I am a bit of a word freak. Not to the point of being an avid Scrabble player or anything, but I do find the English language fascinating. So I subscribe to the dictionary.com word of the day email. It is always a good diversion for a minute or so.
Well today’s word was paean as in
paean \PEE-uhn\, noun:
1. A joyous song of praise, triumph, or thanksgiving.
2. An expression of praise or joy.
Having never actually used this word I was started that it is very close to a homophone for peon as in
pe·on1 \pee-uhn, pee-on\, noun:
1. (in Spanish America) a farm worker or unskilled laborer; day laborer.
2. (formerly, esp. in Mexico) a person held in servitude to work off debts or other obligations.
3. any person of low social status, esp. one who does work regarded as menial or unskilled; drudge.
The emphasis is the only difference. Make sure you get it right!
Am I the only one who looks at a schematic and dreads seeing capacitors? I don’t know if it is really dread. Maybe it is more disappointment. It just seems like I always have to special purchase the capacitors, which puts a crimp in spur of the moment building.
When I first started building 3 or 4 years ago, the best purchase I made was not a piece of equipment but rather a $15 resistor pack from Radio Shack. It is kind of ironic. But it really was. I have not had to special purchase a resistor for a project (except for 1% or higher power ratings) since then. The pack includes at least five of every 5% value 1/4 watt resistor.
But for capacitors, I also purchased the Radio Shack disc and electrolytic packs. These have been helpful, but because they are a mix and match bunch of values the ability to find what I need is much more hit-or -miss (maybe better said miss-or-hit to represent the frequency.)
Is it not possible to get a pack of capacitors that contain every value? I think there is also the matter of different types: ceramic discs, metal film, poly, mylar, mica, and on and on.
Then there is the issue of variable components. If I need a potentiomater I can still go to Radio Shack, but a variable capacitor, HAH! Better start looking at my catalogs.
Has anybody had a similar experience? Or is there a good capacitor pack that would help me out? How about an electronics parts store within striking distance of San Francisco?