April 7th, 2002



A big welcome goes out to crisco747, who just got livejournal'ed yesterday. Watch out crisco, it's addicting. Anyway, he's famous on spacefem.com for doing the construction on the useless blobs, which I sometimes think might not have been a good idea. But I digress. He's making more soon, so I won't just have different colors of the same thing, don't you love it? I'll get his e-mail in case you all want to paypal him.

In other news, the moonbuggy pre-race trial is today! I just got finished with our run a few minutes ago. Earlier in the year a guy I interned with at the engineering firm came up and asked if I'd ride his buggy (heh) and I said sure because they have to be operated by one man and one woman and it's hard for them to find women (riders are also supposed to be tech majors, preferable mechanicals but in this case they had to go outside a little bit). It's been raining all day, I'm a muddy mess, and the course was totally soaked. We got stuck like three times. But we finished in under 11 minutes, meaning we're leading the way for our school so far and will pretty definately get to go to the big race in Alabama. It's quite a rush, way fun, you basically pedal this thing as hard as you can and it kicks your ass but you feel great.

My lab partner was supposed to be here with the half of our project (GPS) that's done, but she wasn't. I'm gonna kill her. I'd heard senior design partners are like roommates, even if you have a good one it's impossible to get along all the time. I'm just so mad that she said labview was incredible and could do everything and now it can't even de-multiplex the signal.

And my project is due in two weeks.
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I'm going to lose friends if I keep updating this much. Sorry! But I promise I'll curb it after this one... it's just that I had a brainstorm. See, the biggest think keeping me awake at night about my project is now the software end of things... I'm not a coder and am not familiar with what's out there and might die. But I've got a friends list full of coders and geeks! So maybe someone here can help? Here's the scenario:

Bits are streaming in through a pin on the serial or parallel port or something (baud rate = 2400) (can you stream bits through a pin on the parallel port? I don't even know... that'd work best though)

I need to read those bits.

When the bits fit the pattern '11110000' three times in a row, the next eight bits read will be a temperature reading.

When the bits fit the pattern '01000111' three times in a row, the next eight bits read will be a strain gage (actually there are four gages, each with a unique signature, but that's beside the point)

The data must be read, recorded, and displayed. Since Jaimee's labtop runs windows, that's the OS we're using.

We were going to use LabView but it's all gone downhill, so now I think I might just sit next to an oscilloscope with a pencil. Seriously.

I would give my right arm for a good solution to this problem. I'd love if someone would do it for me, I'd love it even more if someone would show me how to do it myself or at least point me in the direction. I don't have any money, but what I do have I'll give you (uh, like $25 in my paypal account maybe?) Just tell me what language to learn or what software to download or what genius to whore myself to and I'll be there.