Please forgive me. I know it’s a bit late, me being at the very end of the circular ball of time and all, but “better late than never”…
Spouse and I attended Catholic Mass at the Spanish Mission (founded 1777 … yes, the USA has some old bits of history…) I even put on a suit and tie.
Among the gifts was a “dog bone case” for the Pi boards, so I’ve now got the Model 1 B+ and 2 x Model 2 mounted in one nice (small!) stack. I’m now set up to build out that stack as my “computer room” (then add a battery / charger and put it in a briefcase as a ‘computer room on the road’ ;-)
I’m posting this from the Pi Model 3, that will stay a stand alone widget I can play with without disturbing the stack. (On the Birthday List will be more Model 3s and maybe some other interesting boards ;-)
At present, I have 3 x Pi in service. The fourth is not yet powered. Seems that I’m shy one high amps power supply to run all three at once. I’m going to test one of them on the powersupply that charges my bluetooth headset a bit later, and hope ;-)
I suspect that ‘next on the list’ is some kind of 5 VDC battery brick and a charger with multiple USB spigots… Now that the boards are racked, I need a “once unified power brick” approach for that block.
So yes, I’m have a Very Pi Christmas ;-)
That I’ve also got systemD free Devuan running on them is just frosting on the whole thing ;-)
I’m hoping to knock out a few postings in the next day or two. More have stacked up than I care to think about… something about doing 6000 ish miles by road in 3 weeks and then smack into a major holiday takes a bit out of you ;-)
So, with that, hope the holidays and holiday cheer finds you all well and happy. Remember to enjoy life and a few (obvious?) points:
This life is NOT a dress rehearsal. Take BIG bites! (Someone else said it first, not sure who…)
Life is what you make it now, isn’t it? (Said by an Australian clerk at the embassy when I picked up my visa for a trip there about 1982… I’d asked “Do you think I’ll enjoy it?”… dumb in retrospect… it’s a treat to go down under at any time. )
Don’t take life too seriously. Nobody gets out of it alive anyway. (Again, said by someone else and I’ve lost the origin).
In about 30 minutes we sit down to braised lamb and vegetables. A smallish leg of lamb, potatoes, carrots, and onions, a salted and peppered and drizzled with a bit of soy, about 1/2 cup of water, then into the oven at 350 F for a couple (few?) of hours ( about 30 minutes / lb plus some if a lot of vegetables). Esteemed Broccoli … Ah, steamed broccoli? Some broccoli, steamed… ;-) And some nice rose on the side…
With that, for those in Australia who had Christmas yesterday, think of this as a reason for a ‘do over’ and for those on the East Coast USA, well, time to pour the Scotch ;-) (The UK is likely asleep already, so enjoy those dreams of sugar plums… whatever they are ;-)
Merry Christmas, and may God Bless each and every one. (For those not Christian, well, have a Hanukkah bush or a Yule Log or something… take what joy you can from knowing Christ was born in spring and this is really the Pagan Winter Solstice Party and “Y’all come!” rules!!!)