On page 110 of Professor Stewart’s Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries, he shows a a neat visual way of calculating the GCD (Greatest common denominator, aka HCF, Highest common factor. Given a box with sides of two different lengths, draw squares from the lesser side until you can draw no more. Then continue from the corner the other direction. The smallest square has edge length of the GCD!Continue reading “Euclid’s Doodle – and writing a visualization with Matplotlib”
Usually when you are missing any Python library you happen to want to use, you can install it in Python and have it accessible from your scripts or terminal, simply by using:
pip install <name of package>Continue reading “Installing Python modules even when they don’t behave… e.g. installing Scikit-image on Ubuntu 16.04”
There are many cheap ($5-20) USB RTL-SDR devices you can find on Newegg or Amazon that have an unexpected extra of being able to pick up broadcast radio. This is a handy feature, and in fact we can even read ham-radio frequencies by changing the bandwidth and frequency to read. There are excellent howtos on the easy installation of GQRX for just listening to the radio and setting your frequency and listening, and that’s a good way to start with testing your device. In this post I’ll show how to read and listen to radio using just Python and the Python RTLSDR library, which will show a lot more detail in how decoding radio works, and lets you run a clean interface to listen or record radio.Continue reading “Reading Amateur Radio Frequencies with RTLSDR device and Python”
Today we did some up-cycling of political ad signs. After elections these generally go in the trash, but Talent Maker City had a public event to build some cool stuff out of these corrugated plastic boards!