Holy @#$% it’s the White House!


I got an email from the Senior Advisor of Making at the White House. Now it was mentioned to me, by friends at Adafruit, that they would be putting my name in with a list of Makers for the White House to connect with. Still it just hit me as I responded to the email that I am responding to an email from a senior staff member at the frig’n White House!

I have never been in this kind of position before. People normally think I am a crazy man when I go on about how important the Maker movement is to our future. We are the world’s new R&D community and the best of us share information and collaborate with everyone else.

Makers are kicking ass all over the world and I am just glad to be a part of it.

Emily is testing out a new safety badge I made for playing Pokemon at night.

Mushrooms are terrifying…

This picture was taken at about 8:30 am when I left for work.


This is from just a few minutes ago (9pm).


It’s growing so fast… we shall have to eat them soon. FWI, I got this for $6 at Grocery Outlet.

Beating my self up for no reason

Man today was not a good day for me and tech. Sometimes things don’t work out the he way they should and I tend to really beat myself up over it. Then I realize that it is not that I am bad at what I do, just that what I am doing is really hard. More and more of the stuff I am doing these days is off the map. There are no guides or tutorials to follow. If I am lucky I can find something to build on top of, but even that only gets me 15% of the way there.

I love a challenge and I am certainly in the thick of it all more and more. Today I forgot that people are used to the well established plug and play tech that we use every day. Not really thinking about how much work went into making a near bullet proof device that can be supported by a few tech docs and low paid call center rep.

Being on the fringe means taking risks and most do not pay off. I have 5 out of 7 pieces of tech in this project that are preforming flawlessly. All but one is unique, custom designed, built and programmed by me. I have learned many lessons that are already leading to better and more reliable tech to drive similar projects in the future.

Being a maker is more about how we fail and what we choose to do with that failure. We can let us eat us up alive or pick up the pieces and get back to work.

Now I am heading home to try out some cheap irrigation parts on the gravity fed watering system for my patio garden…

I choose to make.

Off the grill and ready to eat :)

Fire up the grill

1 rack of marinaded pork ribs and a mess of Jalapeno Poppers on the grill.

Making Low Carb Jambalaya

Two Circuit Playground sensor tests.

Evening visitor

First test game at PBLI

We got Midnight Carnival finished enough to do a game with some of the staff. Not everything was working 100%, but everyone had a lot of fun. 20K is next