Entries from December 2008 ↓

The art of soldering

As a friend pointed out to me recently, most people are rotten at soldering (you know who are are, gloppy blobbers). I am included among the lame solderers, and decided to say “bullshit – this is a skill I can acquire”, so my first stop, as usual, was wikipedia. Their article, while informative, was not as helpful as the first external link they pointed to:

Soldering 101.*

Very good stuff and ad-free, which is surprising. BTW, wikipedia is having another fundraiser and it’s a good cause so if you can, go donate blah blah etc. Oh and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – I have a feeling it’s going to be a very good year.

* Update 12-15-2016: Time keeps ticking, and that page above is no longer active. This page is just as good or better, and some nice helpful guys there, too (Hi Sam and Max!):

The Art of Soldering.

Send the crew of the I.S.S. a postcard for Christmas!

We sent the I.S.S. crew a greeting card, and you can, too – just go here: http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/postcard/
Here’s the one we sent (the back of it anyway – there are 4 fronts you can choose from, we picked the floating spaceman):
The back of the postcard we sent the crew of the I.S.S.

When you click the [SEND] button you get this message, which is cool – it’s like it’s actually uploading the card to the space station heh:
Uploading directly to the I.S.S. computers

Muggy said we forgot Hoppy (our dog) so we sent them one from her, too:
Arrrffff!! Arrrrfffff!!

Ha, my lame Ascii art reminds me of K-9 :rotate: