[svfig-announce] Third Saturday Meeting - December 19,2009

Kevin Appert forther at comcast.net
Wed Dec 16 04:32:40 GMT 2009

--- SVFIG Meeting, Third Saturday, December 19, 2009  ---

We'll be on the fifth floor of Terman Engineering Center --- Room 556
Directions and map links are below.

There are two buildings named Terman on campus so be careful. The
Searchable Map has the one you want as "TERMAN (FREDERICK E) ENGRG
CENTER  (04-700)  380 PANAMA MALL"

The Official SVFIG Announcement Editor's Parking Lot recommendation is
the lot near the intersection of Teresa St and Morris Way.


(Please go to website for the version with lots of web links!!!)
There have been problems this month with the upload, so it may not be 

09:50 --- Coffee and a Chat

10:00 --- Canaan Hymns Digitization Project - CH Ting
"I am working with the China Soul Foundation to digitize 1250 hymns know 
as Canaan Hymns which were written by a Chinese farm girl. The 
Foundation will post these hymns on its new web site on January 1, 2010. 
It will post the hymns with numeric music notations and MIDI 
accompaniment. I am using SimpMusic Font to present numeric music 
notations. It is a very interesting system and totally compatible with 
Forth. I will play a few hymns sung by the author, Lu Xiaomin, from DVD 
and discuss the work involved in this project."
  (link to doc file at SimpMusic suppressed for fear of macro virus 
liability - Ed)

11:48 --- Lunch
Is the Treehouse open?  We might go to the Hospital to eat, or maybe 
pizza, Togo's or some local place.


1:30 --- Lessons Learned from Forth Day 2009 - All Assembled
Provide your input and suggestions to make Forth Day 2010 better. Your 
emails are welcome if you can't come to the meeting.

2:30 --- BREAK

3:00 --- Optical Transceiver Project - Samuel A. Falvo II
"Just last night, I completed the first link test - a continuous stream 
of '0' bits - with a user interface for the gathered telemetry written 
in Forth. Currently, the code's most interesting feature is its 
CRC-8-ATM calculation and the quasi-PPP-like framing. However, due to 
unforeseen problems in getting the USB link working correctly, it 
appears that I'll need to adopt a real HDLC interface to the PC. So far, 
I'm receiving zero errors on the link with the long loopy wires, but 
quite a number of errors on the USB link with its shielded cable and 
twisted pair core! I'm still confused about this behavior, but 
implementing proper connected-mode HDLC behavior will resolve this 

"So, by the time the December SVFIG meeting rolls around, I should have 
a simplistic HDLC networking stack implemented in both the 
microcontroller and in ANSI Forth code."

16:00 --- Adjourn

Please note that the times listed above are precise but not
accurate.  We might go a little long or short on any agenda
item.  If you're desperate to see something at a particular
time, please let us know!  Remember that there are bugs in
any non-trivial SVFIG meeting announcement.

The schedule above may be reformatted or line-justified but
please transmit verbatim or not at all.   Any font you like is
alright with me.

No Newsgroup posts or other media distribution this month please!


Wireless Internet access is anticipated (though not guaranteed) at
Stanford, so bring your wifi-enabled laptop.


Coming to SVFIG:
This meeting is <<<FORTH DAY in November<<<
There will be another one in 2010!

* Bring speaker suggestions TO EVERY MEETING!

* Mitch Bradley's Forth in C (somebody needs to volunteer)

* Furthering the Cause of Forth - John Rible
IntellaSys has imploded, or something.  We'd be pleased to hear about
John's new outreach project when formulated.

* Engineering TV
Fifty engineering topic channels. Four new episodes per week.

* BOTBASH 2000 --- Video
A cheepie video of  a May 2000 robot rumble in Mesa Arizona from these
guys:   http://www.battlebots.com/


Check the SVFIG web site at http://www.forth.org/svfig/
for last minute changes to this schedule.
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The Official SVFIG Announcement Editor's Parking Lot recommendation is
the lot near the intersection of Teresa St and Morris Way.

Terman Engineering Center can be found on these maps - just search for
Terman: (going to maps.google.com gives an erroneous result)


Searchable Stanford Campus Map:  http://ucomm.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/map/

There is open parking on weekends. Park in any A or C or metered space,
no coins needed even if there's a meter there.The Official SVFIG
Announcement Editor's Parking Lot recommendation is the lot near the
intersection of Teresa St and Morris Way.

Go to the Stanford links, GOOGLE MAPS HAS NO IDEA where Terman is!

The building's door may be locked, there will be a number to call posted
after the meeting starts and we will come down and check once in a while.

Once you reach Terman, take the elevator to the 5th floor. Walk across
the foyer and up the ramp just to the left of the glassed-in office.
Room 556 is at the top of the ramp - entrance on the left.

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