Archives for the month of: February, 2012

via LadyAda.


  • Arduino Uno (+ USB cable, power cable, software)
  • 2 each of red, green, and blue LEDs
  • 6 resistors
  • tissue paper for diffusing


int redPin = 12;
int greenPin = 11;
int bluePin = 10; 
void setup() {
  pinMode(redPin, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(greenPin, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(bluePin, OUTPUT);

void loop() {
  digitalWrite(redPin, HIGH);
  digitalWrite(greenPin, HIGH);
  digitalWrite(bluePin, HIGH);
  digitalWrite(greenPin, LOW);
  digitalWrite(bluePin, LOW);
  digitalWrite(bluePin, HIGH);
  digitalWrite(redPin, LOW);
  digitalWrite(greenPin, HIGH);
  digitalWrite(bluePin, LOW);
  digitalWrite(redPin, HIGH);



I added an origami paper box (instructions here) for a diffuser.

(Edit: Apparently my camera can’t take pictures in low light. I’ll add an image as soon as I can get my hands on a better one.)


Play it here

It’s a cute, addictive little game that can waste a lot of time.  You start with pieces for earth, air, fire, and water.  If you put the right pair of pieces together, it will make another piece.  So for instance, if you combine water + air, you get rain.  The goal is to find all 240 pieces.

Here’s where it gets tough.  It marks which pieces are dead ends.  There are 217 pieces that aren’t.  And since some of the combinations only make sense in retrospect (sky + cheese =moon), it makes sense to just try everything.  That’s 8128 combinations!

I’m sleeping.  Go bother someone else.


Noah Brand at NSWATM, on the idea in pop culture that women tame wild men. See also: TV Tropes

Somebody forgot to do their research.

What would you do?

To all the budding evil overlords out there.


  • Size 2 double-pointed needles
  • 2 skeins of Patons Lace-weight yarn
  • Stitch holder (so I can do both socks section-by-section)
  • Tapestry needle


I’ll be following the pattern here.  There’s three sets of instructions for three different yarn weights.  I’ll be doing the lightest, in purple.

I’ve actually used this pattern before, so I hope I’ll be able to get through it pretty fast.  Last time I did it in a worsted weight acrylic. It was soft, softer than I expected from a cheap synthetic.

Worsted-weight acrylic

The problem was, it was still worsted weight, so the inside was pretty knobby. It left crease marks on my foot after a while.

So I’m going to try a lighter yarn this time.  I’m hoping the inside will turn out flatter that way.

Summary here.

I had company over, so we decided to watch something everyone could tolerate.  Mr. Suspicious had been working his way through old Frasier episodes on Netflix, so we settled on that.

And I have to say, it’s not a bad show.

Well, one complaint. I don’t really like “embarrassment comedy”. You know the kind I mean? The kind where we’re all laughing because the hero is just. so. awkward. That’s me too often, so I’m wincing when everyone else is laughing.

I actually mentioned this during the show.

Me: You know, I feel awful for these guys. They’re just so…

Mike: Gay.

Me: *choke* If you say so.

I wanted to go all social justice crusader on them.  I could have pointed them at the facts, that they each have romantic plotlines with women.  I could have been outraged, calling them out on worn-out stereotypes and cheap jabs.

Probably should have.

*tap tap*


Hi! I’m Cate, and I’ll be posting here on the Too Quiet blog about things I’m working on.

About the blog

I’m a geek with the soul of a granny.

This is me with the pie.

Kind of like this.

I’m an East Coast transplant to the West coast, but I still know what a “bubblah” is.


Not this.

I’m a feminine feminist, a polite atheist, and a well-adjusted mad scientist.

They said I was crazy, but I'll show them! I'll show them all!

They said I was crazy, but I'll show them! I'll show them all!