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Content posted in August 2011
Bacon T-Shirts and Doctor Who sonic screwdrivers
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8/31/2011   4 comments
May 1000 curses rain down on the heads of the guys and gals at Think Geek who torment me with products I never knew I wanted…
Free 2-day class for SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGAs
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8/29/2011   1 comment
If you are based in Silicon Valley, California, you might want to sign up for this free 2-day training course on 6-7 September 2011…
Video: Amazing electronic trick (how is this done?)
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8/26/2011   45 comments
I have to admit to being seriously intrigued. I just saw an electronics-based trick that I cannot explain…
Tactical Nuclear Penguins
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8/26/2011   7 comments
Am I man enough to tackle the world’s strongest beer? You bet your Emperor Penguin I am!
Why the guy who fixes your computer hates you!
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8/26/2011   9 comments
I just saw a funny article on Cracked.com titled “6 Reasons The Guy Who’s Fixing Your Computer Hates You”…
Has Mentor traded its high-level synthesis (HLS) Catapult C organization?
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8/26/2011   4 comments
I can hardly believe my ears. I just heard a rumor that “Effective on August 31, 2011, the High Level Synthesis organization, which produces Catapult C, will become part of a new entity with Calypto Design Systems.”
Free webinar on creating radiation-immune FPGA designs
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8/25/2011   Post a comment
I’m becoming increasingly interested in the effects of radiation on designs intended for terrestrial applications – especially those implemented using FPGAs.
Stand back – I have a ukulele and I'm not afraid to use it!
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8/24/2011   7 comments
I'm proud to report that I just finished building my first do-it-yourself ukulele kit.
Mega-cool new electronics products from SparkFun
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8/23/2011   3 comments
New product line helps beginners in programming, prototyping, and designing with electronics.
Hot iPad app: iCircuit (electronic circuit editor and simulator)
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8/19/2011   9 comments
My old chum Alvin just emailed me to say that he is really impressed with an iPad app called iCircuit...
The coffee ring effect revealed
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8/18/2011   2 comments
Every now and then, some bright spark pauses for a second and says “Just a cotton pickin' moment, I wonder what’s causing that?”
Mystery robot dog from the 1950s
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8/17/2011   5 comments
This is just so amazingly cool. It’s almost a retro version of Doctor Who’s robot dog K-9.
The Periodic Table of Programmable Logic – Rev #2
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8/17/2011   2 comments
I’ve waded my weary way through all of your suggestions – accepted some, rejected others, and added some of my own…
Well, Morph Me!
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8/10/2011   2 comments
Every now and again I come up with an idea that’s way ahead of its time, but I don’t have the resources or money or time to do anything about it…
Bill Bryson on cricket
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8/9/2011   9 comments
It is not true that the English invented cricket as a way of making all other human endeavors look interesting and lively; that was merely an unintended side effect.
Micrium makes uC/OS-III RTOS source code available
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8/8/2011   2 comments
Source code for popular real-time kernel now available for free evaluation.
It's hard to be in a bad mood while you're playing the ukulele!
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8/2/2011   25 comments
Yesterday I didn't even know how to spell 'Ukulele', but then ordered a ‘Build Your Own Ukulele Kit’ and now I can’t wait for it to arrive…
Words of wisdom, straight from the bottle…
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8/1/2011   11 comments
Someone who should know better just sent me a bunch of quotes related to drinking alcohol (I particularly like the warnings)…


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