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(no subject) [Jan. 7th, 2012|08:29 pm]
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Back to the old days... [Dec. 30th, 2011|09:14 am]
[Current Location |Home.]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Haha. Well, not so much, just back when I used to post to LJ.

I haven't anymore.

I've tried, put apps on my phone to try and remind me to post, done all kinds of things to try and get myself to put things up here, but I just can't seem to do it. Maybe it's just because I've never really had things to talk about, or because it's hard to sit down and write, but I just can't.

Perhaps I'll try more as a new years' resolution or something. Mostly I post on Google+ now, since I've never been an adopter of Twitter or Facebook. Google+ has the privacy I want, in something that can do pretty much everything I need, without the creep of ads and such. I know I'm still the product, but at least I'm less aware of it. :P

Anyways, to my friends on here, and ones I see locally, I want to apologize.

When I first moved down here, I was eager to have friends, I hugged anyone who wanted one and did my best to make everyone happy.

I'm not the same.

I've put up walls. I don't know if it's from people I've met, relationships I've been in, projects I'm working on, or just lazyness. Either way, I'm not the same person my friends once knew.

I suppose there's a few parts to it, that I can think of off the top of my head.

I feel like I've had a lot of friends who were okay with being my friend. Not because they wanted it, just because it was convenient. It's great when I'm the one initiating conversation, making plans, doing whatever, but if I'm not working, they aren't there to pick up the slack, to return the favor, to show their willingness to continue. I'm not singling someone out, this is a number larger than a few.
And while it's alright to grow apart.. (not everyone will stay friends forever) I kinda feel like it was an exodus as soon as I wasn't the one talking anymore. You feel empty, question yourself, wondering "did I ever have what I thought I had?"

I want to fix that. I want to mend relationships, grow together, spend more time with people that make my life what it is. I thrive on friends. Ask anyone, and whenever I go anywhere, do anything, I always wonder who else I can invite. It's part of who I am.

That's not the only reason. I've been getting involved a lot more with our local hackerspace, FamiLAB. It's grown from a ragtag group of 6 or so people into over 30 paying members, 4000 sq ft of space, and a lot of equipment and stuff. We're holding classes, starting new programs, reaching out to the community, and really growing quickly. It's a lot of change, and I'm really excited about it. That also means it's taking up more of my time. I'm spending hours and hours there, and while it's a cool group to be a part of, it's segregated into a different part of my life. We don't usually get together after the lab and hang out, the lab IS the hang out. So, it's kind of compartmentalized like that.
It does take me away from hanging out with my other friends though, which is something I'd like to work to fix. I want to schedule my time better.

I have a new job now, too, working downtown. It's a pretty small company that does some big things with IVR technology, and I'm basically working on lots and lots of servers. Pretty much something I've always wanted to do. I'm learning shell scripting, Perl, and doing my best to get a lot more of the network foundations down, as well as learning some common IOS/Juniper stuff to set up routers. I have some odd hours from time to time, but I'm getting paid more, I get perks like company laptop/cellphone, and can work from home from time to time. It's a gig I hope I can hang onto for a good long while.

So, that's kind of a recap of my life as of late. A lot of things have changed for the better, some for the worse, but overall I think I'm moving forward. I just had my 27th birthday, and I feel old. I look at the fandom and see how many people in it are so much younger than me.. then realize I've been doing this for over 12 years. Sure blew by, those twelve.

Here's to one more.

TL/DR: Read the post. There's only one a year or so, 3 minutes won't kill you.
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MetroCon 2011 [Jun. 29th, 2011|07:36 pm]

MetroCon 2011, a set on Flickr.

Photos! MetroCon 2011! Check 'em out here!Let me know what ya like.

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(no subject) [Jan. 2nd, 2011|07:12 pm]
[mood |geekygeeky]

I'm still alive



8-2TB drive NAS.

Working to try and get the darn sectors aligned now. Only getting 140MB/s off the RAID-6

It's those new 4k sector drives. Anyone know how to align them in a RAID?
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(no subject) [Aug. 5th, 2010|08:08 am]
Megaplex was awesome! Click on the picture to see the whole set of photos I took while I was there!

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(no subject) [Jul. 20th, 2010|09:28 am]
[mood |geekygeeky]

New Toy.


Roland ColorCAMM Pro PC-60
Full-color vinyl printer/cutter

It's sticker time.
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(no subject) [Jun. 26th, 2010|05:26 pm]
[Current Location |el paso]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]


So I knew I'd be somewhat bored in the hotel here in El Paso. Sooo.. I decided to bring some toys along with me.

Here's the table in my hotel room:

So I was working on these nifty little devices, Siemens DLG 7137 Smart Matrix LED Displays. I got a bunch of them from Astro Too in Melbourne. Was only a couple bucks for the board loaded with a bunch of them.

They're small, smart displays that contain a small control IC.. It has a ASCII character generator, a memory, and a few other little things built inside, that lets you control it by using 6 pins, with a write pin and chip enable pin.

I wanted to see if i could control them easily. At first, I thought they were only simple matrices I'd have to control via strobing, but I found out they're actually very useful parts. They can create letters, number, and symbols by setting just the 6 input lines and then toggling the write line. I succeeded in making it display a few characters, but then I wanted to try and get it to work with my new LeafLabs Maple

Printig a 'Z'

So, I wired up a few more, and tested to make sure my understanding was correct.  Took a little video to show what i was doing.

Then, I finally hooked up the Maple, and after much troubleshooting (due to me still figuring out the Maple's differences from the Arduino) I was able to get it printing characters! Now i'm looking into writing a little library to write out characters to it. Perhaps words too, once i build a small board with a decoder for the chip enable lines... Knowing this, I may go and pick up the rest of them.. :)

Do you guys like reading stuff? Should I keep posting more stuff like this that I'm doing? I worry this is too techie for most of my readers..
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(no subject) [Jun. 23rd, 2010|08:02 am]
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |awakeawake]

Quick "still alive" post.

I'm here. I've been preoccupied with various electronics projects, namely messing with the RepRap and trying to cram it's code onto a LeafLabs Maple microcontroller.

Looking into building The Crippler part deux.

Heading to El Paso today for a week long pile of yay. Not really. It's work.

Oh, and my makeshift studio is up and running. No doubt you've seen some nice pictures of Surf Cat Costumes suits.

Here's a picture. Let me know if you want to play around with photos in it, I like to share.

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(no subject) [Apr. 8th, 2010|12:46 pm]
Bunch more FWA pics up! I'm going to try and get them all finished tonight since I'm taking a day off from going to FamiLAB to make Mendel parts. I'll be around!

Click on Sly and Mangy to see the growing set...
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(no subject) [Apr. 1st, 2010|07:02 am]
Started to upload photos from FWA! Look on my Flickr, or click on this photo to see the whole set!


I'm going to be uploading the rest over the next couple nights, since it takes so very long to go through them (This is only one third of the way through friday!)
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