Sounds like a plan.

Depart: Pegasus Ice Runway, Antarctica ~ February 25, 2006
Arrive: Boulder, Colorado - May 27, 2006

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Spring has finally sprung around here - had a few rainy days followed by sun, now suddenly everything has turned green! Lots and lots of pollen around too, so that's kind of a downer...or maybe it's the benedryl that's a downer?

Spent yesterday morning playing around with the USB stepper controller thingy - put the last bits of it together and it worked as intended, so that's cool. Will see about getting the multi-axis aspect of the project breadboarded tomorrow most likely and take it from there. Yesterday evening we had an end-of-season get together over at the Josh and Leigh's (aka Profile and Almanac) place in Dahlonega, had a nice time hanging out with a bunch of friends until late, then ended up sleeping over there. Josh and Leigh have put together a really nice hostel over the last couple years, highly recommend it to anyone who's heading out for a backpacking trip in North GA!

Anyways, got up for a nice breakfast followed by a little bit of beekeeping out at Josh's new apiary, fun stuff! Cruised back to the house and basically got back into geek mode. Since I've been messing with these USB IO chips, I threw together an interface to run my dad's CNC table off a USB connection then wrote a quick driver to run it. Nice to be able to run the thing with a modern computer, our old system was dependant on an ISA IO card that's older than me, and a bunch of code dad wrote that's even older than that. At any rate, will likely play with writing some tools to cut out 3d releif maps out of wood or something similarally geeky over the next few days. Then, back up to the outfitter to swing back to being an anti-geek for a week or so, can't seem to find a good middle ground lately...


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