- on 01.14.14
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Wow, how time flies. It is almost a year since I last posted here.
New Years Resolution: Post at least once a week. Yeah, let’s see how long That One lasts…
Not that I’ve been idle. In the intervening months I have gotten quite a bit done, I just haven’t been sharing. Since my last entry I’ve accomplished the following:
Updates to the Astrolabe Generator:
- Added support for extreme latitudes. The generator now will handle 90S to 90N.
- Finally added support for labeling the astrolabe with Zodiac symbols.
- Numerous bug fixes and tweaks.
The next version of the Astrolabe Generator:
- Conversion to Java is proceeding. All the functionality of the current version is up and running; only the user interface is still needing work. This version will (hopefully) be web-based AND downloadable to your local machine.
- I’ve gotten seriously sidetracked into researching a related class of instruments, the quadrants, most specifically Sine Quadrants (Rubul Mujayyab). More about that project in a later post.
- This past summer I once again taught two well-attended classes at Pennsic War. I am hoping to teach an advanced class this coming year, but plans are still evolving.
- Scientific Instrument Day: This year I tried something new and hosted an all-day display/discussion session at Pennsic University’s Artisan’s Row. Scientific Instrument day was well attended and had several interesting displays. More on that later as well
- Over the last few months I’ve been getting involved with a local Maker group: NOVA Labs. This will give me access to a full wood and metal shop, as well as an industrial laser cutter. I hope to be able to build astrolabes and quadrants in something other than paper soon.
- Lots of research into the underlying math of the astrolabe and the quadrant.