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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Therapy Cats for Autistic Children on: October 04, 2014, 11:01:31 PM
What a nice story -- so sweet!

http://www.boredpanda.com/thula-therapy-cat-autistic-artist-iris-grace/

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2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / State of US Nuclear Silos (60 Minutes) on: April 28, 2014, 09:20:29 AM
This is a pretty crazy look at how out of date our nuclear silos are here in the US. It was a story on 60 Minutes last night. 8' floppies? From the 1960s!?!

http://gizmodo.com/inside-the-us-nuclear-silos-where-floppy-disk-are-still-1568609439

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3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone: Choosing between tiny DIY computer kits on: February 11, 2014, 04:51:02 PM
For those interested in LilyPad, you might want to check out FLORA, which gives even more options!

http://hackaday.com/2012/01/21/flora-a-better-arduino-lilypad/
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone: Choosing between tiny DIY computer kits on: February 11, 2014, 04:42:49 PM
Great discussion! smiley
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Arduino/Raspberry Pi - The perfect bonding experience for geek/techie couples? on: February 11, 2014, 04:41:06 PM
Yes, it's true that it helps to have two techies. I got into arduino due to trying to make some conductive fabric art (I'm making a cody with lilypad right now!).

I sort of wish I had a daughter to see what she could do with some of this stuff! Fun!
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Arduino/Raspberry Pi - The perfect bonding experience for geek/techie couples? on: February 11, 2014, 08:22:59 AM
This past weekend, my boyfriend and I spent the entire weekend making things with Lilypad/Arduino. I did the coding and sewing (I'm making wearables) and it turns out that he was really into electronic components as a kid so he started with that. Then I hit a glitch in my code and he had something wired wrong and we both worked through the logic on both things and fixed the problem. Talking to Mouser about it and how much fun we had, we realized that this could be a great thing not just for kids but for adults who are looking for something that's geeky fun! smiley Give it a shot!
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: LillyPad Arduino Projects on: February 05, 2014, 08:43:04 AM
And it works! The light came on! Now to cover up the conductive thread with something a bit nicer looking and onto the next project! smiley

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8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: LillyPad Arduino Projects on: February 04, 2014, 09:06:21 PM
This is a pretty simple first project -- an LED bookmark book light. I free form cut the bookmark pieces out of felt and now I just have to wait for the fabric glue to set before I start sewing with the conductive thread to get the LED light in the middle of the daisy to light up. The thing at the bottom of the bookmark is where the battery will go. I'm working through a series of exercises in the book "Sew Electric."

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I have the feeling I'm going to have a lot of fun this week working through the intro projects! I'll post the finished bookmark tomorrow with conductive and decorative stitches! Then it's onto the next project - an LED bracelet with a computer chip to control the light with so it blinks, fades, etc.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: LillyPad Arduino Projects on: February 04, 2014, 02:26:43 PM
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Here's my kit!!
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: LillyPad Arduino Projects on: February 04, 2014, 01:42:29 PM
Cool! I'm going to be using my kit for sewing/quilt stuff so this should be fun. I'm going to make a Cody doll with lights as my first project!
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / LillyPad Arduino Projects on: February 04, 2014, 08:28:44 AM
Hi everyone! I'm waiting on my LillyPad Arduino Design Kit to arrive in the mail and I thought I'd start a thread here to see if anyone else is working with Arduino with or without LillyPad. When I get going I'll post pictures and tips I learn from my sewing/electronics/programming voyage! smiley

Here's the kit I ordered: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12073
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 02, 2013, 12:53:39 PM
I think I would have phrased the Amazon Delivery by Drone question in the FAQ as "is this for f***ing real?" versus just asking if it was science fiction... tongue

http://www.amazon.com/b?ref_=tsm_1_tw_s_amzn_mx3eqp&node=8037720011
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / It's that NaNoWriMo Time of Year Again! on: October 27, 2013, 08:03:27 PM
Hey fellow DC peeps!

It's charchu from the #donationcoder here to remind people that in a few short days, National Novel Writing Month will be upon us again! What's that you say? Well, you can learn more and sign up here: http://nanowrimo.org/ But basically you write 50k words in 30 days -- a novel in a month!

Who else from DC is participating this year?
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to dial Emergency Services, around the world. on: April 26, 2013, 04:12:57 PM
seems like there should be a way to make a universal number and/or redirect all these to one so that people can just dial whatever they can remember at the time. lol...but that would require years of negotiation probably...some country would take offense at any number used.

and going with that idea...let's just make it 666. Wink
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I am now the proud owner of my very own NANY mug :D on: January 15, 2013, 04:13:54 PM
WOW!!!!! That's an amazing design and you look great in the pix too! I wish I could have done something for NANY this year but there was absolutely no way with the medical situation (which seems to be getting worse...). Hally & Mouser -- any plans for a DC fundraising edition of this?????
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cody shotglasses? What does the community think on: December 20, 2012, 10:04:18 PM
I love my Cody Shotglass! I use it all the time! smiley
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I read an eReader on: December 16, 2012, 05:47:20 PM
I have a kindle and I know I haven't read this much and so quickly in any other point in my life!! I love e-readers...  Kiss
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help me get my back back!!! on: November 26, 2012, 09:49:39 PM
Thanks so much Mouser!!  Grin
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Help me get my back back!!! on: November 26, 2012, 09:37:43 PM
Hi everyone!!

Some of you know that I've been in massive pain for a long time and I can't walk much and I've been losing feeling in my legs. I'm doing an online fundraiser at http://www.gofundme.com/1kgcu4

Anything you can give -- DC credits work too -- would be greatly appreciated! And if you are on FB, you can add me as a friend (Michelle Hinn) and follow along as I update the fundraiser. Please share on your social networks if you can! I'd really, really appreciate it.

I'll be keeping a blog at http://spineadventures.com/ that will tell people all the details about back surgery and more! I just started it and my back is saying "are you crazy" right now so I must lie down for a while. But stay tuned! smiley

Thanks!
VRGRRL/Charchu/Michelle
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: November 24, 2012, 07:04:06 PM
That's good to know April about the skim milk -- I always use it anyway! No wonder I have fewer problems!
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: November 24, 2012, 05:15:20 PM
I used to have that milk frother too!! But trust me...mine is much better! Wink
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Disaster Survival Kit on: November 24, 2012, 04:40:50 PM
Don't forget duct tape -- during hurricane sandy we had a window bust and it would have been a LOT less messy had we taped the window before the storm when it was obvious something bad might happen. Then at least the glass would have stuck together more instead of tiny slivers everywhere...
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: November 24, 2012, 04:29:21 PM
But to get the FULL espresso experience, you MUST also get yourself a milk frother! And Nespreso makes the one I love -- the Aeroccino!

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Now I've owned espresso machines that have come with milk frothers but they always end up gunking up like mad and it's the first thing to go. So even if you have another machine, you might still want to get yourself a separate milk frother and this one is great! There are no hangdown pipe things to clean -- you just pour the milk in put the lid on and press the button. In one minute - perfectly frothed milk! And you can have it do hot or cold froth (depending on if you are making an iced drink or not). Easy to clean -- just wipe the botton with a towel to get off the milk residue and rinse with water. No scrubbing needed!

I think I'm more impressed by the frother than the espresso maker but together? A GREAT coffee set up! smiley

http://www.nespresso-us.com/item_detail.cfm?product_ID=7&id=item_ID
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: November 24, 2012, 04:27:38 PM
Now if you are looking for ESPRESSO machines...look no further than the Nespresso Pixie!!

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This is not that amazingly different than your coffee pod machines but it is for espresso only and if you go with nespresso brand...wow! Good stuff! Chris just made some in fact and so now our apartment is filled with the smell of espresso coffee shop like goodness!

http://www.nespresso-us.com/item_detail.cfm?product_ID=2&id=item_ID

25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: November 24, 2012, 04:08:31 PM
Well, the Tassimo now looks very different than it did when first got one -- I had very early versions on it and the Nescafe machines and the coffee tasted like plastic. Sad But it seems like at least the Tassimo now has pods that look more like the Keurig pods...and speaking of...

I love my Keurig coffee machine!

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There are tons of K-Cup options (tea, coffee, hot chocolate) but you can also buy your own refillable pod and then make up your own recipes! So if you want to use some special imported coffee that they don't make K-cups for, you can put that coffee into the refillable pod...but more than that...you can make your own blend of coffee/tea/hot chocolate and it can be a fun game for guests to make their own special hot beverage blend. So if you want blueberry tea/coffee blend, just mix the two together and you have your own coffee invention! Keurig might not be the only single serve coffee company that allows this so take that as a fun tip for all you coffee pod machine owners! smiley

The only issue I've learned after a few years of owning my Keurig is that after a while you do have a "priming" issue -- so you have to remove the water tank and put it back in to "reset" it -- it's not hard but a bit annoying. All these machines have issues with the mechanisms getting mucked up -- even regular coffee machines can get calcium build up issues so it's just a "thing" with coffee I suppose.

Hope the picture comes through!

http://www.keurig.com/accessories/platinum-brewing-system-bundle?cm_mmc=Google-_-QU_Keurig%20Brewers-_-ATH_Brewers%20-%20Products%20-%20B70%20/%2075%20/%2076%20Platinum-_-keurig%20b70%20platinum%20brewing%20system&gclid=CKyc46nK6LMCFcRa4Aodg1kArQ
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