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Sunday, November 25th, 2012


So I’ve been tapering off on my projects recently, and i wanted to quickly post to explain that this trend will continue for the forseeable future. More important things have come up. I’m still checking messages and answering questions, but my pace is slower now.

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Why yes, that IS a picture of a toilet.

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Bear with me. I’ve come up with a pretty decent life hack. I think it’s good enough that I’ve decided to diverge from my regular 3D printing and PID control fare, and post a picture of a toilet.

Here’s the trick: Rather than freshening the air after doing your business, plan ahead. A half-second spray into the toilet beforehand is all you need. Its a confined space, so everything gets “pre-treated,” as it were.

You use less spray, you ensure that all your foul air is treated at the source, AND you don’t need to smell your own filth. Enjoy!

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Maker Faire

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

My first Maker Faire… where do I start? I could go on and on about the standard stuff: amazing projects, amazing people, etc, but here’s 3 things that I think capture the essence of my experience.

  • I walk into the paella line on friday to hear Jimmie Rodgers say “…and there he is!” He’s talking with the Lower East Kitchen people, who use the PID library in their sous-vide kit. We wind up having a conversation over dinner that somehow winds up at plasma physics.
  • I get to see the dual extruder thingomatic for the first time. The next morning on the train to the Faire I design a two color version of the pocket coin-op bottle opener. They take my design – the second 2-color part to be user-submitted to thingiverse – and print the hell out of it.
  • While volunteering in the soldering area, I ask a group of people if they need help with their Brush Bots. There’s a tricky little step where you’re supposed to tape the the battery leads to the motor. A girl in the group, maybe 11 years old, tells me that they don’t need help; she has found a much better way to do it. And it is better: forehead-smack better. I have her teach another volunteer the technique, and when I come back 2 hours later everyone is doing it her way.

As you can imagine, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I will definitely be doing this again.

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A Little Teaser

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

I haven’t done many PID posts in the last couple months. Rest assured I haven’t been sleeping on that front. I’ve been working closely with RocketScream on an OSHW project that should be released soon. Here are a couple teaser pictures to (hopefully) get you drooling.

As I post this I’m on my way to Makerfaire NYC. I’ll have this with me if you’d like a closer look.

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Baby’s first blog

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

So I’ve been dragged kicking and screaming into… well, 2003.  I’m still not too fond of the blog idea, but it was either this or manually do RSS.  laziness wins!

What this blog is:  A simple way to make project updates available through RSS.  I may add some superficial “I just went to makerfaire” posts sometime in the future, but for now it’s projects, projects, projects.

What this blog isn’t:  no politics,  no imho, no rotfl.  There’s enough opinion on the internet, thank you very much.

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