July Caption Contest

Here we are again - time for a caption contest.

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July is officially halfway over, so before we run out of days, it's time for this month's caption contest. The rules are simple:

  • Leave your funniest clean caption in the comments section below. We reserve the right to delete captions that we deem inappropriate. Stick to PG-13 content.
  • Captions submitted any other way besides in the comment section, whether it be smoke signal, carrier pigeon, feedback form, email or otherwise, will not be accepted!
    • Captions will be accepted from the moment this post goes live until Thursday, July 18th at 9 a.m. Mountain Time.
    • A crack team of humor experts will pick the winner and we will announce it whenever we want to (in the few days after the contest ends).

Here's your photo:

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Your Caption Goes Here.

The winner this go-around receives $100 in SparkFun gift bucks to use on whatever you want! Today is the day, and you are the captioner - have at it! Cheers!


Comments 394 comments

  • Gizzygo / about 9 years ago / 14

    (In Australian ascent) That's not a soldering iron. This a Soldering Iron mate.

  • kfitch42 / about 9 years ago / 10

    Some people choose to use a microscope when they have problems seeing the solder joint. I choose to not have the problem in the first place.

  • magicsmoke / about 9 years ago / 9

    The key to a good solder joint is upper body strength.

  • James Matthew / about 9 years ago / 8

    Heat causes metal to expand. If any of your soldering tips look like this, please adjust the temperature before proceeding.

  • kpFerg / about 9 years ago / 7

    And this, class, is why we always double check the decimal place when ordering soldering equipment online...

  • Qtechknow / about 9 years ago / 7

    Why can't I solder SMD fine pitch? Oh yeah, the giant soldering iron burns the whole board. :)

  • nerdwaller / about 9 years ago / 7

    "In Mother Russia, Iron Solder You!"

  • Jordawesome / about 9 years ago / 6

    When I say 60/40 solder, I mean pounds.

  • diz / about 9 years ago / 6

    People keep stealing pens off my desk. Not anymore.

  • Remember, heat the desk, not the solder.

  • GPProductions / about 9 years ago / 5

    ... can I get a couple of you to hold the solder?

  • Jeff and Jack / about 9 years ago / 5

    You STILL can't see it!? It's RIGHT THERE! Do I need an even BIGGER pointer!?

  • Finally_Joe / about 9 years ago / 5

    Cold solder joint? Size matters.

  • PharoahsMummy / about 9 years ago / 5

    "No, Mr. Bull, I expect you to die!"

  • PharoahsMummy / about 9 years ago / 5

    "Say hello to my little friend!"

  • Member #172641 / about 9 years ago / 5

    This is how you use a 1.21 gigawatt iron.

  • cholq / about 9 years ago / 4

    There seems to be some miscommunication here. I was told I'd be presenting this demo to a very large audience.

  • dead-eye / about 9 years ago / 4

    The Fire Marshal only had this final flickr upload to figure out how the fire got started.

  • Jess2 / about 9 years ago / 4

    Reflow softly, and carry a big iron.

  • Member #228967 / about 9 years ago / 4

    "As the instructor for this class, I just want to be sure that you all signed your waivers"

  • To ensure even heating during hot-air rework, we at SparkFun have developed a technique to heat all of the air in the room.

  • Leif / about 9 years ago / 4

    It's not the size of your tip...it's how you use it!

  • Member #61389 / about 9 years ago / 4

    "...and then after assembly, for final inspection, we use this pogo pin to simultaneously check every single test point on each board."

  • andy4us / about 9 years ago / 4

    The guy at the end was tense, but he knew that being closest to the door might come in handy later.

  • TheMoogle / about 9 years ago / 4

    Moments before the teaching room was destroyed."The war head for the missile you will be assembling today is very robust and safe. Watch as I bang its trigger mechanism on the desk. "

  • Kaius / about 9 years ago / 4

    Sons of SparkFun! A day may come when the soldering skill of Men fails, when we forsake SMD components and break out the breadboards, but it is not this day!

  • mallcitybear / about 9 years ago / 4

    Sparkfun's new Stylus; when you REALLY need to make your point!

  • Member #445498 / about 9 years ago / 4

    Steve Jobs: "Who wants a stylus? You have to get em and put em away, and you lose em. Yuck. Nobody wants a stylus." Sparkfun: "We'll see about that!"

  • ftrocchi / about 9 years ago / 4

    Is this the tryouts for the SparkFun Olympics?

  • Joel Gilly / about 9 years ago / 3

    "... and that's how you do that, in case you were wondering. (Giggles) "You'll have to excuse me, this is my first time teaching this class. Thank God I remembered to bring something to drink!" (More nervous laughter). (Aside) "Wow, the mountains do turn blue when it gets cold. I thought that was just a gimmick." (Chokes back another laugh. Fidgets. Is aware that he is losing his audience. Desperately...) "Hey! That reminds me of a story... When I was a kid, we lived in this really old Victorian house in rural Pennsylvania - like the one you see in the 'Adam's Family' or 'Psycho', and it had this creepy dug-out cellar, and my brother - we would be playing around like kids do, and yeah! He would, umm, yeah, lock me down there and turn off the lights, and I would like start crying... (Sniffles, and wipes his eyes..) "Ahhh... Good times!" (Wipes his eyes again) "That's when I got into Ham radio..."

  • Ted M / about 9 years ago / 3

    Brain: Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering? Pinky: I think so, Brain, but where are we going to find a giant soldering iron at this hour? Oh, I see that you are way ahead of me!

  • IP-Eagle / about 9 years ago / 3

    Now soldering that 0000 gauge wire to the connector would normally be a problem, but ........

  • Member #312255 / about 9 years ago / 3

    I said 40 watt NOT 40 Kilowatt!!!!

  • simmers / about 9 years ago * / 3

    If you're havin' solder problems I feel bad for you, son; I got 99 problems but a pitch aint one.

  • Crawdad / about 9 years ago / 3

    Now, where did I put that 55 gallon drum of flux ... ?

  • Zio / about 9 years ago / 3

    Behold Sparkfun's latest invention: DSMT - Desk Surface Mount Technology

  • Uncle Remus / about 9 years ago * / 3

    Hand over the money, or I'll stab Ron Perlman!

  • Where will you be when diarrhea strikes?

  • dksmall / about 9 years ago / 3

    Excellent question! Let me make a quick note here.......

  • Thetinkerer / about 9 years ago / 3

    So then you load the missile and prime the...oh hello there, um, uh, we were, uh, Simon says anyone?

  • jon.whitten / about 9 years ago / 3

    "Whosoever of ye raises me a white-headed whale with a wrinkled brow and a crooked jaw; whosoever of ye raises me that white-headed whale, with three holes punctured in his starboard fluke- look you, whosoever of ye raises me that same white whale, he shall have this gold ounce, my boys!'" -- Captain Ahab

  • Pistachio / about 9 years ago / 3

    Today class, we are learning how to solder surface mount.

  • RyeMAC3 / about 9 years ago / 3

    You think this is big? You should see the inkwell!

  • eewestcoaster / about 9 years ago / 3

    Lipstick delivery for Ms. Jolie...

  • ECOFOR / about 9 years ago / 3

    My boss insists I didn't need a big screen in my SMD soldering class ...

  • customerX / about 9 years ago / 3

    “Here I am giving the only presentation I ever gave on the Very Large Scale Integration Program I ran at SparkFun.”

  • roysjosh / about 9 years ago / 3

    After welding together their armor, ancient knights would then joust with their irons. As you can see, SMD work would have been almost impossible.

  • Member #332983 / about 9 years ago / 3

    "So as you can see, the un-shrink ray makes it much easier to solder the..." "Excuse me, why not un-shrink just the part to normal size?" "... Get out."

  • You were not kidding that your iron is to big for SMD work!

  • dead-eye / about 9 years ago / 2

    Before I fire this sucker up... uh, Dave, you're sitting closest to the fire extinguisher. Do you mind pulling the pin out of the handle, just to be safe?

  • I like soldering irons. This one is my favorite.

  • gmcerveny / about 9 years ago / 2

    Feel free to come up front if you're having trouble seeing what I'm doing.

  • 9VLicker / about 9 years ago / 2

    Deep within a bleak and dismal swamp, hidden beneath its murky waters, lies the headquarters of the most sinister villains of all time: The Legion of Doom!

  • Tenacious_Techhunter / about 9 years ago / 2

    A Sparkfun employee demonstrates to students the technique John Hancock used when signing the Declaration of Independence.

  • TherapyNotWorking / about 9 years ago / 2

    There can be only one!

  • Member #423645 / about 9 years ago / 2

    I NEED MORE SOLDERING IRON!

  • mmetzger / about 9 years ago / 2

    Further proof that Red Bull and solder fumes can have unintended side effects.

  • BalashiFan5 / about 9 years ago / 2

    If you think this is big, you should check out my solder wick.

  • dead-eye / about 9 years ago / 2

    I think we're gonna need a bigger brass sponge.

  • dead-eye / about 9 years ago / 2

    Hi! I'm Tim "the Tool-Man" Taylor and today on Tool Time we're introducing the new Binford "Solder-matic 5000"! Arrrr, arrrrr, arrrrrrrr!!

  • dead-eye / about 9 years ago / 2

    If a 50-watt soldering iron is good, a 5000-watt iron is 100x better, right?

  • gadgetdad / about 9 years ago / 2

    We use this to solder the arduino megas.

  • Member #362693 / about 9 years ago / 2

    When Steve quickly volunteered to show off his soldering skills he was all excited....until they gave him the soldering iron.

  • gmckinney / about 9 years ago / 2

    ...Now, gently apply minimal heat to each SMD component simultaneously...

  • sleeper / about 9 years ago / 2

    "I don't always solder, but when I do, I prefer to solder everything at the same time"

  • Member #396034 / about 9 years ago * / 2

    Constantly plagued by cold joints and oxidized tips? Can you even solder any 80 pin QFP chips? We decided that this problem needs immediate addressing, and here at Sparkfun, we like to take things a bit further. Through hours of redesign and testing, our team of engineers came up with the Patriot Series soldering irons. These irons feature a 3.5 giga-watt heating element sustained by small liquid fluoride thorium reactor, so you will never get any cold joints ever again! Special features include reflow mode, where it essentially turns your workshop into a reflow oven for fine pitched TQFP soldering, a low power mode, where it only consumes a measly 1.1 giga-Watts of power, and the best part, a comfort grip for ergonomic use! So get your new patriot iron today, and even a kid can get professional joints (adult supervision recommended)! Debuting a Friday near you.

  • Maxim / about 9 years ago / 2

    ... you're probably wondering why there's dried blood on this spear? Simple. I DON'T WANT NO STINKING SOLDER BRIDGES.

  • rben13 / about 9 years ago / 2

    This way you get even heating over the entire board.

  • Member #189314 / about 9 years ago / 2

    The soldering workshop turned out to be HUGE.

  • When using a soldering iron of this caliber, you may find it necessary to change your tip at least once every 3 minutes.

  • Member #111280 / about 9 years ago / 2

    And this is the standard warhead for the new intercontinental missile-shield for the Arduino.

  • Mouse2 / about 9 years ago / 2

    Remember kids, when borrowing tools from your giant robot overlords that it is important to ask a friend to spot you during the soldering process

  • dead-eye / about 9 years ago / 2

    I love this new soldering iron, but I'm going broke buying solder for it.

  • agemoz / about 9 years ago / 2

    Soldering class Rule Number 1: Cardio!

  • bdrews / about 9 years ago / 2

    When I was a boy through hole parts were as big as soda cans, and soldering irons were the size of tree trunks....

  • Member #307284 / about 9 years ago / 2

    When building a really big robot, don't forget your really big soldering iron...

  • c2squared / about 9 years ago / 2

    Actual Size: Production Begins on Samsung Galaxy S5

  • dead-eye / about 9 years ago / 2

    Hey, has anybody seen my helping hands with the magnifying glass?

  • IP-Eagle / about 9 years ago * / 2

    Of course I use lead-free solder, do you think I'm stupid?

  • Member #339678 / about 9 years ago / 2

    It's important never to forget your USB microscope.

  • IP-Eagle / about 9 years ago / 2

    If you want a 3D printer to have a build envelope the size of the parking lot, then this is the extruder tip I would suggest.

  • Member #106475 / about 9 years ago / 2

    Welcome to soldering 101! The instructor, Mr. Norris, will be here shortly.

  • qbryant1983 / about 9 years ago / 2

    This was just released and is the latest in laser hair removal. It comes with attachment for Nose, Ear, Lip and Arm included for a 3 easy payments of $19.95.

  • trevor / about 9 years ago / 2

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.

  • EvilGenius121 / about 9 years ago / 2

    (Jeremy Clarkson) POWERRRRR!!!

  • AustinSpafford / about 9 years ago / 2

    "Why yes, a Costco opened up near here just recently. Why do you ask?"

  • The IEEE's best practices committee was not amused by Tim's attempt at prop comedy.

  • Member #367557 / about 9 years ago / 2

    its not big and its not clever

  • Honus / about 9 years ago * / 2

    In order to prepare for a Kaiju attack, Sparkfun creates their Jaeger Division.

  • EvilGenius121 / about 9 years ago / 2

    Insert witty phrase about gigantic monster soldering iron here.

  • Member #136363 / about 9 years ago / 2

    People, this is an enlarged model of the original word processor.

  • Leif / about 9 years ago / 2

    Sparkfun Motto: Walk softly, but carry a big solder iron.

  • jwschmo / about 9 years ago / 2

    It's all in the wrists

  • TherapyNotWorking / about 9 years ago / 2

    From Hell's heart... I stab at thee!

  • MartinCU2010 / about 9 years ago / 2

    MEMS at work. Monster ElectroMechanical systems

  • Member #454682 / about 9 years ago / 2

    When soldering power lines to power plants, you must use a bigger soldering iron like this one.

  • TherapyNotWorking / about 9 years ago / 2

    “There was an accident with a contraceptive and a time machine.”

  • Cmdr_data / about 9 years ago / 2

    I used to repair giant TV screens.

  • TherapyNotWorking / about 9 years ago / 2

    “It's quicker, easier, and involves less licking”

  • pYr0 / about 9 years ago / 2

    Real men sign their names in flux.

  • mceranski / about 9 years ago / 2

    Beware students! These new Pogo Pins have a lot of recoil!

  • GPProductions / about 9 years ago / 2

    ... now class the "Shoulder Iron" will ensure maximum coverage.

  • TherapyNotWorking / about 9 years ago / 2

    “You may dispense with the pleasantries, commander. I am here to put you back on schedule”

    • KM4HPK / about 9 years ago / 1

      I love Star Wars, but this doesn't fit in the context of this post.

      More importantly NICE!!!!

  • Colecago / about 9 years ago / 2

    "Make sure to use the correct iron and tip for the job. I use this iron for 080005 packages. Also to melt ice off my sidewalks."

  • GeneralPHY / about 9 years ago / 2

    And they said it couldn't be done

  • GeneralPHY / about 9 years ago / 2

    One small step for man . . . one giant leap for tutorials

  • Member #398372 / about 9 years ago / 2

    "Now class grab your 8 inch soldering iron...oh that must have been a typo. Too late"

  • asciirory / about 9 years ago / 2

    "I'm afraid that answer is incorrect, Steve, and you all know the consequences..."

  • Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost, if you keep it a secret!

  • DrPhibes / about 9 years ago / 2

    You say my joints are cold!? REFLOW THIS Ron Perlman.

  • Colin_C / about 9 years ago / 2

    Jimmy demonstrates that it's not about the size of your soldering iron but how you use it.

  • Kamiquasi / about 9 years ago / 2

    You want me to solder the can to the desk with that spool of solder? Challenge ..uncertain.

  • Nicholas2 / about 9 years ago / 2

    ....Alright, This is not my pen.

  • Member #416638 / about 9 years ago / 2

    Colossus needed repairing...

  • Member #457048 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Wow. The black one's are really big.

    The worlds smallest classroom burnt down today...

    See that guy's picture on my desk?... it's riiiiiight there!

    I'm going to need an volunteer...

  • joshl / about 9 years ago / 1

    OMG RON PERLMAN IS GOING TO BE PISSED!!1!

  • Member #456272 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Just then Dave realized he had always misunderstood the saying, "standing on the shoulders of giants"

  • newsound / about 9 years ago / 1

    This tip goes to eleven.

  • Member #418473 / about 9 years ago / 1

    And while this powerful laser slowly cuts through the torture table in my lair, I will reveal the details of my intricate plot to 007 and then leave the room.

  • I prefer to use my shouldering iron to complete the really big task.

  • Member #373752 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun's new portable linear particle accelerator. Great for parties! ( Sparkfun accepts no responsibility for the misuse of this product... )

  • Member #455847 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Now, according to Pete, we should next...

  • Member #442332 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Thank you for attending SF-Men master class. Let me show you how, with our brand new Good Samaritan 30kW, you'll be able to outpower Hellboy.

  • lserv / about 9 years ago / 1

    You see this red bull? In a few seconds you won't

  • lserv / about 9 years ago / 1

    I don't have time to solder one at a time!

  • zipeto / about 9 years ago / 1

    Giant soldering irons mean... GAINT ELECTRONICS!!

  • zipeto / about 9 years ago / 1

    So... this is how Sparkfun teaches soldering?

  • pauljhill / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun: surface to air missiles in stock soon.

  • Member #455544 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Size Matters!

  • da5id_underscore / about 9 years ago / 1

    Commander Micro_Bob is shown here teaching the newest Micro_Technician_Candidate class the proper posture for soldering moments before a tragically spilled bottle of flux cleared the room of all oxidation, and micro Technician candidates.

  • Member #276387 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Mr Black dreams about the day he too can own a tote tray to match his jumper

  • Member #435690 / about 9 years ago / 1

    this is a butane soldering iron, it does not have a way to ignite it, could one of you go get that flamethrower in the corner

  • Member #435690 / about 9 years ago / 1

    to make a good class you need to buy. 1-a picture of a random guy and tape it on your desk 2-a bunch of stars and hang them up every were 3-a twelve foot soldering iron 4-a dog in the backround

  • Member #435690 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Remember if you put to much solder on the soldering iron, you need to change the 4000$ tip

  • 172pilot / about 9 years ago / 1

    Now I'm ready to sign my giant "Publishers Clearinghouse" check when it comes...

  • 172pilot / about 9 years ago / 1

    Now, if I could get you all to come up and sign this petition, maybe we can get Pete to finish the companion product, the "Sparkfun Shrinking Raygun"

  • TechnoWiz2Cubed / about 9 years ago * / 1

    I have no need for a microscope today.

  • zool / about 9 years ago / 1

    It's important to wait a while for your soldering iron to heat up before using it,...I turned this one on 3 days ago so It should be hot now

  • SynapseRapture / about 9 years ago / 1

    Now, where did I leave my giant sponge?

  • SynapseRapture / about 9 years ago / 1

    When we decided to do giant checks for this year's AVC winners, it seemed like a no-brainer... Now, it just felt like a shame to let it go to waste.

  • Member #49517 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Our relationship had never been better... Then, the electric bills started coming in.....

  • CONCONGILLI / about 9 years ago / 1

    "This is very nice of you class but I said I wanted a big apple, not tools make one."

  • n1taz / about 9 years ago / 1

    Everything is bigger in Texas even the soldering irons.

  • We told James to never mix magic with soldering, we also told him not to put the soldering iron in his pocket but alas, during the international degree of marketing and general intelligence conference (i.d.o.m.a.g.i.c) he placed his soldering iron into his pocket and on withdrawal it grew a great many times bigger, unfortunately James had only completed the beginners one-way magic course, so he was stuck presenting for the rest of the conference with his over sized soldering iron!

  • Megaman / about 9 years ago / 1

    So we were thinking about how to turn soldering into an Olympic sport...

  • James0110 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Time to solder worlds largest PCB

  • Echo / about 9 years ago / 1

    Miscommunication with our supplier. "Ding and Dent"?

  • Megaman / about 9 years ago / 1

    So we were thinking about how to turn Soldering into an olympic sport...

  • SilenceIsGolden / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sure it's a little inconvenient, but you'll never lose your pen again.

  • opensourcerer / about 9 years ago / 1

    Now presenting Sparkfun™ 's brand new product, the Battery Powered Soldering Iron! (non-refundable)

  • Member #49517 / about 9 years ago / 1

    This particular item brings back the worst memories of my alien abduction.....

  • Sir Grogery / about 9 years ago / 1

    The matching solder station is still in the loading dock beside the broken fork lift.

  • l0gikG8 / about 9 years ago / 1

    In the new building we'll be able to get the roll of solder through the door

  • Blacklab1 / about 9 years ago / 1

    When Nate's 'No" policy goes horribly wrong.

  • evading / about 9 years ago / 1

    Why not just give the winner a big check signed with an ordinary pen like everybody else?

  • sem / about 9 years ago / 1

    My latest invention is a nose hair clipper for the Statue of Liberty.

  • TherapyNotWorking / about 9 years ago / 1

    Many dragons could be betrayed by a single, relatively small soft spot on their underbelly. RedBull cans.... not so much.

  • TherapyNotWorking / about 9 years ago / 1

    Ted was feeling "nervous but good" at the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator demo.

  • JesseW / about 9 years ago * / 1

    After months of ridicule, insisting that no mistake had been made by using one himself, It wasn't until the SMD portion of the soldering class he was teaching, that Steve, the SparkFun Purchasing Agent, finally admitted that he had in fact, ordered the wrong soldering irons.

  • prowin / about 9 years ago / 1

    Pitch meeting for the new Blockbuster film: Soldernado!! "We're gonna need a bigger Iron!"

  • TherapyNotWorking / about 9 years ago / 1

    You sold a reverberating carbonizer with mutate capacities to an unlicensed, unauthorized cephalopoid?

  • TherapyNotWorking / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die."

  • TherapyNotWorking / about 9 years ago / 1

    Old man, I'm gonna come at you like a spider monkey!

  • TherapyNotWorking / about 9 years ago / 1

    So, Hades, you finally made it. How are things in the underworld?

  • johnshue / about 9 years ago / 1

    Oh, sorry about the ceiling! When you said PNP, I thought you meant Purple Ninja Projectiles.

  • TherapyNotWorking / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Steady...", he whispered. His Depends filled with anticipation as he approached the elusive RedBull.

  • Chilly / about 9 years ago * / 1

    "... and with this mini Shrink Ray gun we will shrinkify the microcontroller again... and that is how you solder SMT parts when your hand shakes too much because you drink too much caffeinated drinks and smoke more than a pack a day..."

  • Gblaze / about 9 years ago * / 1

    "...and a short burst of protons from the portable particle accelerator here and voila, we have a new element!"

  • ChristheCarpenter / about 9 years ago / 1

    For the last time, I have no idea why everything in this room suddenly shrunk except for this one soldering iron, and there is nothing I can do about it. For the love of God, can we just move on, folks?

    Now class, we need to heat the joint...

  • BalashiFan5 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Proper Soldering Technique - It's no joking matter

  • Member #337616 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Just had my dream audition for lead in 'Man of Steel' but they offered me the role of 'Fitzhugh' in 'Land of the Giants'

  • profmuggs / about 9 years ago / 1

    Erik's obsession with Texas-sized objects would eventually be his downfall...

  • JAVASka / about 9 years ago / 1

    Zentraedi Soldering Iron - Protoculture power adapter sold separately

  • Member #365224 / about 9 years ago / 1

    ...and that's how you make RedBull

  • Hemi345 / about 9 years ago / 1

    "I'm not compensating... SERIOUSLY, I'm not... ahh com'on guys..."

  • Fred5 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Fred Stark : The (Soldering) Iron Man.

  • Member #401698 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Everyone knew it was a bad idea to steal a soldering iron from chuck norris but the instructor just would not listen The class could tell this ment immenent doom.

  • LaserJockey / about 9 years ago / 1

    I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite solder iron at SparkFun.

  • JohnathanN. / about 9 years ago / 1

    As you can see, this pen is clearly mightier than the sword.

  • North Alabama PC / about 9 years ago / 1

    Here is the SparkFun product testing lab, the panel deliberates over if the new thru-hole soldering iron with replaceable tips from China will pass the test of soldering Rob's coffee cup to his desk! We are going to get you Rob! [insert evil laugh and the tip here]

  • Pistachio / about 9 years ago / 1

    Begin by tinning your iron with the delicious taste of red bull.

  • tails / about 9 years ago / 1

    Just because bigger is better, it still doesn't make it write!

  • Member #368888 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Okay, which one of you losers nicked my Simon Says?

  • Member #48770 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Only an enormous pen is mightier than a sword.

  • Member #454896 / about 9 years ago / 1

    "The key to soldering SMD components by hand is proper tip selection."

  • nebulous / about 9 years ago / 1

    Life before the inexpensive laser diode.

  • Member #345205 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun Inc. reviews their new line of compost powered workbench tools.

  • Member #167681 / about 9 years ago / 1

    ..and that is why with sufficient Red Bull, even this PVC rocket can have wings.

  • Member #286247 / about 9 years ago / 1

    This meeting of the "Geeks of Anarchy" will come to order.

  • Pistachio / about 9 years ago / 1

    I swear, my dog unloaded this massive beast on the lawn yesterday.

  • Levi / about 9 years ago / 1

    "While the overhead soldering irons the company installed vastly increased productivity, it soon became clear that the operator's license classes required to use them ate up the majority of time saved."

  • Blueblast88 / about 9 years ago / 1

    "...And this is what SMD soldering feels like with the wrong soldering iron tip"

  • Member #454879 / about 9 years ago / 1

    "The new high-speed delivery service does down with aplomb"

  • 'And to summarise: by the end of the class, you'll all have made your very own intercontinental ballistic missile just like this one'

  • Member #168967 / about 9 years ago / 1

    If it takes an iron that big you better just weld it!

  • Sergio Soares / about 9 years ago / 1

    Soldering class, Chuck Norris style.

  • Member #22010 / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Ron Pearlman's latest movie, Pacific Rim, features 25-story-tall robots fighting monsters. Today we'll demonstrate how to field repair an SMT component on such large machines. This can represents a 0.001uF capacitor . . . "

  • Member #340370 / about 9 years ago / 1

    The latest in micro-miniaturization is always taught during the Sparkfun National Tours.

  • Barry2 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Colonoscopy design class at Acme medical.

  • lightpeople / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun's newest soldering iron, for those still in the Jurassic age.

  • rben13 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Damn, it was supposed to shrink the can!

  • Member #403660 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Honey I shrunk the engineers

  • joesugar / about 9 years ago / 1

    I hate trying to sign a check with these bank pens.

  • Member #189314 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Introducing Sparkfun's new learn to solder series: Desks.

  • Member #210216 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun's Sodering Kungfu - Sign up for a class today an become a peerless master solderer!

  • Rohar / about 9 years ago / 1

    "I know the map on the wall still shows the USSR, but trust me, these soldering techniques are state of the art."

  • Member #450407 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Ahem. You seem to have misunderstood. The L in LART stands for "luser" not "laser." Still, we admire your ambition.

  • RFsynthesizer / about 9 years ago / 1

    Breaking News: Terrorist bomb making cell found in beginners soldering class at local community college. film at 11...

  • mjkuwp / about 9 years ago / 1

    all right, the first person that falls asleep...

  • mattstroud / about 9 years ago / 1

    And they said i could do fine soldering with my chisel tip!! I'll show them.......

  • Member #427482 / about 9 years ago / 1

    My name is Sergey Bubka. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

  • Member #442332 / about 9 years ago * / 1

    I, Ron Perlman approve this Hell of a tool.

  • Wylly / about 9 years ago / 1

    And our new product is Chuck Norris' soldering iron.

  • WilliamHenryHarrisonsGhost / about 9 years ago / 1

    It's been often asked what happens in the north pole during the summer months. Most elves brush up on their soldering skills.

  • Member #393725 / about 9 years ago / 1

    According to Pete... "Yeah, I don't think he's right this time"

  • MichaelAtOz / about 9 years ago / 1

    Unlike the others; having seen this all before, Rover stays on the safe side.

  • The Doctor Doge / about 9 years ago / 1

    Epic sonic screwdriver!!!!!!!!!!

  • Member #454823 / about 9 years ago / 1

    That not a knife. This is a knife! -Crocodile Dundee

  • The Doctor Doge / about 9 years ago / 1

    Note: this is not part of your Sparkfun Inventor's Kit

  • The Doctor Doge / about 9 years ago / 1

    Now, who wants to hold the solder?

  • MichaelAtOz / about 9 years ago / 1

    The review panel are not impressed by Andrew's proposed laser infused Infra-Red-bull.

  • Member #340158 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I can find a use for anything. Nothing is wasted. Take this video camera with no zoom function for example...

  • Erk / about 9 years ago / 1

    When in doubt, use something bigger.

  • bkiba / about 9 years ago / 1

    I'm Rob Perlman and I approve this message

  • Mezeaa / about 9 years ago / 1

    Welcome to SparkFun's National Tour SMT soldering workshop! Today's lesson: fun with QFN56s

  • Member #421778 / about 9 years ago / 1

    "We get the warhead and we hold the world ransom for... ONE MILLION DOLLARS!" -Dr. Evil

  • They said I'd never be a big shot in the electronics industry. I showed them.

  • boromir2482 / about 9 years ago / 1

    And finally , for all your projects gone bad today , introducing .. BOARD VAPORIZER 1.0 by Sparkfun.

  • hrapozo / about 9 years ago / 1

    Have anyone seen the soldering station for this soldering iron?

  • hrapozo / about 9 years ago / 1

    I am taking this here rocket and fitting it into that TARDIS CanSat on the desk over there.

  • magee / about 9 years ago / 1

    Um.... I think you mis-understood me when I said "I don't see the point."

  • jma89 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Tony demonstrates again how NOT to launch your tip directly into the ceiling.

  • Member #454801 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Crud...the stand is still in the truck.

  • Kryoclasm / about 9 years ago / 1

    I wonder if using a live nuclear warhead was a bad idea for this demostration?

  • Member #268720 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Hank pitches his Atmega soldering iron to potential investors.

  • skip / about 9 years ago / 1

    And this is how we apply solder paste to the new series of 4e6_2e6 resistors!

  • Seawolves ROV team / about 9 years ago / 1

    Gentlemen... behold! A pen that is mightier than a sword!

  • Member #382396 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Just what I needed for that Fine pitch QFP package!

  • Member #396210 / about 9 years ago / 1

    ...and I used this one on the 500KV tower.

  • Member #99918 / about 9 years ago / 1

    to the left you can see that the cruise missiles are being developed, on the right wall the points are plotted on the world map. Total control will soon belong to Sparkfun!

  • RFsynthesizer / about 9 years ago / 1

    While Mr. Kotter was out of the room and put Arnold Horshack in charge, the sweathogs tied up Horshack in the closet and were about to change the class grades on Kotters desk.

  • Member #330563 / about 9 years ago / 1

    It's an Airbrush Gun for SMD labeling.

  • Member #376433 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Now you know how an SMD feels

  • Davidjh / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Now, class, if you will remove the 30 Terawatt free electron laser from your World Domination Inventors Kit, we can begin..."

  • taco / about 9 years ago / 1

    Honey, I shrunk Sparkfun!

  • Hoobert / about 9 years ago / 1

    This week on Extreme Soldering...

  • Member #236519 / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Hahahaha..... That's what she said."

  • Member #454782 / about 9 years ago / 1

    a North Korean missile has nothin' on us!

  • Member #454782 / about 9 years ago / 1

    ...and then simply hit the 'enter' key on your keyboard!

  • NicoSimon / about 9 years ago / 1

    Hmmmffft! Now, I'm not gonna miss it!

  • criffe88 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Honey...I blew up the soldering iron!

  • JayMarshall / about 9 years ago / 1

    The wild Perlman, coaxed out by your red bull bait trap, will require several strikes to be taken down completely. Aim for the chest, but be sure to stay away from his dangerous jaws and immaculate hair.

  • dead-eye / about 9 years ago / 1

    The blond guy in the middle is right in the cross-hairs, and he looks scared.

  • dead-eye / about 9 years ago / 1

    Goofus uses a giant soldering iron to demonstrate proper soldering techniques... Gallant uses the desk-mounted video camera and video projector.

  • So those of you in the cheep seats in the back of the room can see, I'm pointing to the can on my desk...

  • IP-Eagle / about 9 years ago / 1

    Once you have put solder paste on all sides of the 1 Ohm, 1 MegaWatt resistor, you simply apply heat to the top to lock it in place.

  • bryanc806 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I'M FUNNIER THAN BILL MURRAY!!!!

  • IP-Eagle / about 9 years ago / 1

    And here is another reason I don't like 0.10" pitch headers!

  • beagle.fan / about 9 years ago / 1

    Although happy to see us, our instructor demonstrates that it really was a rocket in his pocket.

  • beagle.fan / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun Learn-To-Solder Class, Texas style.

  • Naugy / about 9 years ago / 1

    This is but one of the 1000 ways to die in the Danger Zone.

  • passerby / about 9 years ago / 1

    So... as we direct the laser...[depicted here by this scale model]...towards the patients forehead.... we can see how simple this surgery will be in the future..

  • Member #382514 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Why don't you iron my boxers while your at it.

  • Bob797 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Class always match the tool to the job at hand.

  • Member #436831 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I only brought the one hot air rework tool, but we can share.

  • R_Phoenix / about 9 years ago / 1

    OK gentlemen, this is how you get your girl...

  • olivthill / about 9 years ago * / 1

    All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made electronically assailable in Hobby Geek.

  • SepZed / about 9 years ago * / 1

    There's a paper beside the door that says Focus Here in big letter! it's an Eye Strain Test, If you can't read it, then you need to use this big soldering iron.

  • JakeR / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun's Next Kickstarter: The Nuclear Powered Soldering Iron (NuPSI). Stretch Goal 1: Critical Mass, Stretch Goal 2, Off Switch.

  • Member #183510 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I'm not sure if my soldering iron is large enough.

  • Member #320849 / about 9 years ago / 1

    you find out that life is a game of inches...

  • Noobulus / about 9 years ago / 1

    For when you have to solder 0 gauge wire.

  • Member #344545 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Unfortunately, the dog did not survive. Now lets try the Red Bull.

  • magicsmoke / about 9 years ago / 1

    While watching 'The Galileo Seven' I was hit with a spark of genius!

  • Member #269405 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Has embedded electronics gone to far? I would like to presenting our new programmable intelligent coffee stir stick...

  • Gizmovation / about 9 years ago / 1

    Crikey! Look, I think the little guy's thirsty!

  • Funhough / about 9 years ago / 1

    " When ventriloquists goes bad"

  • magicsmoke / about 9 years ago / 1

    We will start off small, but by the end of the class you will be able to use this bad boy.

  • That's a mighty big rocket you have there,

  • andy4us / about 9 years ago / 1

    It wasn't the size of the soldering iron that bothered the audience so much, it was the hum from the 3 phase power supply.

  • EvilGenius121 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun's newest product can suck ALL the solder joints off a board at once!

  • DaveP / about 9 years ago / 1

    The unfortunately discontinued Sparkfun Atari Missile Command workshop.

  • Honus / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Here's a little trick I learned from Ron Perlman..."

  • SeayWorld / about 9 years ago / 1

    The young men's faces showed their horror and disbelief. The men over 50 just thought, "Been there, done that!"

  • This is my new stylus.

  • J_Hodgie / about 9 years ago / 1

    As Joe presented his pitch to become the next Bond villain, the panel was skeptical

  • Lippy / about 9 years ago / 1

    When they said size doesn't matter, they lied!

  • vapidr1 / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Thank you, Mr. Murphy. We'll let you know..." - Trainspotting

  • Member #383525 / about 9 years ago / 1

    You stop laughing right meow!

  • Member #383525 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I double-dare you! Say "what" one more time!

  • kd5crs / about 9 years ago / 1

    I found this when I was running in my wheel, next to the water dispenser.

  • LoneStranger / about 9 years ago / 1

    "All right class, now I'm going to demonstrate some advanced soldering techniques."

  • TeslaTrooper / about 9 years ago / 1

    Girls say always that the size doesn't matter !

  • Vrmithrax / about 9 years ago / 1

    Here at Microsoft, we have decided that touch is soooo 2012. The future is now stylus input!

  • magicsmoke / about 9 years ago / 1

    Has anyone seen my Red Bull?

  • Flynnstone / about 9 years ago / 1

    Resistance training with medicine irons.

  • Buggitt / about 9 years ago / 1

    Can you spot the dog?

  • Yodaob1 / about 9 years ago / 1

    And this is why you "really" should read read the dimensions on the website before you overnight the item.

  • echoskope / about 9 years ago / 1

    Today we will be covering the latest and greatest in surface mount soldering technology, "Death Ray Soldering"!

  • bsmithyman / about 9 years ago / 1

    Now, when you're soldering a chip with multiple leads, sometimes it works better to use a larger iron and lots of flux.

  • GreenLite / about 9 years ago / 1

    While on the National Tour in Texas we had a soldering iron go missing. We picked this one up at the local electronics shop. It didnt seem so big until we got home.

  • Member #30670 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Nick, this prototype wireless internet of things soldering iron needs some refinement!

  • robotteck / about 9 years ago / 1

    Will you guys quit giving me the shaft?

  • magicSmoke / about 9 years ago / 1

    So, After last nights Home Run Derby, I started thinking...

  • bdin / about 9 years ago / 1

    SparkFun's foreign policy: "Speak softly, and carry a big fire-stick."

  • magicSmoke / about 9 years ago / 1

    It the Sparkfun "Drive then Sign" sale!

  • dave / about 9 years ago / 1

    As you can see gentlemen, our newly developed solder-seeking missile makes quick work of even the trickiest components.

  • Member #279485 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Caption: Writer's block?

  • nanogear / about 9 years ago / 1

    Ok class, this is how Hellboy solder those giant pcbs

  • Member #350121 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Dr. Strangelove demonstrates his new Shoulder Launched Soldering Technique.

  • RFsynthesizer / about 9 years ago * / 1

    OK, Which one of you interns would like to volunteer to put an apple on your head, while I try to hit it with our newly developed projectile?

  • onebeartoe / about 9 years ago / 1

    Honey, I blew up the soldering iron!

  • Honus / about 9 years ago / 1

    "....so when faced with this problem ask yourself: What would Ron Perlman do?"

  • Member #15009 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Ok class this is a soldering iron from the fifties they used to say the bigger the blob the better the job.

  • Member #54158 / about 9 years ago / 1

    This really is rocket science. You put the spark in here and then the fun begins!

  • Gerdid1 / about 9 years ago / 1

    First, BigTime watch, then Big Dome Push Button, Big Easy Driver, Sparkfun Flame tee-2x-Large. Now what, BigSolder Kit with conical tips.

  • SuperCrackMunkey / about 9 years ago / 1

    I've designed a missile that will target anyone drinking a RedBull. Flugtag this...

  • Honus / about 9 years ago / 1

    "....and THAT is how Ron Perlman uses a soldering iron. Any questions?"

  • Member #414069 / about 9 years ago / 1

    ... and if you get tired with your gilrfiend you can always say this is your familial wedding pen...

  • Scrubb / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Bah, electronic miniaturization is a passing fad. In the future everything will be huge, I tell ya, HUGE!! And I'm going to be prepared, class. Are you with me?" --former Sparkfun soldering instructer

  • Member #445809 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Further proof that a few letters can make a big difference between "giant Java line" and "giant javelin"

  • Member #138185 / about 9 years ago / 1

    And that, ladies and gentleman, is how I converted my old howitzer into a hobbyist-friendly, 4000W soldering iron.

  • janascii / about 9 years ago / 1

    Now did anyone see where that spider went?

  • And the Sparkfun instructor said, "A big soldering iron for those pesky PTH leads..." While the class nods with aproval and continues working. .

  • Karl Bielefeldt / about 9 years ago / 1

    With health insurance rates skyrocketing, SparkFun introduces a subtle new fitness program for their employees.

  • SgtJake / about 9 years ago / 1

    Watch what my laser point can do to this energy drink.

  • Member #283407 / about 9 years ago / 1

    SMD = Soldering iron of Mass Destruction

  • Member #283407 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Seen here for the first time, we have the soldering iron that once belonged to Paul Bunyan.

  • Hammer_Time / about 9 years ago * / 1

    Death by Power(solder)point

  • Aneesh / about 9 years ago / 1

    This is called Soldering Tip , Can you see it?

  • Member #283407 / about 9 years ago / 1

    And so gentlemen, if this prototype functions as planned, the SparkFun missile delivery system should be a big help to free shipping week.

  • c312 / about 9 years ago / 1

    So what you want to pay attention to is riiiight here.

  • mftkoehler / about 9 years ago / 1

    The Sparkfun Embigulator kit, demonstrated.

  • TherapyNotWorking / about 9 years ago / 1

    He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.

  • TherapyNotWorking / about 9 years ago / 1

    For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.

  • XLT_Frank / about 9 years ago / 1

    Up for auction is a soldering iron used by Hellboy! Donated by Ron Perlman.

  • GeneralPHY / about 9 years ago / 1

    What?! What's the point of owning a giant soldering iron if you never get to use it?

  • Kdiggity / about 9 years ago / 1

    Does everyone understand this venn diagram?

  • floppystick6 / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Alright... the next person to throw a ninja star at the ceiling has to finish the class using this soldering iron!" - SFE clearly has a strict no-nonsense policy.

  • GeneralPHY / about 9 years ago / 1

    And this week's demo, we will show you how to make it rain Red Bull on Ron Pearlman

  • netamorfosis / about 9 years ago / 1

    We said "solder", not soldier!

  • TheMoogle / about 9 years ago / 1

    Ok so Nate said we needed to get sharks with lasers attached to their heads. But lasers are too expensive so we went with a open source soldering iron of mass destruction instead.

  • GeneralPHY / about 9 years ago * / 1

    This is going to be LENGEN wait-for-it CANNY

  • GeneralPHY / about 9 years ago / 1

    Soldering tutorials for the visually impaired

  • I don't care what the data sheet says! I'm still not 100% sure it's safe to use our new laser module to heat beverages. Shouldn't we be wearing safety goggles or something? Or at least open the can first?

  • Member #431162 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Please come up when I call your name to pick up your signed certificate of completion

  • LooseTooth / about 9 years ago / 1

    Once the iron reaches 600 degrees F, one can melt anything. In this example, we will reflow a giant aluminum energy drink can with a mythical man-beast.

  • Vinnie / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun presents: Anybody "Can" Tin.

  • mallcitybear / about 9 years ago / 1

    And if you thought that the cure for PacMan Fever was bad...

  • Clint- / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Back in my day reflow soldering was a little more difficult, nothing replaces a strong arm and keen focus."

  • AndrewSi / about 9 years ago / 1

    Mon crayon est jaune et large. Ok, it's not jaune, but still...

  • frnk / about 9 years ago / 1

    Bill's first attempt at adding a bio-electrical modification to his own body was a success. But the judges felt that he could have cleaned up and miniaturized the design significantly.

  • Member #283505 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun instructor demonstrates correct posture for the application of conductive icing in the new course: "Edible Circuits and You: The Cake is not a Lie"

  • LightManCA / about 9 years ago * / 1

    And now we'll show you how to make a BullDuino. Notice the very large tools we need to use in order to work with the Red Bull platform. We cannot emphaSIZE enough having the proper tools for working with the 'Bull.

  • nrarmen / about 9 years ago / 1

    ..and after you've thrown the soldering iron like a javelin at the board, it'll land like so, striking fear into the solder causing it to melt.

  • Member #221863 / about 9 years ago / 1

    here at sparkfun, we take it to the next level

  • As a final test I like to Pole Vault off my SMD devices to make sure there are no cold solder joints!!!

  • While your irons are warming up, I'm going to solder my desk to the floor for added stability!!!

  • Wayne / about 9 years ago / 1

    And, if you reverse polarity on the Shrink Ray module...

  • eewestcoaster / about 9 years ago / 1

    You actually don't need a super fine iron tip to solder SMD parts. Here, let me demonstrate...

  • eewestcoaster / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun's newest product: Soldering Iron Lawn Darts (TM)

  • Billbo911 / about 9 years ago / 1

    "This step requires the #85 Sonic Screwdriver...."

  • RyeMAC3 / about 9 years ago / 1

    When I told them I'd need a big stylus for my presentation, this isn't what I had in mind.

  • Pokey / about 9 years ago / 1

    The bigger the blob, the better the job. At Sparkfun our blobs are the biggest.

  • Levi / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Just like Shakespeare's monkeys, if you jab it at your board enough times, you will get a perfectly soldered PCB. It works even better if you have an improbability drive laying around."

  • Cmdr_data / about 9 years ago / 1

    Does anyone else have a cold solder joint i need to fix ?

  • eewestcoaster / about 9 years ago / 1

    Ron Perlman approves.

  • eewestcoaster / about 9 years ago / 1

    And this is why the Air Force doesn't do mid-air refueling with Red Bull cans.

  • Cmdr_data / about 9 years ago / 1

    Did anyone bring bread to toast.

  • eewestcoaster / about 9 years ago / 1

    New technique: the Javelin Solder Method (tm)

  • eewestcoaster / about 9 years ago / 1

    "This device is what allows us to get so much sugar into a Red Bull can.

  • Akaishi / about 9 years ago / 1

    ...I see by the purple trail of sparkles we have an enderman with us tonight...

  • jsooter / about 9 years ago / 1

    Here we have an anal probe found at the Roswell New Mexico UFO crash site

  • Cmdr_data / about 9 years ago / 1

    Do we have a giant socket to plug this in.

  • diz / about 9 years ago / 1

    What? It's way more (spark)fun than using the video camera and projector.

  • diz / about 9 years ago / 1

    Hey, Ted, can you give a soldering class this weekend with a golf ball, a can of red bull, three traffic cones, and 3" PVC?

  • Member #407848 / about 9 years ago / 1

    "That's a big pencil" similar to Ghostbusters "That's a big Twinkie"-Ernie Hudson

  • Meanwhile in Sparkfun headquarters the S-team evaluates the most evil pen in the whole world. Why is so evil? I don't know... It's huge.

  • diz / about 9 years ago / 1

    Bigger is not always better...especially when it comes to solder tips.

  • Far_Seeker / about 9 years ago / 1

    OK everyone I know the old expression "The pen is mightier than the sword,"... But honestly, don't you think you got a little carried away this time?

  • YetiKhan / about 9 years ago / 1

    "Go big or go home, he says. Well, me thinks there needs to be a line...Redbull cans are getting way over-sized..."

  • ME heat o nator / about 9 years ago / 1

    We, the technically inclined, have no need for lifted trucks with over-sized mud tires to "compensate"

  • North Alabama PC / about 9 years ago / 1

    "here at Sparkfun they make it very hard for us interns to solder SMD parts on the 'how to solder SMD parts' class boards"

  • scharkalvin / about 9 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun soldering class in the land of the giants.

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