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.

Development

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

Making

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. The Shining Light
  • 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. ;) iPod Stand
  • 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. Solder Vent Fan
  • 5.1 Signal Combiner - Quick and dirty hack to play 5.1 audio from both my PC and MacBook through the same speakers. 5.1 Signal Combiner
  • Jam Jar Pulse Jet - From Make magazine Jam Jar Pulse Jet

  • Sweeping Lights - Prototype only for now. Plans call for putting everything into an Altoids tin.

Non-Technical Making

  • Marble Magnets
    Marble Magnets
  • Zelda Shirt - DIY silkscreening, plus painting. Zelda Shirt - Nearly Done
  • Christmas Mice
    Oddball
  • Cuban Pork - This has been declared an official holiday dish at my house. Day 3 - The Finished Product