It’s a Sorrowful Day in the Neighborhood (AJC)

Remember when the days were long
And rolled beneath a deep blue sky
Didn’t have a care in the world
With mommy and daddy standing by…
This is the end of the innocence.
–Don Henley
In the 16 years following the passing of Fred Rogers, we have seen our country fall into the pits of fear and loathing, the world has gotten louder and louder, and mass communication seems–at best–a weapon. Every year I mourn the passing of a quiet hero. A hero who spoke softly and slowly, but could best even the most ardent critics with his grace and his authentic love for humanity. A hero to at least three generations of children. A hero who maintained his humility and taught a nation how to care.
There may never be another Mr. Rogers, but we could sure use one right about now. Until then, I’ll keep his memory alive and do my best to live according to his example.

The following clippings are from the February 28 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, posted here for archival purposes. If anyone at The Paper wants me to take it down, that’s fair–but y’all gotta put it back up on your site.

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The National Recovery Institutes Group (circa 1992)

I wonder if attitudes have changed or just the way people seek recovery from addiction has changed, but I don’t seem to recall seeing commercials advertising addiction recovery centers lately. I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen one in at least 25 years!

Post Oat Flakes: Feel Your Oats

I’m not sure if I remember Post Oat Flakes cereal, but I’m sure a few people out there have felt their oats!

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How To Use LSM9DS1 With Arduino

The LSM9DS1 is a 9-degree-of-freedom accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer module that can add motion-sensing capabilities to any Arduino project. In this video, I will show you how to use the LSM9DS1 with Arduino IDE including how to set up the LSM9DS1 libraries in Arduino.

PSIVEN Helping Hands Review: The Best Helping Hands For The Price

After suffering my Harbor Freight helping hands for the umpteenth time, I decided it was time to get the best helping hands for the price that I could find. This search led me to the PSIVEN Helping Hands Third Hand Soldering Tool And Vise, a $40 set of helping hands that prove invaluably sturdy for the novice while still being perfectly adequate for a professional. The PSIVEN Helping Hands are the best prosumer level soldering helping hands that I have been able to find!

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How To Use A Tiny OLED Screen with RetroPie

There’s not much documentation on how to use a tiny OLED screen with RetroPie, so in this video, I’ll walk through the process of setting up one of Adafruit’s teeny-tiny OLED screen modules with a Raspberry Pi Zero.

Watch the complete Project Kongmas build video at element14.com

Raspberry Pi GPIO Pinout: element14.com/raspberrypi

Soldering Supercut: Project Kongmas

 

Hallmark Donkey Kong Ornament Teardown

In my quest to make the World’s Smallest Donkey Kong Arcade Cabinet, I needed to tear down the 2018 Hallmark Keepsake Donkey Kong arcade cabinet Christmas tree ornament and see how I could use the shell to house my electronics. In this video, you’ll see the complete process (including a lot of trial and error) as well as what makes this “magic” ornament tick!

They’re sold out from Hallmark, but you can try the usual suspects:

Amazon

eBay

Watch the complete build

Music by Anders Enger Jensen http://eox.no

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