Monday, March 31, 2008 (pro Libertas?) site in alleged indirect government censorship attempt

There seems to be some rather interesting happens at as elaborated upon by JC Skinner.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Useful stripboarding template

In addition to the existing strip-boarding templates from Tim Surtell, I've put up a single page pdf template (here) which is slightly bigger and only has the strip-board lines on it.

In other news - check out Ahern's solicitors try to silence online debate regarding the whole takedown, move to the States and various rumours around the whole thing.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Arduino Lectures and Tutorial Roundup

Here's the collection of slides and notes from the set of lectures I've given on Physical Computing and the Arduino platform.

Lecture 1: Introduction (PDF with notes)

Lecture 2: Electronics, LEDs, Communications, and Datasheets (PDF with notes)

Lecture 3: Motors and AVR programming (PDF with notes)

Here's the link for Tutorial 1 - Soldering: An introduction to stripboarding and to making a shield for an Arduino - PDF handout. This just keeps everything in one nice handy post.

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Random Friday Lunch Linkage

The most useful article I've come across on the internet in ages is ``How to refill a disposable Brita brand water pitcher filter with activated carbon'' as I use a Brita and the filters are damn expensive.

Two of my favourite authors, Ken Macleod and Greg Egan who have Hugh nominated stories this year have put them online for free. "Who's Afraid of Wolf 359?" by Ken Macleod and "Glory" by Greg Egan.

Worldchanging has two nice articles on "RFID and art" and on the Billboard Liberation Front.

Closer to home Elaine wrote a fantastic opinion piece for yesterday's Irish Times, why to go! It's titled "Unwavering loyalty admired and rewarded in politics" (Subscription required). I think it was very pointed and hit the spot exactly with fresh calls from the cabinet about Mr Ahern's finances to be clarified.

A closer runner up for best article this week was from Dan who provides a great deal of clarity on that particular issue that some people in the Irish blog world will find of great interest. It's called "28 days later" and it clearly spells out the happenings and facts for all to read in clear, precise English.

Monday, March 17, 2008

CS4026 - Arduino Intro Lecture and Soldering Notes

Here are the links to the lecture and tutorial notes for last week's `Introduction to the Arduino' lecture and for the workshop on soldering. There are no lectures next week as it is not a teaching week but there may be another chance for all those who missed the soldering workshop to catch up.

Lecture 1 - Introducing the Arduino - PDF Slides

Tutorial 1 - Soldering: An introduction to stripboarding and to making a shield for an Arduino - PDF handout

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Happy St. Patrick's Day - Muppet Style

With thanks to Mikael passing along the link!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Witches, Warlocks, and Sci-fi

Its the Burning time. I'm no fan of witch hunts or its various stages but it is rather sad to see mobs are still the rule rather than the exception for the blog sphere. If only the good examples of the like of the Tribunals such as the Mahon was taken to heart by people. Tribunals use documents or evidence of relevance to base their decisions. Maybe its time to sit back and ask is it in the spirit of a tribunal or of a mob that matters are addressed.

On a lighter note, I must say that io9 keeps getting better and better in my book. Especially when they start to include sci-fi sound design, cool artwork, and highlight impressive new architecture.