It’s 2018. How y’all doing?

It’s been a while.

My last post here was March 2017. That’s embarrassing… but I’m back for a new year and for a comeback! Here’s a few things that have been going on:

Christmas Light Show… was a bust.

I had another light show project that was actually progressing over the past few months but very slowly… so slowly that I didn’t even manage to make anything for Christmas. I ended up abandoning it and now I just have this big thing taking up a lot of space. I’ll post an update on that project in a bit.

Toronto Subway Map project

Last year in December, the Toronto Transit Commission opened a new subway extension. I rode around on it the day it opened and they happened to be handing out subway map posters. For the longest time, I’ve wanted to go buy one and fit it with LEDs but I never got around to it. Since I literally had the map put in my hands, I couldn’t let time go on and procrastinate again. I got to work almost immediately and I’ve got something really fun to show you. Stay tuned for a project build post on this very soon!

New Soldering Iron!

I built this work station way back for the new year in 2016. It’s grown bit by bit and naturally that leads to clutter. I decided to do a bit of cleaning up.

I built a new spool holder that sits the spools vertically so they take up less horizontal space. It’s made out of an polyethelene ‘L’ (scrap piece from work) and a couple of wooden dollar-store dowels. It works well.

The main reason for the clean up was to make space for a new soldering iron. I’ve been a Weller guy since my college days since I started out with a Weller iron (no station) in college. I’ve been using a Weller WLC100 since 2014 since I couldn’t afford anything better at the time. I felt like it was time for an upgrade so I picked up one of these Hakko irons since I always hear how nice they are. After using it to complete my subway map project, I have zero regrets. Would recommend!

This is it after I finished the subway map project… So much for cleaning up, eh?

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Let’s hope the new-year motivation continues on! See you soon!

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