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...

København Sep08

København

As the Kingdom of Denmark’s capital since early 1400s, Copenhagen started out as a quaint Viking fishing village in the 10th century. Literally translated to “Chapman’s haven” in English, it sounded like a great place to start a European adventure. The first stop was...

Helmet Larson Scanne...

Now that I’m biking more, I’ve begun outfitting my helmet with lots of useless practical tech in the name of safety.  Not long ago, I found the helmet-mounted flashlight that I used during my deployments.  With a little finagling, it fit nicely on my bike helmet as well.  To...

Toddler Workbench Jul07

Toddler Workbench

It should come as no surprise that I’m getting my young one started early on the fundamentals of woodworking. And of course, every woodworker needs a good bench.  For this project I selected the choicest pieces of maple and walnut from my stock and added a piece of pegboard and a set of...

Make: Wireless Secur...

I wrote a special article in the latest issues of Make: where I discuss wireless security and drones. The article, Build a Wi-Fi Drone Disabler with Raspberry Pi, explores the risks of using unsecured wireless communications with a step-by-step guide to disable a popular toy drone which uses...

Maker Faire Bay Area Jul05

Maker Faire Bay Area

This recap is way overdue, but better late than never.  A few weeks back I led off the Saturday Maker Pro presentations at this year’s Maker Faire Bay Area.  With 150,000+ visitors over the weekend, Maker Fare Bay Area is the largest and busiest of all the Faires. After my talk, I had a...