NNN file manager

Moving from OSX to Linux has overall and very pleasant. One thing I missed was the OSX finder application, which in general felt superior to the various Linux counterparts (there are many). Part of the switch though has involved me re-evaluating my needs and trying to see what else is out there and what I can improve, and I've been reaching for the command line a lot. There are several terminal based file managers, the most popular of which is ranger, but I felt I wasn't really gaining much over GUI applications. Enter nnn, which takes a more pluggable approach to the problem.

Posted

Markdown tools for vim

I'm a big vim fan. It feeds my needs for customization and over the years I've made an editor that feels very tailored to the way my brain works. In my job I write lots of documentation, almost always with markdown files, which are easy to write but can get unweildy with large documents. I was also somewhat jealous of Markdown editors like Ulysses, but really missed vims navigation and general text commands. Using Goyo, vim-markdown and vim-pencil I was able to get what I consider the best markdown writing experience possible.

Posted

RC car parts

Two days after Christmas my daughter broke a piece on her new RC car. My immediate thought was that this might be a good use for my 3D printer. The tiny wheel axle was pretty complicated to replicate and I had to use a caliper to make the original measurements. A few hours later and I had a mostly decent Tinkercad model built out that I could print. I was pretty impressed on how close it was to the original. Outside of a quick drill press trip to expand one of the hole for the axle, everything came out perfectly on the first print.

Posted

Split ortholinear keyboard

Over the last year I've become a fan of ortholinear layouts, which use a straight grid for the keyboard layout versus the normal typewriter-style stagger. The only negative of using such a small keyboard though is that it doesn't do anything for your actual arm position and ends up being a little cramp. I figured I'd try one of the new Let's split style layouts out, but wanted to create my own case. This was actually much harder than it looks because I had to route out the inner portion and then cut everything away afterwards.

Button box

I've gotten a little addicted to flight sims lately and decided I wanted to make a generic button box that would work in a bunch of different frames. This felt very similar to my arcade build, with the only difference being the use of rotary encoders.

Chess board

I spent a weekend building a maple and walnut chess board for my daughter. Not bad considering it was made entirely out of cutoffs laying around the garage.

Posted

Bed frame repair work

Often I find repair work more satisfying than making something from scratch. At some point over the summer our 5-year old bed frame had completely come apart. The damage was significant enough I had to cut out a fairly large section and try and replicate the look, chiseling out a spot for the hardware.

Barovia with watercolor pencils

Prepping for a new DND campaign. This is the first time I've ever used watercolor pencils. The negative space feels a bit reversed here, but still fun!

Posted