Sunday, February 21, 2010


Twenty years and this is the best I can do.

No, honest - this is the best I can do!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Bright Minds And Illuminated Hearts.

Just a few words about my inverted Don Quixote quest to tilt at windfarms. The object of the Light Emitting Diode light building exercise, is to attempt to reduce my power consumption. I dislike compact fluorescent lamps with a vengeance, and am therefore stepping over them and moving directly to LED illumination.

I hope to be able to fully illuminate my home using only 100 watts, at least that is the target. In doing so however, I am having to construct new dimming solutions including linear, pulse width, pulse amplitude, & pulse position modulation. That, and I have to make dinner as well.

The mechanical construction of the colour/color version of the desk lamp is proceeding well, and the control & power circuit design is about half finished. This is an experiment in that I don't know if it will be any good as a functional lamp, so it may end up being an entertainment device. With that in mind, I may include a sound to light circuit, so that I may dance, dance, and forget my cares and woes.
Whisky fueled and light minded fooled, Sans dances.

I guess Spring is coming.

Sans Tradition, Telling It Like It Is.

And no, I'm not after chocolate. It's just the truth. Plain & simple, like me.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


A happy Valentines Day to all!

Monday, February 01, 2010


As I drink deep of my winter melancholy, herewith find an update of my less than exciting cherry blossom life.
I am planning a new tattoo for the door window, the design shown below full-size using photo-copies. I have an idea to use a type of lead strip instead of the paper tape used previously. This will make it more like a real leaded-glass window, even though it's as fake as the title of this post.

Other than this, I'm still making LED lights. I have made a handful of the desk lamps shown below. These use the same circuit as the CRM light but with the addition of a transformer to reduce the voltage to around 72 volts DC, running 23 LEDs with dimmer.

I'm making a color/colour version of this desklamp with 23 of each red, green & blue LEDs. I expect it to be colourful. Unlike my vibrant personality.