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My Electronics Kit

Since I rekindled my electronics hobby last year, I’ve accumulated a lot of new stuff. Arduino compatible boards and shields (Digispark, DigiX), a Raspberry Pi, lots of components and sensors, LED strips, power supplies, a new soldering iron, etc. Due to a lack of a real workspace (maybe one day I can clear out the garage workbench), a lot of this stuff was accumulating in boxes, bags, and padded shipping envelopes on our bedroom floor.

My wife, Susan, had suggested getting some sort of portable storage container, and one day we found this ArtBin cake decorating box (aff link) on clearance at the craft store. It’s actually designed for holding cake decorating supplies. But it works pretty well for my needs. It has a top compartment that’s about 4 inches deep, and three separate pull-out containers, with divided sections.

I probably need to get a couple more of these to hold the rest of my stuff, but at least this is a start. In the end, I’ll probably wind up shuffling things around a bit. I’ll probably try to group things together at least a little more logically, like putting microcontrollers together, sensors together, passives, support ICs, power modules, etc.

And I definitely need more stickers to go on here. Actually, there was a Dangerous Prototypes sticker, but it seems to have fallen off.

Stairwell art

In case you don’t already know, I currently work at Turner Broadcasting (on the website), home of television networks like TBS, TNT, CNN, TruTV, and Cartoon Network. In fact, the Cartoon Network people occupy the two floors below mine. They have decorated the walls of the stairwell on those floors with artwork. This is a small sampling. Sorry for the poor quality of the photos, but the lighting in stairwells is not very good, as you might imagine.