Bryan M

Member Since: January 16, 2016

Country: United States

  • I don’t do collaborative projects for the same reasons as you, Pete: I don’t have a ton of time to devote to it, and I never work on anything interesting enough to warrant it. (Though one could argue, in a way, that I’m doing a sort of phantom, one-way collaboration. I’m not pushing any boundaries with my hobby, so I heavily rely on guides and instructions from the people who have gone before me. The difference between that and true collaboration is they already did their part and just posted it on the internet for me to read some time later. We are collaborating across time!)

    All that being said, I think I understand why people like collaborating, and it’s mostly what you’ve already alluded to. I’ll use my wife as an example. She’s always trying to start “clubs” or events for her hobbies, which are otherwise doable solo: book club, sewing club, meal prep class, culture nights, food competitions, etc. The reasons she wants these collaborations, for the most part, are entirely unrelated to the hobby itself. The book club allows her to explore new ideas on the same subject; the sewing club allows her to learn techniques from those more advanced than her; the meal prep class lets her teach others; culture nights (aka foreign-culture-themed dinner parties) let her divide the work and the research; and food competitions are basically just an excuse to socialize with friends and have some fun in the process.

    As an introvert, I would almost always rather do something by myself. But to my extroverted wife, always having to do her hobbies locked away in a room on her own would be torture!

  • Oh man. This. Is. Fantastic. I don’t know what I would do with it yet but I would love the chance to play with it :)

  • Very clever design on the clips. I would think you’d want some sort of warning or security device on the USB-C bulb, lest a coworker “borrow” the device and accidentally burn themselves. Of course, that’s probably what happens when you borrow much of anything from Nick’s desk…

  • Very cool! I already have the MSGEQ7 and the MEMS Microphone Breakout for a sound-reactive lamp I was planning on making but never got around to starting. Your code approach was a lot simpler than anything I was going to do, so I’m definitely saving this link for when I ever get around to building my lamp :)

  • My 2 cents… obviously bigger pictures are great – a lot of times looking at a picture is easier than digging through the data sheet for certain simple questions. And I like having better recommendations, of course. Much easier again to click on a suggested item than try and read the data sheets or tutorials. My biggest issue is with the layout. Granted, I really don’t like change, and I didn’t find any defects in the previous layout, so maybe I’ll get used to it over time, but I have a hard time finding things in the new style. Where everything used to be all on one page, now it’s hidden it tabs and carousels.

    The biggest issue for me is the location of the comments and reviews. Typically these are where I spend the most time, and now visually they seem hidden away. Once you scroll past Hookup Accessories and Similar Items (which seem to have a lot of extra vertical white space, making the travel distance larger), you reach Skills Needed, and it’s a large, muted gray section that in my mind means “you’ve reached the end of the page!” If you scroll a little farther you get yet another carousel with Frequently Bought Together items, and just when you start to say “hey, did they get rid of comments?” you find them underneath the actual gray section that indicates the beginning of the footer.

    Shorter version: Bigger pictures – yes. Tabbed product information section – I’ll get used to it. Recommendations – too big. Skills needed – way too big. Comments/Reviews – could be more prominent.

  • This looks great! Not a bad start for a homemade light saber either.

    In all your pics it looks like both LEDs are set to the same color. Did you ever try setting them to different colors? Do the colors blend or does the rod light up in two different sections? I built a lamp out of a quartz crystal for my brother and now I’m fascinated with how things light up :-p

  • Got mine! Now to sit by the front door waiting for the delivery guy :D

    Though I have to say, upgrading your website to handle all the traffic was a little anti-climactic. During Almost Free Day I was biting my nails the whole time waiting for the site to load, then to complete my order(s), all the while hoping I’d snag something but not really knowing for sure until it was all over.

    This time I just clicked a few buttons and it was all over. Where’s the DRAMA? ;-)

  • Mountain and Pacific are only an hour apart, so you are looking for 9am in your time zone (approx 47 minutes from the time of this comment).

  • Honestly, I really liked the old design and found it easy to navigate. But I did some browsing the other day for a new project I’m thinking about, and I found the new site to also be easy to navigate. So coming from someone who generally hates it when people change things on me, good job!

  • D'oh! I needed this a month ago when I bought a bunch of these parts (plus the box, which also wasn’t at SF at the time) individually to start up my collection. Oh well ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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