Aug 052014
 

I was going to return home from visiting family in Brooklyn (Washington) by the normal route of cutting across from Aberdeen towards Montesano and up the canal, but read the signs for home instead, and took the coast.  Was good timing though, needed a restroom break just as the sun was setting and we were approaching Ruby Beach.  So took a few minutes to go down and watch the event in the fog.

 

 

Ruby Beach

Ruby Beach

More pictures in the photo gallery.

 

 

Apr 232014
 

So, I did another Surface Mount demo for the Seattle Robotics Society this past weekend, and had sampled a new audio amplifier IC to show how small things can get when transitioning to surface mount.  I think maybe this was a little too far.

 

LM386 - MAX98304

LM386 – MAX98304

This is the bog standard LM386 0.3W Audio Amplifier IC, nothing special, hasn’t changed since the early ’80′s.  Nestled into the Pin 1 indicator dot though, is the new 3.2W Maxim MAX98304 Audio amplifier IC for use in high power speakers for laptops, tablets and smart phones.   Ten times the output power capability, and would fit in the mounting hole for a single pin of the old workhorse.

Jul 132013
 
Jun 262013
 
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Apr 242013
 

So, I have a friend working on getting Prince of Persia running on original Apple ][ hardware. [Link] So dug this out for him to see if it would help him in his Newtonian pursuit.

Apple ][c

Apple ][c

Aug 132012
 

Otherwise known as the circumnavigation of Nevada!

We are driving down to Sierra Vista AZ to visit with some friends and making some stops along the way.

This is what our current route is looking like!

The Trip Down to Sierra Vista:

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The Trip Back Home


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Just 75 Hours in the car, and 4200+ miles.

Jul 142012
 

Lots of slow moving lightning storms in the area for the past 24 hours. Here are a few photos.

The full collection of photos can be found here:
http://www.fenchurch.org/priv_cgi-bin/ids/index.cgi?mode=album&album=/Nikon_D7000/2012/%23020_July_13_Lightning

A few highlights: