We make mistakes.
We make progress.
We make enemies.
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We make fools of ourselves.
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We make breakfast.
We make lunch.
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We make it worth while.
We make out.
We make babies.
We make love.
We make war.
We make peace.
TechShop Pittsburgh had their open house tonight, and I took my two boys. It was packed, but they seemed to enjoy it. It looks like they still have a lot of items to move into the shop, but I was definitely geeking out on what was there already.
If you’re an alumnus/a of Carnegie Mellon or a student/administrator/faculty, you’ve probably heard of the Loyal Scot program. It’s a program designed to increase alumni participation and outreach. To become a Loyal Scot, you must:
Update your contact information to stay informed
Get involved (volunteer, attend events, etc.)
Give back, i.e. donate some money
Show your pride by wearing the CMU logo, liking CMU on Facebook, etc.
Here’s a costume I built for my son for Halloween. It’s made of EVA foam. I used Pepakura and the videos from the awesome TheHeroTutorials videos on YouTube put up by user Stealth from the RPF forums. The design files came from user unheard on www.405th.com. Many, many, many thanks to these two individuals for their videos and design work.
Here’s a video of the voice-to-led function that lights up the mouth piece when he talks.
Alcoa is one of the entities supporting this, but there’s no mention of Pittsburgh. They’re opening a TechShop in Pittsburgh, and you’ve got places like Pitt and CMU nearby that are working on pretty high tech stuff.
So I was unable to take my son to “take your child to work” day (or whatever it is technically called) on the actual day. But I told him that if things worked out, I’d do it another day at our lab. Well, things worked out. Continue reading “Make Your Kid Work Day”
So my son had a project where he had to write a journal as a “spy” in ancient Egypt. As part of his project, he could create a topographical map for extra credit. My wife had the idea (why didn’t I????) to use my MakerBot to print it out. Off to Thingiverse for help! Read more if you’d like to learn how to do this. Continue reading “A topographical map”
Here’s Toothy the Timer, a little project I made to help my kids brush their teeth for the right amount of time. I originally made a through hole version, but I wanted to make an SMD version to help me practice surface mount soldering.
Here’s a quick hack I did a while ago to my VS200 food sealer.
I bought this some years ago to use for sealing up meats and such after a trip to a club store. It was cheap, but it had one problem: To seal, it went through a pre-programmed routine. This was pull a vacuum until a vacuum switch trips, continue pulling vacuum for about 30 seconds, and then seal for about 9 seconds. This meant that if the bag was small and evacuated quickly, or, more importantly, if I just wanted to make a new bag up, I had to go through the entire cycle. Waste of time, especially if I have to seal 30 or so bags or make up a bunch of new bags. More expensive units have seal-only functions, but I didn’t want to spend the money for that when I bought mine.
So, I flipped it over, removed the Phillips screws, destroyed the sunk security screw, and gained access to the innards. Behold, a PIC microcontroller, power supply, vacuum switch, and associated electronics goodies. Continue reading “Quick Hack of a VS200 Food Sealer”