Saturday, October 24th

Stanford University
Terman Engineering Center
Room 556

Terman Engineering Center can be found on these maps - just search for Terman: Google map or Searchable Stanford Campus Map

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.

Wireless Internet access is anticipated (though not guaranteed) at Stanford, so bring your wi-fi enabled laptop.

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Meeting Agenda for October 2009

10:00 --- Coffee and a Chat

10:30 --- Quantification of Health - CH Ting

"Hear this: 'Health can be measured!'"

"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 so."

"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 Damisch
Jason will give a short update about the Forth class he is teaching in San Francisco.

13:45 --- Blog - Sam Falvo
Sam will give a Forth code walkthrough of the Falvotech Blog.

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 Participation

Coming to SVFIG in January:

SVFIG Treasurer's Report - John Rible

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.

Engineering TV
Fifty engineering 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 - Kevin Appert
This presentation will be based on an article in the September 2008 issue of Circuit Cellar entitled "Prototyping with QFP Parts".

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 Win32Forth group (membership required), or here.

Solicitations for presentations and assistance:

Mitch Bradley's Forth in C
A volunteer is needed to present and demonstrate this software.

PowerMOPS Demo
SVFIG is looking for a volunteer to demonstrate PowerMOPS.

Kevin Appert: "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 Appert
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 topics:

If you have anything you'd like to talk about at the October meeting,
please contact Kevin Appert

Meeting Notes