Fascinated by complexity. Striving for simplicity.


What I Learned by SecretEngineer

Mayfair Greenhouse Project

18th of March, 2014

Progress reports and fun photos. Settling on a control system based on Arduino (of course) and the CC3000 wireless shield. For now, I am just going to use a DHT22 Temperature and humidity sensor I got from Adafruit. I am also experimenting with a Weather Shield by Sparkfun too. So in my layout, I have

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Mayfair Greenhouse

27th of February, 2014

Version [BETA] I have been working on a greenhouse design. The greenhouse in the photos below is not the actual greenhouse. It is the prototype I set up to help me figure out the automation systems and climate stuff. The real greenhouse will be built from what works on this model, and will probably be

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Better off happy. And paid.

8th of November, 2013

+ So after determining that my last project was going nowhere fast, I had to make the decision to cut bait and run. Basically, the firm’s business model wasn’t going to work for me and here’s why: + First let’s start out by stating what hasn’t changed and probably will never change. In the AEC

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Learning curves

5th of July, 2013

+ Family is out of town this week so I capitalized on that by crankin’ on learning the big picture overview of – that’s right – Autodesk Product Design Suite Utlimate. Yep. Got it. Now comes the hard part: that thing is a gigantic technical package of complicated stuff. Obviously, the learning curves are huge

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Sink or Swim

17th of June, 2013

This week I didn’t learn enough. It was a bad week honestly. Current project is just not going in the direction I want and I feel completely unproductive. Spent way too much time reading about PRISM and the NSA and all that. + Steve Gibson offered up a pretty good theory of PRISM on his

What I Learned

Products, again.

24th of May, 2013

+ I started listening to two podcasts that I am finding fairly enjoyable and informative: Product People and The Foolish Adventure. Both center around the solo entrepreneur and bootstrapping your product/lifestyle. I haven’t written too much about my whole experience with 30×500 since the class finished up but I am still focusing on the results

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What I learned:

8th of May, 2013

This week I am crankin’ on pixel pushing and a bunch of back end connections in the cloud bleezy blaazy blow. This goddamn site is getting hammered by the WordPress spam dingdongs who still think it’s viable to pollute the web with toxic waste. I got the sound studio back online and it’s working great

The Next Step.

11th of October, 2012

In my last post I talked about some of the ‘upgrades’ I have begun making to my own personal brand and product concepts. This is all part of preparing myself for the 30×500 class taught by Amy Hoy.  I found out about Amy, and her online class, via Hacker News.  I started poking around and

And, just like that, you start moving.

1st of October, 2012

I have no problem admitting that I don’t know something.  I make no pretensions of knowing too much.  But, I do know some things. Lately, I have been irritating myself with the awareness that I have been stagnating in a shallow bay of complacency. I am unfulfilled with the “maintenance mode” interaction I currently have

The Pathology of Entertaiment

20th of July, 2012

  Early media response to large-scale, high-intensity crisis events takes on a role of urgency and speculation that creates a vocabulary of “surprised assumption” that effectively sustains a public’s suspense while feigning journalistic packaging wrapped in carefully crafted non sequitur. This results in the frustrating amalgamation of information and marketing which elevates the incident out