Farkle Arena

I recently discovered Farkle, a dice game that’s part luck, part skill in probabilities.  I didn’t have a proper training environment for my new interest, so I thought I’d build a box to make it all happen.  The bottom is hardboard laminated to MDF and topped with black...

Desk Mounting Bracke...

No matter how hard I try to keep it organized, the top of my desk is a constant clutter of ongoing projects.  I’ve accepted this and to make more room for more strewn about parts, wires and tools, I started thinking about what I could put on the other side of the table top, the...

World Maker Faire 2016 Oct30

World Maker Faire 20...

Earlier this month my buddies and I took center stage at the World Maker Faire to talk about a number of maker initiatives that we worked on over the past year when we were all together on the faculty at the U.S. Military Academy.  Although I’ve moved on to another job, I didn’t...

A Monday Addendum Oct17

A Monday Addendum

It took only a night to realize that I missed a key component of the Weekend Bed for a stress-free night.  While it occurred to me that my little engineer would move around in his sleep, I didn’t think that it would be as much as actually occurred.  Waking up to find him asleep in the...

Weekend Bed Oct16

Weekend Bed

What’s a weekend bed?  Well it’s a bed that’s built over a weekend of course!  To be a little more specific, the bed was actually rebuilt from an existing frame.  When I upgraded the guest bed a few months back, I held on the the wooden frame because, well, I can’t let...

Baltic Rides Sep08

Baltic Rides

One of the many great reasons to visit Europe is to see all manner of exotic cars, some of which aren’t available in the U.S., like the Land Rover Defender and Audi RS6 Avant.  I didn’t have any luck in seeing the RS6, but I did get a few spy shots of some pretty nice...

Scania’s Gem: Malmö Sep08

Scania’s Gem: ...

Just across the Øresund Bridge from Copenhagen sits Malmö, the most populous city in Sweden’s Scania province.  The weather was great and the people were friendly.  What a great way to end the Baltic...

Stockholm Underground Sep08

Stockholm Undergroun...

Deep below the many islands and islets of Stockholm is the world’s longest art exhibit: the city’s metro system.  I was blown away at the sculptures, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings and reliefs that decorated the few stations that I got a glimpse of.  I only managed...

Stockholm: Gustav’s Town Sep08

Stockholm: Gustav...

The latest stop on the Baltic tour is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city in the Nordic countries: Stockholm. Settled sometime in the Stone Age, it officially became a city in the 1200s. Stockholm carries on the tradition of many Baltic cities of doing an great job in...

Helsinki: Daughter of the Baltic Sep08

Helsinki: Daughter o...

Across the Gulf of Finland from Tallinn lies Helsinki, the capital of Finland since 1812.  This “Daughter of the Baltic” is at the southern point of Finland and spread across 315 islands.  Our first stop here was the Sibelius Monument, a fixture dedicated to the Finnish composer...

Tallinn: The Digital City Sep08

Tallinn: The Digital...

Situated on the shores of the Gulf of Finland across from Helsinki is Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn. It’s not only one of the oldest capital cities in the world, but also the home to among the best preserved medieval artifacts and structures in Europe. Tallinn also boasts the...

Rostock Sep08

Rostock

Home of one of the oldest universities in the world, Rostock is the largest city of Germany’s Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state. It’s also populated with many beautiful churches and gabled houses which give the old city a magnificent skyline. Hidden in St. Mary’s Church is a well...