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Job of the Future: Custom 3D Print Designer

Once you get into 3D printing, your eyes open to the million ways daily life around the house could be improved with a 3D-printed part. My house is steadily filling up with little plastic items in “prototype pink”—the color of a spool of PLA that came free with my printer. In the near-future, I foresee…

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Flik Thru

Finding a good movie to watch takes too long. I built an app to solve this problem. It’s called Flik Thru. Flik Thru just shows you movie trailers. It’s like the first 10 minutes before a movie in the theater starts, except you’re in control. You can skip trailers you don’t like, save ones you…

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How to Disable Spellcheck on macOS

macOS spellcheck is not good enough. I was trying to type the word “notif”, which is shorthand lingo for “notifications” in a company I used to work at. In that context, “notif” is the correct spelling. If you write “notif”, you are one of us. If you write “notifications”… it’s obvious you’re not from around…

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Quantifying Graph Paper Quality: Revisited

Previously, I ran a quantitative analysis of graph paper quality on 6 gridded notebooks I had handy. I scanned samples of paper from each notebook, used a computational method (K-means clustering) to compare the relative darkness of the paper’s background, the printed gridlines, and a dot of ink I drew. On a recent trip to…

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3D Printing for Programmers

Lately, I’ve begun making my own hardware. When I went browsing Amazon for project boxes to contain all the wires and circuitry, $5-10 for a plastic box that wouldn’t be an exact fit, plus tools to put cuts in the right places, all the time trying to get it right, … got me wondering if…

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Pixel Resolution of Pen & Paper

When I need full access to my creativity, I work with a Pigma Micron 005 on 8.5×11” card stock. The pen writes at 0.2mm stroke width. There are 60,322.5mm² per sheet and 25 dots per mm². That is over 1.5 million dots (pixels) per sheet. I have 8 sheets on my desk now. That is…

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The Organic Software Movement

People are figuring out that the software we use may be using us more than the other way around. Mobile apps started by filling cracks in our schedules, but have now sunk roots, and expanded to displace other activities we used to perform, like making conversation and eye contact with dinner partners. There’s no evil…

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