Bible Chapter Blog- Genesis 1

I have decided to try and read a chapter a week  (or more often) and post the first thing that comes into my mind about it.

Genesis 1 talks about creation – but the order has always bothered me: the sun and moon aren’t created until the fourth day or after the earth and plants. I can’t understand it. It isn’t conventional science. But do I have to understand it to justify my faith? No, because God will do the explaining some day and because if all my questions could be answered today, I would have absolutely no need for faith. I need my faith to please God and I need my faith to show myself that I am indeed taking that leap into His hands. God is hovering outside the burning building and compels me to Jump! Jump!

Alright, poorly conceived but happily perceived.


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Q-learning Machine Learning Crawling Robot

This is a robot that uses the Q-learning algorithm to learn to crawl. Quite an interesting subject. I plan to implement my own algorithm soon.

I modified and commented Erick’s Arduino code below:

Q_Learning Robot
by: Erick M. Sirpa
// comments by Jim Demello Oct 2018
// Servo setup: the servos must be oriented so that if the arm is rotating counter-clockwise to the left of the servo, then up is 0 degrees
// and down is 180 degrees, for both servos. Then when the arm is in it’s highest postion, servo 1 (the servo closest to the
// body of the robot, will be at 0 degrees and servo 2 will be at 40 degrees.)
// Sonar: the sonar module should be placed facing the rear of the robot as it measures movement of the robot away from some
// solid structure like a wall.
#include <Servo.h>
void Mostrar(float Q[][4]); // function to print Q table array on Serial Monitor
float distancia;
float tiempo;

int TRIGGER=7,ECHO=8; // sonar pins
Servo servo1,servo2;
int valor=0; // not used
int act=0;
int ang=40; // servo1 (initial value) angle
int ang2=0; // servo2 angle
int ang_t=0; // temp holders for servo write routine (slowing down servo)
int ang2_t=0;

float Q[16][4]={{ 0, 0, 0, 0}, // col 1 and 2 hold servo1 values and col3 and col4 hold servo2 values
{0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 0, 0, 0},
{ 0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 0, 0, 0},
{ 0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 0, 0, 0},
{0, 0, 0, 0}};
int action=0;
int state=0;
int cont=0; // not used
float gamma = 0.8;
float Qmax=0;
float a=0,b=0;
int x=0;
int goal=15; // state 15 is goal
void setup (){
servo1.write(0); //starting position for servo 1

pinMode(TRIGGER, OUTPUT); // setup sonar
pinMode(ECHO, INPUT);
float R[16][4] = { // columns 1 and 2 are for servo1 and columns 3 and 4 are for servo2
{ 0, -1, 0, -1}, // servos in highest position cannot raise first servo nor raise second (servo angle of zero)
{-1, -1, 0, 0}, // can lower or raise 2nd servo
{-1, -1, 0, 0}, // can lower or raise 2nd servo
{-1, -1, -1, 0}, // can only raise 2nd servo
{ 0, 0, 0, -1}, // can lower and raise first servo AND lower 2nd servo
{-1, 0, 0, 0}, // can raise 1st servo AND lower and raise 2nd servo
{-1, 0, 0, 0}, // can raise 1st servo AND lower and raise 2nd servo
{-1, 0, -1, 0}, // can raise 1st servo and raise 2nd servo
{ 0, 0, 0, -1}, // can lower AND raise 1st servo and lower 2nd servo
{-1, 0, 0, 0}, //9 can raise 1st servo and lower and raise 2nd servo
{-1, 0, 0, 0}, //10 can raise 1st servo and lower and raise 2nd servo
{-1, 0, -1, 0}, //11 can raise 1st servo and can raise 2nd servo
{-1, 0, 0, -1}, //12 can raise 1st servo and can lower 2nd servo
{-1, -1, 0, 0}, //13 can raise and lower 2nd servo
{-1, -1, 1000,0}, // can raise and lower 2nd servo
{-1, 0, -1, 0}}; // servos in their lowest position – can raise 1st servo and can raise 2nd servo

// pos array is valid action table – it contains 3 columns because there can be up to 3 distinct valid actions
int pos[16][3]={ // 4 possible action values: 0=servo1 down — 1=servo1 up — 2=servo2 down — 3=servo2 up rows are states
{2,3,2}, //01 230 (old values)
{2,3,3}, //02 – use 233 – the second 3 is just a place holder as must fill all 3 column values with valid value
{3,3,3}, //03 330

{2,3,3}, //05 230
{2,3,3}, //06 230
{3,3,3}, //07 330
{0,1,2}, //08
{2,3,3}, //09 230
{2,3,3}, //10 230
{3,3,3}, //11
{1,2,1}, //12
{2,3,3}, //13
{2,3,3}, //14
{1,3,3}, //15
int nstate=0;
float diff=0,d_prom=0,d_ant=0, d_new=0;
float point=0;
int cc=0; // not used

for(int d=0;d<20;d++){ // get starting distance – average over 20 mearsurements (probably not necessary to average)
// exit(0); // exit here to just just sonar
for (int epoca=0;epoca<2;epoca++) // for 10 episodes (even 5 episodes usually works)
// state=random(15); // randomly select a state 0 to 14 – problem with this is that it allows negative
// servo positions to be generated – not too good for servo
state = 0; // start at highest arm position every time
ang=40; // servo 1 starting position
ang2=0; // servo 2 starting position

ang_t =ang; // used to write from old angle to new one in servo writing function (for slowing down servo speed)
ang2_t=ang2; // same
cc=0; // not used
cont++; // not used
//x=random(2); //original progam was only using 2 possible actions but this limits the number of states being accessed
x=random(3); // get one of 3 possible action numbers accesses more states
action=pos[state][x]; // choose a valid a ction for that state from pos array

// if action 0 or 1 then select next closest servo 1 position
// if action 2 or 3 then select next closest servo 2 position
if(action==0){ // servo 1 down and servo2 at 0
nstate=state+4; // make next state where servo 1 moves down
else if(action==1){ // servo 1 up and servo2 at 0
nstate=state-4; // make next state where servo 1 moves up
else if(action==2){ // servo 2 down
nstate=state+1; // make next state where servo2 moves down
else if(action==3){ // servo 2 up
nstate=state-1; // make next state where servo2 moves up
// move servos //
Serial.print(” episode = “);Serial.print(epoca);
Serial.print(” state = “);Serial.print(state);
Serial.print(” action= “);Serial.print(action);
Serial.print(” ang = “);Serial.print(ang);
Serial.print(” ang2 = “);Serial.println(ang2);

servoVelocidad(servo1,ang_t,ang,5); // // move servo1 —-5 is just delay speed for writing servo(0=full speed)
servoVelocidad(servo2,ang2_t,ang2,5); // move servo2

d_new=dist(); // get distance
diff=d_new-d_ant; // see how much moved from last distance

if(diff>=1.9 ){ // if more than 1.9 cm then…
point=map(diff,1,4,5,10); // maps from 1-4 to 5-10
R[nstate][action]=point; // increase reward for movement forward in next state (future reward)
Serial.println(” “);
a = -10;
for (int i = 0; i < 4; i++) {
if (a < Q[nstate][i]) { // get max value of next state
a = Q[nstate][i];

Qmax = a * gamma; // get percentage of max value
Q[state][action] = R[state][action] + Qmax; // calculate and store Q value
state = nstate;
} // while not goal
} // end each epoch

Mostrar(R); // show reward table
Serial.println(” “);
Serial.println(” “);
Mostrar(Q); // show q table
} // end setup
void loop(){ // main loop reads Qtable and performs actions
//state = random(3); // randomly choose state from 0 to 3 so that goal state is not chosen first I assume
state=0; // start out at zero state every time (highest position of arm)
ang=40; // starting angle of servo1
ang2=0; // starting angle of servo2
Serial.println(“Starting main loop… “);
b = -10;
for (int i = 0; i < 4; i++) { // find highest value in Qtable for selected state and get that action number
if (b <= Q[state][i]) {
b = Q[state][i];
act = i;
Serial.print(” b = “);Serial.print(b);
Serial.print(” state = “);Serial.print(state);
if(act==0){ // servo1 down and servo2 at 0
else if(act==1){ // servo1 up and servo2 at 0
else if(act==2){ // servo2 down
else if(act==3){ // servo2 up

Serial.print(” act= “);Serial.print(act);
Serial.print(” ang = “);Serial.print(ang);
Serial.print(” ang2 = “);Serial.println(ang2);
servoVelocidad(servo1,ang_t,ang,25); // move servo1 at speed 25
servoVelocidad(servo2,ang2_t,ang2,25); // move servo2 at speed 25
} // end while not goal
Serial.println(“End main loop. “);
} // end loop

void Mostrar(float Q[][4]){ // routine to print Qtable on monitor
for (int i=0;i<16;i++){
for(int j=0;j<4;j++){
Serial.print(” “);
Serial.println(” “);
} // end show Q table

float dist() { // routine to measure distance
digitalWrite(TRIGGER, LOW);
digitalWrite(TRIGGER, HIGH);
digitalWrite(TRIGGER, LOW);
// Calcula la distancia midiendo el tiempo del estado alto del pin ECHO
tiempo = pulseIn(ECHO, HIGH);
distancia = tiempo / 58.00;

Serial.print(tiempo);Serial.print(” “);

return distancia;
}// end get sonar distance routine

void servoVelocidad(Servo servo, int anguloA, int anguloB, int velocidad) { // routine to control speed of servo
if (anguloA<anguloB) {
for (int angulo = anguloA; angulo <= anguloB; angulo=angulo+2)
else {
for (int angulo = anguloA; angulo >= anguloB; angulo=angulo-2)
} // end servo write routine

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How to Build a Claude Shannon Juggling Machine

Here is a video on my version of Claude Shannon’s 3 drop ball juggling machine.

Details at my site:



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God is a Monarch

Socialism is government by state, democracy is government by the people (ideally) but God’s rule is a monarchy – of sorts. He allows governments to rule or lead people yet He is the ultimate ruler – even if He is not accepted as such. But He is a kind monarch who really cares for each and every individual. This kindness is not found in earthly leaders who only want to hold on to their kingdoms at all costs whether they are elected officials or established dictators.  He does solicit self-glorification but He elects to share His glory with His subjects. How many rulers have there been who were so self-less? Therefore, He is worthy of the glory that, when all is said and done, benefits the servant too.

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Hope for China to Open Its Apartments

It is estimated there are 50 to 60 MILLION brand new apartments in China that are unoccupied. But, it is not because people can not afford them, it is because speculators have bought them all up and are not selling them. I pray that these apartments and houses will open up so that the common folks in China can have a decent place to live.

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Jews “Wailing Wall” is Actually Roman Temple

Here is a picture of where the actual Jewish temple stood that was destroyed by Roman Titus in 70AD. Today everyone thinks that the temple stood where the current Dome of the Rock stands – but that was the Roman Praetorium where Jesus was tried. The real Jewish Temple was completely destroyed, including the foundation stones (to get at the melted gold) and the stones were actually carried away to build other buildings and cities. The real temple was built over a spring, there never was a spring in the area of the Dome of the Rock. So, irony of ironies, the Jews worship at the wall of a Roman Temple and the Muslims venerate a Roman Temple. Haha – I love it.

The picture shows the Jewish Temple on the left, an area that was completely destroyed, and the Roman Praetorium on the right where the original foundation was preserved and the Muslim Dome of the Rock built.

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The Jesuits Radical Agenda

Here is an excerpt from the Jesuit Oath:

“I do further declare, that I will help and assist and advise
all or any of his Holiness’ agents in any place wherever I shall
be, and do my utmost to extirpate the heretical Protestant or
Liberal doctrines and to destroy all their pretended powers,
legal or otherwise.
“I do further promise and declare, that notwithstanding I
am dispensed with to assume any religion heretical, for the
propagating of the Mother Church’s interest, to keep secret
and private all her agents’ counsels, from time to time as they
may instruct me, and not to divulge directly or indirectly, by
word, writing, or circumstances whatever; but to execute all
that shall be proposed given in charge or discovered unto me,
by you, my ghostly father …
“I do further promise and declare, that I will have no opinion
or will of my own, or any mental reservation whatever,
even as a corpse or cadaver (perinde ac cadaver) but
unhesitatingly obey each and every command that I may receive
from my superiors in the Militia of the Pope and Jesus Christ.
“That I will go to any port of the world, whatsoever, without
murmuring and will be submissive in all things whatsoever
communicated to me … I do further promise and declare, that
I will, when opportunity presents, make and wage relentless
war, secretly and openly, against all heretics, Protestants and
Liberals, as I am directed to do to extirpate and exterminate
them from the face of the whole earth, and that I will spare
neither sex, age nor condition, and that I will hang, waste, boil
flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics; rip up
the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their
infants’ heads against the wall, in order to annihilate forever
their execrable race.
“That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly
use the poison cup, the strangulation cord, the steel of the
poniard, or the lead bullet, regardless of the honor, rank, dignity
or authority of the person or persons whatsoever may be their
condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may
be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or superior of
the Brotherhood of the Holy Faith of the Society of Jesus.”

That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed reading  The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life and believe this book is the last self-help aid I shall ever need.

I love the Jesuit emphasis on finding God in everything, utilizing our desires to serve God, methods of prayer and silence, and finding my vocation. I just hope the Jesuits I run into won’t intend to flay, strangle and bury me alive if they perceive that I am a heretic.






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