Hello. My name is Shane Engelman and I'm posting in this completely untouched forum topic to discuss my intention of joining with you all as a member. I've met quite a few of you over the past few weeks and it's been refreshing to know that there are people in this world that understand what I mean when I casually bring up voltage requirements and hardware restrictions of current microcontrollers. I also enjoyed teaming up with a few of you for the LAN party on the eleventh.
I'm a student of Mac (Rutan)'s Digital Video Project class and when he told me about the Lab, I was curious to see what it would actually be like. I did setup for Orlando's Maker Faire and went to the after-party the following night (the fifth). I was pleased to find a bunch of technical people there that are just as hungry as I am for learning and experiencing the world the same way I like to:
I'm a four-year Air Force vet that's been all over the Northern Hemisphere. I've worked a ton of different jobs. Right now, I'm using the Post-9/11 GI Bill to get a Bachelor's in Digital Arts & Design and a Master's in Game Design. I'll be finished in June of 2015. I've got a gaming PC rig that I'll post specs for if anyone's interested in knowing what's under the hood, a DJI Phantom quadcopter that's just begging to be modded out, and all sorts of other gear I'd like to hack and make cool stuff out of.
In the past, I've made a variety of things. I've created sound-activated LEDs using different techniques, multiple solar-powered devices (including a MintyBoost), DIY equipment of all sorts, and I've even added modifications to multiple vehicles I've owned. And I've never had any help, because I've never met a single other person that likes that kind of stuff until FamiLAB.
I just want to make.