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In 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I answered a maker challenge. This was part of my audition for the television show, Making It Season 3, on NBC. The challenge: “Create Your Inner Beast.” This is the video I created, with some rough edits to remove some dialogue that may remain part of my NDA.
My inner beast is the Ursa Californicas Fabricas, or the Maker Bear. A bear, because I’m a proud papa bear, I like to hibernate whenever possible, and I’ve seen my back in the mirror… I’m a rather furry dude!
If you are a California Maker and want to do a sticker swap. DM me on Instagram and I’ll get one in the mail to you soon!
My son’s high school jazz ensemble has a fundraiser coming up in the next month and needed some set pieces for the stage. This was a good excuse to play with some LED neon rope. Soldering is complete and I’m really happy with how this 2ft x 8ft sign came out.
I like to make stuff every chance I get. Making is a part of my identity and it goes a long way towards maintaining my mental health. Just before the COVID-19 pandemic began, I picked up some carving tools and attended a few spoon carving group activities. Originally I intended to use it to teach knife skills to our scouts and to have something to work on next to the campfire. I’ve carved a few times while quarantining, but finally had a chance to spoon carve socially in 2022. I won’t claim to be any good at it, but I’m certainly having fun learning.
Back in 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, my kids and I set up a Minecraft server and had a blast building worlds together. Too much fun, in fact. It didn’t take us long before we started losing track of which day it was. To help, I built a Minecraft dashboard that we could use to track our time online. We still had trouble remembering which day of the week it was, but now it had much less to so with our time in-world.
This fall, I spent several nights and weekends updating my home lab. I containerized many of the tools and services I have running (much love for Docker and the CasaOS ecosystem 💓). I relocated Minecraft to a new Docker host and needed to update the dashboard as well. Now that Minecraft had been absorbed by Microsoft, I refactored much of the code. Since I didn’t share this link before, I thought I’d do so now:
My holiday wreath color is synchronized with thousands of other LED lights around the world! Want to change it? Send a tweet with @cheerlights and the name of a color. Red for example. Built using a @raspberrypi PicoW
I made a thing! It blinks. It tells time. It syncs up with thousands of #cheerlights devices around the world. It has @pimoroni and @Raspberry_Pi bits in it. Source code and laser cut files are available here:
In light of so many new space exploration milestones in the last year, I wanted to let my space geek flag fly this Halloween. My wife indulged me as we went to our parties as “Sexy James Webb Space Telescope and the Rocket Scientist”
This summer, I joined an amazing group of makers in the hills of Kentucky for 4 days of collaboration, celebration, and giving back to our community. One of our group outreach projects was to build a pinewood derby track for a local Cub Scout pack in need. I teamed up with Halbert Walston to design, build, assemble and program this remote controlled drag strip Christmas tree.
This project used the brand new Raspberry Pi Pico W microcontroller and some Neopixel LEDs from Adafruit. Check out the code and template files on GitHub.
If there’s a bandwagon to be jumped on, count me in! The Wordle puzzle craze is not exception. I’ve been enjoying solving the daily wordle for several months now. The funny thing is, I enjoy the shape of the puzzle just as much as solving it. This 90 bit graphic (30 pixels X 3 colors, empty, yellow, and green) has become my daily Rorschach Test.
Starting in February, I tried an experiment. After solving the Wordle puzzle each day, I took my first impression of the puzzle board results and used my hack Photoshop skills to turn it into something worth sharing on Twitter. Below is the compilation of my 30 Days of Wordle: