yeah, someone posted something similar on the instuctables site. that approch makes sense to me. go for it.
just for reference, I'll paste my instructables reply to "why not just use male headers?"
"a few reasons:
* this board only has metal on the bottom, so soldering a standard header would be tough at best. I suppose you could flip the board over, but...
* there's still that offset female header to deal with. a standard male header won't work because it's rigid and straight, and the holes don't line up.
* I like the idea of all the raw materials being readily available. some huge percentage of Americans (90%+ I think) live within 5 miles of a Radio Shack. male headers can be harder to come by. (Note: I realize that not only Americans are interested in this instructable, I just live here, and don't have electronic store distribution information from other countries
you do make a good point though. in one of my earlier attempts I used a flipped board, male connectors where they'd work, and wire for the 8 pins where they wouldn't. that definitely sped things up, but I figured I was already using the wire, why not go all the way."