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Hey! Got some updates for you! They were all too small, so I decided to wait till now to tell you. First, model railroad fans rejoice! I finally updated the model railroad stuff. Scroll down to the end of this post if you’re interested in only that. But I hope you’ll read on…

 First fabbed PCB boards!

Circuit Boards!

Yes, I finally have created and gotten my first fabbed circuit boards! I’ve worked with electronics for a good while now, and always avoided getting a ‘pro’ looking board, due to the high costs. But, I finally found this awesome place called smart-prototyping.com. For only $30, I got ten of the circuit boards (including shipping) as you can see above! The service is decent, and was able to get the very thin traces I made. I’ve assembled it, as show below: (more…)

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There’s snow and ice where I live, and I live in the south. South + snow + ice = everything shuts down. In the meantime, this was perfect for finally getting to scrapping my semi-old Dell printer, as I got a new one, that uses easier to find ink (and cheaper).

Its mostly a photo-style blog today, so enjoy:

The Dell printer to be scrapped today!

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If you missed it, the quadcopter project is on hold.

Nevertheless, I have been working on a few other projects. Before I get to those projects in the coming days, just a small update on the blog:

Check the Model Railroading page! Big update has been made! Model Railroading

MiddleWood and SPbrown Layouts have been added to the Model Railroading page. SPbrown is the current layout and is still being worked on. Who knows, maybe I might have a post on it soon? (hint, hint…)

– Eastern FireTail

Why hello there!

So for this summer, one of the projects I’m working on is building a quadcopter (or quadrocopter, I prefer this, but both can be used). With exams at school almost over, I have ordered the parts necessary for the project. Unfortunately to keep costs down, I ordered some parts from China, and am still waiting for the parts to come in the mail. While waiting for the parts to come in, I did get some of the US ordered parts in, mainly from SparkFun. While I did get some parts for another project after this one, The one main part I got was the accelerometer/gyrometer (Part: MPU-6050) for the quadcopter, as shown below:


Introducting! The MPU-6050!

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Future project!

Welcome Back! It’s about that time of year again – SUMMER! Cookouts, Road Trips, Heatwaves, and NO SCHOOL! Yes, my Junior Year as an EE undergrad is finally coming to a close. This summer, I’ve decided to tackle several projects. This is the biggest (and first) project of the summer! Now, I won’t be saying what exactly it is, but just look around, you might find a hint or two!

For things that are coming, I must hold off for now. Exams are coming up, and the last thing I need to be doing is building this AWESOME project at the moment.

Till next time!

– Eastern FireTail

– PS: Did you catch the two hints???

Ok, so first off, yes, I have been off my blog for a long time. But I’m hoping to get back in the routine of updating this during the summer. Today, I was interested in showing one of the cities that I have built in a video game, Cities XL. Below is the satellite view of Columbia:


Map of Virtual Columbia

Now, not to get confused with the actual city, Columbia SC, but I decided to name this city off the real one. (more…)

Special Note Today: New Layout, just scroll below the photo to view the blog post.

My freeday parts from Sparkfun (well most were free anyway)

Hello again one and all! So I made it back today with a refreshing new post! As you have already noticed, the blog post features a photo BEFORE you read the post. Why? I thought the layout would be a little nicer. Also have added Read More of this Post. This just keeps the main page clear so you can quickly see old posts. Just click on it and read away! (like this post for example) Posts in the future will come standard this way. So not much stuff to talk about today, but here’s a shot at it: (more…)