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Don Bertke's Blog

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The promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is critical for our future.   Science is the study of how things work.  Physics involves the physical universe, chemistry involves the interaction of atomic elements to form molecules and biology involves the way molecules interact to make and support life.  As some of you know, I have made some important advances in subatomic physics that will greatly change the future in science if they are true.   M ...
Hi all,   I was able to attend the second faire held over 5/6 August and had a great time.   As it is new, the Faire is still trying to find a mix of demonstrations, booths and information.   There was definitely more food vendors this year, last year there was just one place to get snacks and it is clear that the public wanted more.   Here are some of the pictures I took this year.   The main presentation tent had a nice pixilation display for the kids to walk up ...
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Keynote Speech Update.

Posted by DAB Top Member Apr 30, 2017
Hi all,   Last night I presented a Keynote speech on my "The Only Needed (TON) Particle Theory" to the local IEEE Computer Society Awards Banquet.   The speech went well, I received a number of great questions and everyone appeared to enjoy the talk.   I took two CodeBug devices I had received from Element 14 and presented them to two High School students who asked good questions, so I have fulfilled by Bit By the Bug requirements.   After the discussion I was approached ...
Hi all,   I managed to attend the first, hopefully annual, Maker Fair.   Both my wife and I had a great time and from my observation, so did everyone else.  Nice turnout.   So without further ado, the pictures. Carollon Park is a great venue for the event.  Lots of wide open spaces.  They were even launching model rockets.   These guys made a liquid fuel rocket motor test stand.     Here we had an old mechanical Teletype printer.   ...
Hi All,   I was at the library yesterday and picked up a copy of  "Exploring Beaglebone" by Derek Malloy ISBN 978-1-118-93512-5, from Wiley Press.  Now I do not have a BB, but was interested in its capability.  The book is very well written and full of very useful detail on both the BB, its software and on how to interface hardware to the board. He covers setup, basic Linux commands, and optional software you can activate on the system.  The description of how to in ...
Hi all,   As some of you know, I am writing several books and I have just release my latest Volume for my Sea War series.   So if you have an interest in history or know someone who does, all of my books are available at Lulu.com and will be on Amazon eventually.  It takes them about six weeks to get the new volumes listed.   Volume 9, U-Boats Muzzled, should be ready in early 2016, as should my new book on the Periodic Table.   Enjoy,   DAB ...
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Spectral Microscope Blog 2.

Posted by DAB Top Member Oct 12, 2015
Hi all,   I did warn you this would be a slowly evolving project.   After seeing the comments from @Douglas Wong  I did some research and  web searches for a more spectrally pure source.   While I appreciate the need for such a source for laboratory spectral information, I realized that most of the techniques I want to share are just as easily shown using the LED source.   So I went to the Adafruit website and ordered the new Neopixel Jewel and a 12 and 16 LED N ...
Hi All,   When I saw the road test for the new Cypress Semiconductor PSOC 4 board, I was inspired to build a Spectral Illuminator for microscopes.   To answer the first question, why the PSOC 4 board. Well, when I first saw the Programmable System On a Chip (PSOC) product line, I did a detailed analysis and called it the "Engineers Magic Wand!"  My report is somewhere here on Element 14.   What I like about the PSOC product is its sheer versatility to support evolving pro ...
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RPi v2.0 Update.

Posted by DAB Top Member Jun 3, 2015
Hi all,   I got adventurous over the weekend and hooked my RPi v2.0 up to my local wifi network.   I was impressed with how simple the process was. The search quickly found my home net and the data entry was straight forward.   Soon after hitting the button I had internet access for my RPi.   I also took some time to test my camera and it too worked fine on the first try.   My complement to the RPi people who put the software together.  It was indeed simple an ...
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Solar PI day.

Posted by DAB Top Member Apr 16, 2015
Hi all,   I saw this awesome photo on the NASA weather site and thought I would share it with you.   Enjoy, DAB ...
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New book release!

Posted by DAB Top Member Jan 7, 2015
Hi all,   We just approved the next volume of our World War II Sea War series with Volume 7, The Allies Strike Back is now available at Lulu.com.   So if you like Military History and Naval warfare, you will not find a more detailed collection of naval events anywhere.   Thanks DAB ...
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DAB 2014 in Review

Posted by DAB Top Member Jan 1, 2015
Without a doubt 2014 has been one of the best years at Element 14 since I joined several years ago.   The current membership is much more open about discussing technical issues and working with others to encourage success and understanding of the always changing technology.   I am proud to say that I have made a few very nice friends over the last year and hope that others can say that about me.   The level of technical detail being presented is superb and the members are very ...
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My new toy, the LYTRO camera.

Posted by DAB Top Member Nov 26, 2014
Hi all,   I saw this LYTRO camera on TV the other night and ordered one right away. What makes the camera different is that it captures the optical flow of the image.   That means that once you import the file, you can change your viewing location to see objects at various focal planes within the image.  Yea, really cool.   So after I get to understand how to use it, I want to see if I can actually measure the distances between objects from inside the image.   This ...
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New Book Announcement.

Posted by DAB Top Member Jun 12, 2014
Hi all,   For those of you with an interest in military history, we just published:   World War II Sea War Volume 6, "The Allies Halt the Axis Advance!"   Now available at Lulu.com.  It will be on Amazon in six to eight weeks.   Thanks DAB ...
Hi all.   As some of you have heard, I have been writing a book on a simple solution to Einstein's Unified Field Theory.   The book is now for sale at LULU.COM.   The book is written for the non-scientist, but includes mathematic proofs that prove the feasibility of the theory.   So if you have an open mind, you should find the content very interesting. Plus, the chapter on how permanent magnets work is worth the price.   This blog will also serve as the official s ...