Monday, March 19, 2012


I just have to brag for a minute. My amazing husband is graduating from medical school! We're so proud of him! He'll be doing a 1 year traditional internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, OR, then we're headed to Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta, Georgia for a 3 year anesthesia residency! It's going to be an adventure!

We're so proud of him for his excellence in academics, the calmness and level head with which he navigates tricky situations, his kindness and patience in his interactions with people, and especially for his integrity and commitment to our family and other important life priorities.

We love you so much, Tyler, and are so impressed with the amazing man that you are! Life's a balancing act and you are a truly talented acrobat! All our love, Cole, Brookie and Michelle xo

P.S. He's also an accomplished maker of particle board furniture. He can pull off being an OB by day and a mechanic by night. He's made his own soap and washed clothes in our bathtub.  He's studied countless hours with babies on his lap and slept with them in his arms. Cole and Brookie know they’re the most important thing in his life. He's been the king of dishes and floors. He builds computers.  He's the neighborhood bike guy. He can sew skin AND fabric. (He’s helped sew Christmas presents for the kiddos.) He's the smartest guy we know - according to us and the doctors he's worked with this year. We're definitely impressed with his many talents! :) 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Raspberry Pi - Computer

Computers keep getting more powerful, smaller, and now much cheaper.  Enter the Raspberry Pi computer.  The picture above is about the size on an iPhone and all for $35.  It's being billed as a way for people to begin developing and programming. (Something I wish I was doing more of myself.)  Michelle, was thinking that this could make the idea of every child in a classroom having a computer a reality.

The model B, which was released first, sold out within minutes of release.
Specs for the model B include

  • Broadcom BCM2835 700MHz ARM1176JZFS processor with FPU and Videocore 4 GPU
  • GPU provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p3D
  • H.264 high-profile decode GPU is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24GFLOPs with texture filtering and DMA infrastructure
  • 256MB RAM
  • Boots from SD card, running Raspberry Pi Fedora Linux Remix
  • 10/100-BaseT Ethernet port
  • HDMI port
  • USB 2.0 port
  • RCA video port
  • SD card slot
  • Powered from microUSB port
  • 3.5mm audio out jack
  • Header footprint for camera connection
  • Size: 85.6 x 53.98 x 17mm

There is a group developing it for use as a media center, which I think is an awesome use for a $35 computer.

You should buy one too.  Of course, first they have to become available.

Foundation -
Purchase and resources -
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