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Member #324044

Member Since: May 11, 2012

Country: United States

  • “Where does the vitriol come from?”

    Sparkfun has been one of my favorite websites for the last four years. I am surprised and disappointed to learn that it is apparently destined to become a platform for political causes instead of what I thought was a non-political place to veg while reading up on what Sparkfun has to offer. With all the pro-LGBT changes in our culture recently, are LGBT folks really so insecure and/or selfish that their agenda has to permeate every aspect of public life? Does their lifestyle really need to be accepted and approved by everyone? Are you welcoming and inclusive of all political points of view? Would you mind if a conservative Sparkfun employee (as if such a thing could exist) were to post a blog on Sparkfun praising the right to bear arms, the virtues of Capitalism vs. Communism, etc. Something tells me both you and Nate would agree that such political promotions are not appropriate here, regardless of how many customers agreed with them. As far as the “vitriol” goes, you have my blessing to ignore my comments. It matters not.

    I’m both proud of Nate making a public statement of inclusion and sad that an owner would need to do that.

    Why did he “need” to make a public statement of inclusion? Did a gay person complain about not feeling included? Does shopping for electronics require a sense of inclusion. Does political correctness elevate “feeling” above all else? What does Nate think we are? A bunch of limp-wristed sissies? I wish a few macho lesbians would stand up and tell Nate with a strong and steady voice, “We don’t need no stinkin' inclusion. Our LGBT ancestors endured throughout the ages under much harsher circumstances. Thanks for the platitudes and patronizing, but we don’t need or want any pampering.”

    BTW Do you think Nate would proclaim Sparkfun’s support of the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms if I whined to him that I would feel more included if he did so?

    BTW, how do you know what the bathroom of a gay bar looks like ;-)?

    Would you believe me if I were to say I was using my imagination? I thought that comment was pertinent based on my apparent misreading of an emoticon. My bad.

  • Very cute <3 Counter-clockwise rotation intended.

  • I know. It doesn’t make sense to me either. If nothing else it elevates the political/social standing of the owner, especially considering who must be his peers. Sparkfun is located in Niwot, Colorado (close to Boulder, their former location) an expensive area in which to live, a university town, and understandingly a hotbed of liberal/socialist ideology. I hope he realizes that virtually everything benefits from moderation and that his decision to politicize Sparkfun will alienate some customers. He has made it clear – Sparkfun is politically correct and advocates the LGBT agenda. Now if he wishes to accommodate his less politically correct customers (rather than lose them) let him set some coders loose on adding a filter to web content. May I suggest: * Display only electronics related items * Display only LGBT related indoctrination * Display liberal/socialist talking points * Display Gay merchandise (PG rated) * Display Gay merchandise (MA rated, most items include a piezo)

  • You could be right. I may have misread the intent of the emoticon. If so I apologize.

  • Thank you for this excellent post. I agree with you completely. I used to thoroughly enjoy browsing Sparkfun seeing what cool stuff was available – like a kid in a candy store. Well things have changed – the thought police have arrived. Sparkfun has decided that offering a good selection of electronic hobbyist items is no longer an adequate rasion d'être. Will identity politics increase their bottom line? I doubt it. Will their LGBT customers feel better about themselves knowing that Sparkfun management feels compelled to bemoan their exclusion in the electronic hobbyist market place? Probably. Are those of us who prefer not to be subject to homosexual indoctrination considered valued customers? I’m withholding judgement for now, even though it’s not looking good. Scan down this thread and look at the response from NPoole for my last post: We are pretty fierce, tho, right? <3 What does the emoticon look like to you? Imagine the “<3” turned 90°. I imagine that is a very common emoticon amongst the delicate, fragile, and sensitive LGBT crowd. Is this a sign of things to come now that Sparkfun has embarked down the gay agenda path? I suggest the owner of the company may want to keep a close eye on the LGBT activists he employs. Once Sparkfun is known as not only a gay advocacy store front, but also as a place where vulgarity by employees is permitted (or encouraged?) just consider how many parents may forbid their children from frequenting their website? Kids get enough PC indoctrination from public schools. They surely don’t need more of it from a website that should be like a “candy store” to them instead of like the bathroom of a gay bar.

  • In my comments I never used the word ‘hypocrite’. I guess my sarcasm got the point across. I consider myself a loyal Sparkfun customer and really enjoy browsing your site. I’m very happy with the service from your staff, so please don’t fire any of them to hire obese lesbian African women – I was only kidding! In reality I have absolutely no problem dealing with a 99% white company like Sparkfun – you guys are great at what you do even while burdened by your whiteness. But by the looks of your employees, I venture to say you have met with extraordinary success in recruiting homosexuals. Keep up the good work and keep reminding us of how politically correct Sparkfun is and will remain.

  • Okay. So how do we encourage Sparkfun to hire more minorities so that Sparkfun can not only tolerate diversity, but actually BECOME more diverse. Don’t forget, diversity is Sparkfun’s biggest strength. I hope to come back in a few weeks – look at the new Sparkfun employees group photograph and marvel at all the new faces of color. Is that what I can expect from a politically correct company like Sparkfun? Please fire at least half your white boys and replace them with obese Lesbian African women. Trust me – this one change will increase your productivity multi-fold.

  • You imply that you have diversity inside your walls. Before reading this thread I never worried about Sparkfun’s political correctness or lack thereof, but now I’m curious so I took a look at the Sparkfun employees group photograph. Looks like about 99% white folks to me. What’s up with that? Are we racially diverse there at Sparkfun? Maybe before you preach the diversity sermon, you should make sure those walls aren’t made of glass.

  • Apparently the Sparkfun MP3 Player Shield and the MP3 Trigger have a “ground loop” vulnerability when connecting a power amplifier to the speaker connection. The fix for this problem (as documented by VLSI) requires the addition of two capacitors and four resistors to the speaker output lines. Does the WAV Trigger have a similar problem? Is it safe to connect the headphone and speaker output to an amplifier or powered speakers without the risk of a ground loop (or anything similar) that could damage the board? I am aware that you can enable/disable the onboard 2W mono amplifier, so of course the question regarding the speaker output assumes no onboard speaker amplification.

  • The internal clock runs at 8 MHz, but it comes from the factory programmed to divide this 8 MHz clock by 8 which results in the chip running at 1 MHz You can make it run at the full 8mHz speed (without using an external clock) by modifying one of the fuse values. Refer to this link: http://www.engbedded.com/fusecalc Change the value of low fuse (LFUSE) from 0x62 to 0xE2. You can do this with Avrdude and a programmer that can deal with the Attiny84, or a programmer like the AVRISP MKII with the driver and programming interface that accompanies Atmel Studio (which can be downloaded free).

No public wish lists :(