from the been-a-long-time department
Whew, it’s been a long time.
Well, here are some new things I’m working on:
- Got a new 3d printer, Prusa i3 built from a kit from norcalreprap.com. Probably do some posts on that thing. Kind of a PITA, but still… fun!
- Starting to design a few things for my printer The first one is a rubber-band-powered plane.
- Oh man, what else? The other thing that has been interesting lately is the idea of using Katas for improving technical skills
from the departmentalizing-things department
I’ve always liked the little “department” thing on slashdot, so I added it to my blog.
from the department
Check it out, my first HTML5 game!
I had no idea…Tweet
Just reading this press release today about Akamai acquiring Cotendo, and it struck me that it’s like enterprise-big-company-speak Mad Libs.
As we look to accelerate growth across the dynamic landscapes of cloud and mobile optimization, we are excited to be joining forces with Cotendo. Cotendo’s technology, partnerships and people are a strong complement to Akamai. Together, we believe there is tremendous opportunity for our combined technologies as enterprises embrace the move to the cloud and seek solutions for an increasingly mobile world.
Mad Lib template:
As we look to accelerate growth across the dynamic landscapes of NOUN optimization, we are excited to be joining forces with COMPANY NAME. COMPANY NAME’s technology, partnerships and people are a strong complement to OTHER COMPANY NAME. Together, we believe there is tremendous opportunity for our combined technologies as PLURAL NOUN embrace ACTIVITY NOUN and seek solutions for an increasingly ACTIVITY NOUN world.
As we look to accelerate growth across the dynamic landscapes of monkey optimization, we are excited to be joining forces with Figs-R-us. Figs-R-us’s technology, partnerships and people are a strong complement to ACME Swim Flippers Co.. Together, we believe there is tremendous opportunity for our combined technologies as unicorns embrace chewing tobacco and seek solutions for an increasingly smelly world.
I got this awesome Arduino Uno microcontroller board a little while ago, and once I figured out how to blink an LED, began looking for another project.
Here it is – a 7-segment LED display that increments each time you press the button.
As you can see in the video, the button is a little touchy. I really don’t know the right way to do this kind of stuff. I’m a apps/software guy after all, but it was fun just to get it hooked up. Wow, thinking in bits again? It’s been a while…
Schematic (BONUS: Hand-drawn because I couldn’t be bothered to figure out any schematic software):
Get it at github where else?
Just some things I’ve been investigating recently that are all awesome:
- I want to build a jacket with LEDs that blink like turn signals for riding my bike in the dark…
- Um holy cow… http://web.mit.edu/press/2011/trillion-fps-camera.html
For open thing, this is the first post written on my iPad. Cool.
Second, look to the left. It’s a gorilla. Neat.
Third, I just realized that the login email field is case-sensitive, which is lame.Tweet
More updates… Just ‘textiled’ the bodies of posts now. That means that line breaks actually show up and I get sort of a wiki-ish markup styling to put in links and such.
I used RedCloth to implement the formatting. Just entails installing a gem.
Then I used this acts_as_textiled plugin which basically makes it so any time the body of a post is output to a page, I don’t even need to do anything to it, it just automatically knows to spit it out as textiled.Tweet
Now I can change my password. That is great because it means I don’t have to reset it every single time I want to log in.Tweet
Hm. Maybe I should enable some sort of whitespace/new lines in my posts. The last one was all just one long paragraph. Also, I can’t edit posts. HA! Edit: Now I can!Tweet
Woohoo! I just implemented password reset. Which is great, becuase I definitely forgot my password as soon as it was set up. Also, new user signup is turned off for now until I can worry about some way of making sure web gnomes don’t sign up if I don’t want them to.
Also, made my text box bigger for entering posts. Sweet.Tweet
Hey, there! This is the first post on my Rails Blog App. Yeah, not exactly original, but I decided I wanted to work on this as the back-end behind my website. You know, just for fun. It’s ridiculously simple right now. I’m typing this out in a tiny text box. So. Yeah. See ya!Tweet