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  1. I hacked a billy bass to interface with linux via parallel port using the instructions on this website. I had to make a few changes to the source code, but it works great. I even added support for head and tail control.

    The problem is that it's a royal pain in the ass to transcribe mouth, head, tail, head/mouth, and tail/mouth movements all at once. I found it's easier to do the movements for the mouth separately from the tail/head movements and then combine them manually. This is very tedious, though. It would be great if I had a program do this for me.

    The transcription files are in timit format. Here are the first few lines of the mouth movements to the sound from this animation (NSFW):

    code:
    Array
    The first column is the start time (I'm not sure what the units are), the second is the end time, and the third is the control word. The control words correspond to the pins on the parallel port. 0x00 is off. 0x01 is pin 1 (tail). 0x02 is pin 2 (mouth). 0x04 is pin 3 (head). To do the head and mouth or tail and mouth movements simultaneously, I just need to add the bytes (0x04 + 0x02 = 0x06 and 0x01 + 0x02 = 0x03). Simultaneous head and tail movements aren't possible because they are driven by the same motor. The corresponding head/tail movement for the example above is:
    code:
    Array
    To combine everything into one file, I need to include all the start/stop times (this usually means adding new rows) and add the corresponding control words. For these two examples, the output would be:
    code:
    Array
    Does anyone think they can help by writing something that does that?

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    2. Linguica

      Linguica

      AndrewB said:

      blah blah

      Wow, uh, impressive? I guess?

      exp(x): this sounds like a really easy programming task and maybe one you should hone your skills on :P

    3. Linguica

      Linguica

      AndrewB said:

      I've discovered about sixty words that follow the pattern 1-1-1-1-1. Some of them are chalk, smart, swamp, cloud, roast, and makes.

      alone
      amuse
      angle
      begin
      being
      block
      chain
      chair
      chars
      could
      crash
      dozen
      equal
      flown
      fresh
      guide
      hears
      heavy
      large
      makes
      means
      names
      older
      share
      third
      trash
      usage
      video
      words
      world
      would
      angel
      arose
      birth
      blown
      bones
      bores
      chalk
      cloud
      focus
      fonts
      forty
      froze
      fumes
      gears
      giant
      glean
      grief
      hacks
      halve
      hired
      lager
      loved
      mends
      mined
      noble
      nodes
      orbit
      ratio
      realm
      shake
      smart
      sober
      sword
      vocal
      warms
      acing
      amens
      angst
      ashen
      autos
      avows
      awing
      birch
      bouts
      boxer
      brows
      bugle
      bulge
      carol
      china
      cigar
      clang
      cloak
      coral
      cords
      crags
      crams
      deign
      denim
      dimer
      dirge
      docks
      doers
      douse
      doves
      downs
      downy
      dowry
      dregs
      ebony
      feign
      felon
      finch
      flock
      flout
      fores
      forts
      foyer
      frost
      gauze
      gavel
      gawks
      gawky
      gayer
      glare
      glued
      gnats
      gnaws
      graze
      guyed
      haler
      hares
      harts
      haves
      hawks
      herbs
      herds
      hiked
      hived
      hyena
      lamer
      manes
      manic
      mares
      marts
      miked
      mired
      muled
      mused
      nosed
      olden
      rages
      reams
      regal
      ridge
      roast
      robes
      rodes
      rowdy
      sager
      scram
      shack
      shave
      shear
      shred
      smack
      smear
      sored
      sorta
      squat
      swarm
      talon
      tangs
      thuds
      tonal
      wordy
      yoked
      zoned

      AndrewB said:

      I've only discovered three words that follow the pattern in left-to-right order: downs, docks, and focus.

      focus
      amens
      docks
      doers
      downs
      downy
      dowry

    4. exp(x)

      exp(x)

      Linguica said:

      exp(x): this sounds like a really easy programming task and maybe one you should hone your skills on :P

      Yeah, it shouldn't be too hard. I'm just a lazy bum and haven't got around to learning how to program.

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