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Zen Buddhism and Software Development

In the software development world, we love to throw around the word Zen. Python Zen, Emmet was originally called ZenCoding, Agile Zen. It’s everywhere, but I don’t think the average software developer knows what it means beyond “easy” or “flowy”. I’d like to talk about some of the principles of Zen Buddhism and how they apply to the practice of software development, as I see that they map pretty wonderfully and directly between each other, when studied....

RSA: Learn to draw

I’m going to attempt to use the concept of “The First 20 Hours” to learn how to draw. I want to be able to sketch out product designs in a manner that industrial designers do when developing new products. This type of drawing has a very distinctive style that is used to communicate design intent as well as hinting at assembly. Right now, I’m starting the process of skill decomposition to determine what I need to learn in order to become proficient....

Methane Sensor parts have arrived

A while ago I bought this Methane sensor on a whim because it could be used for something interesting, and now comes the interesting. We have a tiki mask in the bathroom as part of our decorations for that room, so I thought, “wouldn’t it be great if when it got really stinky in the bathroom, the tiki mask eyes glowed red, or flashed or something”. So spawned the Tiki Mask of Fart Detection....

Acrylic In Hand

I stopped by Tap Plastic to get some Acrylic. I bought 4ft x 4ft piece cut in half so that I can fit it into my laser cutter. I have time scheduled on Tuesday to use the cutter, so I’m ready. Since I still had a couple of the test pieces left, I glued one piece together and fit it into the 2” ID tube that I’m using to house the wand....

Drawing Disappearing Images

The idea is simple. A plotter that hangs from a wall and draws on a UV-reactive surface with UV leds as the “paint”. Based on the characteristics of the UV-reactive surface, the picture will slowly fade and disappear over time. Since I want this to hang from the wall, there are two ways I can do it. The way most people do it is with two stepper motors with a spool of rope connecting each to a center puck....

First 3D Printed Object

Today, I printed my first object with the makerbot at Makerhaus. It’s a servo bracket for a Futaba S3004 Servo. The idea is to print two of them, and have a pan-tilt head for a laser or something else that’s relatively light, maybe a nerf gun. It looked like this while it was getting printed: It is quite a fascinating thing to design something in a virtual world and see it slowly materialize in the physical world....

Why I'm ditching Moleskine for good

I discovered Moleskines about ten years ago, and I instantly fell in love with them. Previously, I had been stuck writing in composition books, and the Moleskine was a better size, had better paper, a bookmark and elastic band. Back then, they only had a few sizes, only a few paper types, and only a single color. They’ve come a long way since, and until late last year, I was still a die hard Moleskine fan....

Eulogy for an Aerialist

For the last seven years, I’ve called myself an Aerialist. It was a defining part of my identity, the basis of part of my social circle, and something from which I received great joy, but at a great cost. From an early age, I was “double-jointed” in my shoulders. The laxity in my shoulders had always been an interesting thing, worthy of showing off as a kid, but it was a huge liability when I started training aerial....

Bigots happen in any community

I live in Seattle which is a pretty damn accepting place for all walks of life, and while we do have our occasionally bat-shit crazy moments, in general, I feel safe and welcome in Seattle anywhere I go. As an artist, when among the company of other artists in Seattle, I feel really safe. Maybe it’s the tendency to introspection or self-awareness, but I’ve never met a bigoted creative person....

A Minimalist New Year

I have too much stuff. I definitely recognize that I have too much stuff for the space that I live in, to be able to find what I actually use, and to be able to live a comfortable and simple life. That has to change. Sure sure, everyone has new years resolutions, and things that they decide they want to do, need to change, etc. This certainly is one of those posts, but I’m going to be rational about it....