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LCD works!

After endless struggles in week 6, I took some time after class and finally got the LCD screen to work. It turns out, soldering all the pin connections did the trick!

(message when plant is well-watered)

(aerial view of wirings)


I mounted the whole thing on an acrylic storage tray from Muji. It now plugs into the wall directly too. I would like to program the piezo speaker to chime when the sensor threshold goes from “wet” —> “dry.”

I felt really proud after debugging the system. This one was the most finnicky hardware project I’ve done yet, and I managed to get all the sensors working after many many failed tries. 💪🌱


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It’s the month of October, and the animals are busy at work…


Still, a springy sense of whimsy persists in parks…


Meanwhile, like bees, everyone is so busy at ITP, gathering knowledge.

I’ve been thinking about lots of things. For instance, ways of understanding programming, without the programming…

I remembered being so aware of recursion as a kid, and creating loads of recursive jokes with my brother. Somehow kids find infinity on their own, and it totally enthralls them.

(a TV in a TV, in a TV, in a TV…!)

I wonder what other concepts we learn through our world, through our bodies, through humor.


Here’s a new markdown language just for burritos.

I’ve been on the lookout for systems and new language short hands people make, especially when they don’t have a formal, product-polished system in place.


And as usual, I’ve been observing the hostile, barred-teeth expressions of our city. Somebody must’ve kept sitting on this pipe!

new toys: rain sensor, LCD

For this week, I wanted to make a plant interface which could tell you if the plant needed water. (I have a soft spot for this “Internet of Plants” future…)

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Here are all the parts at play. Note that it doesn’t work (yet.)


I definitely upped the ante on myself this week! This post will mainly be about my process and struggles.

I spent most of my time playing around with these two new sensors….

This lovely rain sensor:

… and this very finnicky 16×2 liquid crystal display (LCD):


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