Introduction to CNC Routing

Last week I taught a new class at Pumping Station: One, an introduction to CNC routing, focusing on our 4'x8' ShopBot and Vectric VCarve. In the past we taught the concepts and did a hands-on authorization in a marathon 3-hour session. This wasn't ideal for a few reasons: it's hard…

Dotfile Makeover 2016

For the past couple years, I've halfheartedly maintained a dotfile repository where I keep config files for the Unix-style applications I use on a regular basis. Most of it was naïvely adopted from convincing-sounding commenters on Hacker News, who mandated using the hottest Z Shell frameworks, Vim plugin managers, and…

Carbonation Rig

I recently got the itch to make my own sodas and other carbonated beverages. So I did what any reasonable person would do and bought a large CO2 tank, a regulator and various fasteners and tubing. Why DIY instead of use a popular off-the-shelf solution like a SodaStream? I'm not…

Coriander seeds

Did you know that coriander and cilantro are the same thing? I remember how my mind was blown when I first discovered that. Anyway, I was growing some cilantro on my balcony and neglected it during a particularly hot and dry period. It bloomed and went to seed, so I…

Dusting off the old web-log

I've been meaning to start writing again for a while, and before I did that I wanted to refresh my blog design and ultimately my web presence. Did that mean delaying writing instead of JFDI-ing? Yeah, but here we are finally. I moved off my stuffy, passé WordPress site onto…