means that only one common LED resistor is needed
  
  // ledNo runs from 0 (3.6V) up to 6 (4.2V)
  // this is static so it's remembered from one loop to the next
  // the '= 0' initalizer only has any effect on the first pass through 'loop'
  static int ledNo = 0; 
  static int oldPin = 2; // this is the pin number of the LED switched on in the previous loop
  
  int pin = 8 - ledNo; // 1st led is digital 8, 2nd digital 7, etc.
  if (ledNo < ledsOn) { // if this LED is one of the ones that should be lit
    digitalWrite(pin, HIGH); // switch this LED on
    if (oldPin != pin) {
      digitalWrite(oldPin, LOW); // switch the previous LED off, unless it was the same one
    }
    oldPin = pin; // remember which LED is on, ready for the next loop
    if (++ledNo > 6) { // next loop we will deal with the next LED
      ledNo = 0;
    }
  }
  else { // all the LEDs for the LiPo voltage have been pulsed - switch any remaining LEDs off
    while (ledNo <= 6) {
      pin = 8 - ledNo;
      digitalWrite(pin, LOW);
      ledNo++;
    }
    ledNo = 0; // next loop we'll be checking the 1st (3.6V) LED again
  }
}
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I finally cleaned off my sewing table and have now finished all the squares for the quilt that has lain half done for years, I don't even remember how many. My plan is to finish sewing it so I can do the tying while I'm laid up. I have no idea if I'll make it or not, but I have made a start at least.
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Code:
// single cell LiPo battery checker
// using bare ATmega328 without crystal
// ceptimus  2014-02-09

// No protection against connecting the LiPo up backwards!  Make sure NOT to do that!

// I put a 100K pull-up from RESET to VCC - not sure if that is really necessary

// you could use any LEDS as the number of LEDs lit indicates the voltage, but to make it look pretty I used:
//   blue led on digital 2 (lights when LiPo voltage ~ 4.2V)
//  green LED on digital 3
//  green LED on digital 4
//  green LED on digital 5
// yellow LED on digital 6
// orange LED on digital 7
//    red LED on digital 8 (lights when LiPo voltage ~ 3.6V)
// common cathodes of all LEDs via single 150R resistor to GND (LEDs are multiplexed)

// potential divider into analog input A4 to reduce VCC (up to 4.25V) down to range of
// INTERNAL 1.1V analog reference
#define VOLTS_PER_COUNT (1.1 / 1023.0)
// nominal 1K resistor from GND to A4 (potential divider)  I measured the actual resistance with a DVM
#define R1 987.0
// 3K3 resistor from VCC to A4 (potential divider)
#define R2 3280.0
#define VCC_VOLTS_PER_COUNT (VOLTS_PER_COUNT * (R1 + R2) / R1) 

void setup() {
  for (int pin = 2; pin <= 8; pin++) {
    digitalWrite(pin, LOW); // all LEDs are initially off
    pinMode(pin, OUTPUT); // switch the LED pins to output mode
  }
  analogReference(INTERNAL); // analog inputs range 0~1023 = 0.0~1.1V
}

void loop() {
  float volts = (float)analogRead(A4) * VCC_VOLTS_PER_COUNT;
  int ledsOn = (volts - 3.5) * 10.0; // 1st LED on at 3.6V
  // we have 7 LEDs: one for each 0.1V step from 3.6V to 4.2V
  if (ledsOn < 0) {
    ledsOn = 0;
  }
  else if (ledsOn > 7) {
    ledsOn = 7;
  }
  
  // only one LED is lit at once, but they're cycled so fast that they can all appear to be on together
  // doing it this way saves power and means that only one common LED resistor is needed
  
  // ledNo runs from 0 (3.6V) up to 6 (4.2V)
  // this is static so it's remembered from one loop to the next
  // the '= 0' initalizer only has any effect on the first pass through 'loop'
  static int ledNo = 0; 
  static int oldPin = 2; // this is the pin number of the LED switched on in the previous loop
  
  int pin = 8 - ledNo; // 1st led is digital 8, 2nd digital 7, etc.
  if (ledNo < ledsOn) { // if this LED is one of the ones that should be lit
    digitalWrite(pin, HIGH); // switch this LED on
    if (oldPin != pin) {
      digitalWrite(oldPin, LOW); // switch the previous LED off, unless it was the same one
    }
    oldPin = pin; // remember which LED is on, ready for the next loop
    if (++ledNo > 6) { // next loop we will deal with the next LED
      ledNo = 0;
    }
  }
  else { // all the LEDs for the LiPo voltage have been pulsed - switch any remaining LEDs off
    while (ledNo <= 6) {
      pin = 8 - ledNo;
      digitalWrite(pin, LOW);
      ledNo++;
    }
    ledNo = 0; // next loop we'll be checking the 1st (3.6V) LED again
  }
}
Nice project, Sir ceptimus! I have just been assuming my tiny little flight batteries are okay, since I've no way to measure them other than guessing based on their recharge behaviors. :lol: It looks very tidy with that custom case. How much did it cost to make?
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The chip - ATmega328P-PU - is the dearest item. About $5 if you buy one off, but you can get them for about a dollar each if you're prepared to buy 50 or 100. Actually, there are cheaper ATmegas than the 328 that would do the same job, but I had a few of 328s hanging around. The other parts are only pennies - even when you're buying in small quantities:

ATmega328P-PU$5.00
Four resistors$0.12
Seven 3mm LEDs$0.35
Scrap of stripboard$0.50
Battery connector$0.30
Filament for printing case$0.20
Total$6.47

If you wanted to knock them out in bulk, then with a simple single sided PCB and an injection moulded case, you could easily get the material costs down to less than $1.50 per item.

You need a a USBASP programmer to flash the firmware into the chip (or you can use an Arduino instead, if you have one). And a 3D printer to print the box! :)

Would you like a tester? I could make another one and mail it to you, if you like.
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"This is not a painting"

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The quilt is finished, with the invaluable help of my sister Diane. I had stupidly misread the instructions however many years ago I started and only cut two strips of each fabric, not two strips of each size. I caught it on one and brought extra fabric to her place for help piecing it together. But I didn't have extra of the other two with me. So we did what we could and I brought the fabric to her at work. Then, because she's awesome, she not only pieced together the strips and sewed them on for me, she sowed the backing on as well and pinned it all so I could tie it. She even bought extra fabric when the backing was a bit too small. Such a great sister, I really owe her.

She brought it over yesterday and for no adequately explained reason my pathological love of delayed gratification escaped me. Instead of tying it all week, I stayed up to a quarter to two this morning finishing it off. And now my neck is complaining loudly about it, but it looks gorgeous and goes with my red room so well. Can't wait to sleep under it tonight.

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"The Layover"

An ex-coworker has offered me 40$ for this piece. Hoorah.



"The Silver Bullet"

I kind of want to render this one better, but I am am sick of working on it and have started four other paintings since.
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"Suddenly I tasted something metallic like blood and I think it's something like building a bubble nest."



"I hope to be remembered when I'm scattered all about."



"Fatigue par les machines que je vis par."
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"Get Born" wall painting 3.5x4
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Latest incarnation of my Raspberry Pi UAV electronics.

I had to abandon the Cybiko for the transmitter display/logger - the serial port was too buggy and unreliable, even after I spent ages writing code for it in assembly (H8 cross compiler).

So now I'm using an AT-mega328 based display/logger that I designed and built up on stripboard with a 3D-printed custom case.

Note the 80s vintage transmitter :) - but heavily modified inside to use the latest high tech telemetry-enabled electronics and LiFe batteries.

The current plane is a horrible cheap EPP foamy (HobbyKing EPP FPV) but it has lots of carrying capacity so I can use huge batteries for long range flights. Stuck on the 'cockpit' part (the only bit you can see here) is a Raspberry Pi type A with camera hot-glued to front (I intend to fit pan/tilt gimbals later). On top of the Raspberry Pi is a 'humble Pi' prototyping board onto which I've squeezed a gyro/accelerometer, pressure sensor (to read altitude), cheap GPS unit, Arduino pro mini to read all the sensors and talk to the Pi via SPI, A 5V-3.3V interface to keep both Arduino and Pi happy with the interface voltages, a three-colour LED for status display and some other minor gubbins.

Stuck behind the Pi is a switching regulator to convert the plane's main battery voltage (16.8V nominal) down to 5V to run the electronics. There is also a four-channel transmitter/receiver to carry control signals to the plane and telemetry back to the ground - I've patched it so that it actually has eight channels running on one common wire.

Hope to get some airborne video tomorrow. I'll post it if it's any good.
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Fennel Cured Salmon

This is almost directly from Charcuterie by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn. The difference is the change to ground white pepper (original calls for cracked and toasted white pepper).

I'm making it for our family Easter get-together. I'm leaving out the Pernod because I'd have no use for it except for this recipe. The local grocery had some decent looking wild sockeye fillets that I chose to use. The other salmon was farm raised and I didn't care for how it looked.


Salmon packed in the salt/sugar cure with the slices of fennel and toasted fennel seeds on top.


In the fridge to cure. I put half a dozen cans of green beans on top to weight it down.

I also bought a nice baguette for crostini and I'll make some dill sour cream to go with it.
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I got second place for this in the college art show. :) I had to talk to a crowd of people with a microphone about it and sort of accept the award, so I talked about human progression and development and how we all come from the same sort of source. Then I said that I believe everyone should be recognized for their artwork and encouraged the attendees to appreciate the other pieces in the show and to recognize the work of all artists. Then I got nervous and was done. I get a 25$ check out of it. I really wanted first place because then you can get a piece in the permanent collection, but it looks as though that will never happen. Their loss. :P
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Cured Salmon Project Completed!!!


The cured salmon fillets. I should have taken the skin off before curing (the recipe didn't say to do this).


Both Fillets sliced.


Crostini topped with salmon and dill sour cream. :yum: The crostini are simply a good sourdough baggette sliced, brushed with olive oil and toasted in the oven. Then I took a large clove of elephant garlic and rubbed it all over the toasted slices.
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"Healing" - Had like 2 seconds to paint something for a candle light vigil for victims of domestic abuse and decided to play it safe.
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The dogs like these dog cookies I made today a super lot. Like, a crazy lot. They seemed to like them more than store boughten dog cookies or my peanut butter ones. They get a lot of cookies, so they're usually fairly casual about it, but they both got really excited and did "good dog" impressions at me for a really long time after they got their first samples.

Poke some holes in, then microwave two of dark orange flesh sweet potatoes (jewel or garnet). I think it took like nine minutes for them to cook. Let them cool, then peel and mash them in a mixing bowl. Mix in two eggs, a couple teaspoons of coconut oil, and about two cups of whole wheat flour. Knead it until it's consistent. Add water if it's falling apart, add flour if it's too mushy. They don't rise or anything, and you want them crunchy, so all you have to worry about is the texture, which should be cohesive and just barely malleable.

Roll them into pea to chick pea sized balls, depending on what size you want them, smash them really flat, then put them on baking sheets lined with foil or parchment paper. (Keep a pile o' flour next to you to flour your hands when they start getting sticky.) Once they're laid out, I like to get a fork and put a crosshatch in them, especially if they're on the larger side. I bet if you had a meat tenderizer mallet, you could just smash them, but I don't have one of those. I was thinking about it, though, how it would be cool to just be able to smash them with a hammer instead of mincing around with a fork like I was.

Bake for about 35-45 minutes at 350F, maybe moving them around a little so they cook evenly. Let them cool for a long time, and sometimes I'll even leave them overnight in the oven (with it turned off) to let them get good and hard.

This makes a bunch, like a 1.5 liter jar, or three cookie sheets full. I had to build a two story cookie sheet, which is ridiculous.
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I tried to make beautyberry jelly, but so far it is beautyberry syrup (which is delicious, but not jelly!).

I have never used pectin before (marmalade doesn't need it), so am going to let it sit for a day or so, and if it still doesn't set I will try to "fix" the batch by adding more pectin, sugar, and lemon, and reboiling it (as outlined by some pioneer DIY warrior on the Internet).

I really want this to work because I don't want to have to harvest more beautyberries along the roadside and get bit by bugs and pricked by thorns (they grow in thickets of other plants mostly). Although I must say they smelled heavenly while cooking...herbal and very slightly floral...not at all fruity or sickly sweet. It was like a tea shop in here, and it even helped my horrid headache some, as canning and bread baking are very relaxing and Zen for me.

If it ends up working, I will post how I made it.



ETA: Screw waiting a day, it wasn't going to set in a million years, so I instituted the fix and it looks much better now.

It's really beautiful and even ungelled it is delicious y'all. I think it will be perfect with goat cheese or brie on bread or crackers.If you live in the South you should try it.

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