I'm a software engineer who has several joys in life: a great wife, a wonderful daughter, a good job at an exciting startup in San Francisco, and enough skill and means to have woodworking, knitting, cooking, LEGO, music, and -- of course -- writing my own software applications. One thing I share across all of these subjects is a drive to excel at the project, to hone my existing skill, to learn something new, essentially, to craft something I can feel proud of.



Cutting Board Fit for a Fox

For Christmas, I decided to make a nice cutting board for Shanin because, you know, who doesn't like a cutting board? After looking around for a while, I finally found a pattern which was close to what I wanted.


Found on Pinterest, of course

The first step was choosing wood. I needed three colors or species for the fox and a fourth for the background. Of course, the orange of padauk was my first choice for the body of the fox, and I figured that maple would work for the white fur bits and wenge or ebony for the ...


Time Lapse LEGO Assembly, Crawler Crane

Timelapse time again! This time, it's the massive Crawler Crane (#42042), complete with various actions!


This moves forward, pivots, and the crane... picker upper thingy goes up and down, and the scaffolding for the crane also raises and lowers. It's pretty great!

I tested its lifting capabilities using a glob of 4 packs of Bucky Balls which weigh close to 1 kg and, while it bogged down, it actually lifted them and was able to turn! The second half of the video below is sped up by 2x, so it took a while, but it's understandable considering ...


Time Lapse LEGO Assembly, Coruscant Police Gunship

Hey all, finally did another timelapse of LEGO assembly. Today's treat is the venerable Coruscant Police Gunship (set #75046) from the Clone Wars flavor of Star Wars.


My buddies Jordan and Angela got it for me for my birthday (thanks!) and so last night I whipped it all together. I used the same method for the timelapse as I did for the Tumbler, and it really makes creating these things super easy! Check it out!