I was feeling well enough tonight to assemble the Replica-1 kit – it’s a reproduction of an Apple I system using modern components. Well, it’s done!.
Tip – never eat anything with fish in it a few days after a power outage. Tuesday night I came down sick because of (I think) the “Salmon Friand” at La Madeline. Wednesday afternoon I ended up at the doctor, diagnosed with a sinus infection and got sent home with a prescription for horse-strength antibiotics. Today I’m still at home, watching my brain melt out through my nose…
The rest of the parts for the Replica-1 should arrive today, I’m looking forward to that. The 4″ LCD arrived yesterday, so now I’m just waiting on the serial interface and power supply cable.
The question: How many 5 year-olds could you take on at once?
– You are in an enclosed area, roughly the size of a basketball court. There are no foreign objects.
– You are not allowed to touch a wall.
– When you are knocked unconscious, you lose. When they are all knocked unconscious, they lose. Once a kid is knocked unconscious, that kid is “out.”
– I (or someone else intent on seeing to it you fail) get to choose the kids from a pool that is twice the size of your magic number. The pool will be 50/50 in terms of gender and will have no discernable abnormalities in terms of demographics, other than they are all healthy.
– The kids receive one day of training from hand-to-hand combat experts who will train them specifically to team up to take down one adult. You will receive one hour of “counter-tactics” training.
– There is no protective padding for any combatant other than the standard-issue cup.
– The kids are motivated enough to not get scared, regardless of the bloodshed. Even the very last one will give it his/her best to take you down.
This weekend I finished the Southern Cross 1 Z80-based single board computer kit.
All together, about eight hours of work spread out over three days. It works! Now to assemble the PC interface (so I don’t have to keep programming it by hand with the keypad) and get to learning Z80 assembly.
I’m really proud of this kit – it went together well (despite some missing parts; I picked up the missing resistors at Radio Shack) and I’m really happy with how it turned out. This was the project I was “working my way up to” when I started learning how to solder about a month and a half ago.