Getting started with using the internet as a sensor

[caption id="attachment_1838" align="alignleft" width="300"] The value 1053 is my commute time, in seconds, returned to the photon.[/caption] There's a lot of data on the internet, and it can make your Arduino or Raspberry pi projects so much cooler. I have a project where my bedside lamp adjusts it's color based on the current weather and foretasted high temperature for the day....Read More

How much does a gram matter?

disclaimer: I am going to use mixed units throughout this blog post. Get over it. I'll also be rounding a lot to the nearest order of magnitude. [caption id="attachment_1814" align="alignleft" width="300"] Stickers on my rims and frame totaled to about 10 grams.[/caption] I recently peeled all of the stickers off my mountain bike. They weighed in at 10 grams. My...Read More

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

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