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Pet Peeves - Personalized Online Ads

Retailers are getting sneakier and sneakier about their online ads. Earlier today I was on Facebook and this Lowe's ad above popped up. Yes, I was browsing window cranks the other day. Umm. No I already got my window crank fix thanks. I'm not thinking about it anymore. Stuff like this makes you want to be careful about what you browse for. Just a pet peeve I thought I'd share. If anyone's interested here's Lowe's Privacy and Security Policy on these and other tactics.

Arduino LoL Shield Font Demo

Finally got my LoL shield finished.

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Arduino LoL Shield Progress

I ordered a LoL Shield from Adafruit for my Arduino a while back. Just now getting around to playing with it. LoL stands for "Lots of LEDs." This shield just attached to the top of an Arduino. With the use of a special library I can program it to display all kinds of patterns or just text. I figured this would be a great project to learn how to solder better. The grid size is 9x14. That's over a 100 LEDs! I think after making 200+ solder joints I should be a pro right? We'll see. Above is my progress so far. It's been tricky to keep them all straight. It doesn't have to be perfect. It gets a little frustrating. I'm enjoying it. That's all that matters. If you're interesting in learning more about this project kit checkout

Apirl 2014 Loot Crate

Gift subscription services seem to be popping up everywhere. Over the last few months Heather and I have been looking at Loot Crate. If you don't know what Loot Crate is let me explain. Loot Crate is a gift subscription service for geeks! I love it. Basically you pay a monthly fee and they will send you a package full of great stuff. It's like a geeky Christmas package every month. The contents of the crate are definitely worth more than the monthly cost. Crates are sent out roughly around the 20th of the month.

So for Easter this year I decided to sign Heather up for Loot Crate. It worked out perfect! This month's theme was "Dragons." We love dragons by the way. :) With Easter being so close to Loot Crate ship day it actually arrived the day before. Great planning right?

So what's in it? Glad you ask. This month contained an exclusive Elder Scrolls Online Nord Foam Figure above. A d20 foam stress-ball dice. A regular random d20. A Game of Thrones foam figure. A Loot Crate button. A screen clear. Dragon Jerky (kinda green, but looks yummy!). A really neat magazine talking about all the contents. Plus some other interesting things.

Was it worth it. Ya bet ya! Catch ya next time.

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