A Linotype Specimen

This original 1948 Linotype specimen book was basically calling out my name at the Museum of Printing gift shop. Read More…

SNR and Airports

As an electrical engineer, I’ve humbly learned to recognize that EE is the fundamendal discipline. Almost everything1 can be described by circuits and signals and systems. Accordingly, I tend to explain the world by the rules of the field. Read More…

Goodbye, Formlabs

After six years of working at the coolest company in 3D printing, I bid goodbye to Formlabs last week. Read More…

The Futility of Being a Utility

Earlier this year, Pacific Gas & Electric was forced into bankruptcy protection by lawsuits seeking billions of dollars of damages for starting a major forest fire with a fallen power line. Then last week, during a period of exceptionally dry and windy conditions, PG&E made the bold decision to cut power to large areas of Northern California to reduce the possibility of… a fallen power line starting a forest fire. And people were outraged. Read More…

Fair Food

We went to the Topsfield Fair yesterday. Due to our late arrival with hungry kids, we immediately entered “seek food” mode, searching for a food vendor that didn’t look too sketchy, greasy, or full of allergens. It wasn’t easy. Does it seem reasonable that an annual celebration of local agriculture should be a difficult place to find fresh, healthy food? Read More…

Travel providers: metadata please!

I travel often enough that keeping track of the little details is cumbersome. For years, I’ve relied on sites like TripIt to try to magically siphon the pertinent details out of all those confirmation emails and aggregate them into a single itinerary. Read More…

Drill Rack

I recently got tired of digging around for my cordless tools under a pile of materials and built Shaper’s Cleat-of-the-Week Drill Rack. Read More…