I live in the middle of Colorado. Like most everyone else in town, I’ve paid my dues working for the Department of Defense and for Worldcom.
Unfortunately, living in an area where the biggest tech employers are the government and telecoms means that we’re not exactly the best location for new technologies. Therefore, I have a lot of hobbies and side projects to keep from going crazy.
I’m constantly trying to learn new technologies and keep abreast of what’s going on in the development world. I have several Open Source projects, and I’m trying to pick up a few new languages as well.
Open Source Projects
- Syntax Highlighter MT - Syntax highlighting plugin for Wordpress.
- Grails ReCaptcha - ReCaptcha plugin for Grails.
- Win32::SystemInfo - Simple Perl module that retrieves memory and processor information on Windows machines.
- KnownDefects - Java library for characterization testing.
My business card lists my occupation as “Maker,” which I think is entirely appropriate. Development is a form of making, as is the construction of physical objects.
- CD Lamp - My most popular project. This was my first foray into woodworking, and while it’s not perfect I’m very happy with how it turned out.
- iPod Stand - This was my first attempt at working with Plexiglass. I didn’t want to spend $15 for a plastic iPod stand online, so I spent $50 for parts and materials to make my own.
- Solder Fume Extractor - It looks good, but for some reason it’s not as effective as I’d hoped. Looks like I need to work on Version 2.0.
- 5.1 Signal Combiner - Quick and dirty hack to play 5.1 audio from both my PC and MacBook through the same speakers.
- Sweeping Lights - Prototype only for now. Plans call for putting everything into an Altoids tin.