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!