I'm back home in Texas(the land of yummy tacos and Tex-Mex), I somehow escaped the trip there and back without any jetlag! I had a amazing time in London at #FullStackCon I met some amazing people and LEGO fanatics. We are a generation defined by our hobbies and I hope my keynote talk inspired some new makers.
Makers are the original inventors, creators and thinkers of technology that exist today and are creating an impact for the future. Thank you to everyone at Skills Matter that made sure all the speakers had everything we needed, everyone of you was helpful and had a smile. I'm already excited for next year.
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Great things don't always have to cost a lot of money! The best cosplay and maker gateway drug: Cardboard! I made my Ciri (The Witcher 3) sword scabbard from cereal box cardboard. I wrapped the cereal box with foam and used some scrap black Worbla for the top detail pieces!
Worbla is a non-toxic thermoplastic plastic that you can heat up and shape, when it cools it's hard and sturdy.
If anyone is interest I could do a more detailed tutorial instruction guide!
The best thing about being part of the FullStack community is the community! Surrounded by passionate people that want to teach, and collaborate through shared learning. At FullStackCon, I most look forward to learning how other developers are solving application issues with IoT. I can’t wait to geek out with everyone at the conference about problem solving, programming and technology. I’m looking forward to the talk by Nick Hehr about latency with devices using our own routers. This is something that my company struggles with at demos and exhibitor shows when internet connection is needed, there are issues with channel frequency and the number of devices in a connected area.
My keynote talk is for the passion people that find ways to improve everything, the problem solvers, everyone that ever said “I don’t know what the hell I’m doing”, but they learned, asked questions and figured out how to do it, and improve it! Embracing failure as a way of learning and improving, and aren’t afraid to be a beginner. I think the most exciting development of the FullStack community over the next year is the range of conferences, speakers and workshops. There are speakers and workshop for UX, games, hardware, data sciences, IoT, machine learning and more. If you’re at FullStackCon come attend my keynote talk “Back to the Future: IoT Maker Revolution“. I’ll also be teaching a hands on IoT workshop. The program schedule is on Skills Matter. If you see me please say hi and tell me what you’re working on! See everyone soon!
Dangerous Things! I did it! I got a RFID/NFC bio transponder implant! I love technology and body modification and have been obsessed this technology and watched it progress over the last few years. No it's not GPS, similar to the chip that your pets get, you can't track your pet if they get lost. Passive RFID systems are short range, magnetically coupled devices where a reader and tag use induction coils to exchange both power and data.
xNT can be read and written to by many types of ISO14443A based RFID systems, and all NFC compliant reader/writer devices including USB devices and all NFC capable mobile phones. The tag can store 888 bytes of data, and has a 7 byte unique identifier.
And yes I'll already been called Satan, and asked if I've made a deal with Crowley. It's technology not witchcraft.
I had this done by a professional. If you want to read more about the xNT NFC/RFID implant I have you check out Dangerous Things
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Let's consult the runes! The Alchemist cosplay for fantasy weekend at Scarborough Renaiisance Festival
"Throw them again this time throw them high!"
I was influenced by the scene in Stardust where the soothsayer is reading the rune stones and they are thrown in the air and the scene transitions to Lamia catching her runes.
I learned how to use the Thunder laser cutter to design and cut the leather for the belt and headband and 3DPrinted the pieces for the belt.Photographer: Cosplay with Me Studios Photography
Back to the Future: IoT Maker Revolution I'm excited to be in London July 12-14 to be speaking about IoT and teaching a hands on workshop.
"We are a generation defined by our hobbies. IoT is changing how makers are innovating and creating applications. Learn how makers, cosplay, LEGO, 3D printing, and video games can make you a better programmer, debug more efficiently and introduced you to new technologies. Embracing failure as a way of learning and improving. Makers are the original inventors, creators and thinkers of technology that exist today and are creating an impact for the future of IoT."
I won't be quitting my day job to become a Blacksmith! I learned how to use the forge at Dallas Makerspace. It took me 3 hours to create 2 points and shape the iron into a "S" hook.
Once you take the metal out of the forge you only have a few good swings with your hammer before it cools down and you have to put it back into the forge. Our friendly safety instructor at Makerspace noticed that it was taking me longer to get my points hammered out on my iron. He handed me a lighter hammer, which instantly made the control on my swing much easier to control! (I asked for Mjolnir but was told the hammer was on a Secret Invasion). Since you're have to hold the metal with tongs(it's around 1400 Celsius when you take it out of the forge) in one hand and the hammer in the other, your arms get exhausted.
Working with the forge and hammering metal all day was one of the most psychically exhausting things I've ever done, and my arms were sore for 2 days.
Now I have a awesome S hook that I mainly use to hangs my bras on at the house haha! Next step: make Geralt of Rivia's witcher sword
If you own a 3D Printer and don't subscribe you Maker Box every month you're missing out! Every month you get a few different filaments to try out. One of the interesting one in one of the box was a 3D print filament made from BEER! It's called Buzzed , "3D print with beer filament! Buzzed is a beer-based 3D printing filament made using waste by products from the beer making process. Buzzed uses those beer leftovers to create a special 3D printing material. The filament produces products with a rich golden color and a noticeable natural grain."
If you want try out a box of the exotic filaments, you can get 15% off using AMIEDD
I still love playing with LEGO, I'm so excited to be working on a LEGO Queen Armor Dress for Dragon Con 2017
Therapeutic labeling of components, switches, boards and LEDs. The red dots indicate I'm out of that part of component and the yellow dots for pieces I'm running low on. When I was working on a prototype one time I looked at the drawers and didn't order a part I thought I had. On the day of putting together my prototype I opened the drawer to find it was empty and I was out of that part. And that's the history of the yellow and red dot labels!
The Akro-Mils 64 drawers is the one I use most often, they're great for LEGO pieces too!
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