Prius Display Fix

Since I added an aftermarket stereo to my car, the center display hasn't been displaying. The issue is the Prius expects the stock stereo to be plugged in, and if it doesn't see it, then it turns off certain features for the display. It still worked as a backup camera, but that's it.

The fix was pretty simple, just add a 68 ohm resister between two wires on the stock stereo 20 pin connector.


A friend of mine used my car while I was out of town this past week for work, and he cleaned it to within an inch of it's life! Everything has been cleaned, even the upholstery. The car now has a nice light cocoanut air freshener smell.


Hawaiian Classic - Shirt #2

Time to start a new shirt. I purchased the Hawaiian Classics 220 shirt pattern from the Victoria Jones Collection. This is my first 'non-beginner' pattern. The instructions are great, and the construction is pretty straight forward. I did end up making several learning mistakes on the muslin, but the real shirt is going great. That's the whole point, in my opinion, of the muslin. Yes, check fit and adjust, of course, but I also find it a great learning experience figuring out the nuances of the pattern.

We Communicate

Our technology wandering around the solar system is an amazing representation of autonomy and good communication. The devices need to be smart enough to operate independently, but still accept commands and share images and findings no matter how far away.

Work presented some communication challenges today.

Leaning To Sew

Part of the 10 year plan is learning some independence skills. For example, I want to be able to repair and create cushion covers and sail covers. This means learning some basic sewing skills and learning to work on a gear driven sewing machine.

Enter my beautiful Singer 15-91. What a wonderful machine! I bought it from a sewing machine expert, the-treasure-cellar on ebay, and couldn't be more pleased. From 1952, this single-stitch machine is smooth and wonderful to work with.

We'll Miss You Terry Pratchett

One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite Terry Pratchett books:

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32)