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You too can be a "Layaway Santa"
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
I think this is a jolly good idea, and that any of us with a few extra dollars in our pockets should think seriously about spreading a little cheer.
Thinking about Gift Cards? Think again!
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11/28/2012   3 comments
I'm not sure if all of these issues are true in every case, but I will absolutely be reading the fine print before shelling out any more of my hard-earned cash.
These made me chuckle...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/7/2012   19 comments
I was reading the 12/12 issue of Reader's Digest yesterday evening, and I spotted a couple of gems I wanted to share...
SparkFun to host "Introduction to Arduino" workshop
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11/7/2012   5 comments
Attendees will receive a SparkFun Inventor's Kit and will be introduced to hands-on skills for programming their very own electronics.
How to protect kids using iPods/iPads?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/5/2012   15 comments
My friend Richard has three young iPod/iPad using daughters whom he wishes to protect from the negative influences one can find on the Internet.
There *is* a man in the moon!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/2/2012   5 comments
The more you look at the moon, the more there is to see, and the more your mind turns to philosophical musings and meditations.
Lattice Semiconductor's stars are shining brightly
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11/2/2012   7 comments
Lattice could be on the brink of something big – taking programmable devices into places they have not been seen before…
$100 Supercomputer – YES! We made it!
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10/29/2012   5 comments
Well, what an exciting time. I'm happy to inform you that we succeeded in pushing the guys at Adapteva over their Kickstarter goal.
Which sci-fi author would you like to meet?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/25/2012   47 comments
Seriously, here's your chance to pick which science fiction author you would like to see at one of our forthcoming UBM events.
Personal supercomputer for only $100!
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10/24/2012   20 comments
For only $100, the Parallella is a personal supercomputer based on a Zynq All Programmable SoC from Xilinx and an Epiphany multi-core processor from Adapteva.
Altium, what have you done?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/17/2012   46 comments
I was completely blown away when I heard the news that CEO and founder Nick Martin has been squeezed out.
OMG! The most amazing "must see" photos!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/17/2012   23 comments
You simply MUST look at these pictures – trust me, you won’t regret it (have I ever lied to you before?)
Monk fish croon their soothing songs of snooze...
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10/16/2012   25 comments
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear... I think I can feel a challenge coming on…
A pig, a mouse, and two asses walk into a bar...
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10/12/2012   2 comments
This all started with an email whose subject line was "Allergic to cats?" Inside this email was an image that certainly made my eyes water…
Well, Swoosh Me!
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10/10/2012   19 comments
I am somewhat flabbergasted, because a "swoosh" just took me completely by surprise.
Wherefore art thou Tensilica?
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10/10/2012   3 comments
A little bird tells me that things are going so swimmingly well at Tensilica that…
What's the most amazing book no one (you know) ever read?
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10/9/2012   26 comments
This book, which has to be one of my "all-time favorite reads," is sitting on the shelf in my office as we speak...
Power2U 4 Me!
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10/2/2012   11 comments
Of course I should have turned off the power first, but "I R an Engineer" and I know what I'm doing…
Power2U – What a jolly good idea!
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9/20/2012   9 comments
In addition to two regular power sockets, this little beauty also has two USB ports capable of charging iPhones and iPads.
A package just arrived on my desk…
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9/14/2012   32 comments
What if I were to find myself an old Webster wire recorder and load this spool, would I hear an ethereal voice saying something like…
I want a Beard Beanie!
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9/12/2012   9 comments
I know I'm being silly, but I just ran across something called a "Beard Beanie" that I think is really fun in a strange sort of way...
"Under the hood" of Altera's 20nm offerings
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9/10/2012   Post a comment
While chatting with Misha Burich, CTO at Altera, I learned myriad tidbits of trivia and nuggets of knowledge of which I was previously unaware…
Dr. Who Sonic Screwdriver TV Remote -- I WANT!!!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/6/2012   9 comments
I'm too young for all of this excitement. I just saw a Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Programmable TV Remote.
Which science fiction books SHOULD be made into films?
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9/4/2012   136 comments
Over the years I've often thought "I wish they would make this into a film!" Here are a few suggestions off the top of my head...
Seriously?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/29/2012   11 comments
My knee-jerk reaction was "Oh dear, what have I said or done that has raised my friend's ire?"
Hurray! Xilinx outperforms Spacely Space Sprockets
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/27/2012   3 comments
Spacely Space Sprockets came in at number 25 of the twenty-five largest fictional companies in history with 2007 revenues of $1.3 billion.
Cheesy Sci-Fi TV Series of the 60s and 70s
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/22/2012   90 comments
Here are some of the cheesy Sci-Fi TV Series I used to watch in the 60s and 70s. Did you see these? If so, which did you like the best (and which did you hate the most)?
The worst is behind you…
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/20/2012   19 comments
Is the worst behind you? Or can you think of something that is even more cringe-inducing?
"TGIF" said Max, happily!
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8/10/2012   10 comments
Good Grief! What a week it's been…
Don't fall in the… arrggghhh!!!
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8/7/2012   13 comments
I just saw a couple of very interesting pictures. I'm not sure if they are real or not…
What's the dress code where you work?
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8/3/2012   71 comments
I stopped at the gas station on the way into work the other day to grab a cup of coffee. As I was leaving, a guy about my age was entering. Together we provided quite a contrast…
Shakespearian version of the Hokey Pokey
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/1/2012   18 comments
To be honest, this is one of those songs you are brought up with and never really think about. I remember the big family Christmas parties when I was a kid...
Have you got the globes? No, I always walk this way!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/31/2012   31 comments
You tend to forget just how much more information there seems to be when you are looking at globe as opposed to a flat map / projection.
The 2012 Olympics opening ceremony … WOW!
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7/30/2012   27 comments
Did you see the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games on Friday? I have to say that I was completely blown away…
No! It's not fair!
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7/25/2012   10 comments
I really don’t think it's "cricket" for people to tempt me in this way, because I am a weak man…
Yum Yum – canned uranium ore!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/18/2012   18 comments
The really funny thing about this can of uranium ore webpage is the associated comments, for example...
Mommy, why does that man smell like coconuts?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/17/2012   8 comments
In which we explore a "do-it-yourself" recipe for underarm deodorant that features coconut oil as a binding agent…
High praise for Alfa Insurance
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7/12/2012   14 comments
I just returned from a quick trip down to my local Alfa Insurance office, and I have to say that I am mega-impressed…
A "must read" new book – The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean
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7/12/2012   Post a comment
There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs...
I want a Jumbo Jet Executive Desk!
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7/11/2012   5 comments
I've said it before and I'll say it again – I LOVE the stuff they do over at MotoArt...
Death by armpit!
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7/3/2012   45 comments
I don’t quite recall how this came about, but I was chatting with my wife (Gina The Gorgeous) yesterday evening when the topic of underarm deodorant came up.
How can this be possible?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/2/2012   12 comments
I really don’t know what to say (and that's not something you hear me say very often)…
Microcontroller Invasion!
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7/1/2012   22 comments
A few weeks ago I was cogitating, contemplating, reflecting, and generally ruminating on "this and that" when…
Our society is doomed...
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6/29/2012   50 comments
Someone just sent me a photograph that makes you think "I don’t know whether to laugh or cry"…
A blast from the past -- Red Dwarf
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6/22/2012   25 comments
I am currently a very happy Max, because I just discovered that Red Dwarf is available from the iTunes Store…
Can you beat these bagpipe jokes?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/9/2012   42 comments
when I was reading this month's issue of the Reader's Digest, I spotted a great bagpipe joke as follows...
Ray Bradbury RIP
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/8/2012   9 comments
As you've doubtless heard by now, one of the all-time Science Fiction "Greats" – Ray Bradbury – passed away a couple of days ago on June 5, 2012.
The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/8/2012   36 comments
I just received a photo of the Transit of Venus from "Down Under" (Australia), which – and don’t ask me how – lead me to the idea of forming a not-so-secret society…
Why everyone needs a good proofreader…
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/8/2012   8 comments
I wanted THAT comma just where I put it, for gosh sakes!
How to track your engineering tools
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/7/2012   7 comments
This is going to blow one reader's socks off, because he emailed this question to me just 1 minute ago and I hope to post my response blog in under 5 minutes…
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