Saturday, October 24th
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There is open parking on
weekends. Park in any A or C or metered space.
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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Meeting Agenda to: George
Meeting Agenda for October
10:00 --- Coffee and a Chat
10:30 --- Quantification of Health -
"Hear this: 'Health can be
"Health is generally considered to be a very
nebulous concept. Everybody talks about it, but nobody knows for sure what they
are talking about. I would like to conduct two experiments in a effort to
measure willing participants' health. I will initially request that everybody
contribute a urine sample, for which I will measure its Oxidation Reduction
Potential (ORP), which is a fairly accurate measure of health. I will then ask
everybody to take 10 grams of sodium ascorbate (a form of Vitamin C) orally
every two hours, to see how much Vitamin C results in diarrhea. This amount is
a reliable quantitative measure of one's health. I will injest these amounts of
Vitamin C myself, to show everyone that it is perfectly safe to do
"Vitamin C is like Forth - it is a very
simple solution to a very complex problem - if you know what the problem is.
So, I think this is an appropriate topic for the SVFIG meeting."
11:40 --- Lunch
Lunch on-campus. To
avoid the "noon lemming effect", we'll leave a little early.
13:00 --- Introductions, Announcements,
Rumors, and Random Access
13:30 --- Forth Class Update -
Jason will give a short update about the
Forth class he is
teaching in San Francisco.
13:45 --- Blog - Sam
Sam will give a Forth code walkthrough of the
14:30 --- Break
15:00 --- Interesting Items - Volume
14 - Dave Jaffe
Dave will continue his survey of interesting
newly-introduced microcontrollers, I/O peripherals, sensors, products, and
gadgets that can provide useful and unique capabilities to Forth embedded
systems. If anyone has come across anything that fits this category, pass
it/them along to him for inclusion in his presentation.
16:00 --- Adjourn
How you can help SVFIG:
- Bring your speaker and topic suggestions
to every meeting!
- Your input for and participation in next
year's Forth Day is always welcomed.
Forth Day 2009
- Call for
Coming to SVFIG in January:
- SVFIG Treasurer's Report - John
Coming to SVFIG:
Examples from the Forth Foundation
Library - John E. Harbold
John will demonstrate some code which
makes use of the Forth equivalent of a C++ Class Library. The
Forth Foundation Library (FFL) is a
general purpose Forth library whose main purpose is to make it easier to
develop applications. Examples to be presented will include using the Finite
State Machine (FSM) and Dynamic Strings.
topic channels, four new episodes per week.
Botbash 2000 Video
A cheapie video
of a May 2000 robot rumble in Mesa, AZ.
Prototyping with QFP Parts -
This presentation will be based on an article in the
September 2008 issue of Circuit Cellar entitled "Prototyping with QFP
WAV File and Soundcard I/O Software
Using Win32Forth - Andy Korsak
This software was written for
amateur radio applications. Andy has suggested that it might be useful to look
at his code in advance of his talk. Contributions to this work-in-progress
would be welcomed. You can download and view his sound card software on the
group (membership required), or here.
Solicitations for presentations and
Mitch Bradley's Forth in C
volunteer is needed to present and demonstrate this software.
SVFIG is looking
for a volunteer to demonstrate PowerMOPS.
"The implementor of the PACE FIG-Forth responded to my email. I think he got
the idea that my invitation to present was 'one-time' rather than 'any time'.
Hopefully when there is something else PACE-related on the program, he'll join
us and present."
Meet the Mac - Kevin
Kevin Appert: "I'm having trouble emailing Ward McFarland, the
Carbon MacForth guy. If anybody knows a good way to buy a copy, please fill me
in! His email doesn't bounce, but he doesn't reply. The phone number is out of
service, but the website is still up. I'm also getting error boxes when I try
to start PowerMops under OS-9.1. I'd be grateful for any help."
Please indicate your interest for these
If you have anything you'd
like to talk about at the October meeting,