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The personal web log of Brian Enigma

I’ve been exercising and watching what I eat for years. But the quantification all started a couple of years ago with a Fitbit. Everyone at work got one as a bonus for making sales numbers. I diligently tracked step counts and flights of stairs traversed. I even went a little out of my way — getting …

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I am going to get serious for a few paragraphs, but don’t worry. It will lighten up and there will be cats. Today, in the United States, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a federal holiday celebrating the life and work of MLK Jr. The world has changed significantly since the 60s — …

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  Distraction Mouse started life under my pillow. Okay, I think technically he started life in a Chinese factory. He has a plastic core with something inside that rattles. He’s covered in rabbit fur (rabbits that were used for culinary purposes). But in our house, he started life under my pillow. We have a kitten …

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In the same “note to future self” vein as my recent hexagon math blog post, I’m writing this today more as a note to myself than an informative or fun blog post for the regular reader. With increasing frequency, I have started working with these little through-hole micro switches: As you can see, there are four pins

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During the winter break, I took some time to play around with the Processing language. (See also: A code sheet on every lock screen.) My current opinion of it is that, despite a few people doing amazing things with it, it sits somewhere above Logo/Turtle-Graphics but below a real/regular/popular language. It’s good for a

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  Last December or January, I saw (probably on Twitter) someone who was either starting or finishing a year of a “jar of happiness.” I’m not sure exactly what it was called and I could only guess at the details of how he or she implemented it, but I decided to adopt it for 2014. …

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As a followup from my previous OpenGL post: I have now successfully rendered an external STL file (a 3D printer object) using OpenGL. And what better model than the Octocat? Warning: nerd talk ahead. Stop reading if you don’t care about the nerdy details. It turns out that I can’t de-dupe the points as I …

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Yesterday, I wrote an overview of my digital note taking process. Today, I will delve a little more deeply into the textfiles-in-Dropbox workflow, showing examples and screenshots from specific apps. If you have not yet read the previous post, I suggest you do so now. To summarize that earlier post, all my notes are text &#

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I’ve been using a couple of different systems for note-taking over the past several years. Last month, I had meant to point a friend/coworker to a blog post describing my setup. (Hi, Dunx!) He had been using Evernote which, to put it mildly, pooped its pants, deleting much of his content. [Spoiler: he managed to …

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I thought I would teach myself some OpenGL during this holiday week. For the uninitiated, OpenGL is the common core 3D rendering that all recent video cards support. Unless you’re doing game development or scientific visualizations, you typically don’t need to mess with it. (And even game developers frequently use high

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I do a lot of design work for 3D printing (see also: the MakerBot category on this blog). For some reason, I keep finding myself repeatedly doing a lot of math related to hexagons and the triangles that compose them. The first few times, I did the trigonometry by hand. Over time, I offloaded that to Google …

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During winter break, I typically pick up a new technology or programming language — to keep sharp and on the cutting-edge. In the past this has included 3D printing, 3D design, iOS programming, Ruby, and others. This past week, I spent a couple of days getting somewhat proficient at Processing and a couple of days …

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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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