24Eng Portfolio Year 05

Before the blog
First-year
Second-year
Third-year
Fourth-year
Fifth-year <<<<<<<
Sixth year

I have a list of my Press STUFF.
At the start of the fifth year, I was basically living in Reno while away at 100% travel while simultaneously writing for Hackaday. The approach to projects was to work on them and publish them as a series only interrupted by weekly updates and podcasts.

The first project completed in the fifth year was a whimsical approach to a paper airplane. It relied on a laser cutter to make an airplane profile and paper for the wings. Holes for the airfoils were airfoil-shaped, and the edges of the model acted as a ruler for measuring paper.

Laser cutting was also used in the second project of the year. This one was musical in nature but maybe not execution. The TineBox was a way to make a tuned musical instrument with minimal effort and a laser cutter. All the tuned elements were part of the cutting file, so they were precisely cut.


As a fun weekend project, I made a dice box. It was intended to be a fancier-than-necessary way to carry my dice, but it needed a twist to make it stand out. A dice rolling tower was integrated to give it some extra functionality. I was pleased with how it turned out even if the edges stuck a bit.

The ModuKey project turned out a totally usable keyboard which I use daily at work. It was intended to keep improving and will hopefully see a future revision, but V1.0 was as far as it got.

A simple hack under pressure. At work, a former employee left without revealing the code for a locking drawer, and it fell to me to open it. Rather than try one thousand combinations, I implemented a way to beat these weak locks in a few minutes and nine-hundred-ninety-nine fewer tries than the worst-case scenario.

If you have ever had to put something on the end of a bolt that was too small, there is a chance that wrapping a bit of wire around it may mate the two.

LEGO building blocks were a big part of my childhood, and the same can be said of many people, older and younger than me. Using them as puppets could be an easy way to make a low-budget video with minimal equipment, but lighting cannot be overstated.

Team Magnet Fish Spectacular, I came up with that name, was a hackathon team who took on the task of recreating the beloved plastic game where fish travel in a little disc and kids try to catch them with plastic fishing rods. This version was built to the scale of a kiddy pool with life-size fishing rods.

At my yearly family reunion, I like to bring my science-savvy second-cousin a tidbit from my project work. At the time, I was working on keyboards, which are not particularly exciting by themselves, but keyswitches and lights are fun, so I carefully placed a battery holder, and RGB LED onto a breakout board so that three switches could control the colors of a light.

IKEA furniture is excellent and assembling it yourself shows you how it fits together in a way you may not understand otherwise. I wanted to take a floor lamp with a bulky base and turn it into a light above my bed, and I did that with a custom bracket.

Star Trek: The Next Generation influenced me as a kid and getting hot tea on command is definitely in my future. For now, I will settle with water heated for my tea. This is not a complicated or ingenuitive project, but it was fun.

Teleprompters are slick pieces of equipment for professionals, but anyone can build one with a few materials. This was my second, and I improved on the design by making it larger and collapsible for easy transport and storage. Both pictures below were taken simultaneously, from inside or facing the teleprompter.


While at BDYHAX, I got a new implant since an implanter had some on-hand. At the time of the implant, the VivoKey Spark was in a closed-beta and notoriously hard to find.

Each of my ModuKey builds has been unique. I started naming them, and this one was called Lazy Brown Dog. It is large and mounted on chunky brown wood platforms. That was no coincidence.

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