Archive for February, 2015

Raspberry Pi

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Woot!  Got a Raspberry Pi B+ for Christmas this year.  It really has some possibilities, being essentially a complete PC on a tiny board.  Ordered a small powered USB hub to go with it, as well as a case for the Pi itself to keep it safe.  I’m thinking a XBMC or a slide show picture frame thing would be 2 fairly easy projects.

Arduino

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

I got an Arduino Uno R3 last year.  I had fun playing with it, but lack of time/parts put a damper on it.  When we get the basement finished, I hope to have a workbench area to play with it.  I was really hoping Matthew might take an interest in it, as he is a smart kid and really good at math, but so far, no luck.  Maybe Mason will take an interest.

I’m a ‘Pa-Pa’

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

From the “I should write more often” department…

Four years ago, I became a ‘pa-pa’.  Nothing really about Beth being pregnant or ‘going to have a baby’ got me excited or anything throughout the whole nine months, but the moment I laid eyes on little Mason, everything changed.  He makes me happier than I can ever remember, just being.  He’s really my ‘Little Buddy’.  I should get a Skipper hat…  I think, though, I’ve spoiled him too much over time, and he knows it.  He can be a real pill at times now, but I will gladly put up with it all just for one hug from the little guy.

Ahhh, the basement…

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

After 8 years, the basement is framed, at least the front 2/3, except for the soffet/chase around the ductwork/sewer drain up on the ceiling.  I will put one more wall in the back 1/3 to separate mechanical from storage, but that will come later.   Have started putting in the electrical boxes where I know they need to go.  Just have to decide on 3-ways, 4-ways, can lights, ceiling fans, and whether to make a kitchenette or not.  If so, will need to decide the layout.  The biggest single item expense I have left, other than possible appliances, I believe is the grinder pump.  Most everything else is nickel and dime, relatively speaking.

After all these years, the basement needs a good spring cleaning to get rid of things we really don’t need to save, and I will decimate my computer just.  Yes, 9/10 of it, volume wise, is headed to the trash, after some time spent sorting.  The storage area need to be for storage of needed things, not junk.