The Easttown Bizarre Bazaar is today so we headed out for some music, crafts, and food. We even stopped by some used bookstores, which I always enjoy. 
In the afternoon Chris showed me how to use a rotary tool and a soldering gun. See, a few weeks ago I saw a mason jar solar light at the Artisan Market and decided I was going to try to make one. But the solar light I bought needed some plastic shaved off of it (to fit the jar better) and I broke one of the wires so that needed to be repaired.

So we set up a small work space in the basement and got working.
When it's all said and done, I think it looks nice outside, although I may still try to use modge podge and food color to tint the glass. Plus I need to find a way to more securely attach the lid to the jar. So it's a work in progress.

I also have a much smaller solar light that fits on the top of a jelly jar. I'm not quite sure how I want to fit that together since a lot of the plastic would need to be shaved off of it to make it look nice. 
Later in the evening I started to play with a few things that arrived in the mail today. Among them were a temperature sensor and an LCD keypad shield that plugs directly into an Arduino.

I put together a small sketch (program) to read the temperature and humidity from the sensor and print it to the LCD. This Ladyada sensor tutorial (complete with sensor library) was very helped. My sensor is soldered to a circuit board, but the basics were the same.

I'm exited about it, but I'm not really sure what to do with it yet. David (Aardvarksagus) had a great suggestion to track the readings over time, so I may make some changes to the code (and clean it up) to create a log of the readings.

I'm still plugging away with the Snail Mail notifier too trying to get that to send emails.


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