Shukai San Jose 2017 Oct09

Shukai San Jose 2017

Last weekend, San Jose’s Japantown was host to the Shukai car meetup. Unlike many other car shows which award prizes in various classes of vehicles, this event was more of a show-and-tell of car owners and enthusiasts. This year Shukai had an impressive assortment of German supercars,...

Radwood 2017 Jun04

Radwood 2017

Radwood is an car show here in California that aims to capture the essence of 80’s and 90’s car culture. As a period correct event for cars, attendees and car owners are encouraged to raid their attics to find the best 80’s and 90’s clothing and accessories for the...

Cozy Coupe Retrofit

Hot Dog! http://www.brentmorelabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/hot_dog.m4v   Concept The Little Tike Cozy Coupe, a children’s classic made of soft hollow plastic (LPDE), is a blank canvas for tinkering and customization.  While the car comes with some entertainment options, such...

Star Topper

This tree topper shows that the holiday season is always a good opportunity to practice one’s making skills.  Usually I’m focused on woodworking because cutting boards are always in style, but this season presents a new opportunity for learning.  Combining a number of skills and...

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...

Iconic Memories

Computer hard disk drives are amazing feats of engineering.  Encased in a metal box, several perfectly flat platters spin at 5400 or 7200 revolutions per minute thanks to a powerful spindle motor.  When these drives fail – and they always do – I love taking them apart to get a...

LED Cube II

A few years ago I tried my hand at making my own LED Cube. It was a great way to sharpen my design and soldering skills while creating something visually interesting.  When I was planning the old cube, I got some great advice from a researcher, mathematician and artist named Chris Lomont....

Nakashima Gallery

Situated on a beautiful 9-acre property in New Hope, Pennsylvania, the Nakashima workshop is both on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark. George Nakashima was an woodworker and architect whose accomplishments in furniture design made...

My Golden Ticket Oct01

My Golden Ticket

Ever since I was a child, I dreamt of being a scientist at MIT – doing science.  Now while I didn’t fully realize my dream, I recently got the chance to tour the Media Lab, MIT’s interdisciplinary research laboratory known for its innovative, imaginative and often...

World Maker Faire 2015 Sep29

World Maker Faire 20...

And just like that, another Maker Faire is in the books.  This World Maker Faire was a bit special – I was on stage as one of the presenters.  Though I wish I had explored a bit more, I had a great time with two of my colleagues in our discussion of makers in support of military...

Northeastern Spirits Jun28

Northeastern Spirits

After visiting three breweries, a meadery and a distillery, our trip certainly looked like a booze crawl, but we managed to learn a thing or two. Maine Mead Works Maine Mead Works was founded in 2007 to promote the ancient tradition of the oldest of all fermented beverages, mead. Using honey,...

Elwood’s Lab Jun27

Elwood’s Lab

A few days ago I met a Canadian xylopolist while touring the beautiful city of Saint John.  That sentence isn’t the product of a confused stupor, I assure you.  We were looking to get some lunch one afternoon and stumbled up a handsome storefront with a very attractive moniker....