|New Off topic, the Great Wall of China thanks to my HP42S 'break program'! pics|
Message #1 Posted by Geoff Quickfall on 24 Oct 2008, 7:07 p.m.
Just a header here, thanks goes to Diego for his improved ATIME HP42S substitute routine. That is to say, the HP41CX has an ATIME routine and the HP42S does not. I managed to reproduce the function with a 75 byte program dealing with the numeric side to correct the alpha-numeric display and printing.
Diego managed it in 43 (corrected by Diego ;-) bytes using ASHF, AROT and some numeric tricks. Thanks to that and the break program I wrote, I was well rested to take a tour of the Great Wall on my Beijing trip after 12 hours in the air! Enough of the blatant HP pandering, here are the pictures:
I FORGOT my SLR digital and had to use the Cell Phone camera so apologies for the graphics. Some of them have a Impressionistic appearance!
Starting at the base of the hill is the sign prior to arriving at the gondola for the ride up the hill. Fortunately I passed all the questions although question two, part two was a poser! Having convinced them I was sane away I went:
I was a misty day and this part of the wall was up in the clouds. We could not get as far as we wanted to as the mist had coated the stones and some of the grade was upwards of 45 degrees. Easy to get up, hard and dangerous to get down.
In some places of course there was access to the south or Beijing side of the wall. I did not see any access to the north for Mongol invasion forces!
After descending the stairs above you end up on the south of the wall and here is the view:
All the canons faced the north also as well as the embedded sloping holes for the bowmen:
Some shots of the wall and the towers dotted along:
Some detail of the brick work inside the towers:
A chair lift down the hill at the end of the tour:
Only to be met by the local law enforcement who decided that I did not pass point 2 of rule number 2!
Another trip with a 3 day layover starting Saturday. I will take a tour of the Airforce museum at an old airforce base built into the side of a mountain! Pictures there with HP content and good camera!
Hope you enjoyed the off topic tour!!
Edited: 25 Oct 2008, 12:44 a.m. after one or more responses were posted