Lucky, lucky, lucky

Just as I was starting to make some progress on personal projects, we had to move house. Our landlord got divorced and needed to move into our flat herself. (That's about the only reason that you can be forced to move out of rented property before the end of a contract here.) We were pretty annoyed about it to start with, because we liked the place a lot and the rental property market in Villach is not great right now.

However, we lucked out. Oh, how we lucked out. After seeing a few not so nice places, we realised we were going to need to spend a little more than we'd been planning, so we expanded what we were looking at. And we found a little house for rent in Drobollach, a couple of minutes walk from Faaker See.

Electronics Progress

I've been making some progress with Contextual Electronics, and have been learning a lot, although some of the learning has been a little painful and frustrating.

Morse Blinkies as a Service

I've started learning electronics recently, following Chris Gammell's Contextual Electronics course, which is really good. One of the first exercises there is called "Getting to Blinky", and it's mostly about getting used to using the KiCad EDA suite, and getting over the initial barrier to getting PCBs made.

I worked through the tutorial, but didn't really feel like sending boards out just for a blinky. I wanted to do something more entertaining. It seemed like it might be fun to make blinkies that blinked messages. In Morse code? Yeah, why not?

A New Start!

It's hard to believe that I've not written anything here since 2017. That's a long break. But now I'm back, with lots of new ideas and projects and stuff!

Anyway, what's happened in the last couple of years? Quite a lot. Here are the highlights:

  • Houses sold: 1
  • Jobs quit: 2
  • Passports surrendered: 1