Most of our labs involves breadboarding components and circuits. I royally suck at that. Ok, maybe I am not as bad as I think, because I did build some awesome circuit gates in digital, but thats beside the point. He is a whiz at building though. I usually get the concepts when he doesnt. I am the theory/concept guy and he is the one who builds and knows where to measure things. That's how it has worked for 3 years.
Anyways, and I mean I was mad Thursday. When we had our group meet, I just was totally not in the mood for soldering a propellar stamp circuit. I mostly worked on my theory. It is a fascinating theory. Here is what it involves (if you are not into electronics, you can skip most of this).
In electronics, electricity comes usually in a sinusidal wave. If you have the proper equipment, it can become a square wave. There are these things called "J-K Flip Flops" that can do some special functions. If you were to set both the "J" and "K" inputs high, as well as the Preset and clear high, it will go into toggle mode. In other words, whenever a square wave will go up or down, depending on the type of clock input (they can run in either positive edge trigger or negative edge trigger), it will send out the opposite signal (1 or 0) everytime the trigger is met. Now that also means that the signal will be outputing half the time, IE 1000 Hz will become 500 Hz. Now what would happen if you put two JK flip flops in parallel, with the same signal inputing, but with one being a positive edge trigger and the other being a negative edge trigger? You will get something like this:
Look familliar? Its two-bit grey code. Awesome, huh? I came up with this theory all by myself. Now most things need 4 bit greycode to work, but I have not been able to go that fat yet. I spent almost my entire day Thursday trying to figure it out. If I can create a 4 bit grey code, it can replace the encoder disks in machines in factories and be smaller, cheaper, and more efficient. Awesome, huh? I just need to figure out how to trigger the other two bits though. ARGH!!!!!!!
/nerd rant over
Heroes is still awesome! Lost is getting good again! Survivor is really starting to suck. TAR is just TAR. I saw some 1 vs. 100. Muy interesante.
Im also working on the week after next Sunday's Adult Bible class. We're taking a week off from our study of Paul and I want to spend a week on a few Parables of Jesus. I love church.
Less than a month from Wii. Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think I'm going to Springfield next Friday. Possibly start browsing for the holidays.
I am going to go figure out my next move on the game of life so if you excuse me.....