Makeover Pi

My Raspberry Pi got a make over today. I had previously installed a fan on it due to overheating issues but recently it started making a lot of noise.

On inspection, the bearing was worn, causing a wobble, and the blades were tapping the casing.

I went to Adafruit to order a new fan, but with shipping, it was more than I wanted to pay.

Amazon showed me a kit with a case, that included a fan and 3 heat sinks. It was about $0.40 more expensive than just ordering the fan. This is the one I ended up ordering.

It arrived this afternoon, and I set to putting the case together and getting everything hooked up.

Unfortunately, while it came with plenty of hardware, the screws to mount the board to the base were way too short, but this was easily remedied by using the screws that came with my now broken fan.

But it went together in the end, I got everything hooked back up, and it looks pretty damn good! I do miss my bright pink case but I think this will keep my Pi a lot cooler.

Edit : uncooled Pi 3 was operating at about 175°F. Fan cooled Pi 3 in closed case was holding at about 140°F. Fan, 3 heat sinks and open case Pi 3 is operating at about 100°F. Big improvement!

What Should I Do With Myself?

People of the Internet! The Department of Rehabilitation is willing to pay to send me back to school. But I’m having trouble deciding what I would like to go to school for/a career end goal.

I’m editing this post because I’ve been researching, reading, and thinking, and I think what I really want is a career that challenges me regularly, and let’s me actually help people.

Every job I’ve held in the past I’ve ended up hating because it just seemed so pointless and meaningless in the grand scheme of things, so I think helping others might be what I really should be doing.

  1. Aerospace. We have a strong aerospace presence here locally and there’s a program here that employers in that field often hand pick from. I enjoy working with my hands, and it’s a practical choice.
  2. Psychology. Brains are crazy interesting as are minds and my mental illness makes this even more interesting to me. I’m just not 100% sure I want to work as a medical care giver. Possibly work as a researcher.
  3. Biology. I’m considering Medical Lab Technician or maybe Veterinary Technician in the Biology area. There’s also Physician’s Assistant as well.
  4. Mortuary Sciences. I’m waiting to hear back from the head of this program at Cypress, as their list is requirements make their program a little iffy for me. They required proof of good mental health and I’m not sure how they determine this.

The good thing is I have a lot of general ed classes already completed and some coursework that might carry over for some of these ideas’ core courses. I honestly wouldn’t need a lot of coursework at the Associate’s level so it seems like no big deal to go one further, you know?

Not to brag, but I’m smart. I’m a really good learner. And after 30 hours of testing in just about everything, DOR basically told me I have an incredibly exceptional mind and I could be placed anywhere…. Which isn’t really helpful. “Yo kid, the sky’s the limit! Let’s not help narrow things down or anything!”

I’m sitting here now trying to come up with some genuinely interesting areas to look into before I meet with my counselor at the end of the month.

When I wake up tomorrow I’m going to try to get an appointment with a counselor at the college and see if they can help me narrow things down. I’m trying to be proactive but it’s hard when I’ve been so passive all my life.

Language Learning

Many years ago, I took first semester German at my local junior college. I did really well, and I took to it like a duck to water. Well, like most ducks to water. Our black duck is afraid of water.

Anyway, I recently downloaded the Duolingo app and started doing the work for German and Spanish. Our next door neighbor, the wife, she doesn’t speak English and I don’t speak Spanish and I would like to talk to her. 🙂

I also bought courses in both languages in Udemy and while I’ve only watched the first class video in the first German class (the alphabet) I think it’s going to be helpful. The teacher only speaks German in the lessons, but uses illustrations and things to help you understand. That’s a lot like my classroom instruction was.

I also joined a chat for German language learners (a club on the Duolingo app) and had fun king to another learner!

I feel like a child trying to communicate but it’ll get better!

Comics Coming Out My Ears!

About six months ago, I bought some trade paper backs of some comics I like. Read a few, loved the stories, but decided I would rather read digital instead.

Those are in my shop now at a discounted price… Hint hint!

Then I bought a couple Humble Bundles which were loaded with comics. And I’ve got them all loaded on my Kindle Fire 8 (plus others I’ve acquired) and I’m slowly reading through them in the ComiCat app.

Some of them really surprised me how much I enjoyed them. Bitch Planet? Chew? Chester 5000? I’ve loved every minute! Lumberjanes took a little bit but it really grew on me. Mine! was a fantastic collection of stories from all sorts of people. It’s sales benefit Planned Parenthood and believe it I bought it the day it released.

I’m still reading Chew which has quite a few issues I need to get, but after I read the next few tonight, I’m planning on reading Bingo Love, a story about two women of color who fall in love at church bingo, but go on to marry, have kids, and live a full life only to be brought back together again in old age. I’m super excited about that one!

Cooler Pi

I bought myself a Raspberry Pi 3 for Christmas last year, giving my old 2 to my mom to work as a home theater setup.

And for the most part, my 3 has operated flawlessly.

But when I’m running Kodi, it gets hot – not just the “getting kind of warm” icon on screen but the one that’s red all the way to the top. And when it stays that way, it slows way down, freezes, and sometimes crashes. No Bueno.

I also (I finally tracked the cause down to some recent updates) had a glitch where Kodi was suffering some really rough video playback. Took a few days on our frustratingly slow internet, but I eventually made a fresh installation of Raspbian, installed Kodi and Deluge, and left everything else as is. Got that rough playback cleared up!

Anyway, I ordered this fan – it’s teensy tiny. I think 30mm? My case isn’t set up to house a fan, so I grabbed a drill, made a few holes in the lid, and mounted it. Works great too. I haven’t seen that little red thermometer once after it got cooled down!

My Pi is happy and healthy again, and I’ve rediscovered podcasts. I saved about two dozen I want to check out, finished one (Missing Richard Simmons – really guys, let the poor man enjoy retirement!), and have been desperately trying to catch up on another (Sawbones- check it out, it’s so funny and you’ll learn stuff too!).