TWANG! Building an Arduino-Based LED Strip Game

My kids and I have spent many a weekend afternoon playing, learning, and exploring at Orlando Science Center. There is so much to see there that it’s easy to miss a little permanent exhibit in the hallway outside “The Hive” Makerspace on the 3rd floor. There you’ll find a pedestal against the wall with a spring on top and a little red button. People walk past it all the time, but tap the spring and the dark hallway comes to life with 8-bit sounds and light from an LED strip on the opposite wall.

Would you sign your website?

It’s been 15 years now since the first edition of The Principles of Beautiful Web Design was published. To celebrate that milestone, I thought I’d share a part of the story that I haven’t written about before—how I awkwardly collected signatures during my first trip to SXSW Interactive in 2007.

Standing Desk Balance Board

Standing Desk Balance Board

I sit at a desk all day. It’s a standing desk, so I’d like to spend more time on my feet but sitting is just more convenient. I’ve tried setting reminders to stand, but have a hard time making it a habit, and rarely stay off my chair for more than an hour at a time. Sound familiar?

Harbor Freight 6×8 Greenhouse

If you’ve ever looked into getting an inexpensive residential greenhouse, then you have almost certainly come across the One Stop Gardens 6 Ft. X 8 Ft. Greenhouse. Available exclusively though Harbor Freight, they are loved by many for their simple, sturdy, long-lasting design.

Eighteenth Anniversary

Eighteenth

I feel like I say this every year, but it’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that Amy and I said “I do” 18 years ago. Our anniversaries seem to come by faster and faster, but there’s nobody else I’d rather be on this adventure with.

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