atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5108: This is damned awesome.

So, friend of the Fungus STxRynn sent a package to the bunker, which arrived today. It consisted of two items he no longer has any use for: an Arduino Uno and a book explaining how to use it.

To my delight, the Arduino has analog inputs--six of 'em--already on the board; the microcontroller (uC) itself is an ATMEGA328, which actually has eight ADC channels and a temperature sensor. (The chip costs about $1.63 in quantity.) So if I use this to build a soldering station, I don't have to worry about ADC.

I can't stop looking at the Uno. I keep thinking about how much power this has compared to the 68HC11 prototype board I bought in 1994 at the vastly discounted student price of $95. (It might, come to think of it, have cost $68.11 for students, but I don't remember that clearly.) The 68HC11 board had an RS232 interface on it, required a bench power supply of one kind or another, and you had to program it in machine code. This thing runs about $30, connects to your computer via USB (and is also powered that way), and programs in C.

This is going to be so cool. Thanks, STxRynn!

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Not today, though: I have to replace the lower bearing in the washing machine, because it threw the brand new belt on Sunday night, filling the house with the lovely odor of carbonized latex. And I have to get after giving the Jeep the Rislone treatment and changing the oil.

...and I have a cold.

Out of nowhere, yesterday, while talking to customers I noticed that I had begun to sound more adenoidal than usual, and thought, Great, I've caught a cold! On the way home from work things quieted down and drained, but by bedtime last night it was obviously a full-blown case of common rhinitis. Mrs. Fungus observed, "You sound like shit!" And I went to bed with my left nostril plugged, having to blow my nose occasionally to keep from dripping snot on the sheets.

This morning, though--a scant four hours after we retired--suddenly everything was unplugging and I got that fidgity feeling I always get when I'm getting over a cold and my head has begun to drain, but still has the sinus pressure and that "block of wood" feeling.

I have heard of 24-hour flu. I have never heard of a 24-hour cold.

Because of that, I'm skeptical of my sudden recovery, and am waiting for the other shoe to drop; but in the meantime I really have a lot of stuff to get done today, and fortuitously the weather is really warm. So I plan to have something to eat and then get my butt in gear.

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Must we go through this every time? The GOP nominee always going to turn the US into Nazi Germany if he gets elected; we've heard this screed every four years since 1980, for crying out loud. (Probably longer, in fact, but that's how long I've been paying attention.)

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Hypocrisy again. Whenever someone in big business says, "Hey, make me do something I'm not doing!" it's usually because he wants the rules set up so he'll exempted from whatever it is while his competitors have to toe the line. Point being that if this douchebag really thought the minimum wage should be $15 an hour he'd be working hard to make sure no position in the company he chairs paid less than that.

...of course they'd be driven right out of business by their competitors.

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This has bothered me ever since gas stopped being $1.50 a gallon. That is to say, nothing has changed in the oil market; everyone is still pumping at the same rate and demand for oil has not risen. We're still running out of room to store it. So why is the price going up? Because a bunch of banksters bought oil futures instead of bonds.

A couple of years ago, oil was trading at $100 a barrel not because we were running out, but because of artificial scarcity: increased demand against carefully controlled supply led to much higher prices.

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The Obama administration is butthurt because Netanyahu has declined to be snubbed and mistreated by Obama and his cronies.

The White House refused to accommodate Netanyahu's schedule, of course, because the Obama administration has treated him with disdain since 2009. I know this is so because White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said, "Reports that we were not able to accommodate the prime minister’s schedule are false."

Netanyahu is a busy man, just like Obama. The conference he was going to attend runs from 3/20 through 3/22, and Obama's boys said they'd be willing to meet with Netanyahu on 3/18. Now, if you're a head of state and you're going abroad to attend a conference, you can probably manage one extra day for meeting another head of state; but having to come two days early, and then do nothing for a day before the conference? No executive schedules his time that way.

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Linked solely so I can quote.
I would just add that to my business cards.

Larry Correia
Screw you. I have a tank.
Hell, who wouldn't?

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It would be nice if I'd written down what size that lower bearing is, for the washing machine. *sigh* Well, I'm pulling it out today, so I can write it down this time, so next year when I have to do this again (assuming I do) I'll just have to look it up.

Still, what a pain.

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