Steam Locomotive Contruction in the 1930s | GeekDad.

Remembering Neil Armstrong, the Stuff of Legends

Posted: 25th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in Space
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Check out my obituary for Neil Armstrong over on GeekDad.

Remembering Neil Armstrong, the Stuff of Legends | GeekDad | Wired.com.

Adafruit Ask an Educator Answers My Question!

Posted: 25th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in Tutorial

I’m working on putting together a Maker club at work. I love the Adafruit Academy but wanted to know how one goes about becoming an instructor for the credit. I emailed Adafruit and they were kind enough to answer in an awesome Ask An Educator post! Check it out!

ASK AN EDUCATOR – “How does one become the appropriate instructor for the Adafruit Badges?” « adafruit industries blog.

MAKE | 555 Timer Weekend Projects

Posted: 25th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in Electronics, Projects
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As I mentioned previously, Hans Camenzind, creator of the 555 IC, passed away recently. Make has been honoring him with various posts all week that celebrate the 555. With this post, they have a great list of 555 projects you can work on this weekend. If you’re curious about electronics, this might be a good place to start and dig in!

MAKE | 555 Timer Weekend Projects.

Counting Down to World Maker Faire!

Posted: 20th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in Events
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I am getting excited about World Maker Faire! It will be my second Maker Faire, my first having been the Bay Area Maker Faire this past fall. I wrote up a post for GeekDad back then about how excited I was and much of it still holds true. It promises to be exciting! I will be there, along with my GeekMom wife, at the GeekDad/GeekMom booth. Be sure to stop by and say hi!

MAKE | Counting Down to World Maker Faire!.

SparkFun – DIY Guitar Pickups

Posted: 20th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in Electronics, Tutorial
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I love the “According to Pete” series from SparkFun Electronics. Have a look at this week’s edition about DIY guitar pickups and make sure you catch some of the back episodes if you are new to the series!

According to Pete – DIY Guitar Pickups – News – SparkFun Electronics.

Sound Off! MAKE Asks: Intro to Maker Culture

Posted: 16th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in General
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Make wants to know all about your discovery of Maker culture. Go check it out and let your voice be heard!

MAKE | MAKE Asks: Intro to Maker Culture.

Hans Camenzind, 555 Timer Inventor, Dies

Posted: 16th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in Electronics
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Sad news in the electronics world. If you’ve ever started to look at a lot of basic circuits you have probably seen the 555 and its conjoined twin sibling, the 556. It is almost hard to escape learning electronics without exposure to this neat little IC. A moment of peace for the creator of a legend.

Hans Camenzind, 555 timer inventor, dies. (Via Adafruit Blog)

Adafruit Pi Dish for Raspberry Pi

Posted: 16th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in Electronics, Hardware, Raspberry Pi
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This may be the rig for the next Raspberry Pi I buy. I want to do more breadboarding and development with the Raspi. The Adafruit gang really is awesome at predicting exactly what I will need/want to keep my workstation looking good.

 

Adafruit Pi Dish for Raspberry Pi – Includes Breadboard ID: 942 – $22.50 : Adafruit Industries, Unique & fun DIY electronics and kits.

Controlling AC Devices with XBee – iDigi Blog

Posted: 15th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in Electronics

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I really think I need to get a few XBee modules for my home automation project. (see the github link on the right for HAL)

Controlling AC Devices with XBee – iDigi Blog.