Category Archives: Life

#California2018: My Maker Manifesto

It’s taken me 27 years to really understand what really excited me in this world (STEAM & the Maker Movement). Now I have a plan to make it my life. When I first parted ways with academia back in 2013, I was a fledgling engineer with no ambitions beyond achieving a sustainable income and comfortable routine. If I could slog through work and enjoy my evenings/weekends, I would’ve been content. But a strange thing happened going into 2014. After several … Continue reading

CNC Spindle Comparison: Makita RT0701C vs. Dewalt DWP611

Most DIY CNC kits utilize off the shelf solutions as spindle motors. These are certainly compromises compared to what you might find on a professional grade CNC, but they generally do a passable job. On the Shapeoko 3, your two supported options are the Makita RT0701C and Dewalt DWP611 compact routers. These are both very similar products on paper, but from the perspective of a CNC user there are some subtle differences between the two. Check the video for the … Continue reading

Dear media, SpaceX’s landing attempt wasn’t a failure. It was one of the best possible outcomes.

We live in a sad age of skin deep media, where reporters sensationalize headlines and most people barely read more than the first 2 lines of an article. Given that, I’d like to clarify something I think every major news outlet has gotten wrong. When SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded yesterday morning (PST), it wasn’t really a failure as everyone was so ready to report. Instead, it was an enormously important learning opportunity for the company and its engineers. Video … Continue reading

A Collision of my CNC and NASA Ambitions…

Having failed at my primary objective to make a Picatinny Rail-mountable, armored smartphone case, I realized the perfect application for my lumpy vacuum-formed case: A rocket launch. *obligatory remark about long lapse in posting anything*

What’s in my camera bag? (#NASASocial Edition)

A quick look into the camera gear I brought with me to document my experience at the Kennedy Space Center. El cheapo tripod, w/ release plate. Monopod, for video purposes only. Intended for #4. El mucho cheapo tripod, because it’s super compact. Used w/ D5100 and 8mm fisheye, because that combo is very forgiving with regards to vibration. Canon Vixia HF S100 (2009), this is an older model my uncle loaned me and I like it because it supports digital … Continue reading

Mazda CX-5 (2014) Handling Impressions

I took my CX-5 on a racetrack and didn’t die. I actually had a lot of fun. I know I’ve given Mazda a lot of flak for not going the last mile in the design and execution of the latest generation CX-5, it’s a beautiful car that just needs a little polish in a few key areas. But in the name of fairness I want to address the single biggest thing Mazda did/does right: the driving experience. We all know … Continue reading