According to the 4pcb website, my robot arm circuit boards shipped today. I’ll be in San Francisco all next week, so I’ll have to wait to play EE ’til the next weekend.

Should be a fun trip – I’m going for a ProEngineer training class, and will have some time in the evenings to catch up with Bay Area friends. As an added bonus, Rif & Anna will be there, too – I’m looking forward to catching up with them, watching some football, and finding some good eats.

In other news, my dad’s book, Transforming Schools with Technology, has been published. I don’t have a copy yet, but I’m looking forward to reading it. Congrats, dad!

posted January 29, 2008 – 10:04 pm

L.A. pictures coming soon. In the meantime, you can drool over the menu at The Counter, where I ate on Sunday night. Unlike this guy, I chose sparingly, and had a great burger with ginger soy glaze, avocado, fried onion strings, scallions and carrots.

In other (big) news, I ordered the PCB for the robot arm controller today from 4pcb. They had the best prices for low quantities, and I’ve heard some good things about them. By mid-February, I’ll have a board!

posted January 23, 2008 – 6:59 pm

My L.A. weekend was everything I’d hoped it’d be and more. Pictures and more to come soon.

posted January 22, 2008 – 12:43 am

It’s actually nice to be back in work mode these days, but I’m not complaining about my upcoming trip to L.A. for Lei-Out. Should be a great weekend of frisbee, especially since it’s supposed to be 20 degrees warmer there than in Seattle. It’s my first trip to L.A., but I think I won’t have too much time to explore the city. There’s a bunch I’d like to see (like the concert hall and the Getty Museum) and I have some friends down there, so I’m sure I’ll make it back.

posted January 17, 2008 – 6:45 pm

Well, I’m winding down my last week of freedom before starting the new job on Monday. I’ve been playing plenty of frisbee, seeing some great movies, eating well, and even doing a little PCB layout. I am looking forward to working, though – it’ll be nice to be back in a rhythm and have regular human interaction. Oh, and the paycheck thing is sounding pretty nice, too.

posted January 11, 2008 – 11:01 am

I spent the better part of my afternoon reassembling my D70 after trying to fix the aforementioned CHA bug. You can read a bit about it here. So far, so good – no more errors!

D70 Teardown

posted January 7, 2008 – 5:23 pm

I happened to be browsing his blog when Bunnie posted Name that Ware December 2007. I spent about an hour thinking and researching what it could be, and think I figured it out. Unfortunately, I was tired, and got excited about figuring it out, so my comments are pretty incoherent – too bad. Whether I win the Chumby or not, I had a good time playing.

posted January 6, 2008 – 11:47 pm

Well, after I found some instructions for taking apart the D70, I figured I’d give cleaning the CF card contacts a shot before sending it off for professional help. It’s been out-of-warranty for a couple years now, and I’m usually okay at this kind of thing (at the very least, not breaking it). So my camera is currently in many pieces on my desk, but it looks doable. I have to de-solder a metal housing from a circuit board to get at the CF card contacts, but that’ll be the worst of it.

In my remaining week before starting the new job, I’m hoping to finish the camera repair, send the robot arm PCB out for fabrication, and possibly finish up the site redesign. We’ll see how it goes.

posted January 6, 2008 – 5:10 pm

Dinner on New Year’s turned out quite well – the crab cakes were fantastic, and the lemon mousse turned out great. Sarah brought back homegrown, organic lemons from her parents’ farm in Maine, and they really made the dish. I ran the leftover mousse through my ice cream maker yesterday – no surprise that it was quite tasty.

Tuesday’s dinner was almost as good, though slightly less home-cooked. On an excellent recommendation from a (Taiwanese) native, I went with some friends to Jack’s Tapas, an oddly named Taiwanese restaurant in the U District. Especially good was the Chinese Sesame and Scallion Layered Bread, though really, everything was great.

posted January 3, 2008 – 1:46 pm
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