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Where I’ve been

If you look closely at my flickr tags you may deduce that we visited North Carolina for the holiday again.

Last year was a “just because” year. This year it was to see our new nephew Camorre (I think that I have the correct spelling now!)


He’s a cute baby and pretty far along on the development curve. He’s already got the ability to hold his head up easily, he’s starting with vocalizations and a bit of babble as well as beginning to get his first set of teeth at the tender age of 3.5 months old.

Aunt Selma has had some setbacks but for 94 she’s still with it. And while Uncle Book may be losing his eyesight, he’s still sharp.

Uncle Book
Uncle Book

I got to meet a few more members of Keyron’s family. For example in this photo we see Norma, Keyron, Marie and Keyron’s Mom.


I like Norma. She reminds me very much of my aunt Carol. I guess it’s the fact that she’s free with her speech, very open and just a very sweet person to be around.

Marie is also pretty cool too. And Mom/Ma/Mama and I get along just fine. I love Keyron’s family, but as I said to them and they confirmed, I’ve gotten to meet the good ones. Haven’t met the bad members yet and I doubt I ever will.

Desoldering Fun and more!

To begin with forgive me for just linking the photos, they’re rather high-resolution and don’t display properly on this site.

So I finally got up the gumption to de-solder the header pins I’d inadvertently soldered onto the wrong side of my Bare Bones Board (An Arduino Clone).

Here we have a bit more than half the pins removed from the board:

The correct side of the board (That from which the headers shall project once I get the new headers.) is a bit scorched but the headers will cover that nicely.

Alas all pins have been removed:
All Gone

And this is the aftermath:
The pins

I’m having lots of fun sharpening up my soldering skills. I do need to be some new needle nosed pliers, and a local electronics store has the suction mount base and board holding clamp for short money so I’ll head by there tomorrow. They’ve also got inexpensive soldering stations and my old soldering iron has seen some better times so I think I’ll get one of those too.

But this isn’t an all electronics post. Keyron finally bought me something I’d been asking for, a woolen winter cap with ear flaps. With those and a scarf there are roughly two inches of exposed skin in the freezing cold. The long underwear is next.
Me and my ear flaps

Can’t wait to go down south for Saturnalia/Christmas either. Get to stay with Keyron’s family. I don’t foresee any problems since his family stayed here with us back in May when Keyron graduated from college. I got along with all of them so I don’t think we’ll have any issues.

Now playing: Jamie Foxx – Wish U Were Here
via FoxyTunes