Tag Archive for 'My History'

My Food Aversions – And How They Came to Be

I have never eaten gulf oysters, raw oysters, or cooked (that I know of). That is one of those things that has freaked me out. Growing up, I have always had an aversion to fish and seafood. I have taken a liking to mild seafood and fish like shrimp, shark, and tilapia etc. This aversion has probably stemmed from three sources, not liking the flavor of drawn butter, not liking “Old Bay” seasoning, and the couple times I have gotten sick from seafood. As I have learned what to avoid, I have started finding fish and seafood that I enjoy. Till this day, I still avoid raw and seafood that I had prior issues with. There was a time that we made lobster and scallops on the grill and my stomach ejected them. There was another time that I had shark marinated in soy sauce that I had an allergic reaction to the soy. Then there was a trip to Baltimore that I had a food reaction, I’ll tell you that story in the video below. The moral of the story is that education is key. If you educated yourself on how food is properly handled and prepared, you can avoid food born illness. One site you can learn more about proper handling of oysters is BeOysterAware.com – check it out.

Microchip PIC Programming – Initial

I started putting together some initial information about programming the Microchip PIC. I am writing it in the perspective to those who are new to the subject, and really just looking for a primer. When designing a robot, you obviously would want to make educated decisions of which it is difficult to do with the wide array of different manufacturers of electronics components and proprietary micro controller units. This tutorial will hopefully become an interesting reading to those out there looking for information of just where to begin.

I originally started out in my post-secondary schooling in the course for component level electronics. One particular course really attracted my fancy, and that was digital electronics, but more specifically op-code (operation code) programming of microchips. In my courses we wrote and tested instruction sets on a Motorola 6800 development kit similar in nature to this heathkit. I had a blast. There is nothing better for the brain then good analytical thinking. Pretty much you have to write your program in assembly code and then enter the opcodes for those assembly instructions in through the keypad. This does in no means make me an expect of micro controllers. I just mearly wanted to express my the origin of opinions and the experience that I draw upon.