The DQYDJ Weekender, 6/20/2015

I've got the motivation back on my graphics card project, ever since getting it running on a Raspberry Pi the other day.  Follow along here if you're interested in the "engineering hobby" side of PK.  (Yeah, yeah... I know - I have "interesting" hobbies.) Otherwise, you're in the right spot - the finance spot. Links We Liked! Hey, look, an … [Read more...]

How To Create a General Purpose Graphics Card With an FPGA

Recently, I finished the first working version of my VGA graphics card which I built using a 144 macrocell CPLD*.  It is capable of driving 640x480 by 8 bit color resolution on most any monitor which will take a VGA input, from almost anything which has an SPI output.  Here's a picture of it connected to a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B running Raspian and … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 6/6/2015

I'm getting (staying?) sloppy - I let an engineering post slip missing pictures and video.  Six years in and I still can't schedule correctly, haha. Let's try that again this week, shall we?  Don't tell your friends what it was; it's supposed to be a surprise!  (Plus I have to upload to YouTube - joy.) Anyway, here's some good stuff you … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 5/24/2014 – The Six Years Edition!

The title says it all - we've been maintaining and supporting this website for six years as of today. That's right - six years and 892 published articles (893 now!) taking you all the way from HSA Arbitrage to the median (and 90th percentile) income of females from ages 18-66 over various years since 1992. I won't weigh down your Weekender … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 5/9/2015

That fence project I mentioned?  A shipping fiasco means it won't be done this weekend.  Three weeks of fence-fixing! Links We Liked Political Calculations compares and contrasts their dividend cut indicator with the Atlanta Fed's GDPNow indicator, finding it a bit more pessimistic on current Q2 2015 conditions. Free By 50 does the math - … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 5/2/2015

Is there anything more annoying than fixing a fence?  Well, anything to keep it going another 5 years is worth it, I suppose.  (With material I already have.  I guess it's just a 'free labor from me' sort of deal.) You know, and keep the dog penned in. You folks know I have a podcast segment, right?  Here's my latest!  Go subscribe to … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 4/25/2015

Welcome to all the new readers from our links on Rockstar Finances and Lifehacker! For the uninitiated, this is our (mostly, at least 40 times a year) weekly roundup of links we enjoyed over the week.  We link a fair amount of both investing and personal finance things, and our claim to fame is usually investing pieces such as … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 4/18/2015

Sometimes the hardest part of the Weekender is coming up with something to put in this introduction paragraph - which we consider 100% open, unlike the 95% open of the topics on this site.  Luckily, there is something I can say to all of my American readers reading this post which will be universally liked (yes, universally - non-Americans will be … [Read more...]

The DQYDJ Weekender, 4/11/2015

Happy Birthday (yesterday), Mom! Links We Liked! At Financial Uproar, a paean to working... even if you have the ability not to work.  (Of course a site sarcastically named Don't Quit Your Day Job is going to link to it!). At the St. Louis Fed, an interested quick look at oil prices versus inflation expectations... what if lower oil prices … [Read more...]

First Month Living Without a Car

Recently, I moved to San Francisco and as part of the move I decided to sell my vehicle and live car-less. I felt (and feel) that I could get most of my transportation around the city done with bicycle or public transportation. So long as I can get to/from work and to/from a grocery store, then I should be fine. I’d like to report in on my progress … [Read more...]