Wow, I've been having lots of fun getting the Pi together.  First off, I think it looks great in its new little box.  Considering I had roofers pounding flecks of tar into my loft, I was mighty thankful for the protection.  Between hooking it up to a monitor and attaching a keyboard and mouse, I started to have a memory recall.  This felt just like when my brother and I were connecting our first computer, a Timex Sinclair!  You can laugh, it's okay.  My brother and I spent many a late night sneaking onto the computer when my parents were asleep.  Anyway, I merely followed the Element 14 tutorials for set-up, and I'll say right now that the NOOB (New Out Of The Box Software) was perfect for me.  I chose the Raspbian OS, and in a few minutes I had a start screen, with some fun surprises -- games, games, Python games!  I can tell you right now that I love "Squirrel Eat Squirrel".  Check out the "omega" squirrel that got created.

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After getting sidetracked with that, I moved onto another program I like -- Scratch, from MIT.  I've been wanting to play with this for quite some time, as I heard it's good for teaching code to young people.  In fact, some use it as an intro to writing games, and I can see why.  Moving the cat around is instant gratification, and I know I'll certainly be spending more time here once my project is finished.  If you are a parent, definitely get your kids involved with this one and they'll be ahead of the curve.  Finally, it was time to unplug from the games for some craft work.

 

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I wanted to house the Pi in an appropriate Valentine fashion, so a traditional candy box seemed best.  Of course the stores didn't have any in stock yet, so I had to order mine from a professional box company minus the chocolates.  It was a tragedy, yes, but I'll get over it. The box I chose has a gold matte finish, which I thought would be easy to cover with paint.  In fact, it is probably best that I ordered my box this way because most boxes have a ton of branding on them making them more difficult to cover.  I chose some acrylic matte paint in a Pearl White color and used a sponge brush to make sure the layers would be thin, as cardboard doesn't like to be wet.  I made it through three coats so far, but the color is a bit too silvery for my liking.  I want the box to be a frame, not the focus of the piece.  So, I will purchase some pure white paint next time I go to the art store.  It's a minor issue, and I have two other heart boxes just in case this one fails.  I'm all about choices, and so far, so good.