Welcome! I am an engineer, programmer, designer, and all-around geek. You may be interested in some of my electrical and mechanical projects. Take everything you read here with a grain of salt and remember to wear your safety glasses.

A Cocktail for January: the Rye Maple Fizz

This January I've been enjoying the Rye Maple Fizz, a fun and impressive-in-the-home-bar cocktail invented by star bartender Erick Castro at Rickhouse in San Francisco. It combines wintry flavors of maple syrup and rye whiskey with the classic fizz technique, which in this drink means reinforcing the fizziness of soda water with a foam of shaken egg white.

If that frightens you, consider: you're drinking, which I'm going to presume means you're an adult. If you're making a cocktail like this one than you're a more sophisticated adult than most and obviously already comfortable dabbling with a romantic vice and a bit of risk. So go ahead and embrace it already. Adopt an air of unconcerned magnificence and knock back a raw egg white and two ounces of rye whiskey. Nothing will happen to you (at least, nothing has happened to me), particularly if you wash the outside of the eggshell before cracking it.

With the lightweights sufficiently scared away, locate:

  • 2 oz. rye whiskey (I used Sazerac brand)
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice (squeezed fresh, of course)
  • 3/4 oz. egg white (After removing the yolk and chalaza one large egg should be enough)
  • 1/2 oz. maple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Ground cinnamon

Birthday LED Lights, with Birch Bark, Brass, and Laser-cut Acrylic

This summer I built a series of LED lamps to take the place of birthday candles for four of my family. There's 175 candle-flicker LEDs in all! Watch a video of the result on youtube:

I also added a page describing the process of making these to my projects page. Click here to read more!

Potassium Permanganate, with Glycerin

Adding glycerin to potassium permanganate produces a rapid deflagration. Enjoy.

Restoring a Steel Outdoor Table

Some years ago my mother found on the side of the road a small steel patio table, rusted, with original black paint in desperate condition. She brought it to my house, thinking that someday I might want to do something with it. Someday was last weekend.

Introduction to 3D Design

Who wants to join me in the future? I'll be teaching an introductory CAD course at Hacklab North Boynton on Monday nights from 7 till 9. The price is $25 per session or $140 for all six. You'll learn to design your own parts suitable for 3d printing, machining, or any other process. All you need is a laptop and a mouse.

Our first session is this Monday, January 18th. We'll meet again on the 25th and on February 1st, 8th, 22nd, and 29th.

See you there!

Update, January 18: Hacklab North Boynton has postponed the future! But only by one week! Sign up and join me next Monday, January 25, instead. Thank you for your patience.

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