September 4th, 2014:I was a dirty child.  My favorite place to spend a Saturday afternoon was with my knees in the dirt of my mother’s garden.  Nothing was greater than making whatever you wanted from the...read more
Posted in: Design, Hobbies, Summer Fun
August 26th, 2014:“Humans Need Not Apply”, the latest viral video by CGP Grey, is an interesting yet unsettling 15-minute documentary about how technology and process automation is making many everyday human jobs...read more
August 19th, 2014:The 2014 football season is almost upon us and with that comes another year of fantasy goodness. Drafting has already begun for some leagues while others are still preparing. For those in the thick...read more
Posted in: Hobbies, Summer Fun
August 11th, 2014:8am to 5pm, work, work, work. Seems like we are chained to the desk day in and day out, slaves to our job responsibilities until the end of the day when the chain leash becomes a little longer and we...read more
August 4th, 2014:Every few years there seems to be a new TV special explaining the “secrets” of how ancient civilizations accomplished their technical and engineering feats. There are claims that Martians built the...read more
July 29th, 2014:The Sowden Softbrew is a very simple manual coffee maker. It uses a ceramic pot to steep coffee in the same manner as steeping tea. The process is a little slower than most coffee makers, but it...read more
July 22nd, 2014:Click Here for PDF of Slides Communicating visually is an important skill for all members of a design firm and should not be solely the responsibility of the designers.  Being able to quickly...read more
July 14th, 2014:The advent of cheap microcontrollers, single board computers and accompanying electronics have ushered a time where creating complex electromechanical systems have never been easier. A few of the...read more
July 9th, 2014:So you’ve just purchased a new cell phone, laptop, PC, or high definition LED TV and you’re totally pumped because you got a great deal. Chances are you paid less money than your old model and the...read more
June 23rd, 2014:When I was young, all of the adults I looked up to made great efforts to make sure that I learned to share and play nice with others. They taught me compromise and negotiation, and most of the time...read more
June 2nd, 2014:“What are you doing? Is this seriously necessary? This wouldn’t be so difficult if you just walked instead of run. You already look great there is no need to go crazy here.”  My conscious has a...read more
May 29th, 2014:  The game of golf.  Many of us have developed a love-hate relationship with this past time with a much larger emphasis on the latter of the two feelings. For myself, all it takes...read more
May 20th, 2014:To me, one of the coolest things about the ‘maker-movement’ is not the cool stuff people build, but rather the innovative low cost tools they build to enable those projects. Hackerspaces, makerspaces...read more
May 13th, 2014:In an ideal world, students around the nation would enter each next grade at the same level as their peers, with access to the same classes, teachers, resources, etc. such that upon graduating high...read more
May 2nd, 2014:People are once again building and inventing things for themselves. After two generations of Americans that had no idea how to change the oil in their cars, much less how their toaster worked, people...read more
April 21st, 2014:  How seemingly simple engineering advances will impact racing and production automobiles for many years to come. Mercedes formula one team this year made a small but significant change to...read more

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