I think the academic computer world now calls small state machines Discrete Finite Automations or something. I read about how to do it in a lecture series I pulled of the net. Available upon request, or google for it. The upshot was that it was an interesting way of approaching the problem. To me it sounds like you are flogging yourself unnecessarily, but each to his own :)
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I didn't believe in evil until I dated it.