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our new tortoiseshell cat is a bitch princess

our new tortoiseshell cat is a bitch princess

this is Pepper, or Princes Peppers as she has become more commonly called.

she is a tortoiseshell, or tortie for short. apparently torties are known for their tortitude, a fact i wasn’t aware of when we got her! more on that in a moment.

how did we end up with a dirt-colored princess?

my absolute best buddy of 13 years, …

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just make something!

just make something!

the maker/DIY trend isn’t about Arduinos or 3D printers. it’s not about laser cutters and hackerspaces. it’s about creating instead of just consuming.

you don’t have to be an artist or a scientist. many makers/hackers have both strong left and right brain tendencies. you also don’t need to know how to write code or operate a …

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when open-source doesn’t work

when open-source doesn’t work

i’m trying to compile a small Java app to native bytecode for a specific ARM-Linux board to see what the performance differences is (versus running through the Java SE interpreter). so far no love.

one experience with FOSS…

research this whole cross-compiling idea and Java compilers for a bit. decide to skip the latest release of GCC and go with a …

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i love the smell of solder in the morning!

i love the smell of solder in the morning!

it’s been years since i’ve soldered anything beyond medium gauge wire splices, but with a new project, it was time this week to dust off the trusty 12 watt Weller pencil.

the first thing i did was solder nine 26 AWG stranded leads from a hacked up serial cable to the tiny ass pads on this …

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