October 23rd, 2016 | Electric Dreams

Tonight’s VR movie: The Infiltrator.
Sample advertising of a Kaohsiung electronics components store.

Kaohsiung Taiwan.

Sunday. Clear Skies. 32°c.

6:00 a.m. Alexander was up early yet again. I just let him play by himself with his toy car while I kept snoozing for a while. Until I was knocked over the head by a little mini. No more sleep.

9:00 a.m. Did a little bit of grocery shopping at Carrefour while Chia was cooking this week’s batch of food for Alexander.

1030 a.m. Last night before I came home I briefly stopped  by the computer area in Kaohsiung (which is located near the train station) and took a look through some of the DIY electronic components stores. There was several of them and one large one that I liked in particular seem to have every component under the sun. I’ve been thinking about doing some hobby electronics. It has always been an interested to me but I’ve never had the time until now to actually sit down and do anything. So today I did some study of basic Electronics how they all work. I did study it eons ago, but have forgotten everything. So on payday I’m considering buying a few pieces and assembling my first electronic gadget. It will be only something simple like a pulsating LED with a 555 IC timer and some other basic components. Then gradually move on to more complicated circuits. At the beginning I will not need to do any soldering on boards, as I will experiment on what they call a ‘breadboard’ and inset components into that to test. A breadboard is a non conductive board with hundreds of needle sized holes in rows that you can insert electronic components in to form circuits. Connect a battery or solar cell power supply and see if it works.

12:00 p.m. Skype with mum. Mum and Dad will leave on their Pacific cruise to New Zealand next Wednesday on the 26th of October. The last two days they’ve been organizing things while they’re away and packing suitcases. The suitcase mom is taking is one that she bought at a Taipei Night Market in 2011 when she came to visit me here. Dad didn’t come at that time because he was working but now they are both retired. She said it was a good quality one too and that it fit all their belongings with still some extra space. I’m not sure how our conversation got onto this subject but we spoke briefly about her uncle Harold Chapman who owned a tomato sauce processing and bottling factory called “Pop’s Tomato Sauce”in Griffith New South Wales, Australia. The factory was close to where she grew up in a farm-house nearby. We are not sure who runs the tomato sauce factory now as her uncle died quite a few years ago and sold it to another company. Although the family still has a tomato plantation I believe.

3:00 p.m. Took Alexander down to the open air community area in the centre of our apartment block. There he had a joyride for about 30 minutes is his electric VW van that we got him last year for Christmas. He now is the right size for it. Before he was slightly too small and could sit and reach the steering wheel. Now there’s no problem. He can reach it fine now and command the vehicle. Although its dad (me) that actually steers with a remote control. But he’s not figured that out yet.

4:30 p.m. Chia headed off to attend a business seminar for selling goods online. Chia wants to start an online business selling children’s clothing and other items.

5:30 p.m. Feed Alexander his dinner, plus some rice crackers and a banana. What a hungry kid! Then watched the Japanese children’s cartoon Chibi Maruko.

6:00 p.m. Gave Alexander his bath.

8:30 p.m. Put Alexander to bed.

9:30 p.m. tonight’s movie: “The Infiltrators” The story of federal agent Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) who goes under cover to infiltrate the trafficking network of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.


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