Jan 5, 2009 - Electronics    Comments Off on Strange but Interesting Electronics

Strange but Interesting Electronics

When browsing around for electronics information on Arduinos and other miscellaneous stuff, I found this guy.
http://screwdecaf.cx/forearm-ruler.html
He has some really interesting projects, but most of all I like that he’s a nerdy tinkerer at heart, has dreads and he does crazy stuff like tattoo’ing a ruler on his arm.  Come on, the dude is seriously nuts!

Jan 5, 2009 - Electronics    Comments Off on DIY Bicycle Light Update

DIY Bicycle Light Update

OK, so I finally finished my DIY LED bike light using the 3-LED Cree XR-E design from www.bikeled.org. I rode with it last Tuesday night on the Natchez Trace ride with some HBC members. In summary, it's impolitely bright. Running at 1000mA, it's very much like car headlights, and even brighter than some of the headlights of cars that passed us. Most of the time, I rode with it dimmed down to 500mA or 350mA modes. Other comments - I bought the Cree XR-E star boards from DealExtreme. The parts Keep reading [...]
Dec 21, 2008 - BLOG - Stuff On my Mind    Comments Off on Some Favorite Quotes

Some Favorite Quotes

I always come across quotes I like but I never have anywhere to put them.  So, I’ll collect some here.

We were not sent into this world to do anything into which we can not put our heart.
Ruskin, John
Dec 2, 2008 - Electronics    Comments Off on Refoamed Speaker Surrounds

Refoamed Speaker Surrounds

My Advent Prodigy II speakers were completely rotten around the outside. It makes sense since I bought them in 1992!  The foam had rotted completely out and the crumbled remains were laying on the floor. So, I began searching and I came across lots of speakers, including some AP-II's that had been "refoamed." So, after a few Google searches, I figured out what "refoamed" meant and I found lots of information on how to do it. So, another ebay search, I found a kit that Keep reading [...]
Dec 1, 2008 - Bicycling    Comments Off on Mountain Biking Single Speed

Mountain Biking Single Speed

It's been a while since I've been mountain biking.  Before my first Jack and Back (which I count as what got me started road biking) I used to mountain bike all the time.  Me and some co-workers would cut out of work early on beautiful days and head out.  At that time, I didn't realize I couldn't really turn the pedals.  I did wonder how those guys in tight pants could fly up those hills.  It was because they rode road as well.  I digress...Well, on Saturday some friends Keep reading [...]
Nov 29, 2008 - BLOG - Stuff On my Mind    Comments Off on Boulevard Dash 2008

Boulevard Dash 2008

Once again, someone (Larae H) challenged me for another run. So, I ran the Boulevard Dash yesterday to get Thanksgiving Day started. The run was 5 miles, starting on Belle Meade Boulevard near Harding Road. We turned around near the park entrance, and then returned to the end of BMB. Out of about 20 people that met us at the start, Larae and I were the only ones that ran. Our time was about 47:11, not bad since I haven't put one foot in front of the other faster than walking since the 2008 Country Keep reading [...]
Nov 29, 2008 - Electronics    Comments Off on Craving for Arduino

Craving for Arduino

I have an itch to tinker with Arduino processor boards. www.arduino.cc. I think I’ll try a sprinkler controller or something like that. www.sparkfun.com has some interesting looking stuff to interface to it. Controlling LED’s is a good thing to experiment with, but I want to play with analog signals that cause digital things to happen – maybe an accelerometer or a gyroscope application. More later.

Nov 15, 2008 - Restaurants    Comments Off on Papa Boudreaux’s Cajun Cafe

Papa Boudreaux’s Cajun Cafe

I lived in Mobile, AL for a few years, parents born and raised there, my grandmother was born lived there until she was almost 90.  Mobile was actually where Mardi Gras restarted after the Civil War.  Long story short, the cajun influence in the way my family eats is present - gumbo, tobasco, etc.  No, we didn't eat boudin and cracklin's.  I love cajun food.  Business trips to Lafayette and Ville Platte are my favorite.  A cold frosty pitcher of beer, a good cajun buffet Keep reading [...]
Nov 5, 2008 - BLOG - Stuff On my Mind    Comments Off on Election Day Emotions

Election Day Emotions

I voted early. I was pretty much convinced of who I was going to vote for.  And I didn't care if they suddenly found Bin Laden in a hole somewhere.  Or if some video emerged of my candidate saying something back in the70's.  People change their thoughts over the years about things.  They become more open minded, evolving from hate and fear, to tolerance, and eventually acceptance.  It's a personal growth that I hope Americans can go through over at least the next four years Keep reading [...]
Oct 30, 2008 - BLOG - Stuff On my Mind    Comments Off on Thoughts on Economy, Crime and Mortgage Crisis

Thoughts on Economy, Crime and Mortgage Crisis

I'm sitting here surfing, my usual thing before work, listening to the news.  One major news story was a possible $500 billion or million or something injection of money into the mortgage market.  The very next story was about a convenience store armed robbery.  It seems like every day I hear about a robbery.  It's a hunch, and it's probably an obvious characteristic of crime in tough economic times, but it seems like the numbers of robberies are on the rise in sync with the Keep reading [...]
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