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The problem with forum over moderation

I won’t go into great detail which forum this happened to me on but I will touch on the subject none the less.   Today I ran into an issue on one of the Vaping forums  (that is known for doing this) and bam, a lot of my posts were deleted under an advocacy discussion.  What had accidentally turned into a slight topic derailment was actually an awesome thing that we find on forums.  People connecting and discussing things that spurred from the original topic.  Obviously this is a personal violation that some moderator deemed inappropriate.

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Vaping….. Again

Here we go again with vaping

This vape mail issue, hope I’m done for a while.  For nearly 2 years I have been solely using my IPV D2 daily…. still working just fine’ish. In fact when I bought that little guy and topped it with a Crown tank. I was done for the exception of my dripper and slowly tapered my vaping and vape mail down to essentials.  Batteries, DIY stuff, maybe a pack of spare coils just in case the RBA head jacked up.

Fused Clapton on Pharaoh RTA deck

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RGB on everything

So I got back into building custom PC’s this winter as I am still recovering from a motorcycle accident. It’s a perfect little indoor hobby to keep my. It also has reconnected me to some old friends since it has thrust me back into gaming. While I decide to dive into this build the big trend starting last year was RGB LED lighting in custom computers. I mean everyone has started to implement this but no one is doing it right! If they try to attempt to do it right it is usually encumbered by horrible software development.

5050 RGB LED

This standard RGB header which we see all the new motherboards coming out is a 4 pin type. It is not addressable which means you set a color on the chain they are are all that color.  It makes for a very limited lighting solution as it is either all on, off, color and brightness for that channel.  These types also require 12VDC which is good for lots of high current lighting, not so great for PC lighting as you don’t need a lot of current to run this limited amount of LEDs.



HL1606 LED

I haven’t had any time to play with these yet and I am not sure if many are still using this dated platform


The WS2801 is a “3-Channel Constant Current LED Driver With Programmable PWM Outputs”. It allows you to adjust the brightness of every LED in 256 steps using PWM. A WS2801 chip controls three channels, so you need one chip for every RGB LED. Theoretically this means the WS2801 strips can be cut next to every LED, but I haven’t seen any strips where this is the case. The chip runs on 3.3-5.5V.

  • Smart controller with easy control scheme
  • 8 bits, 256 levels per channel, 16.7 million colors total
  • English datasheet available


The LPD8806 is a lot like the WS2801 with the following differences: it works from 2.7V up and has six channels allowing it to control two RGB LEDs. The downside is that it only does 7 bit PWM, making 127 brightness levels per LED for up to 21 bit color (2 million colors). There are no LPD8806 Arduino library.











More to come as I dive into this project on advanced LED lighting which this computer I am building is the test bed.   Eventually at he end of the day when I start building my next home I will leveraging what I am developing here and doing a hybrid electrical system in the house.  My goal will be to light the house off of 99% solar/wind power.  Stay tuned!



I keep wonder how in today’s society that the most basic thing we call communication has broken down. It’s so broke, now people can’t even say what they feel and resort to memes (I hate them for the most part). Being a very active man and single people come in and out of my life frequently. But now I see this growing trend in people that they cannot nor will not effectively communicate their thoughts, intentions or feelings.
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New DJ Set

I really haven’t focused much on DJ’ing this year.  Most electronic music has not done much for my soul lately.  Between work, life, travel and the banjo, DJ’ing has been put on the back burner.  Until July 3rd and then I was attacked by a wild hair.  I went out to BeatPort, got new music. Fired up the decks and this came out.
[mixcloud https://www.mixcloud.com/aaron-lamb/back-in-the-saddle-6416/ width=100% height=120 hide_cover=1 light=1]


Yesterday was a bad day for lightning photography.  Storms were starting to roll in around 8PM. It was just the right time to go find a spot and set up to take some shots at dusk.  I set up just off the side of the road next to a cornfield and got both of my tripods setup.  After about 20 minutes of setting up, staging and waiting for the light to get just right…. I was ran off.

Yes some angry farmer thought I was too close to his corn and started screaming about private property or the roaring of his diesel truck. I’m pretty sure I was still on public easement but the guy looked like he might want to start a fight.  I know, I am such a huge menace to society standing next to a road with cars going but at 60+ MPH, lightning all over just to take a damn picture of a lightning bolt…. Meh!!!

Deciding not to argue with the grumpy man, I just apologized, packed up my gear and went home.  I had to do some work anyways and seemed like the night was a wash anyways.  Was really wanting to use the tripod and new mount and catch the first lightning shot with the S7 Active.


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About a month ago I decided to remove Facebook from my S5A.  I was doing some research on a few things and oddly enough one evening while having a conversation with my roommate on an unrelated topic.  Low and behold ads starting to show up on my Facebook feed about what we were taking about.  This was a freaky moment, I knew Facebook was tracking all sorts of things with their super cookies but this was a little too much.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Preliminary Review

So I’m 5 days into my recently upgrade Samsung Galaxy S7 Active and here is the skinny on it. I’m not going into tech specs, drop tests or other things that have been posted a hundred times over. So what we have now (and all I can compare it to is from the S5 Active) is a pretty awesome phone.  It is a bit heavier than the its predecessors due to its huge 4000mah battery.

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…and the blog continues

Starting something like this is not as fun as it used to be. After the 100’s of websites I have built over the years the luster of site creation has lost its luster.  Fear not, I prod along wasting bytes of data just to get this thing up to speed.  Lots of work has gone into just setting up separate social media avenues that are me but not me, just linked directly into this blog.  One of these things…. where I’d like to keep my private life away from this as much as possible.

So today I’m jacked in hard to the matrix, connected via Facebook, G+, Twitter and more to be added.  Cross posting like mad to see what takes and what doesn’t.  I think the biggest perk is I’ve pretty much removed all the social media static from my phone which allows me to save battery life and do other stuff other than stare at the phone.  Hopefully you too will become allergic to staring at LCD screens and start noticing what’s going on around you.

Trampled by Turtles @ The Vouge Indy

I’ve been listening to this band for a few years now and finally had the pleasure of seeing them perform live.

What a treat to experience and not to be missed again.  Their progressive bluegrass is a joyous thing to behold upon your ears and even more so live. Slowly getting back into vinyl DJ’ing I decided to grab 2 records and a T-Shirt.  I haven’t bought a shirt at a concert in over 25 years and I love every overpriced dollar I paid for it.   Their music gave me goosebumps throughout their set….. just amazing performance by these guys!!!!

Check them out, definitely a great band to add to your playlists.

Official TBT Website

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