Thursday, March 26, 2015


While narwhals remain popular, blobfish are where the action is these days, apparently.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Snakebot Mockup

Today Elon Musk tweeted that they would make a snake-like robot to plug your Tesla in at night for you. Coincidentally, Kyle and I have been fiddling for the last week or two on our own snake-like robot mockup.

 It's based on expensive industrial robots from OC Robotics, but our little guy is made from LEGO Technic. This was inspired by Kyle's Big Hero 6 idea for a flexible arm to help people with ALS.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NCSA "What's New" is gone, except for

Longtime Net users will remember NCSA's "What's New" page, which predated the first search engines. I wanted to find something I remembered in it, but the page is now 404. Google has several "archives" of it, but they are all either 404s themselves, or only an archive of one month of links.

Luckily, the Wayback Machine ( has  a snapshot from Dec., 1996, which crawled back to the whole What's New archives.  This is a great example of the power of the Wayback, and the foresight of Brewster Kahle. "What's New" was incredibly important in the history of the Web.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tinkercad is Back

Great news for us fans of Tinkercad. Autodesk is going to bring it back to life!  

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

TMMakers 3D prints coming back

The "Engineering & Design" club I'm coaching, called TMMakers, got a batch of printed 3D objects back last week:

Too bad Tinekrcad is shutting down!  We can still use our academic license until August, but I'm looking for alternatives that meet our needs.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"Growth Ray" at NFFTY

My son's short film, "Growth Ray", was selected  by the National Film Festival for Talented Youth ( It will debut this month at the SIFF Uptown in Seattle. Yay, Kyle! He is the youngest director this year; the festival is for directors 22 and younger.

Kyle wrote, directed, and starred, and I led the special effects. Follow @growthray, or go to or .

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"From STEM to STICK" now on YouTube

"Ignite Seattle" just put the speaker videos online from the night  in August, when I presented "From STEM to STICK: How to Raise Engineers".

(I sound rushed because it's a five-minute format where slides advance
on you automatically, so I rushed.)