The Poisoned Pumpkin: Taste-testing Seasonal Pumpkin Products

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This year, the pumpkin spice is everywhere. During these weeks leading up to Halloween, store shelves are loaded down with seasonal pumpkin-flavored coffees — as well as breads, cakes, cookies, mints, trail mix, yogurts, sodas, health bars, teas, oatmeal… Ice cream? Jell-O? And so much more. Continue reading

Thank You, Macworld.

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True story — in 1984 my dad made what I believe to be one of the most important purchases in my 14-year-old life. He bought our family one of the very first Macintosh computers. Correction — while my younger brother and sister used it, I am under no illusions that this purchase was primarily for my dad and myself. I can’t remember my mom ever using it, and years later I would realize what a sacrifice my parents made to purchase that quite expensive computer (for the time) and give their oldest son access to what was most likely the hottest growing sector at the time. Continue reading

The Mothership: A Visit to the New SparkFun Building

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The shipping department was full of dudes with asymmetric facial hair on skateboards. An engineer had picked up about a thousand Keva planks and on an upstairs wrap-around counter space, there was a crowdsourced build going on — in which you could tell the crowd had higher than the average bear’s level of design thinking skills. Strung on a wall was a DIY art piece made of light bulbs and wire that was set to ripple in response to sounds. A trigger-operated race car track wound underneath a 7-foot tall version of one of those wooden dinosaur skeleton kits. Continue reading

My Summer 2014 Eclectic Reading List – Part 2

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Summer is over and school is well under way, and my book stack is slowly dwindling again. But it’s not quite back to a reasonable 3-4 titles that I can typically handle in a week. And new books continue to come in! I had considered declaring Book Bankruptcy and starting from zero again, but I just can’t do that… there are just too many good books to share.
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Atlanta Maker Faire Arrives, Is Awesome!

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Back in 2010, I attended the first Atlanta Mini Maker Faire held on Georgia Tech’s campus. That day, there were less than 50 exhibitors, the September weather was unbelievably hot, and there were no vendors for food and water… the sole provider of anything that day was King of Pops, an Atlanta-based popsicle vendor, that proceeded to sell out in record time. Still, it was a start… Continue reading