I think this marks the first official “unboxing” of… (posted on my tumblr)

I think this marks the first official “unboxing” of the $999 Mosaic 3D printer from MakerGear! At this point I think mine is about 1.5 weeks away from arriving at this point. Expect video, pictures, and, possibly, actual printed objects 😉

(via Mosaic pictures by DasGrinch – Photobucket)

on tumblr: http://mymosaicprinter.tumblr.com/post/9994120470

How You Can Be Creative – A Lesson from Pablo Picasso | SebastianMarshall.com: Strategy, Philosophy, Self-Discipline, Science. Victory.

As someone who struggles with the occasional creative block (or, as some would say, a permanent creative block), I found this post invaluable.

If you walk away with nothing else, I think the basic lesson is: “identify how you would normally design what you are working on, and change something.”

How You Can Be Creative – A Lesson from Pablo Picasso | SebastianMarshall.com: Strategy, Philosophy, Self-Discipline, Science. Victory..

Fitbit vs Sleep Cycle app (iPhone accelerometer based) for sleep tracking

Just thought some folks might find this interesting…

I used my Fitbit and also my Sleep Cycle app on my iPhone last night to compare results of the devices/apps. Sleep Cycle works very similarly to Fitbit, by using the (very sensitive) iPhone accelerometer to detect movement and correlate that to sleep phases. They recommend you place the phone under your sheet near your head, and let it run overnight.

So, I started the app counter, and the Fitbit, and stopped them in the morning, and you can see the results in this image:

(I couldn’t get the images to line up quite right even with scaling, but you can see that they essentially match up!) As you can see, they line up pretty closely (and you can also see that my sleep pattern is terrible, that’s a whole different story. I have a geriatric night owl dog, and in general don’t sleep well at all, and hoping getting my weight back down is going to help…).

Anyway, point being, if you want to double check the Fitbit, or apply the data in other apps, or whatever the case may be, there’s a reference for you 🙂

Keeping your Mac applications Afloat

If you work on Mac OS X, and despair at the lack of ways to keep certain windows "afloat", or "always on top" (if you’re familiar with Windows applications that do similar things), then Afloat is the utility for you! Did I mention that it’s free?

Upon install, it adds itself to the common Window menu of every application, giving you a bevy of options to control the window of the app you’re working with. 

It allows you to keep one or more windows floating/pinned above others, or turn them translucent, allowing them to be visible and let clicks "fall through" to the windows behind it.



For example, I’m on a lot of conference calls, and need to take notes, but also have other windows open doing research about the subject matter, etc.

I had been using (and LOVE) a free utility called Shift It to emulate Windows 7’s "Aero Snap", i.e. the ability to snap a window to the right half of the screen, or left, or top/bottom/etc. This works wonderfully, although it is a key combination, versus a  drag/drop operation.


I was using a different application called Cinch, which I actually paid for, but there are some minor bugs that are being worked out before I can use it on a day to day basis. It also behaves weird with VMWare Fusion, not always snapping properly, but I’m sure that it will be updated soon enough.

So, if you’re a fellow window-holic like me, grab a couple of these free utilities and start making the most of that [growing but] limited desktop space!


Sorry folks

Had to delete all comments from my blog. Neither Akismet nor Disqus were helping block spam properly, and neither WordPress nor Disqus in their infinite wisdom provide any means of editing more than say 25 (of the 157,000 "approved" yet spam) comments at a time that I had.

 So, off they go. If you are still looking for info from me, hit me up on twitter as @rgoodwin and glad to discuss!