[vcf-midatlantic] das blinkenlights

Bill Degnan billdegnan at gmail.com
Thu Aug 6 20:03:54 EDT 2020

I look forward to seeing the finished product, this kind of thing is on my
list, too.

On Thu, Aug 6, 2020, 6:15 PM Bill Dromgoole via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> On the Battleship New Jersey, some of the digital displays appear to have
> a random pattern of lights.
> I was told that they used the seven segment display driver outputs from a
> digital clock randomly connected to the register lamps to get that
> appearance. So that’s 42 semi random looking bits available, especially if
> the clock is still running.
> Bill
> From: Jeffrey Jonas via vcf-midatlantic
> Sent: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:47 PM
> To: vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org
> Cc: Jeffrey Jonas
> Subject: [vcf-midatlantic] das blinkenlights
> I have some front panels that I'd like to blink like in the movies.
> Since the human brain likes to find patterns, I suspect that
> pure random numbers are nowhere as satisfying as some patterns.
> Has anyone done research on that?
> Of course, I'll have multiple modes such as Conway's Life,
> counting in various ways, ring counters, etc.
> -- jeff jonas

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