NeoPixel Shield Fun and a Robot Sim!

Back at Maker Faire, I picked up a few cool things to play with. One of these things was a Adafruit NeoPixel Shield for the Arduino. For those who don't know, the NeoPixel is an addressable LED that Adafruit Industries sells. The shield (that I got) is a board with 40 of these LED's on it. The thing that makes this device (and LED's for that matter) so wonderful, is that it only requires a three wire connection, those being positive (+), negative (-) and data. This means that you can use as many Read more [...]
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Maker Faire 2013!

The title says it all! Today was the first day of World Maker Faire and what a day it was! The day started out a bit on the rainy side, but the rain was short lived and at about 10:30 the skies cleared up and Maker Faire was in full swing. I started to day off by loading up on some cool stuff from Maker Shed, so expect to see some projects with some of that stuff to come soon. Aside from hardware I also picked up a few books for the liberty as you can never have too many books. After my Read more [...]
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Off To World Maker Faire 2013

This Saturday and Sunday (9/21-22), there is going to be an event called World Maker Faire, to be held on the NYC World Fair Grounds. I am very excited to say that I will be going! I went to this show last year and had a really good time, thought this year I plan on starting earlier in the day and staying longer.

There is just so much to see and do, I’m hoping I learn some cool things and maybe come home with a few new toys 🙂

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Hidden in my backyard – Silver Lake

I have lived on Staten Island my whole life, but despite that, there are still many different places on this Island that I have not been. This is true for a lot of Islanders, as there is just so much here and a lot of it is not well known. Today, with a friend, I went and visited a place I never knew existed called Silver Lake Park. Silver Lake Park is not a place that is hidden away, but in fact, is located at the crossing of two main roads on Staten Island. The reason I never knew of it was Read more [...]
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Light Knight 0.7!

It's only been a few days since I released V0.5 but after some playing of the game and a little feed back (two people 🙂 ) I have made a few changes and I fixed a whole lot of bugs. [Jump to the download] The first release, I found to have even more problems then I thought it would have. I patched some very quickly and just updated the link one the first post but I found I had other issues. This leaves me now with V0.7 the second release of Light Knight. The plan is to first try and see Read more [...]
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Light Knight

Find Version 0.7 Here! I was able to complete my beta game faster then  I thought, so now it is ready to be tested by others. The name I have chosen for the puzzle/game is Light Knight. Though I might change it in the future, I based the name on the movement of each player and the effect of lighting up empty spaces. The Rules: The rules to this game are pretty simple and they are the following. Two players will start on either side of the board Each player has a color, Player 1 Read more [...]
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I’m making a Puzzle!

Its been a few days since my last post, so I thought I would share some info on one of the projects that I am currently working on. Over the past few days I have been watching a show called Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle. In short, its a show revolving around different puzzles and unlocking the power of the human brain. I found the show to be very entertaining, and I also found the different puzzles they played to be fascinating. Some of these puzzles that were displayed are not very possible to Read more [...]
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Zune Bubble Pop

This post is a little late to the game, but I didn't have this blog back in the heyday of the Zune so I'm posting this now. For those of you who remember, the Zune was a media device created by Microsoft. I say media device rather then mp3 or music player because the Zune did (dose) more then just music. In fact, the Zune did (dose) quite a bit and at a very high quality. Thought I'm getting a little off topic. Bubble Pop, is a game/app that I created back in the summer-fall of 2010. This is Read more [...]
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I’m a Tin Smith

While it might not be known to many, I am a Tin Smith. To be precise, I am a Tin Smith who practices the trade from the mid 19th century. For a little background, in the summer of 2005, I started in an apprenticeship program hosted by Historic Richmond Town of Staten Island. This program works in a similar way to traditional apprenticeships where a person is trained in a trade by a master of that trade. The only difference between the two is time. A real apprenticeship last for several years Read more [...]
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Small Engine Rebuild

[Skip Boring intro]So, years ago I found a mini bike frame with engine on the side of the road. Normal people would have just kept moving, and would not have even gave it a second thought, but then again I'm not normal. Instead, me and my dad pulled over, loaded the frame into the back of his car and brought it home. After unloading, and then storing in my shed, I mostly forgot about it. This was largely due to me finding how expensive parts where going to be to put the bike back together. So Read more [...]
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