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A Bundle of Myrrh

"My beloved is unto me as a bundle of myrrh." Song of Solomon 1:13

Archive for the ‘For The Nerds’ Category

Our New Blog Address

Saturday, March 14th, 2015


Well some of you noticed that our blog went kaput last week. Thank you to those who let me know. I wondered why all the crickets were gathering. I could get technical and explain what went wrong, wait, I could let Phil get all technical and explain what went wrong, but I like y’all so I won’t do that to you. But he did want to say a few words.

Aubri started this blog about the time we were married in 2007.  We moved from Blogger to WordPress in April of 2010.  Since then A Bundle of Myrrh has been hosted on my home computer.  It had its limitations and headaches, but worked reasonably well. After our internet provider changed their policies, without notification, that came to an end last week.  So we are going the professional route now.  It should be more reliable, faster, and allow for some fancier features.  But it is the end of an era.

Did any of you just get a bit teary like I did? That is true nerd love, “the end of an era.” Poor Phil. Breaks my heart a little.

So you can see, our address is now The old link you all have should still work for a while and redirect you here but I’d recommend going ahead and updating your bookmarks!

There are still a few kinks we’re working out.  Hopefully within a week or so we’ll Phil will have that fixed.

Build Your Own Temperature Controller

Sunday, March 10th, 2013


This homemade temperature controller is better than some that you can buy.   It has a high amperage rating and is quite customizable.  Plus, by separating the power relay from the sensitive electronics (a generic home thermostat) things are simplified.

It doesn’t require too much electrical work and it operates any 120V device.  Small chest freezers work well and can be used to ferment beer (especially lagers in the 45-55F range).  But one could be used to heat or cool about anything.


Aux Input for 2006 Toyota Camry

Friday, November 4th, 2011

After the success detailed in the last post, I wanted to do the same for our car.  Unfortunately, it was not quite as easy.  The cost of the last one was $0, since I had all the parts.  This project is not finished, due to a line-level pre-amp on order.


Auxillary Input for Car Stereo

Friday, November 4th, 2011

While adding an AUX input does not sound fun, it is quite practical.  Hopefully this overview will inspire you to do the same.

CD’s have gone the way of the record, 8 track, and cassette tape (or at least they have started down that road).  They hold so little music and suffer from small scratches, causing harsh digital noise.

For the future of music and a practical electronic hack read the rest of this post.