Bryan M

Member Since: January 16, 2016

Country: United States

  • Awesome, thanks for the link!

  • I’m curious what kind of data a supplier would want that they’d lose a paying customer over it.

  • I appreciate that you showed both the technical way and the old-school way of making the tiles! I love that your tutorials are real people making real stuff that they really like, and not just example products to sell SF inventory.

    When I used to play D&D I would occasionally flirt with the idea of making dungeon tiles. But back in the day (you know, 10 whole years ago), 3D printers weren’t a thing and I didn’t think I had the artistic talent to make the designs from scratch. And of course now that I have a 3D printer (still in its box in pieces, but I digress), I don’t have a regular tabletop game any more :(

  • “Aaaaaaaand this is why Nick is no longer allowed to eat at the SparkFun cafeteria on Taco Tuesday.”

  • Honestly I was going to say about the exact same thing. Guess that makes me a grumpy old fart as well.

  • 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.

No public wish lists :(