When you work on something so much that the emotion derived from the failure or success of any part of the process is the same — and you wish you didn’t name it initially — or place meaning to it. ‘Cause it doesn’t seem that exciting or meaningful anymore. It now becomes the thing without a name.
My Sing-Song project – oh how it has it ceased to delight, recently. This is how it is when you challenge yourself to do things that you have no grasp of. In Trinidad we would say “Who send yuh with yuh farse self?” meaning “No one picked this for you, you were being precocious — don’t complain!”
Delays started last week when my serial communication failed. After trying for hours, for two days – I calmly put my arduino aside and walked away to tend to another aspect of the project. As I work to fine tune my p5 code and build out the interface, I am also researching RFID technology. Oh yeah, I decided to integrate RFID into my project. The technology seems very straightforward and I am confident that I can integrate it. I have an RFID scanner, reader and tags in possession.
I am teaching users how to say words from the T&T dialect. The user selects a word, records themselves saying it and views the result in a p5 sketch. The aim is to learn the word and not focus on the correct pronunciation. I want the words to be on physical cards (as opposed to on the computer screen). The words will be placed on RFID tags. When a user selects a word, she/he will scan the tag and the word will be selected in the p5 sketch – where its meaning, etc. will be communicated.
Apart from the holiday I was unable to work on two other days, so I am behind schedule. Here is how I will adjust my timeline to accomplish the outstanding aspects of my project:
Tuesday 1 – Serial communication & RFID integration
Wednesday 2nd – Serial communication & RFID integration
Thursday 3rd – RFID integration & P5 finalization
Friday 4th – Saturday 5th – enclosure fabrication
I have faith this will be accomplished and the thing without a name will once again be re-christened.