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will someone, for the love of god, pretty, pretty please ... teach me how to dougie?

I think the real problem here is that I just don't really understand batteries that well.

this power supply I'm using to charge a battery is making intermittent buzzing sounds, but on the whole it seems to be working. I'm not sure what's up, but having the right fire extinguisher nearby makes me feel a bit better.

I think I'm going to tune up my bicycle today. That seems like a slightly productive thing to do.

@leibert it gets into some mode where it stops displaying the units and I dont know why, but if I just turn it off and on again it usually comes back

@leibert -- I was looking up stuff about how to use your oscilloscope and stumbled upon this video.

It didn't help me at all, but it turns out that there is something surprisingly soothing about listening to a British guy casually complaining about his ebay purchase for 20 minutes.

saw the Apollo 11 movie in theaters last night, and it is all kinds of awesome.

I don't know what it was about that era, or the people in it, that so many could get behind such a seemingly impossible effort, and that Kennedy could stand in front of congress and promise to put a man on the moon within 10 years, and then create the resources to actually do it.

Wtf changed? Where's our national project and where's the administration that is going to decide to cure cancer within 10 years or smth?

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ever wonder why your train is late in the mornings sometimes? well,

Found a large packet of googly-eyes today while cleaning the apartment. I don't remember having this much fun with these things as a kid...

duuuude, you can use tin snips on protoboards! And they work really well!

Why the hell have I spent so much time scoring & sawing these things in the past? I was trying to use a dremel last week on one 🤦‍♂️

how many years until I can buy a commercial memristor off of digikey or someplace and plug it into my breadboard (to do ... well I don't know what)?

This morning I tried out a new (for me) neighborhood fish shop and walked away with a great cut of tuna for reasonable money. Now I've just cooked up an awesome lunch; it's going to be a good day.

had a conversation this afternoon with a coworker about fixing an oversight in a single kafka producer. As we talked it out, we non-ironically began to posit that fixing the damn thing might require a brand new microservice, publishing new events from an entirely different, unrelated service, replicating/sharing a large collection of data across those services and perhaps some creative batching.

If that's not a warning sign of a fragile architecture, I don't know what is.

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Sounds like this is the end for Jibo. I guess I can't say I'm surprised, but it's too bad that yet another consumer robotics company (and a Boston-based one too) is shutting its doors.

That said, the real losers here are the folks who shelled out $900 for the silly thing.

Nixie tubes from ebay finally arrived in the mail! 📣😁

I need to figure out how to build a (maybe two stage?) boost converter to drive the things at something like ~180 V DC. That'll be a fun little project.

you just know that when alien life makes first contact with humanity it's going to be in the form of a weird, green dick-pic

I don't really know wtf just happened to my brain. I looked out the window into a light haze and my first thought was "uh-oh, locusts!" And then half a second later I realized that no, it's just snowing again.

It's winter in Boston, and I've never seen a locust before in my life.

I've gotten awfully good at writing out blog posts and then filing them away for later proofreading.

And then never looking at them again.

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