Lauren’s Desk

Lauren was using her desk for art and computing. She sketched out a design and I quickly drew it in sketchup. Desk Concept We decided

DIY Calibration tools

I had purchased Fowler 52-520-109-0 Dial Indicator with 1" Travel with +/-0.5% measurement accuracy. Fowler Dial Indicator I wanted to measure the alignment of my

Math of the Kreg 720

The Pocket-Hole Jig 720 uses Kreg Automaxx™ to enable one-motion clamping by simultaneously clamping your workpiece and automatically adjusting to the exact thickness of your

Making PDFs editable

I automate everything and PDFs are so easy to fill in automatically. It's a digital world and we just live in it. It's so frustrating

Autoscoring with Matlab

While I qualified a long time ago on the M9, I never really learned to be a good shot. Now, I'm trying to learn to

Torsion Table for Shapeoko

I needed a torsion table to make sure my Shapeoko XXL had a solid foundation. Dimensions for the Shapeoko are available here. The basic idea

Lauren’s Bed

Overall Design Lauren was disappointed when we had to take 30" away from her already small room to build a bench for a duct after adding a furnace to the third floor. Lauren did an initial sketch of what she wanted to build. Her overall goal was to maximize the Continue Reading

The Codebreaker

Walter Issacson’s words formed my understanding of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci. Given his habit of writing engaging biographies from the most well known people on the planet, I was surprised to hear that his latest book was about someone I’ve never heard of: Jennifer Continue Reading

Organize Images

I deleted and recovered a large number of photos (thanks foremost). However, a large number of images from a browser cache was messing up my photo library. Who wants to keep 10,000 of these images stored on my harddrive? I used the number of unique colors to filter them out Continue Reading

The Making of a Manager

I’m a manager and have been one for 20 years. The Air Force never gave me the chance to be an individual contributor except for 5 months where I wrote FORTRAN code to develop chemical dispersion models. A manager leaves behind their individual contributor role and assumes responsibility for the Continue Reading

Sled for Picture frame

Making perfect miters is hard and doing the math to get the inner rabbit dimension to add up isn’t easy. One thing I’ve learned about making stuff is that jigs make life better. I love making picture frames. Not only do I enjoy saving money, but I love dressing up Continue Reading

Meaningful Work

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to folks like me trying to connect their vocation to meaning, but I had to get past a rough start. "It’s not the chocolate, it’s the chocolate." is the banner quote of this book — a book I was seeking to help Continue Reading

What you do is who you are

This book was a timely opportunity to understand the intersection of culture and action. Ben Horowitz is the cofounder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs building the next generation of leading technology companies. The firm’s investments include Airbnb, GitHub, Facebook, Continue Reading

Crossing the Chasm

Crossing the Chasm is a marketing book by Geoffrey A. Moore that explores the dynamics of marketing high tech products in early stage startups. While an older book, it continues to be read because the exploration and expansion of the diffusions of innovations model continues to have a significant and Continue Reading