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New hair. ^__^

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Uh oh. I wonder if Apple noticed my xdotool automation script and locked me out? Or if this is just slipshod software.

I spent a little over a week building an escapement wheel mechanism -- the thing that makes mechanical clocks work! -- out of cardboard & spare parts, to see if I could. βš™οΈ πŸ•‘ πŸ› οΈ

And, it works! I mean.. mostly. πŸ˜…

I learned a LOT just trying this. I can't explain the magic of building a machine and watching it just come to life & move on its own. ✨

Video in the replies!

Upgraded the pulley system mount on my balcony this morning, using found wood & bamboo, in order to water the orange tree. β˜• 🍊

The tin can that's on the pulley has holed nailed into the bottom of it, so I can fill up the can from the door, and wheel it to the other end of the balcony so it can sprinkle out over the tree's soil.

In February our landlord boarded up our balcony one day for "safety reasons" and stranded our plants out there, so I've had to get creative to keep them alive. πŸ› οΈ

Lil video update of where the mechanical clock project is at!

Textual version: the core mechanism of the anchor interacting with the escapement wheel *works*! It only allows one tooth past per tick. I'm having a few other issues that I'm still figuring out though, prominently the pendulum.

This has been a VERY challenging project for my skill level, but it's stimulating sooo many neurons and I'm learning a TON.

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Designing the hardest part now: the anchor / ticker piece that dances between each side of the escapement wheel as it turns. 😨

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Ok! So now the whole thing actually mounts onto the wall, making it much easier to mess with.

I added the string and weight that gravity-powers the clock (some loose nuts; around 4 grams) and wraps around the escapement wheel, and also this cardboard collar that fits around the anchor shaft that'll hold the pendulum!

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Worked on the frame today that's going to hold the shafts for the escapement wheel and anchor/ticker.

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Daydreaming of a lil handheld device with a blackberry's shape, a kindle's low power e-ink display, and a calculator's ability to be solar-powered. 🌀️

The result would be a device with a battery that lasts a LONG time, that you can still just recharge by leaving it in the sun or using it in while outside. ⚑

The latest from the balcony garden. I wish I could share the smell with y'all as well. πŸ“ :blobcatmeltlove:

Trying to understand the necessary shaping of the "ticker" part, to only allow one tooth to pass at a time.

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