Getting it wrong

I've been working on a particular project for the past five years. I had this great idea for a Christmas ornament and I wanted to see it realized and on my Christmas tree. For a variety of reasons, I have never successfully accomplished this. [...]

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Poor OpSec at the North Pole

Hykel and I watched Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice a couple of nights ago. Everything I'm going to talk about should be ignored mostly because this is a fun Christmas [...]

‘Twas the night before Star Wars

  For some, it's the Star Wars Day. For me, my showing technically comes tomorrow, midnight actually. I am excited more than I can really describe. In 1999 I went and [...]

MakerFaire Project (2015) – Part 2

When last we left our hero, he had made sizable progress on his robot, only to be stumbled by it's devious brain!!! The Teensy 3.x is my Go-to embedded platform these days. I [...]

MakerFaire Project (2015) – Part 1

This started out as a "Project of the Week" post, but As it started to take form, and started to stretch beyond a week, I decided I wanted to make a more dedicated post about [...]

Project of the Week: Mini robot

I got my new 3D printer up and running recently. After some tuning, some improving, and some printing of backup parts (an ongoing process, I decided I was confident to move [...]

The three magazines of my life

Print is dead. That's the first thing I think of when I think of magazines. But on reflection, I realize that I've had some special magazines in my life. Special to me, I [...]

Plex, Synology, and the dreaded “Video Unavailable”

Going to skip the usual stuff at the top here and get straight to it1: Plex is a super-cool, easy-to-use, everywhere media server. Lots of people use it, and lots of people [...]

The 2013 Portland Mini MakerFaire

Last year (you may have read), I participated in the Portland Mini MakerFaire. It was great. I absolutely loved sharing and teaching people. This year, I definitely wanted to [...]

10 minutes with Cory Doctorow

This past Wednesday, I had the opportunity to go see Cory Doctorow (arguably my favorite author) on the local stop of his tour for his new book Homeland. He had been generous [...]

Thoughts on Libraries

My wife works at our local public Library. We started visiting there more recently and I was once again struck at the accessibility and amount of information there. For a [...]