So, I TOTALLY woke up with this in my head: Make it So! Heh… So, snuggled at home with my new baby, I’m totally going to chill in the basement and watch cartoons and stuff! Heh….
Some pics for #9WX: (Sorry, Matt, they’re patio furniture, heh….)
I’ve realized that I’ve been meeting a lot of new people lately, as I’ve been more social. Here are more of my pertinent details, and places to find me, if you’re interested in that: Facebook Google+ Pinterest My Flickr! Society6 (where you can buy prints of some of my photos, if you like)View full post
Hi, all. I’m a little bit late with this, but, hey, I wanted to get it out there…. Coming up this Saturday, 1:00 p.m. at the Denver Hackerspace, I’m teaching the “Introduction to Arduino” class. (Click that link up there if you need a map or directions.) For those of you who have no idea …View full post
Recently some friends ran into a dip I make occasionally. It is crazy addictive, and ridiculously easy to make. It’s a version of “French Onion” sour cream-based dip using good spices from Penzey’s. I actually feel a little silly calling it a “recipe”, even, since it’s such a tiny collection of things, but I suppose …View full post
Heh, NO idea where this came from, but this was FIRMLY stuck in my head this morning.
Gotta love the Harto.
Hi, all. I’m a little bit late with this, but, hey, I wanted to get it out there….
Coming up this Saturday, 1:00 p.m. at the Denver Hackerspace, I’m teaching the “Introduction to Arduino” class. (Click that link up there if you need a map or directions.)
For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s Wikipedia’s first paragraph on the Arduino:
Arduino is a popular open-source single-board microcontroller, descendant of the open-source Wiring platform, designed to make the process of using electronics in multidisciplinary projects more accessible. The hardware consists of a simple open hardware design for the Arduino board with an Atmel AVR processor and on-board input/output support. The software consists of a standard programming language compiler and the boot loader that runs on the board.
In short, though, it’s an incredibly useful little critter for people who are looking to get started with a number of different kinds of hacking, including hardware setups, programming, art projects, costumery, and many others, really.
If I’ve intrigued you just enough to have some interest in joining us, feel free to just show up, there is no charge to attend and learn. However, there are some recommendations, which I will list below:
Please drop me a message, in whatever form you like, if you plan to attend, and don’t already have an Arduino of some sort, but would like to purchase one. I intend to get several of these to make available for sale: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10817 Pricing is unknown yet, but should be at least a moderate discount from the price on the website, and definitely not more.
Recently some friends ran into a dip I make occasionally. It is crazy addictive, and ridiculously easy to make. It’s a version of “French Onion” sour cream-based dip using good spices from Penzey’s.
I actually feel a little silly calling it a “recipe”, even, since it’s such a tiny collection of things, but I suppose that’s what a recipe is…. Anyway, here it is:
ACR0’s Chip Dip, as recently deployed at Denhac
Whisk everything together, until spices and olive oil are thoroughly integrated. Serve with your favorite chips or veggies.
Once again, the podcast I work with has posted an amazing story. It’s a two-parter with our friend Betsy. I don’t really have the words. Go read, and listen, here:
One remnant of my marriage, I’ve discovered, is a certain fondness for having lots of green things growing on my porch. Additionally, with some of the hot sauces I’ve played with in terms of homemakery, I think, would be increased, both in terms of pride and flavor, with freshly grown peppers.
That being said, a month or two ago I decided to get serious about sprouting some seeds to end up growing in full glory out front. Given that it was the end of February, or early March, I had to start indoors. Here’s the rig I built, admittedly a wee bit over-engineered, for that purpose. Additionally, I can’t lie, I way overdid it with seedlings. So, if you’re local, and want to grow some of these for me, let me know.
The growth space is set up on a 6′ steel shelving unit that was previously holding random boxes in “long term storage”. Several boxes got removed, with ultimate plans to declutter and eliminate. I picked up remarkably inexpensive shop lights and “sunlight” fluorescent bulbs to provide light.
Germination and initial sprouting, however, mostly require heat and moisture, so I used an old heating pad (without a safety shutoff), for two flats, and picked up another complete kit that had its own heating element.
Reflectors were built in a way that I’m very proud of in a “hacker-y” sense. I used the boxes the shop lights came in, spray glue, and silvered-mylar “emergency” blankets to put them together, then hot-glued little magnets on to hold them on the rack.
I think it may prove to be a pretty bountiful year! I’m excited to get so much successfully started in such a reasonable space. Spicy tomato salsa for all!
So, yeah, check this out…. Jane and I decided to do a podcast where I interviewed her, instead of her doing the hosting. It’s here.
We talked about what prompted the podcast, what’s coming up, and what’s keeping both of us excited about it. Also, after the first two, it’s nice and short, at only 33 minutes.
Also coming up for this shindig, I have plans to document a bunch of the things I’ve been up to lately, including some of the fun things I did for CyberGlitz, which you can find a gallery from here: https://www.shapewerks.com/zenphoto/cyberglitz/
Not only did I act as an “official” photographer for that party, I designed a costume involving UV LED’s, and invisible ink. You can see some of my amazing artist friend Mar’s work in this pic:
Additionally, I’ve been sprouting a bunch of tomatoes and peppers to try for a better front-porch garden this year, and I’ll be posting some pictures of that setup soon.
Sorry for being a wee bit scattered, but, I’ve been sleeping like crap since the time change. Stupid time change.
As some of you may already know, I am a founding member of Denver’s Hackerspace, Denhac. It can be found at www.denhac.org, if you are curious to learn more. While there, you may note on the schedule that we have a “Show and Tell” night tonight, http://denhac.org/2012/02/12/valentines-show-tell/.
I, myself, am a little bit (well, maybe a lot) against “holidays” that artificially, to my mind, create some sense of obligation. Valentine’s Day is among the worst of these offenders for me. I believe it creates an extreme sense that there is some obligation to prove one’s love to another, as well as creating an extreme sense, usually, of wildly unreasonable expectation and angst.
In short, I believe that if two people are truly in love, you don’t need a special day for it. And, if two people aren’t truly in love, this day creates a terrible stress that can break what might otherwise still be a pretty good relationship.
Also, it’s my Mom’s Birthday, another thing I’m not terribly good at. Regardless, Happy Birthday, Mom.
Really, though, all of that ranting aside, I think using Valentine’s Day as a day to show off geeky projects, and hang out with your friends at your local Hackerspace is a pretty good choice. It’s where I’ll be, showing off some of the stuff I’m playing with, and working on in a sense that is at least slightly more than playing.
It’s open to the public, I suggest you come on down.