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Led Lamps (Photo credit: Dedication of Merits)

OK, rebooting… stand by…

All right, here’s where I am: I now run a production company out here in Sonoma County, which if anything gives me even more reason to make stuff and use it credibly as part of my business.

The upshot of this is that I’m 99% likely to start YouTubing my projects, including teardowns, characterizations, research and more. So, if you’re into fat dudes tearing electronics apart with gusto, stay tuned, should be fun!

And now, the updated project list:

  • A motion-control rig (start with two-axis, then move to automate dolly and even perhaps crane/jib)
  • (Still want) flexible LED lighting in both tungsten (3900K) and daylight (5600K) color temperatures, without kowtowing to Litepanels
  • A high-quality DIY reflow oven, built from a toaster oven, but with the ability to program reflow profiles at runtime
  • A solar-powered weather station, including wireless sensor network and the ability to update the firmware over-the-air

I know, I know. It’s like Christmas reading this list, I kinda want to already have gotten started (oh hey, I have already gotten started(!), and will be posting about each of these projects to properly introduce where I’m at with them!) In the “pending” category are the following projects:

  • The home power meter is on the back burner with all the other awesomeness I’m trying to get to.
  • Wine Biz Radio is on a more-or-less permanent hiatus, so getting an “on-air” light isn’t quite as pressing as it once was. Yeah.

And I promise you, I’ll love this blog much more than I have for the last umpteen months.


Why on Earth would someone want to make everything themselves? I mean, isn’t it cheaper to just hustle down to the Target/Best Buy/Wal-Mart/Costco and buy it cheap?

Well, I suppose in one sense, it is cheaper, in that it might take less money to accomplish that, at least for now.

[Engage Tin-Foil Hats]

But in a world where oil prices are increasing, transportation costs will start to climb, meaning those cheap products will stop being cheap. I’ll leave the doomsday conclusion to that thought for another day. Suffice it to say, however, that possessing the tools and skills to build things yourself is going to really help in the decades to come, perhaps more than at any time since the end of World War II.

[Okay, Tin-Foil Hats Off]

This little corner of the world is going to chronicle all of my side projects. Builds regarding items that actually can be used to build things. Builds of general interest. Builds that interest nobody but me. I know that makes it a mixed bag, but it’s my party, and I’m going to make the rules.

So, why is this sexy? I don’t know, just ask my wife. It gets her ridiculously turned on that I make stuff. Okay, that’s an exaggeration. Actually, it has more to do with the fact that I’m working on her projects, and she generally expresses her appreciation in an PG-related manner.

What projects am I looking to profile on this blog? Well, here’s an incomplete list, in no particular order:

So, watch this space for further developments.


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