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Monday, February 23, 2015

Yesterday was another quiet Sunday at the Generator.  A nice Olde English Sheepdog was hanging out being adorable. Here's what he looked like, except he was indoors and it was mid-winter:


"Old English Sheepdog-Nana". 
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 I inventoried all my gear purchased from Sparkfun and Adafruit (they were having a sale this fall and I went kind of crazy) and also got the latest Arduino IDE downloaded.  I searched out a bunch of resources then went home to continue on some "courses" (online tutorials) through Udemy.  Just getting into my Raspberry Pi gadget and learning what it's all about.  This whole coding business takes a lot of brain power and I'm determined to maintain a "growth mindset." Every time I put effort into it, I am that much more knowledgeable, even though I still get overwhelmed when I realize how much I don't know.  Linus, Python, the whole nine yards.  Here's a quote from the bluebrain blog (linked below):  
"There is 6 way header on the PCB and the reason it's a 6 way header is that I thought we could simply use one of our FT232 programmers as the 3.3v power source for the board. Otherwise, use a Pi and some jumpers cables or something else to wire up pin 1 (GND) and 3 (3.3v)"
I actually have some understanding of this! Growth!



This morning I lingered at home to do some twitter chatting on the new roles of Library Media Specialists.  This is a possible career choice for me now that the role has become Maker-Friendly (new term I just coined) as well as being Digito-Friendly ('nuther new term; you're welcome).

video

Now back at Generator and working on purchasing the bluebrain from the Cannybot folks over in Merry England (Cambridge to be exact).  They are "migrating" their checkout to a newly designed webpage, so I can't purchase bluebrain online.

Fortunately, I just heard back from them by email and they have offered to give me an educator's discount and will work out a way to get around the checkout situation.  So if I end up getting ripped off, at least I can blame it on the mother country.  :)

Here is link to the bluebrain blog:

http://blog.bluebrain.io/2015/02/17/boards-are-alive/

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