It’s pretty darned cold right now.

I know, I know.. if you’re reading this and you’re from Alaska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Saskatchewan etc… you’re going to say “that’s NOT cold…”

But it is.  It got down to 21F last night, and it’s still 28 now .. at 1:50pm.  In AUSTIN.  TX.  You know .. the South bit of the United States where it’s not usually quite this cold .. or for this long.

According to the site:

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 1.51.50 PM43.. my rear-end.  According to the thermometer on my window it’s a solid 28F.   OOOOF.

Bobcatinabox Day 3

‪#‎bobcatinabox‬ : Day 3 is back for round number three. It’s ANOTHER little padded envelope from China.

Here’s Thing #3:

It’s a little metal keychain in the shape of a motorcycle! Solid metal, really heavy, and real chrome too. It was sent on 12/29 and arrived on 1/6, not bad for China Post shipping. Hmmm .. can’t figure out what the “theme” the bobcatinabox is going for… but I really love getting these things!

I wonder what’s next?Photo on 1-6-15 at 4.57 PM #2

Bobcatinabox – The Robot that Buys You Things on eBay

As a Chanukah gift to myself, I bought a one-month subscription to    It’s a website that put into reality something that Randall Munroe of XKCD came up with.

The premise is pretty simple:  Based on a semi-random keyword, or on a keyword you provide it, the bot scans eBay and looks for items that it can bid on for $1, with free shipping.   When it wins an item, it ships it to you.   That’s it.

As you can imagine, people who subscribe to Bobcatinabox, get some interesting and zany things.   I’ve been posting some of them on FaceBook, and so I’ll share them here too.

#‎bobcatinabox‬ : Day 1

So, I signed up on .. it’s inspired by an XKCD comic, and it sends me one thing every day randomly bought for $1 with free shipping.

Here’s thing #1: A postcard from 1940!

Photo on 12-29-14 at 4.06 PM #2 Photo on 12-29-14 at 4.06 PM


**tap** Is this thing on?

Cough … 

I just may have been a bit remiss in posting to my blog in a while.

Well, can’t blame me… life has been busy.   I’ve got a 4-year-old kiddo running around the house, the hackerspace continues to grow, I still commute between Austin and San Francisco, and stuff.. and things!

There’s no “New Year’s” resolution to post once a day or anything, but now that WordPress is a lot simpler to use on my phone, I’ll try to remember to crosspost some things from Facebook, Twitter, and such here.


New House!


Last month, I bought a new house in Austin.   Thus begins a new adventure!   It’s on 1.3 acres of land, with a huge pool, near a creek.

Plus, as a bonus, it’s RIGHT on the fiber internet corridor where Google Fiber will be rolled out.



Blog Theme / Roll update


Since the last post I’ve:

* Bought a house
* Increased the size of the hackerspace to 8000 square feet
* Created a company to make ARM motherboards
* Upgraded the ArduPilot board to use an ARM processor

There’s a lot going on! Maybe I should, you know, blog about it or something.