October 2012 Meeting Notes
Compiled by Dave Jaffe
Contributions from Kevin Appert and others
SVFIG on Google+ Hangout-
url - tinyurl
Coffee and a Chat
Michelangelo and Bach Stitched together in Adobe After
Effects? - CH Ting
"I am trying to add video to Bach's B Minor
Mass. I thought that Michelangelo's frescos in the Sistine Chapel would provide
very nice images for the music. I tried
PowerDirector to animate the images, but the results were poor because it
can only animate images accepted into the video stream and cannot take the high
resolution images as sources. I am now trying
Effects, which seems to do a good job in scanning the high resolution
images into the video stream. I need more time to study After Effects, but I
can show a few clips at the Saturday meeting."
- Slides - 100Kb pdf file
We ate at the Treehouse.
We checked out the Global Paper Bike Rally after lunch.
Global Paper Bike Rally
This event will be held at
11am-1pm on Saturday in Roble Field. The bikes will be made by international
students who are visiting this week. This
provides the general flavor of the challenge.
We postponed visiting the Ampex recorder in Green Library.
Historical Ampex Recorders
There's a beautifully
200a audio recorder and a VRX1000 video recorder on exhibit at Green
Library. You'll need a driver's license or non-driver ID to get in.
Introductions, announcements, rumours, and gossip -
What can SVFIG do to promote Forth?
Milestone 2 Code Walkthrough - Samuel A. Falvo
Sam will present a code walk-through of Milestone 2, the slide
presentation program written in Kestrel Machine Forth.
Dennis Ruffer showed a video of his Hawaiian vacation which
included aa helicopter tour of a volcano field and waterfall. He also presented
a comparison of video editting software.
Hawaiian - video 11:23
of video editing software
- WeVideo - cloud
Stacy Smith recommended
Capitalism, a book by Amory Lovins.
Kevin Appert showed the hidden modes of his auto GPS
Creole and Lazarus - Joseph M.
Creole Forth is a simple Forth-like programming language
developed as a component in Borland Delphi. Joe has ported Creole to Lazarus, a
free cross-platform IDE which provides a Delphi-like development experience.
Joe will remote-present using Google+ Hangout which will be streamed live via
- Slides - 171 Kb pdf
- Lazarus Project files
- version 1.02 for Windows and Linux
Forth: A scripting language in Borland Delphi
Instructions for installing Creole in Lazarus:
- Go to Package -> Open Package File (.lpk), compile,
and click on forthscript.lpk
- Click on Compile to compile the sources.
- After compilation, click on Use and install to mark for
- Exit dialog and go to Install Packages and look for
'forthscript 0.0 in the "Do not install" list on the right. Move it over to the
"Install" list on the left-hand side.
- Click on "Save and Rebuild IDE". Lazarus has to exit
and restart to install a component or set up components. The tab "CreoleForth"
should appear as part of the component palette with a single component
Quantum Computing - Jack Woehr
volunteered to do a remote "Hangout" presentation but he has another commitment
so we'll postpone his talk, tentatively to December.
A Supercomputer for Everyone
64-core 28nm microprocessor
Array of Simple Processors (AsAP) project
- WeVideo - cloud video
- Electric Imp Wifi -
- Project HiJack iPhone
- Cameras with WiFi
cameras with built-in WiFi -
- GoPro HERO3 camera with
- Forth Programming Books
- Forth for Education -
4E4th and 4E4th IDE by
Forth still matters in this ARM / Linux / Android world
10 Programming Languages to Keep You Employed
Rise and Fall of Heathkit - And Rise of SparkFun
- Electronic Design articles:
Engineering Design Ideas
Years of Ideas for Design
- Bob Pease's
- Forth Jobs - submitted by Dennis Ruffer
- Surplus Houses
Your Own Programming Language Using C++
Archtecture online course by David Wentzlaff
lecture L1S5 is mostly about Stack Machine Architecture
- Famously cluttered workspaces:
History Museum honors Jim Williams and Bob Pease
A. Pease's Office (video 5:17)