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  • Book Review - The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book – December 01, 2016

    In the past year, No Starch Press sent both The LEGO Architect and Geeky LEGO Crafts: 21 Fun and Quirky Projects for a review. On October 6, 2016, I also found Chris McVeigh’s new book, The...

  • Three week thoughts on the Google Pixel – November 13, 2016

    The new Google Pixel smartphone arrived on my door step October 21, 2016; a day after the official release. I preordered the phone the next day. As Google made the phone demonstration at their October 4 event (see video below),...

  • Field Notes Sweet Tooth memo books review – October 09, 2016

    Rhodia has replaced the Moleskine brand as my new favorite notebooks. I currently use a Rhodia Black Webnotebook 5.5 inch x 8.3 inch Dot Grid. I enjoy the Rhodia because of its high quality assembly, thick/no-bleed/gloss paper and...

  • Sketchnote: Exhibit Columbus – October 03, 2016

    I created this sketchnote during the Friday, September 30th, 2016 morning session of Exhibit Columbus. The Exhibit Columbus website describes this event as, “an annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community with programming that alternates between symposium and...

  • Book Review - Geeky LEGO Crafts – October 02, 2016

    Each year before the holidays begin, No Starch Press sends me a review copy of their latest LEGO title. Last year it was the The LEGO Architect and this year it is, Geeky LEGO Crafts: 21 Fun...

  • Sketchnote: Edward Tufte seminar – September 01, 2016

    On Friday, August 26th, 2016 I had the opportunity to attend the EDWARD TUFTE: PRESENTING DATA AND INFORMATION one-day seminar at the Westin in Chicago, Illinois. I generated a sketchnote during the session as I will describe below.

  • Program C.H.I.P. with Python to control LED – August 14, 2016

    The C.H.I.P. packs a lot of power into a tiny board that includes both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It’s the perfect combination of small size and performance to power physical computing projects.

    I recently built a tracked robotic platform, shown...

  • fish and C.H.I.P.s – August 13, 2016

    The PocketC.H.I.P. keyboard can be a bit of bear when trying to enter long commands in the Terminal. C.H.I.P. comes with bash as the default Terminal shell (as do most Debian Linux distributions). However, we are not confined to...

  • Mac to C.H.I.P. USB OTG serial connection – August 07, 2016

    A key feature of the C.H.I.P. is the 4Gb onboard flash memory. Unlike a Raspberry Pi, the C.H.I.P. does not require a microSD card (making the cost to operate a C.H.I.P. even less than a Raspberry Pi). You simply connect...

  • Project Fi bricks meet Pocket C.H.I.P. – July 30, 2016

    In November of 2015, Project Fi (Google’s mobile phone service), sent out Happy Holidays kits to their users. Inside the kit were Project Fi building bricks. Many folks online inaccurately called them LEGO bricks. These bricks are definitely not...

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