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 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Anyone else homeschooling their autistic child ?

Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 10:36 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 2,388


My son ( who is 8 ) has Aspergers and we have homeschooled him right from the start. The pros are that he can learn things at a pace that is comfortable to him, in a style that works for him. Limited social pressure. We get to spend more time together, etc. There aren't too many cons as far as we're...

 Forum: Art, Writing, and Music   Topic: I have nothing to contribute

Posted: 07 Sep 2012, 7:59 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 1,160


My story parallels yours in many ways, including stompbox building, (our paths might have crossed over at DIYstompboxes or Freestompboxes) Last year at this time I had all but givin up on doing anything with my music. I had sold my Telecaster, and my Blues Jr. I figured I would just play my lap stee...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Solar Power

Posted: 27 Aug 2012, 11:20 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 2,478


It is fun to build this stuff, and it's a cheap hobby. physicsnut42, There was an interesting artical about building a wind turbine from an old DC motor (albiet a somewhat larger one) in Make magazine a few years ago. Our local library has back issues available, you might check yours, or it's probab...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Solar Power

Posted: 24 Aug 2012, 10:23 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 2,478


I have played around with solar panels a bit. I made a real simple charger with just a panel and a diode. After the diode drop the voltage was just a little higher than the battery ( 12volts in this case) worked fine. Not a fast charge by any means but it got the job done. I made a solar cell phone ...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Robotics Kits

Posted: 19 Aug 2012, 9:53 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 869


Not a kit, but I have had alot of fun with the projects in this book. The robots are pretty simple, but fun ( and cheap!) to build. Good information in general. http://www.amazon.com/JunkBots-Bugbots-Bots-Wheels-ebook/dp/B000WLLTH0/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1 Another good one is Robot Builders Bonanza, but t...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Anyone into radios/Police scanners/ etc?

Posted: 26 Jul 2012, 9:35 am 

Replies: 26
Views: 5,105


I have a Ham radio license ( General) also but I never transmit. I do enjoy DXing. I have a nice 80 meter reciever I built from scratch and It gets good reception. ( listened to 80 meter? talk about filthy language). I use to have an old AM radio that I was out of a car and I built a power supply an...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: whats your latest project?

Posted: 21 Jul 2012, 10:08 pm 

Replies: 36
Views: 4,077


MY theory with BJT is pretty hazy. For switching applications I would usually go with a small signal mosfet, much less hassle. On the rare ocassions I have used NPN for switching I usually just copied a circuit that I knew worked. I seem to remember Darlington transistors working well in a stepper m...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: whats your latest project?

Posted: 18 Jul 2012, 11:12 pm 

Replies: 36
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I am currently working on a solid state guitar amplifier. I have breaboarded the design and now I am wiring it up on to perfboard . The power amp section is done and tonight I will work on the tone control and preamp. It puts out about 15 to 20 watts. The breadboard version sounded really nice. Can'...

 Forum: Art, Writing, and Music   Topic: Is Stephen King King?

Posted: 16 Jul 2012, 12:19 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 1,875


I love the Dark Tower series! I am currently reading them again, after reading the new one ( The Wind through the Keyhole). I liked the stand too. I am thinking about reading Insomnia or Under the Dome next.

 Forum: Art, Writing, and Music   Topic: Learn to play guitar

Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 11:46 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 3,218


My 2 cents. Whatever kind of guitar you want (acoustic or electric) get a decent one. It doesn't have to be top of the line, but a poorly made guitar is no fun to play. If it's possible get a friend who plays go with you to pick out your instrument. A good local guitar shop can also help out. If gui...

 Forum: Art, Writing, and Music   Topic: What instrument do you play?

Posted: 17 Jun 2012, 11:25 pm 

Replies: 37
Views: 4,754


I play lap steel, guitar, and sing.

I can "fake it" on piano, ukulele. bass guitar, well enough to play a bar gig.

 Forum: Art, Writing, and Music   Topic: Classic Country

Posted: 17 Jun 2012, 11:15 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 898


I love this kind of music. Classic country is great. I personally think Garth Brooks put the last nail in the coffin of what I would call country music. There is still good stuff out there, you just wont hear it on most radio stations. A local collage radio station has a weekly alt. country show tha...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What's your work?

Posted: 11 Jun 2012, 11:37 pm 

Replies: 51
Views: 8,599


I work at a hardware store. It sucks but I have made some good friends, and the boss isn't too bad.

I am now also starting to make money playing music, but it's hard to think of that as work.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Aspies obessed with coin collecting/ other collectibles?

Posted: 07 Jun 2012, 11:06 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 3,516


I wouldn't call myself a "collector" in the sense that I seek out rare coins, but when I find them I save them in a small box I have. I work at a store and it's amazing what you find in the cash register. My true (current) obsession is lap steel guitars. I have 13 most from the 40's abd 50's. The're...

 Forum: Art, Writing, and Music   Topic: Can you sing?

Posted: 01 Jun 2012, 9:50 pm 

Replies: 48
Views: 5,584


Yes, myself and another guy play out. I sing all the hillbilly, and country music because that's the kind of stuff I grew up singing. My voice has what my wife calls a "natural swankyness" to it. When I was very young (about 3) I was in the hospital for about a week. My mom says that at one point sh...

 Forum: Art, Writing, and Music   Topic: The Blues

Posted: 31 May 2012, 11:07 pm 

Replies: 25
Views: 3,460


I don't know how to post videos but I love the blues. I seen Buddy Guy in concert with BB King and he just killed. It was his show. That man can pull an audience in. His band could stop and start on a dime. Another guy to check out is Freddie Roulette. He plays blues on a lap steel guitar.
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