I recently added a WRGB LED strip to the top of my bookshelf using WS2811 LEDs or as my friends at Adafruit call them NeoPixels. I chose RGBW LEDs so I could get a nicer white and use less power than a traditional RGB strip.
Last year while making popcorn and cranberry chains the only thing missing from the tree was a star. One was made posthaste. However, it was missing a very important feature, lighting up. We couldn’t let that happen two years in a row so this year we added a color changing light to our homemade star.
BikeBlink Part II
Now that I had working code I started thinking about waterproofing. I decided to order a waterproof cable and print a 3D Box. As this was my first time 3D Printing I had no idea what I was doing. I designed a box in AutoDesk 3D and headed to my local maker space to have it printed. Over all I’m pretty happy with how the box turned out. My original idea was to solder everything into the box. However, I learned this was not as easily done as I was hoping so I’ll be going another route in terms of enclosures.
BikeBlink Part I
About 10 months ago I had a friend who got hit by a car while on a bike. This lead to stepping up the visibility game. One of the improvements were bike spoke lights. They serve to increase side visibility while riding.
I have been holding off on posting this because it just seems too good to be true. This October I joined the amazing staff at Automattic full time. This is the bunch of people who are behind WordPress and WordPress.com. I’ve joined as a Happiness Engineer on the Store team. I hope this means that I’ll have a little more time to work on my plugins and attend WordCamps.