My 2013 blog-writing month recap

At the start of November, I decided that I would chal­lenge myself to a month of blog posts, sim­i­lar to my friends and acquain­tances par­tic­i­pat­ing in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Well, the month is up and the results are in.

A month of blog posts

I’m not a writer, but I’m a blog­ger, a sci­en­tist, and an artist of sorts. And it’s been over a month since I’ve pub­lished any­thing. I’m co-opting NaNoWriMo to get myself out of writer’s block and start writ­ing about all the cool projects and activ­i­ties that have taken over so much of my time that I haven’t had a chance to write about them. Read on for the details...

Introducing InfoNinja

Say hello to InfoNinja. InfoNinja is an Open Source Ethernet-connected desk­top heads-up dis­play. It works in tan­dem with a desk­top com­puter to give you an at-a-glance sec­ondary dis­play of both text and ambi­ent (color/blink/fade) infor­ma­tion. It is also a tea timer.  You can learn more at the project pages: Project Overview Hardware/Firmware Software The source code, schemat­ics, … Continue read­ing Introducing InfoNinja

Netninja: looking back on 2011

Happy 2012 2011 was the year of 3D.  No, not movies, silly glasses, and headaches.  It was the year of MakerBot, Blender, OpenSCAD, and Thingiverse.  In fact, it was the year I had to con­vert the term “maker­bot” from a tag to a full-fledged cat­e­gory here on the blog.  3D print­ing was a cen­tral con­cept, but orbit­ing it were the … Continue read­ing Netninja: look­ing back on 2011

My current WordPress plugins

Because I have a friend who is kick­ing off a new WordPress-powered blog (Hi, Substitute!), I thought I’d list the plu­g­ins I use here at  I have a whop­ping 32 of them, but many are sim­ple single-purpose things that are likely not of gen­eral inter­est.  My plu­g­ins can be be bro­ken down into a few cat­e­gories: Administrative After The Deadline — A spelling … Continue read­ing My cur­rent WordPress plu­g­ins

Farewell, Facebook

My first web­site was born in 1995.  Previous to that, I had par­tic­i­pated in a few mail­ing lists and lurked on Usenet, but that was my first pub­lic inter­net pres­ence.  Those were the days before back­ground images, before cas­cad­ing stylesheets, before, even, the <blink> tag.  Most days, my browser of choice was Lynx — mainly because there … Continue read­ing Farewell, Facebook

What did Netninja look like in 2009?

This post is a bla­tant ripoff of Rick Turoczy’s Silicon Florist word cloud, but that’s how memes work, right?  I made two dif­fer­ent 2009 word clouds for Netninja: one for just titles and one for full post con­tent.  I’ll get into the “how” after the images. This first image is of just titles.  I guess you can infer … Continue read­ing What did Netninja look like in 2009?

Netninja site changes: Hipster PDA & Code

Background I have talked about my rela­tion­ship with the Hipster PDA for years.  It is a sort of love/hate thing.  I find that the basics are invalu­able.  I really love all the beau­ti­ful lit­tle tem­plates and forms that peo­ple have made for the 3″ x 5″ form fac­tor.  Alas, I find that most — if not all — of those … Continue read­ing Netninja site changes: Hipster PDA & Code

Snazzy-Archives, Filtered

Note that this post is a dupli­cate of the Snazzy-Archives, Filtered project page, here at Netninja, and copied into the blog. It has been inserted here to make it part of the blog time­line, RSS, and what­not so that it gets noticed. Comments are dis­abled on this post but enabled on the project page, so go … Continue read­ing Snazzy-Archives, Filtered