Posted on June 26, 2008 in abject failure, wiring by kazNo Comments »

Well say there folks n’ friends!  What spins real fast, serves no purpose, and has taken up a significant portion of my life?  If you guessed ‘this weeks project,’ then fuck you!  No one likes a smartass, and I hope you die in a fire.

You may remember many weeks ago a project that began with an LED message writer and ended in tears.  Perhaps you don’t, but I’m afraid I can’t just sit here scratching my ass while you send a search party to dredge the Lethe, so either way I’m moving on.

For the past 2 months this project has been an ever-faithful companion.  Picture Old Yeller, except that instead of just shooting the fucking thing I continue to let it rabidly maul me.  This week, I figured I had it licked.  So confident was I that I could finally finish this thing, that I worked on no other project.  And I did finish it, according to the design in my head.  Sadly, that asshole Physics crashed the party, ate all the cheetos, and puked indelible orange goo all over the dog, metaphorically speaking.  I briefly considered keeping this new setback a secret, but then I realized that if there is one place where Failure can kick off its shoes and feel at home, it’s the internet.   So here goes.

The Plan:

The first version of this thing was intended to hang from the ceiling by a string, and so was a self contained unit.  With 4 batteries, a motor, and various electronics and support structures, it was a very heavy self-contained unit.  It could neither work up enough speed to make the LED message legible, nor enough altitude to make itself anything but an eye-level whirling blade on a string.  So, the new design placed the LED gizmo and the motor at the end of a tube with the batteries on the other end serving as a counterweight and a bearing in between.  This version was to be more of a “thing on a pole.”  Here’s a diagram of it:




and here’s a video of it failing:


And now you know.