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Jun 27, 2016

Break from the heat
last update: 06/27 @ 20:05

We’re back from our Great Britain trip. We managed to make it through lots of mainland Scotland (seeing Urquhart Castle along with several others).

And spent several days on the Isle of Mull (beautiful weather there for a walk in the woods and pony trek).

And even ride the Hogwart’s Express — or the Jacobite, a close impostor.

After our jaunt through Scotland, we headed south to London and were able to take in some of the sites there as well.

Most fun: meeting up with Sam, Lynn and David Z. across the pond.

Our London hotel was perfectly located, we just strolled by Buckingham Palace for this selfie after we checked in.

And the museums we had time to see were all great fun and very informative.

Way too many more photos in the vacations section (be patient, it will take a while to load all the pictures). I really hope we go back with more time on our hands.


Jun 07, 2016

Buttons
last update: 06/07 @ 21:30

So first pass the buttons didn’t work. There could have been a couple possiblities. The Piper website had folks recommending unkinking the button leads so they would better connect to the breadboard.

We first got out the VOM from a way long time back (like high school for David) to see basically how they worked, then methodically checked the button, the leads coming out of breadboard and the lead as connected to the Pi. When that all checked out (really just after straightening the leads and being careful to insert well into the breadboard), they worked as expected!

So that’s the first of three buttons and just two more to go. But the kit also comes with some LEDs and smaller switches — I have no clue what’s next.

Robert still pronounces it “cool!” so I’m good.

Oh, and in the background? Pokemon battle helmet — of course.


Jun 06, 2016

Five Easy Steps…
last update: 06/06 @ 23:30

Well… mostly easy.

Again I ask, “What’s wrong with words?”

We were a bit thrown off at first, but then the blueprint made sense and now Robert has a Raspberry Pi Minecraft machine of his very own.

It was late when it was finally together (we started after dinner and I had a family hangout to attend to) so reviews will have to come later (and hopefully) from Robert.

I pronounce the construction a success; especially after understanding that wiring up the buttons and breadboard is covered onscreen, after booting up.



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