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Archive for January, 2008

Asteroid to pass 344,000 mi to Earth

Posted by squirreling on January 26, 2008

Asteroid 2007 TU24 will pass Earth by ~344,000 miles (around 1.44 times the mean distance to the moon) It should be visible from Earth night of January 28/29. Time to go stargazing!

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/observingblog/14346437.html

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Deciphering Laundry Code

Posted by squirreling on January 17, 2008

Making sense of laundry tag

(Which apparently means normal wash in warm water without bleach, dry on low heat. Do not iron. Dry clean without trichloroethylene.)

http://www.textileaffairs.com/c-common.htm

http://www.tide.com/en_US/articles/read.jsp?topic=laundry_symbols

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Rat Heart Created In Univ of Minnesota Lab

Posted by squirreling on January 16, 2008

Dr. Doris A. Taylor grew a new rat heart on the scaffold of an old heart using heart cells from young rats.

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Beat Bearing Sequencer

Posted by squirreling on January 16, 2008

BeatBearing project, plays kick, snare, hi-hat, and cowbell according to which hole the ball bearing is in.  Just a really cool project.  🙂

http://www.sarc.qub.ac.uk/~pbennett/projects.htm 

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Mona Lisa is…

Posted by squirreling on January 15, 2008

Lisa del Giocondo according to Leonardo da Vinci’s Roman philosopher friend, Cicero.  Discovered by Armin Schlechter of Germany’s University of Heidelberg.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/01/080115-AP-monalisa.html

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Sparkfun Sinister Magic 8 Ball

Posted by squirreling on January 7, 2008

DIY magic 8 ball built into a Kid Robot Munny

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/present.php?p=Sinister7

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Circuit Symbols Reference

Posted by squirreling on January 7, 2008

Nice collection of circuit symbols reference guide.

  

http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/symbol.htm

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Electronic parts sites

Posted by squirreling on January 5, 2008

Places to buy random electronics parts

Action Electronics – sells random surplus items

All Electronics – sells surplus items

Electronics Goldmine – sells random items, $10 minimum order

Trinitronics – looks to be another surplus items store

Jameco – sells wide variety of items

Parts Express – sells lots of parts

JabTech – sells computer parts

SparkFun – sells many electronics kits and parts for DIY hobbyists

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Controlling a LCD Display

Posted by squirreling on January 3, 2008

 Information on controlling a HD44780-based LCD display.

 

http://ouwehand.net/~peter/lcd/lcd.shtml

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How to string a ukulele

Posted by squirreling on January 2, 2008

How to string a ukulele

http://www.ukuleleworld.com/string_uke.jpg

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