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lalligood

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After Maker Faire & the Open House...
« on: October 10, 2015, 01:02:31 PM »
Hello. I'm Lance. My son Reed & I had a very engaging conversation with a gentleman--his name totally escapes me now!--at Orlando Maker Faire on Sunday about a project he made with stepper motors & a really tiny microprocessor. But it got both of us interested in wanting to check out FamiLAB. He was very friendly & both of us appreciated how he took the time to answer all of our questions & demonstrate the inner workings of his project. I'm usually a bit reluctant to put myself in the position of meeting new people, but I figured if there were more people like him at FamiLAB, we really needed to check it out!

So we came to the open house earlier this week & were blown away by the people & the facility. Mike & Rick were both very friendly, eager to point out all of the cool things going on at FamiLAB, & again answer all the questions we had. While I only have my son every other week, I'm planning to come back next Tuesday.

I'm a bit all over the map as far as what I've done, what I do, & what I'd like to do.

Professionally I'm a long time sysadmin who's migrated into a database/reports developer role over the past couple of years. And before my current job I worked very briefly for a friend who has a woodworking business making things with a CNC router & laser cutter/engraver. I also have been the president of a high power rocketry club based in Palm Bay for the past several years. While our goal is to have a good time, there's still quite a bit of "rocket science" going on. Our club's website is http://www.spaceportrocketry.org/

Lately I've gotten back into another hobby: turning pens (& keychains & wine bottle stoppers). I prefer turning acrylic over wood though. Here is a gallery of some of my work: https://imgur.com/a/GkT2X What holds me back from making more pens right now is that I don't have a permanent workspace.

Lastly, there are several goals & projects I'd love to work on...and I feel like FamiLAB will probably play a key role in me accomplishing them.

Thanks & I look forward to meeting more of the awesome folks at FamiLAB.

--Lance

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Re: After Maker Faire & the Open House...
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2015, 02:15:28 PM »
Hi Lance -- I don't get described as "very friendly" all that often. Glad you came out. Keep coming out you have a lot to offer.
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Re: After Maker Faire & the Open House...
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2015, 08:13:39 PM »
You're in the right place. Hope to see you on Slack and around the space. :D

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Re: After Maker Faire & the Open House...
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2015, 01:24:40 PM »
Welcome!

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Re: After Maker Faire & the Open House...
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2015, 01:43:20 PM »
Those pens look excellent! I'm glad you spoke with Tom about his project and got such a thorough explanation.

That rocketry is very cool stuff. There's been an effort in the past to put together some amateur rocketry at the lab, and maybe this can kickstart that again!
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Re: After Maker Faire & the Open House...
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2015, 01:49:00 PM »
I used to be NAR HPR certified, but never had any time/place to fly. We've been talking about reviving Famirocket for a little while... who knows! :)