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esperandus

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Salutations! Love the place!
« on: December 03, 2013, 04:00:46 PM »

Hi Everybody!


I have recently relocated to central florida from upstate NY ( partially to spend time with family, partially to escape the cold). So far, familab seems to be one of the coolest things about the area! About a month ago, when first investigating the area, I was given a tour of the lab by some friendly folks who were there on one of your open house nights (in case anyone remembers, I was the guy who -accidentally - sparked a long AV discussion about projectors, OLEDs, supernovae, and a few other things. This might be a good time to apologize if I indirectly made anyone's eyes glaze over :).


I was extremely impressed with the lab, the equipment/setup, and most of all the community you all have created. I have spent some time in hackerspaces up north and making things is extremely important to me - both the creative process, and the actual physical process. I would very much love to join your community, contribute what  and where I can, and learn from what you all have to offer.


The geek code seems to be pretty antiquated (mayhaps I betray my age here...), so  a few random factos about myself:
- long-time Linux enthusiast and occasional contributor; debian quasi-fanatic for about 15 years.
- spent ~8 years as a professional programmer (web, mostly), DBA, and eventually CIO of a mid sized company
- Pretty hard-core sci-fi geek by nature, though I seem to spend less and less time devouring fun books as I get older and more time with less fun things ...:(
- Hardware enthusiast who likes arduinos, and has made a few widgets using some of their fantastic offerings and my very own makerbot
- Started as a science geek on a research path, got sidetracked by AI research and a dislike of the big pharmas. Would love to get involved with any biohacking going on, though.




These intro-type things are always really hard for me, but if anyone wants to know anything about me then I will be very happy to answer :0


A few projects I would like to work on this winter:


- Finishing the setup of my desktop-sized gantry CNC machine (got me one of these: http://makezineblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/micro400_1.jpg?w=600&h=409 , which I would be glad to donate to the space once completed )
- Customizing an android tablet for use in an automobile with ODBII connectivity, audio amplifiers, and a nice mount
- An automated bar, to ease and speed up the science of drink making, because liquor is fun
- An arduino-based chemical (O2/temp/ph/etc) sensor for immersion in water sources (periodic or remote monitoring)


I'm sure Ill have a bunch of other ideas along the way , and maybe I will even be able to finish one or two of them :)


Am downloading and completing my parts of the membership application presently. Hope to see ya'll soon! Again, very excited even to visit , meet, and hopefully become a member of the community!


-Matt

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Re: Salutations! Love the place!
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2013, 04:11:34 PM »
From one upstate-New-Yorker to another, welcome! :)

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Re: Salutations! Love the place!
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2013, 04:23:13 PM »
From one downstate-New-Yorker-(Long Islander) to an upstate-New-Yorker, welcome!  8)
And YES, FamiLAB is one of the coolest places.

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Re: Salutations! Love the place!
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2013, 05:18:51 PM »
Welcome! I've never been around New York, but I had a connecting flight in JFK once.
I like colors.

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Re: Salutations! Love the place!
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2013, 05:24:24 PM »
JFK is... unfortunate.

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Re: Salutations! Love the place!
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2013, 11:48:11 PM »
Still better than LaGuardia or Newark.