Alright so I’ve got a blog now

I’ve decided to take up the challenge and make a thing a week (or at least make really good progress on whatever it is that I am currently working on).  I need to figure out wordpress a bit to make it work for me and then I am going to get started. Also I don’t know what I want to used for and idea notebook, I’m not sure if WordPress is what I want or a wiki or something else.

Here are the ideas that I have on the ready. I should add that there are two quite distinct categories that I’ll be following – tech and cooking. I doubt that they’ll intersect at all unless I end up getting into sous-vide, which I doubt will happen.

The Tech stuff looks like this right now:

  • B-O-X  I want to make a cool lit up B-O-X for taking to Bandits Games (indoor lacrosse) to get into the fun when there is a penalty. I have two ideas at this point.
    1. Using EL wire and some sort of reasonably durable structure but yet not too difficult to carry and deal with at a game that will hole the wire so that it it the outline or B-O-X with switched to turn them on at the appropriate time.
    2. Having a longing pole with a bunch of bright LEDs and do a POV B-O-X. This would need some small processing (arduino or maybe MSP430) and something to drive the LEDs. I’m not sure if it would need to drive directly or use I2C or SPI or something. I’ll need to look at the speed require to do the POV.
  • Get the GigaPan out of the box and use it and make some amazing pictures. I am thinking a nice picture of Occupy Buffalo could be really cool if I found the proper vantage point for taking the picture. Once I figure it out there are bunches of possibilities.
  • Get going. I’ve go the domain name and the idea. I just need to figure out enough about web stuff to find or build the code. I think it might be fun.
  • Look into Android-Arduino using the ADK that Google put out last year.  I have a bit of a start on this but I need to think of a cool application to make it real. Maybe the POV B-O-X think might be the right app.
  • HexBright – once I get it and figure out how to control the PWM I think some fun will be had. I’m not sure if it is bright enough to make a decent strobe of photo flash, we’ll see. Also some modulated light communication might be fun.
  • Raspberry Pi – I want to get one and get to know it and use it for everything I can think of.
  • Solder up the Pico Paso boards that I bought to give to my friends.
  • Build a pulse oximeter. This will be a bit of a bigger project.  I may break it into parts. Making a decent finger dealy (fingermajigger) with the LEDs and light sensor might be one part. Gathering data to measure the SaO2 level accurately might be another piece and then getting it all together and packaged and documented as sort of a finished product could be another. I’d like to see if I could write an article for make or something about this.

Food things (this list will grow):

  • Bake Pies – Pie Crust is a thing that intimidates me and I am just going to have to get over it and bake some pies.
  • Paneer – This will be fun but might smell bad if I don’t do it right.
  • Pierogis – I’m Polish and should be able to make these in my sleep. I want to get tot he point where whipping out some flour, eggs and farmers cheese is second nature.