Homebrewing a Tool Box with LEDs!

Some times you just want to make stuff with no real practical purpose! Some call it art. I call it fun. I have wanted a toolbox with LEDs inside so it’s easier to find stuff in the dark. So I set out to make as ‘unique’ (that’s being gentle!) a box as I could using…

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2016 Bmore Comic Con

What place does art have in science, technology, engineering and math? And more importantly, what’s this got to do with the 2016 Baltimore Comic Con?

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Rise of The Purple Collar Worker

A little background in case you’ve never heard the terms blue collar or white collar jobs. To be a blue collar worker was to hold a job that tended to be more physical labor and less education.  Whereas as white collar workers tended to be the office drones, sometimes requiring college education.  Blue collar tended to…

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Maker Lessons from Cooking

You may not have an electronics laboratory or woodworking shop at your home, but chances are you do have a kitchen. There is also a chance that every now and then you use for it’s intended purpose of cooking food. In my mind cooking is the original Maker skill. Instead of mixing together electronic components,…

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Prototyping Workflow using the Silhouette Portrait

Long the tool of choice of scrapbookers and wedding invite makers, the humble electronic tool is finding itself more and more a part of industrial design workflows. Known to many as a Cricut machine (Cricut being a company that manufacturers these tools, think Kleenex versus tissues or Windex versus window cleaner) these “CNC knives” are very…

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Making BIG Things In SMART Ways

If you are interested developing a lightweight project management ethos, may I recommend these four books: Creativity, Inc. : Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile…

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Passion. It Makes All The Difference.

I was recently asked to help mentor some upcoming graduates with their interviewing skills. Aside from the perfunctory suggestions of showing up on time and bringing extra copies of your resume, the most important thing I stressed was you must, above all else, exude passion. Here’s the reality.  Universities are cranking out degree holders at…

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On Invention and Making

It would seem that the opposition to the the Ahmed Mohamed situation has derided into an almost comical “debate” as to whether or not his homebrewed clock was worthy of being considered an invention or not; and I suppose therefore questioning his motives?  I am not sure really what the purpose of adults denigrating a…

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Why I Stand With Ahmed

This past week a young 9th grader in Irving, Texas was arrested for his curiosity. Ahmed Mohamed, like many teenage nerds (For the record I am also a teenage nerd, I just happen to have an additional 15 years of experience) has innate desire to understand how things work and a desire to make things they conceive…

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Experience The Future of Entertainment Today!

There is some history behind the fact we call movies “motion pictures“.  When technology progressed to the point that movies were possible, we attempted to simply transpose still photography artistic skills onto the new medium. After all, photography had an approximately 70 year period to perfect the skills and practices, so what worked for still photography…

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