Happy Birthday Maker Faire! May16

Happy Birthday Maker...

Maker Faire Bay Area started today with much fanfare and national attention.  After all, it’s the 10th anniversary of the “Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth”.  When it first started in 2005, the Maker Faire was all about getting like-minded hobbyists together to talk about...

Picnic Table with a Secret May11

Picnic Table with a ...

Goodbye plastic chairs, hello sturdy picnic table.  This table was a weekend project that took just about 5 hours from beginning to end.  Started and finished this Mother’s Day, the table will seat 4 comfortably with space on the ends for extra guests.  The wood is pressure treated...

Spring Has Sprung May04

Spring Has Sprung

We’re technically a couple months into spring already, but it’s just now getting warm here in the Northeast.  Milder weather means more time in the shop, and here’s the first product of the season.  It should be no surprise that it’s a set of cutting boards....

Raptor Show May03

Raptor Show

Today we were out in the Hudson Valley enjoying a magnificent display of several birds of prey.  Held at West Point, the “Raptor Show” included some eagles, falcons, a vulture, a caracara, and a owl, all of which are rescue birds.  The show only lasted an hour, but it was full of...

Guest Blogging @adafruit Apr19

Guest Blogging @adaf...

I’m happy to report that I’ll be a guest blogger at Adafruit!  Adafruit Industries is a company that sells electronic kits and parts, and also provides excellent do-it-yourself (DIY) tutorials.  Adafruit was created by Limor “ladyada” Fried, an MIT-educated electrical...

The Vault Apr19

The Vault

I was invited to put on an hour-long workshop on cyber as part of a STEM weekend program for high school students. Unfortunately, I didn’t have access to a lot of resources to make this completely hands-on for them, but I had an interesting idea that I wanted to try out.  I presented...

Da Plane! Da Plane! Apr15

Da Plane! Da Plane!

Ever look up at the sky while you’re sitting at home, wondering where all of these planes are going?  No?  I do. Many of life’s deepest questions, such as the one I posed, can be answered with – you guessed it – a Raspberry Pi.  I use the Pi, a $20 USB TV dongle and...

New West Point Logo & Uniforms Apr13

New West Point Logo ...

My alma mater just underwent a major rebranding effort – the results of which were unveiled tonight.  The new logo and uniforms come after almost 2 years of research between USMA, Nike and many generations of “old grads”. The logo is broken into 4 parts....

New York Auto Show 2015 Apr03

New York Auto Show 2...

The New York International Car Show kicked off today to the public at New York City’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.  I haven’t been to the show in many years, but I remember it being a lot of fun.  Though it was rainy and gray outside, the convention center was bustling with...

Ad Astra Mar16

Ad Astra

This weekend we explored the Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA.  This is my favorite museum in the county, so I like to pay a visit whenever I’m in the area.  The museum is a giant hangar with some very historical aircraft to include the...

Echoes from Kithairon Mar03

Echoes from Kithairo...

The machines are always listening, or at least we’re hoping they are with Amazon’s new product Echo.  Echo is an internet-connected “virtual assistant” that tries to find answers to questions or perform actions based on the input after the codeword “Alexa”....

Throwback: iPod Dock Feb28

Throwback: iPod Dock

A few years ago I had an iPod touch that I used on a daily basis, but my car had no place to securely dock it while I drove.  Not being one that enjoys having cables everywhere, I though it’d be a good idea to replace the ashtray unit that sat beneath the radio with a custom iPod...