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Category: life

08/24/08 04:15 - 80ºF - ID#45439

Sad Day

So, my boss has been on sick leave for 6 weeks or so with cancer. It was actually treatable and I think his prognosis was at least somewhat hopeful. Last night was the first night he was home alone, and today no one could get in touch with him on the phone.

I volunteered to go to his house to check on him, but there was no answer and he is not well enough to drive so eventually I broke in through the window. He'd committed suicide last night and I found him on the floor.

I guess it was better that I found him instead of a family member, but still... not the way you want to last see someone. Too late for me to do anything about, I wish there was more I could do.

He was the best boss I've ever had, and a friend.

Goodbye, Luke.
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Category: electronics

08/23/08 04:14 - 84ºF - ID#45424

Microcontrollers Part II

So, this is just the getting started lesson from this page: although I did deviate in the programming a bit to use functions instead of nested if-blocks. It's supposed to be a bike safety light (although not in a pretty / finished package).

Nothing special, but it is flashy and blinky so I made a video of it working.



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Category: electronics

08/23/08 11:27 - 76ºF - ID#45421

Microcontrollers

I finished soldering together my microcontroller board and the prototyping shield which fits on top. The microcontroller board you can't see in this photo, it's the first layer.

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Soldering is a lot of fun, it turns out.

Now, the little switch on top of that board I can read from inside of programs on my computer, like so:

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Not bad for a first little project.

I'm going to construct some camera triggers, so that I can take pictures from sensors like motion, heat, laser, etc.

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Category: cute

08/22/08 03:34 - 87ºF - ID#45410

MOST CONTROVERSIAL JOURNAL EVER?

No, it's a puppy and a bunny.

Try #2: Random newf footage.



Ah, Friday.
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Category: internets

08/20/08 01:02 - 69ºF - ID#45375

Manga Face Generator

Kinda cool:

Here's an idealized version of me :)

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08/19/08 09:03 - 63ºF - ID#45372

Word Clouds

Wordle

This one is from the last few posts across all of estrip:

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If you create a new one, you can base it off your own journal by typing in for the RSS/feed address username.estrip.org, like mine is jim.estrip.org, which looks like:

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(You might have to mess with font/layout/colors/etc to make it look fun)
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Category: random

08/15/08 01:18 - 71ºF - ID#45336

Home Alone

So, stuck here by myself this weekend, (e:James) is on vacation without me :)

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Plans:

1. Read a bunch.

2. Code.

3. Eat a lot of junk food.

What else?
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Category: video

08/13/08 02:33 - 75ºF - ID#45320

Predictive Spelling



mildly NSFW
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Category: progress

08/11/08 02:34 - 68ºF - ID#45303

One Week!

I am one week into quitting smoking cold turkey. Going pretty well.

Also, I have an unrelated cold. Is summer over already? Huddled in a hoodie, sniffling, dark at midday, looks like it to me.

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Category: internets

08/11/08 01:04 - 68ºF - ID#45302

Craigslist Missed Connections Template

re James' latest post, which is a missed connection with at least a bare minimum of details.

Why do they usually sound like this?

I saw you at [vague location starbucks], you were [vague description standing by the wall] and you [vague action glanced at me]. If you're interested, please [ironic demand for specific details email me an exact description of what I look like] so we can connect!
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