Some Productivity Tips

I get things done. And as a boss, if there's one thing that I look for in employees, it's not intelligence or ability, but their ability to get stuff done. So here are some basic rules I have that help me be more productive day in and day out. 1) Turn off notifications More and more the research shows we...Read More

A Letter To My Brother about Finances

My brother is about to finish school and start his first job. I'm writing this post to him, based on lessons and things I've learned along the way, but hopefully it's helpful to everyone! My financial goal here is to live comfortably (not excessively) and be able to retire someday! If your employer has retirement matching, max it out! This is...Read More

Getting started with the Particle Photon

I love using all flavors of Arduino in the engineering classes I teach. They're great tools, and students do some truly awesome stuff with them. More and more, students want to build connected devices.  This used to require an expensive WiFi shield or Ethernet shield, or require the students to switch to developing on a Raspberry Pi. Enter the particle Photon:...Read More

Wireless Google Calendar Display using Raspberry Pi and Arduino

When I'm not in my office, I like for people to know where to find me. Am I teaching a class? Working from home? In the manufacturing area? So I thought it'd be cool to build a little device that I could put in my office window that shows where I'm at and when I'll be back... On the window...Read More

ATtiny85 and the Particle Photon

As you know: I love all things Arduino and use them extensively both as a hobby and as a teaching tool... I wanted to talk about a few products that I've been especially stoked on lately, just for those nerdy blog readers out there. ATtiny85 [caption id="attachment_1637" align="alignleft" width="300"] Here's the ATtiny connected to two 8-bit shift registers to give it...Read More

Home Buying

My last post was more than 8 months ago! I want to start updating my blog again, So we'll start with the biggest update I can think of: we bought a house. A little background: [caption id="attachment_1630" align="alignright" width="300"] In early 2015, Boulder housing prices began to climb steadily[/caption] The city of Boulder is surrounded by a moat of open-space...Read More

Poormans Nest

[caption id="attachment_1616" align="alignright" width="300"] Ok, for sure not as sexy as the NEST[/caption] I start a lot of projects and never finish them. So in the spirit of documenting where I've been, here's my Poorman's Nest.  Here I'm using one of my Microview's I had laying around A potentiometer (on pin A0) A small digital temperature sensor (on pin 3)...Read More

The Future Value of Money

We live in a subscription society. Gone are the days of buying music albums. Instead, you can pay $10 a month to listen to all the albums you want.  When my friends are telling me about how great a subscription service is, they usually light up and say something to the effect of It only costs Ten Bucks a month!...Read More