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Step 5: In which I get software working but run out of RAM
Goal : Get a working CircuitPython light staff An image from the inaugural photo shoot with the light staff: I'd mostly ignored the CircuitPython implementation of this for a while, in favor of the ATMega328 version. My ATMega328 version does a wide variety of interesting effects and 144 pixels is…

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Step 4: Actually building out some hardware
Goal : Get a lightpainting staff that I can hold There's a perfectly good tutorial on the Adafruit site about how they want to build a light painting stick, but I don't feel like it necessarily represents my needs. I tend to want to wiggle my strips side-to-side and so I tend to want to grab it…

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AP22815/AP22615/et al USB-friendly load switches from Diodes Inc.
tl;dr: These are two load switches in a series of similar SOT-23-5/SOT-23-6 load switches that make it really easy to get power safely from a USB port. One of the important rules about getting power to a device from USB is that you need to make sure that your USB device doesn't try to back-power the…

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The sixth eight weeks of shelter-in-place stress baking with Jill
At the 48 week mark, you can already look back at what you were posting this day last year and realize that Coronavirus anxiety was already a thing. The 52 week mark, coming soon, is going to be A Thing, except that I've already been feeling all of the milestones a few months early because of some…

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The fifth eight weeks of shelter-in-place stress baking with Jill
Jill was just getting over being reminded of how long this has gone on and now they are going to be reminded that it's been 40 weeks. Happy Hollidays! Not included was making two two-person-feasts for my spouse's religious observances, which included that I can now make one of the really hard…