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Wonder, Meaning, and Woodcarving

First Published: November 24th, 2016

I spend a lot of time and energy running away from who I am - or who I might be if I fully embrace who I am. I'm always trying to measure myself against some arbitrary standard of where I should be in life, and feel the need to segregate different areas of my thought and writing. The more I live through contrasts of joy and pain, though, the more…

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A Floridian's Guide to the Outdoors (Pt. 1)

First Published: October 1st, 2016

Or: what to do in places where people can go outside without dying of heat exhaustion. Okay, so you want to get started with hiking or camping or something else outside of the four walls in which you eat and sleep and watch Game of Thrones (or Daniel Tiger, depending on your status in life). You start googling, you pull up some web sites, you get…

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The Beauty of the Grind

First Published: September 22nd, 2016

Wow, somehow it is already mid-September. The summer completely flew by, but it was full of adventures. The above is a picture I took while backpacking and camping on Mount Hood. I started this year with the goal of shifting my focus and actions from consuming to making. So far, that thread has pulled me along through many corridors. It's made me…

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Read Analog Data Wirelessly with the Feather HUZZAH and Johnny-Five

First Published: May 10th, 2016

Want to get into IoT development but not sure how? Got a shiny new Adafruit Feather HUZZAH with the amazing ESP8266 chip? Want to control it with JavaScript? Well, thanks to the fine folks on the Firmata team, now you can. I got my Feather HUZZAH from the kind people at Losant in one of their builder kits and got inspired to try to re-purpose…

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Wild Edible Plants & Minimalism

First Published: April 16th, 2016

March brought with it a sort of turning point. A shift in perspective. I've had a fun and busy few months since I went all-in on my plan to turn my life into an adventure of crafting instead of consuming, but March was a whirlwind. After traveling for a week, I returned home to a visit from some good friends from New York and Seattle. The next day…

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IoTReX: Developing a New Platform for Hardware with Observables

First Published: March 24th, 2016

Some of my neighbors keep plastic dinosaurs on display in their yard (because Portland). I was starting to type out a title for this and realized that with the combination of IoT and RxJS it would just be irresponsible of me not to title it IoTReX. Plus, look at that symmetry, it's beautiful. Back in January , I wrote that I realized reactive…

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First Published: March 2nd, 2016

It's been a while since my last update, but it certainly hasn't been for lack of stuff to talk about. In addition to seeing both Talib Kweli and Godspeed You! Black Emperor in the same weekend and taking a quick trip to LA, I made some good progress in the rest of January and February on all of my making and crafting endeavors. To start with, I…

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