Various electronics, welding and crafting projects -- pretty much everything that isn't related to the DeLorean, as well as a chronicle of my computer history and toy collection. The most recent projects are shown on this page.
I got fed up the problems I was having with the Raspberry Pi 2/Linux combo that was running my Magic Mirror, so I replaced it with a second generation Intel Compute Stick running Windows 10. This was fairly quick to do, and has given me fewer problems and is notably snappier to work with.
I like having a drink with me, but I also like having my hands free and don't want to carry it around all the time. The solution was to make my own drink carrier that would clip onto a belt loop.
With the forthcoming iOS 10 HomeKit updates, I decided to finally get Siri support for my SmartThings, Nest and Insteon hardware. None of these directly support HomeKit (well, Insteon does, if you want to buy a new hub), but some industrious developers have put together their own intermediary solution to this problem, Homebridge. I decided to take that route, and add my own support for Insteon FanLinc devices.
With Comcast's expansion of data caps, I started looking into how to monitor both per-app usage on my Macs, as well as per-machine usage on my network. I went with two solutions: Little Snitch and Gargoyle.
One day I came across Michael Teeuw's Magic Mirror project -- a Raspberry Pi displaying daily information on a portrait mode HDTV behind a two way mirror. This seemed like a great project, and I decided that I wanted to build my own (updated December 26th, 2015).
The laundry is in the basement, but we're usually on the second floor. The variable length cycle of our washer and dyer make it hard to time when they will be done, and the variable running speed makes it difficult for a vibration sensor to accurately report when they're completed. I decided to take advantage of my SmartThings ThingShield and build my own completion sensor that monitored the LEDs on both appliances to send push notifications to my phone.
I needed a new welding project, and Zoe needed a way to store her bakelite bracelets. A weekend later, and I had built her a wall-mounted rack to store her bangles.
Building three desktop speaker stands with some steel stock and a welder.
Using a Seiki 50" UHD TV (and later a Samsung 55" curved UHD TV) as a desktop computer monitor with Windows.
mid 2014, updated early 2017
Using a propane heater and strip curtains to allow sunlight into a garage while keeping the cold out and the heat in.
Using 12v scooter batteries to provide workshop power in my rented garage.
An Arduino-based project to convert a Diamond Select Flux Capacitor replica into a CPU activity meter and low memory indicator.
Construction of a large ring-shaped computer table for my home office.
Building a carrying strap mount for my Apple Powerbooks and MacBook Pros so that I could carry it easily.
circa 2001 - 2006
Indiana Jones inspired collapsing coat hangers made of brass tubing and chain from the local hardware store. I went through a few iterations, but I'm pretty happy with the final design.
circa 1999 - 2000