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Member Since: October 8, 2008

Country: United States



Freelance technical content creator. Also known as "Engineering Superhero."

Programming Languages

C, C++, Python, JavaScript


  • Virginia Tech (2009-2011)
  • Rose-Hulman (2002-2006)


Embedded systems, board layout, firmware, and mad soldering skillz.


Electronics and gadgets and stuff. Nerd stuff. Outside of that, swing dancing whenever I can.



  • Great article. Thanks, Rob! I loved that Maker Faires were gatherings of many different interests. I could see electronics, musical instruments, art cars, and cosplay at one event. I'm sad to think that these will likely be fractured into their individual interests for the time being, but I think that the Maker mission has done wonders to foster a new community and seep its way into our lives.

    I think that the idea of "Maker Education" will likely continue to work its way into K-12 STEM education as part of the larger push for project-based learning. As for the hobby side, who knows? Project-sharing sites like Instructables and Hackster have taken off as online replacements for the magazine (at least as hubs to find cool weekend projects). The Faires will be tougher to replicate, I imagine.

  • I don't know if this was called out, but I couldn't find it anywhere in the guide: if you're using I2C mode, you need to add pull-up resistors (4.7k worked for me) on the SCL and SDA lines.

  • Great build Ell! Question for you: how did you couple the DC motors to Lego bricks? That's something I looked into (e.g. 3D printed couplers) but never had much luck.

  • Don't get me wrong, I'm super excited for the Jetson Nano. Will there be any consideration for the more open source BeagleBone AI (https://beagleboard.org/ai)?

  • I don't have much to add to the electronics part of the discussion, but Banana Republic and Brooks Brothers are my go-to sources for cardigans (definitely wait for a good sale!).

    Signed, your former SparkFun hipster :)

  • Maybe...

  • LOL...does that make us collectively a single Time Lord? :D

Arduino Fundamentals Parts List

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Parts required for the Arduino Fundamentals course on Udemy.