Teaching Soldering at the Public Library Association Conference, Denver April 8, 2016

Using Sparkfun Weevil Eye kits (my go-to kit) I taught 10 people the basics of soldering during PLA. While most had no experience with soldering, a few had soldered in the past and were able to pick it up again. Everybody did a great job (all the kits worked!) and I was able to meet some cool folks from other libraries around the country.

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MV5BODg5NDM1MDI4NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzg0MzQxNzE@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_Creed is the 7th offering in the Rocky film series. Sylvester Stallone reprises his role of prize-fighter Rocky Balboa.

The story concerns Adonis “Donnie” Johnson (played by Michael B. Jordan), the son of Balboa’s former nemesis/friend Apollo Creed (who died in the ring in Rocky IV.) Taking after his father, Johnson is a talented but self-trained fighter. After losing an impromptu bout in an LA gym, Johnson leaves to search out Rock Balboa, his father’s at-first nemesis and then training partner.

Balboa is reluctant to take on a protege, but relents after seeing that Johnson will let nothing stop him from achieving his goals; Balboa sees a lot of Apollo Creed in his son.

Through hard work and pure luck, Johnson gets a shot at the light heavyweight title held by Irish pugilist “Pretty” Ricky Conlan.

If all this sounds sort of familiar, Creed is a retelling of the first Rocky movie. Fans of the series won’t care due to the wonderful, heartfelt performances from Stallone and Jordan. The boxing matches are thrilling without being unnecessarily brutal.

Fans of the Rocky series will love this movie.

Skip it if boxing movie violence is a turn off.

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Another Day of Soldering at the Library

Another fun-filled morning of soldering at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library.

Today, 8 participants successfully completed the Sparkfun Weevil Eye kit. It is a great starter kit for beginners on which to learn the basics of soldering. As always each participant used the trusty Hakko FX888D temperature controlled soldering station.

First I gave a short lecture on the basics of soldering, which covered equipment, safety and soldering technique which was followed by the participants completing their Sparkfun kits.

This class was a follow up to a previous class. The first one was so popular that it filled up quickly. Soon after the wait list filled up. So another class was in order.


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