Professional photos from Justine Russo Photography. For readers of my blog, you'll notice that I haven't had any new content in the past year. For good reason though, as I got married in June! Aside from planning the proposal and wedding, I also had the lofty goal of designing and making my wife's engagement ring. With this post, I'd like to share my quest in designing and 3D printing the ring, along with some *minor* mistakes I made.
Posted on June 24, 2018   ·   15 min read   ·   # comments   ·   #programming
Bread, the quintessence of life. People have survived for centuries off this staple consisting only of flour, water, salt, and yeast. Try consuming all these ingredients separately, and you'll be in for a digestive surprise. However, mix them together and let time do its thing, and the result is the release of profound flavour, texture, and nutrients that were previously locked away. Despite it being relatively easy to turn dough into something that looks and feels like bread, the challenge is in squeezing every possible ounce of flavour and texture (using only those four ingredients) to achieve the embodiment of a true loaf of bread.
Posted on April 6, 2018   ·   13 min read   ·   # comments   ·   #programming
In case the title wasn't clear, this blog post is about developing a web application using the Python programming language using Jupyter Lab, Flask, and the Heroku platform. If you were looking for an article on python recipes, you can start off with this one on making a poached Burmese python curry. The Backstory The problem with online baking recipes is that the majority of them use volumetric units. As any civilized baker would know, Patricia's 1 cup of flour may very well be different than Patrick's 1 cup of flour.
Posted on February 9, 2018   ·   8 min read   ·   # comments   ·   #programming
As a mechatronics engineer (in training), sometimes I like to pretend that I also know how to program. In my most recent adventures to software land at MistyWest, I needed to write an application in C# that involved doing a ping sweep to find devices that were physically connected through ethernet. Since Google and Stack Overflow are my two best friends, I was able to find (what seemed to be) an off-the-net solution quite quickly.
Posted on January 12, 2018   ·   9 min read   ·   # comments   ·   #physics
Disclaimer: Light therapy is one method of easing seasonal affective disorder (SAD); some people swear by it whereas others remain unaffected. This blog post does not intend to refute the effectiveness of light therapy, but rather to dig deeper into the technology behind these light therapy lamps to better educate fellow consumers. Ah, the winter blues of Vancouver, BC. While some days bring bluebird skies and fresh pow for skiing, other days are downright gloomy.