Christmas Lights 2021!

You may recall last year I took my first step into Sequenced, animated Christmas lights with some arches and simple light strings. I had some grand plans this year to follow up, but as usual my plans came up against reality pretty rapidly. What I've learned from the past, is how to design a project in phases, in case you don't have the time or the budget [...]

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Building a 3D printer

I should start out by warning you that this is not a build-log. My friend Isaac reminded me that before we started this project, this was blogging gold, and he didn't have a [...]

Y’know, that one song… from the 50’s?

So last night I was looking for a song that I've heard a million times, but have never known the name of. It's an instrumental, and I'm pretty confident that you've heard it [...]

SparkFun Free Day Fallout.

Well, I tried, and everybody I know tried. None of us made it. It's unfortunate, but I don't think any of us are going to die. If you haven't heard about SparkFun Electronics' [...]

Weekend Project: Tree-Waterer

Christmas is upon us, and we have gotten ourselves a Christmas tree. My wife and I are dedicated Tree-Killers Live-Christmas-Tree-Advocates. We just like the feeling of a live [...]

Being a lousy advocate: Me and DRM

DRM, You've probably heard of it. Digital Rights Management. Bane of legitimate users, irritant of illigitimate users, hopeful tool of content owners. By those 3 statements, I [...]

The iPhone Dilemma

You know I'm an Apple nerd. No one who builds a Hackintosh and sticks it in a G4 cube should be considered anything less than such. Naturally you'll be able to guess that I'm [...]

The Second Coming of the Electric Car

I've had a love affair with the Electric Vehicle (EV) for a few years now. I wish I could say I found it on my own, but I really only got into after watching Who Killed the [...]

Waiting for the E-Reader war to heat up…

If you would have asked me about e-readers a year ago, I would have told you that I knew Sony made one, the Kindle was pretty awesome, and there were a bunch more that were [...]

Arduino Starter Rundown – Part 2

Update: A useful comparison chart of Arduino Starter kits has been posted (by me) at I invite you to check it out there. When I wrote the [...]

Fun with IR

I've got a project coming up that deals with IR data transmission, so I thought I'd take some time and make a simple IR circuit to prove that I could. This is a very very [...]