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Christmas toys for tinkering

I got a lot of nice things for Christmas, some of which are going to be very useful for tinkering: 4 rolls of PLA – Black, Yellow, Orange, Red Basic Machines and How They Work A high torque servo Mitutoyo Digital Calipers da Vinci’s Catapult kit I’ve been very interested...

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Keeping motivated

I probably have at least 20 different side-projects which I want to work on at a given time. So today I listed all my ideas out, and quickly felt overwhelmed. Then I started to reflect, what can I do to get moving on some of these? Most these things are...

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3D printed NJ Christmas Ornament

The other day I created a 3D printed NJ Christmas ornament. It was really easy to do, so I figured why not share the knowledge. Step 1: Find or create an SVG file of the shape you want. I found a site that has vector maps of the states and...

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How I create models for 3D printing

At work we got a Makerbot Replicator 2. I was excited to have access to a printer, but a little unsure where to get started having no experience with 3D. A lot of co-workers started downloading/printing models from thingiverse.com. It’s a nice site because there are tons of cool models...

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When is something done?

There is often confusion about when in fact a unit of work is finished. The “definition of done” can be hard to nail down because everyone has their own idea of what that means. The bigger the team, the more variations of the concept exist. Without coming to a consensus,...

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Design features to be turned off

I really like the way chrome://flags/ works. Basically it is an internal listing of features in Chrome which you can easily turn on and off. I think this is the way websites should work too.  However, on a website this functionality shouldn’t be exposed to users. Instead, it should be...

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A picture of Google taking a picture of me.

A couple years ago I saw the Google street view car drive by when I was walking home from work. I forgot about it until recently, and decided to see if I made the cut on maps. Sure enough, here I am ( the guy in the sandals ): Since...

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Customized Select Boxes

Often designs land on my desk with customized select boxes. This is typically a big pain because you can’t do much styling by default. A few years ago I got tired of rushing out half-done versions on every project and instead took a step back and created a highly configurable...

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NES booklets

I unearthed some NES booklets the other day, and found some gems while I was leafing through them. Here’s a few I thought were funny: Per the Mario 1 booklet, apparently Goombas are the Benedict Arnold of the Mushroom Kingdom.  I always knew he couldn’t be trusted with a brow...

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Uptime is important

Recently I started using foursquare again, but the other day at lunchtime I remembered why I stopped using it 2 years ago: Nothing is more agitating when you are trying to do something fleeting like a check-in and you get a server error. When I first stopped using foursquare these interruptions were...