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.
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.
So the other night the Army did an unannounced training exercise over town. For over an hour multiple aircraft flying search maneuvers. I should have gone out earlier and taken some shots, but went out just after midnight and grabbed a shot just as they left. Since I was out there already, of course grabbed a few more shots. Here they all are.
Amanda and I have put an offer on a house in Port Angeles.
It’s an older home (1918, nearly 100yrs.) has some nice open spaces, and some nice work spaces too. A cute back yard, and a great view of the mountains.
Closing isn’t scheduled until the end of August, so anything could still happen, but wanted to post up some pictures anyhow.
So, I browse through Goodwill’s auction website every once in a while for interesting instruments. I usually end up paying too much and this is probably no exception. I had to get it though as I have wanted a rotary valve trumpet of some sort for a while. And this fits the bill on several fronts. It’s a conical flare instrument, so more like a cornet or flugelhorn, it’s intricate with the more rare to find now clockwork spring valve mechanism, it’s beautiful in its build, and it’s old. Likely vary old (for a brass instrument of its sort and quality.)
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.
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
Just 75 Hours in the car, and 4200+ miles.
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:
A few highlights: