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I AM going to get the project done, but maybe not WORKING before the LED contest ends tonight.... Answered

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Final touches being done on it.....and then the final test.....I expect it to FAIL MISERABLY,  not discouraging because I will just have to up the power source (change PSU's) and add LED's......I want it to work great when I publish, which may mean it won't make it for the contest....oh well :-)

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Goodhart (author)2011-06-19

Going now to see what I can do to finish it up....

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AndyGadget (author)2011-06-16

 
Goodhart,  Frankie and Benjy mouse were extensions into this dimension of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings (HHGTTG).  Think of yourself as that.

You have something which none of these young whipper-snappers do - Life Experience.  Make the most of that and pass on your acquired wisdom (or at least, cautionary tales) to the youngsters.  I'm a year younger than you and take every opportunity to bore my sons and their friends with stories of how we did things 'in the old days' and the things we got up to.  Something which seems to have been lost today in the texting, facebooking continually interactive technological world is how to appreciate the simple things.  You don't have to compete in terms of flashy lights - Take a step backwards, think what you can do and then make something excellent on your terms rather than struggling to keep up.
(And when those tiny components get blurry around the edges . . .  do as I do and buy a stronger pair of glasses #;¬)

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Goodhart (author)AndyGadget2011-06-16

As for the last thing you wrote, use I giant magnifier (lighted) to see "normal" carbon style resistor color codes anymore....*sigh* 30x lens it is.....tis more than blurry around the edge.....hey I know, if they held a contest for us near blind oldsters only, maybe I could compete in that LOL

Well, like I wrote in the original post here, I will make this latest project the best I can....it will be a different way of approaching a problem if nothing else.

HERE is about the only place I have to "relay my experience" since I haven't any offspring, nor will I ever have any at this point;  and nieces and nephews are either distant in space or just not interested in being around me nor my "experience"

OH, some good news.....I got a notice that the post office is holding a package for me....I will need to stop downtown tomorrow to pick it up (I hope it is my final set of parts).    :-)

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2011-06-16

BUT thank you for your encouragement.

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caitlinsdad (author)2011-06-15

Wow, that cartoon is old....wait, what were we talking about?

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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2011-06-15

BTW: did you get the Frankie & Benjy mouse reference? (Hitchhikers guide....)

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caitlinsdad (author)Goodhart2011-06-15

I thought it was Ren and Stimpy at first.

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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2011-06-15

The picture Pinky and the Brain actually, but if you recall, Frankie and Benjy Mouse eventually end up SQUISHED in the end, despite their genius.

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caitlinsdad (author)Goodhart2011-06-15

I believe Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse because he SQUISHED a mouse as a kid and wanted to make amends.

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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2011-06-16

I trapped quite a few as a child and never really felt too badly about the intruders into my home being exterminated >:-)

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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2011-06-15

Old? You want old.....Mickey's first incarnation as Steamboat Willie

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Twinmum (author)2011-06-15

Maybe my best usefullness comes from just helping out in the forums, but it is not always the most satisfying thing to do...I like to make/remake things...but wow, what I am up against :-) 

Personally, I think you are best to do what satisfies you. So what if you think that others are doing things better than you, as long as you are happy with what you have done and happy in the knowledge that you preformed to the best of your capabilities, that's all that mattered. As for being useful, there will always be people with less ability/knowledge then ourselves, so even if what we do is useful to only one person, it has still been a help.
just my 2 cents worth

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Goodhart (author)Twinmum2011-06-15

You wrote: as long as you are happy with what you have done...


But that is part of my point, I am not...I not all that happy that I can only work with stone age tools and broken bits of things I have picked up as tools, when I could be doing so much more. 

Back a few years, when my eyesight was better, I was making my own electronic testers and such....now I have difficulties with a wiring harness to illuminate a picture frame on 4 sides.

I mean, I know what you mean, but I fear I have wasted my life....I pick up on some things fairly quickly and then put myself in a position where I am stymied no matter what I try to do.  It is frustrating, and sometimes depressing.  

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