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The personal web log of Brian Enigma

This past week, the engineering department of my company (Elemental Technologies — we’re hiring engineers, by the way) had our annual off-site. This year we did something a little different and had a Lego competition. The previous week, we were given time with the Lego Mindstorms kits to get familiar with the componen

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Last Halloween I built some animated light-up steampunk/mad-scientist goggles. This year, I finally got around to documenting the project.Halloween goggles is a post from: Netninja.com

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About a decade ago, before smartphones and tablets, when Flash games were a big thing, there was a genre of Flash games known as “Escape the Room.” One of the first popular such games was The Crimson Room. I simultaneously love and hate the genre. I like the aspect of puzzling your way out of […]

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This is part two of my virgin vices series. For part one, take a look at virgin cocktails. I am not a smoker — which is not to say I don’t know how to smoke. I just never got fully hooked. I’m one of the “social smokers” that the hardcore smokers have grown to hate. […]

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A few weeks ago, based on a Boing-Boing review, I picked up a book called Kiddie Cocktails. This is a book of cocktail recipes containing exclusively virgin cocktails. I got it because I sometimes get a little tired of fizzy water from the Soda Stream, even if I have five different kinds of bitters to […]

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The Puzzled Pint team designed and ran this year's ARGFest puzzle hunt. This is a behind-the-scenes peek at what was involved.Dissecting ARGFest’s FestQuest is a post from: Netninja.com

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This weekend I watched Grand Budapest Hotel and chuckled a little at the opening slate. It wasn't until later, when I went back to review a scene that I noticed. The aspect ratio was... odd.Storytelling through aspect ratios is a post from:

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Netninja turns 17, and some of the early stuff was a little embarrassing.17 years of Netninja is a post from: Netninja.com

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I ran into an unexpected surprise when using labware to measure mixed drinks.On accurately measuring 2oz is a post from: Netninja.com

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The board game Betrayal at House on the Hill uses "3-sided dice." A friend dropped a reference to a "3-sided coin." I thought I'd try mathing out the dimensions on my own.Designing a fair 3-sided coin is a post from:

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I realized that I’ve mentioned this on Instagram and to a few friends, but have not yet made any reference on this blog: I have a new kitten! His name is Cornelis! He was born on February 21st at Enchanted Sphynx. I visited him and his brother about a month ago. And he came home two […]

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I basically grew up at Disneyland. As a kid, my family lived about 20 minutes away and we’d get to go twice a year: once on my birthday and once on my sister’s.  In my 20s, I had an annual pass and would go on the weekends, or just pop by for an hour after work […]

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I started shaving, way back in the day, with an electric razor, then switched to disposables in my mid twenties. Four years ago, I switched to a safety razor. (See: My personal devolution in shaving) It was the popular hipster thing to do at the time. The razor was, maybe $40, but the blades were pennies. […]

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Zheng3's Kickstarter project is to design 3D printable medieval armor for Barbie dolls. I see this as being a great transition to help girls ease their doll play from "let's go shopping" to a much more active and kick-ass "let's fight that nasty dragon and save the village."

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For years, I've been searching for a good free-form symbolic calculator program that works across multiple desktop operating systems. I think I've finally found one worth mentioning.Calca: the notepad calculator is a post from:

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In response to the previous post (Puzzled Pint surveys and metrics), someone had suggested building a heat map. I built a fairly primitive one with Google Earth and a short Ruby script. The radius of each circle is proportional to the number of attendees. The height is random-ish and only varies to help distinguish overlap

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At the most recent Puzzled Pint event in Portland, we put out a survey for all players to respond to individually. Here are the results.Puzzled Pint Survey Results is a post from: Netninja.com

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Two years ago I built a squirrel feeder. It was a simple little thing with a flap on top and a plexiglass window. It didn’t live unmolested for very long. Squirrels started chewing on the feeder itself! Over time, I discovered the very bottom of the feeder’s contents would mold. The retaining channels got chewed out [&

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Yes, I indeed made that Spam-n-Lima recipe. Full disclosure: I like spam. I like lima beans. How bad could it be? I set out to discover.Yep, I made those Spam-n-Limas is a post from: Netninja.com

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When I last updated ARG Tools back in August, I alluded to an upcoming new version of the app called Puzzle Sidekick. I am pleased to announce that it is now available. If you are familiar with ARG Tools, you already know what it does and I suspect you will be quite happy with the […]

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I had never gotten to the end of a pocket notebook before it totally crumbled apart. Until today.The End (of the notebook) is a post from: Netninja.com

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It’s the end of one year, the beginning of another, the time of Christmas cards and family newsletters. I haven’t typically been into either of those, but this has been a special year — in both good and bad ways. If, somehow, you arrived at a print copy of this blog post, you can find […]

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Ebenezer, a.k.a. Fidget, a.k.a. Hypercat, son of Ted E. Bare and American Beauty, passed away on Saturday. He had been quietly battling heart disease his entire life, occasionally seen as strong heart murmurs, but officially diagnosed about 6 months ago as an enlarged heart.

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At the start of November, I decided that I would challenge myself to a month of blog posts, similar to my friends and acquaintances participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Well, the month is up and the results are in.My 2013 blo

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Overview Way back when, just after the dot-com-bomb, I found myself working for a media company named Metapa. We made mp3s and 30 second preview clips from boxes of CDs that tech-clueless record companies snail-mailed us. Metapa was staffed with a ton of Unix-heads and I received a great schooling in the ways of the […

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Every Thanksgiving I try to point to the William S. Burroughs “A Thanksgiving Prayer” in one form or another. Thanks for the wild turkey and the passenger pigeons, destined to be shit out through wholesome American guts. Thanks for a continent to despoil and poison. Thanks for Indians to provide a modicum of challenge a

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I needed a way to mount a Trinket and power jack, so I designed and printed one.Introducing the Trinket Platter is a post from: Netninja.com

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When working with 3D printers, you start with an object file. The object is a solid chunk of 3D geometry. To get that out to the printer, it needs to be “sliced” into layers. This is similar to a laser printer. There, you start with a PDF or PostScript that defines a circle here and […]

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In my last post, I presented the motion-sensitive electronic eyes I designed for a friend’s haunted house. In this post, I will show you the module I built that generates ambient lighting, but also kicks in some surprise thunder and lighting at the push of a hidden foot switch. The device is comprised of two […]

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For halloween this year, some friends did a sort of “mini haunted house” in their garage. The plan was to mix having a small party with handing out candy and to just have the whole tableau exude a sort of spooky ambience. It sure beat watching scary movies, putting them on pause every few minutes […]

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