This Month’s Update

Well, I haven’t posted in a while, so here’s an update on the things going on this month:

First, right after Phreaknic, I got sick. I don’t think it was the flu necessarily, but it pretty much drained my excess energy. I was still able to work 8 hours a day, but not the usual 12-14. At the same time, I had several good sized projects come in from clients. The result is that I spent most of this month working. The upside is that the income is nice and I’m pretty much set through the end of the year. December is usually a slow month, plus I have end of the year and end of the quarter expenses!

I did catch up on some movies while I was sick and highly recommend the Firefly series.

My laptop got fixed. The logic board was hosed and had to be replaced. It got a slightly faster processor out of the deal as well. I guess they are all one part. I’m waiting on the insurance company check, but all signs indicate they will pay the claim. It was about $450, I think.
Slow Stick Model Airplane
I finished a model airplane. I built a Slowstick, which is just an aluminum rod and styrofoam wings with all the electronics held on with rubberbands. It flew well, however. I got it up to 2,000 feet or so. I’m not a perfect pilot, but made about 30 flights with it until it crashed this weekend. It crashed in a kudzu covered forest area and I was not able to find it. I’m glad it didn’t hit anyone or cause any damage, but at the same time I lost $250 worth of parts and didn’t learn anything from it. I have several thoughts on why it might have crashed. My main theory is that the elevator failed and it couldn’t hold the nose up. At the same time, it was much further down range than I thought it was. The setting sun also made it hard to tell which side of the plane was which. The light was bright enough to push the red color on one side through to the white side. As it was going down, I mentally lost which direction it was going and had to push it further out to avoid hitting a busy street. Anyway, I don’t think I’ll have time to build another one until next year. I did have fun with it, however, so I think I’ll stick with it for a little while.

My goal right now is just to get through all of the holiday and end of year activities while getting as many things off my task list as possible. Those include Christmas shopping, Christmas cards, deploying the new blog site (it’s almost done!), finishing some web site projects, handing off the Dragon*Con audio files, finishing the photos from Italy, etc.

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