Laser Cut Catan

Settlers of Catan laser cut and engraved in hardwood

1 minute read

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I wanted to begin my laser cutting journey by making a copy of this classic board game.

The design is pieced together from a version Glowforge released and a few other derivatives on Thingiverse. So far I’ve made wheat (birch), brick (cherry), ore (walnut), wood (oak), and sheep (birch) hexes!

A Smarter Remote

Universal infrared remote controlled through voice commands

5 minute read

5 min read

I replaced all of the remotes in my house with a microcontroller and an infrared LED.

Controlling it through Google Home is helpful when you can’t find the standard remote or it’s too far away!

Ship in a Bottle

Morse code blinking ship in a bottle that receives messages from the internet

4 minute read

4 min read

A few years ago my grandpa showed me a book that he had handwritten called How to Bottle It. In the book he describes the process of making a ship in a bottle.

I followed his instructions and added a technological twist of my own by augmenting it with IoT connectivity!

Network Monitor

LAN security script scans for connected devices

3 minute read

3 min read

After getting a QNAP NAS, I installed a network monitor agent just to give it a try. But after my trial expired I wasn’t ready to pay for it. Domotz is a cool product but I knew I could write something that accomplished the same goal.

My Python script scans for hosts periodically using Nmap, notifies me when a new device has connected, and saves MAC address, vendor, IP address, and connection timestamps to a database on my NAS.

Camel Calculator

Algorithmic probability solver for Camel Up

7 minute read

7 min read

Camel Up is a board game that boils down to pure probability but at the beginning of each leg of the race there are 29,160 possible outcomes!

Let’s ruin the fun and solve it by brute forcing the permutations.

Joke Twitter

Short-lived twitter account dedicated to puns

1 minute read

1 min read

I really like jokes. In an effort to spur creativity, I tweeted a joke every day for a few months!

Most of them were not great but there were a few that I’m proud of.

Dining Room Table

Hardwood table built out of cherry with walnut inlays

3 minute read

3 min read

This was one of the first large woodworking projects I did and I really love how it turned out!

I made this table with my dad when I was in college. The process took a long time since we could usually only find one Saturday per month to work on it together.

Coffee Time

Wi-Fi controlled coffee pot that turns on with your alarm

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1 min read

Waking up is difficult; coffee makes it easier.

I automated this part of my morning routine using a Wi-Fi connected microcontroller.

Text to Translate

Translation service over SMS

2 minute read

2 min read

Smart phones are ubiquitous today but not so long ago a connection to the internet was beyond the average phone’s capabilities. This translation application works over one of the most primitive cell phone features: SMS messaging.

I built it using Twilio and Google App Engine.