Successful birthday was had.
Took a 4 day weekend during which I:
Got plenty of awesome birthday goodies.
Worked on my electronics project, made some great progress with it and I'm feeling pretty good about how it's turning out.
Had a wonderful dinner (or 3) with my family for my birthday.
Played some Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
Got my Citadel Mega Paint Set in from Games Workshop (of course I won't have time to mess with it until mid-November at the earliest :( :( :( )
I think I've given up on getting the new stilts together for this year. I don't own the tools myself, and my helper has decided to be a total d-bag about actually doing anything. He no longer responds to any of his family via text or phone, he misses family functions and is sullen and difficult the majority of the time anyone DOES manage to get in touch with him. So I'll probably just take my time on them over the next year or so and see if I can get them together for next year.
No big deal, as I would eventually like to re-skin the entire costume anyhow, but that gets super expensive.
Hopefully I will be able to pick up some 10k Ohm resisters at Radio Shack (expensive, but very convenient) later today and then be able to start the next step of my main project for this year (portable SFX sound system for those of you not paying good attention).
The basic hardware (music unit and microprocessor) are up and working, and the basic software (I can get it to actually play things that are stored on it) is working. After I get my resistors, I can start making all the physical control input viable, then write software for the interface. Once it's all done, I'll make a youtube video showing it, and I might offer them for sale to other costumers on a made to order basis. I have seen quite a few people requesting something similar to this, and the closest pre-made thing is VERY overpriced (and quite honestly, vastly inferior to my design in terms of adaptability, functionality and customization.
OK, this is just getting ever nerdier and I don't have much else to say!
Thank you all for the birthday wishes and gifts and everything!