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Poke the Box Review

This book is important. Read this book. Now! The world is waiting to see, hear, feel, taste, your work. Ship it. Get it out there. Have you noticed the website looks better, the tutoring page is set up, blog posts and books are being written, a podcast is starting. Thank […]

1 Day Design Project: Bag Hack

Introduction My wife bought this awesome bag in Amsterdam. It’s the perfect size, functional, and stylish. After having had it for two years, it’s time for an update. She wanted to add a new patch, covering up or getting rid of the old one. Once we found the perfect patch, […]

1 Day Design Project

Project:  Replace the boring old knob on the shower exhaust fan dial. Step 1: Find your project You know what mine is, go find yours. I slid the old knob off of the wall dial and took some measurements, notes, thoughts, drawings, and now I’m ready to begin. Step 2: […]

Add Some Randomness to Your (WordPress) Website

Every time you refresh the page, this picture of the book(s) will change:   Install a wordpress Plugin called (PHP Code for Posts) Then, write a simple program which randomly generates a number, then displays a certain line of code (for a picture) into the spot where you want you […]

Big Magic Book Review

Thank you for writing this book. This book presents the awesome idea of Big Magic in a really cool way. It’s interesting and well written. The answer is always the same: “More wonder, please.” As she mentions in the book, some critics of her last hit Eat, Pray, Love thought […]

Data and Information Visualization Part II

Sometimes it is important to create your own figures when they don’t exist. (see Data and Information Visualization Part I) The example I’d like to give is from a paper titled “Thermal Performance of Domestic Replacement A19 LED Lighting Products.” The paper highlights the varied nature of LED heat sink […]

Aaron Swartz Book Reccomendations

Below is a boiled-down reading list from The Boy Who Could Change the World. Raymond Smullyan, 5000 BC George Saunders, In Persuasion Nation: Stories Robert Karen, Becoming Attached Scott McCloud, Making Comics: Joan Didion, Political Fictions Poundstone, Fortune’s Formula Murer, The Big Con: The Power Broker by Robert Caro The […]

Data and Information Visualization

If a picture is worth a thousand words then a graph or chart is worth at least a thousand words. (see Data and Information Visualization Part II) The ability to understand and create graphs or figures is essential for anyone interested in Science Technology Engineering or Mathematics. Here’s a great […]

Print a Pi Day

Happy Pi day. You can download the 3D files at Thingverse! Then find a 3D printer, print one, and send it to someone you love! P.S. This “pi pie” should fit in the palm of your hand.

7 Best Self-Help Books

The 7 Best Self-Help Books in no particular order (includes Affiliate links to Amazon): How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael J. Gelb Draw insights, experiences, and creativity building habits from one of the best minds of all time. Develop the mindset and virtues which allowed the genius […]

Tibetan knots

“…Tibetan endless knots, symbols for the impermanence and interdependence of all life and the union of wisdom and compassion. Between the knots was an image of two golden fish with large eyes, which represents sentient beings crossing the ocean of existence with the clear sight of wisdom as well as […]

Our Cells are Listening…

“[Elissa Epel and her colleague ELizabeth Blackburn] conclude that our cells are actually ‘listening to our thoughts’.” – The Book of Joy

Simplicity in Design

Simplicity is an essential property of good design. It saves time, money, resources, and is easier to understand and analyze. A design’s simplicity is often measured by the number of parts that make it up. The fewer the parts, the simpler the design, which also means fewer opportunities for failure. […]

Maker Manifesto

Make something. Now. That’s the message of this great book. It will motivate you to take control of your maker destiny and explore your creative talents. Meet someone, learn something, go somewhere… Mark Hatch captures how and why so many of us join the maker movement. His calls to action […]

Ball Balancer Control System

This is a video after adding anti-windup to our PID control system. The system attempts to rest/balance the ball in the center of the beam. (I worked with Dewen Y. on this project) storey_controls_project_nd

Design Excercise 1

Design a tandem tricycle with an optional third rider.     One possible solution, inspired by a toy at a neighboring kindergarten in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  

Wir Sind Groß

Immer da, wenn alle Stricke reißen Einfach so, wir müssen nichts beweisen Ich trete die Pedale, du hältst mein Rücken Fahrrad aus’m Park erst morgen früh zurück bringen Zeit ist knapp, wir sind verschwenderisch Man sagt, nichts hält für immer, doch ey warum denn nicht Was sagt der Rest der […]

Math Practice – #2

Number Theorey?, Pure Math?, Charles Babbage GIVEN: At Charles Babbage’s Wedding (fictional) the tables are labeled ‘A’ to ‘Z’. Each of the center pieces is an arrangement of golden spheres. These golden spheres are arranged on the tables as follows: FIND: How many golden spheres are there on Table ‘F’? […]

Math Practice – #1

Flow, Related Rates, Geometry, Caclulus, Control Volumes, Volume, Rate, Unit Conversions GIVEN: A rectangular tub is being filled with the drain open. PROBLEM: The tub begins empty. More water is entering the tub than draining from it. If 1 gallon/minute is flowing into the tub, and 0.5 gallons/minute are flowing […]

David Foster Wallace on the Radio

In tribute to the first time I ever heard David Foster Wallace’s voice: Language usage and more, you can listen too: http://www.bu.edu/wbur/storage/2001/03/theconnection_0330_2.mp3   original link at:  http://theconnection.wbur.org/2001/03/30/english-language-usage For a whole bunch more visit: http://www.dfwaudioproject.org/interviews-profiles/

The Brothers Karamazov Book Review

The Brothers Karamazov is a classic and favorite book of many friends. Breaking open a 700+ page book may find you speeding through the beginning, thirsty for progress. However, along the way you’ll settle into the world that Dostoyevsky has created, grateful for its depth and bredth. Filled with fully […]

A Short History of Nearly Everything Book Review

Bill Bryson at times has a voice so similar to Douglas Adams that occasionally I felt as if I were reading the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This book is great, period. At it’s best, it’s equal parts education and entertainment, rare in science writing. At it’s worst, it’s informational […]

Engineering, Design, and Technology Booklist

The Following is a booklist from Mechanical Engineering Magazine: Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas by James Adams FLying Buttresses, Entropy, and O-Rings: The World of an Engineer by James Adams Engineering and the Mind’s Eye by Eugene Ferguson Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman The Existential […]

The Life-Chaning Magic of Tidying Up Book Review

This book changed my life. It is the reason I’ve started writing book reviews and using affiliate links. I’ll take a kick-back for someone buying a book that changes their life for the better! This book is beautifully done at every level. Simple, beautiful, and properly proportioned before you even […]

MSOC TED talk

After using the awesome language learning app Duolingo, I started to wonder how such a great app could be free. I googled “how does Duolingo make money?” and found my way to this incredible TED talk:

Mac keyboard shortcuts

OS: Ctl + ↓ This will place all your current windows of your active application side by side.(This will also allow you to use the keyboard arrows to select a window) Ctl + ↑ This will place all your current applications laid-out. ⌘ + ↓ This will launch or open […]