Author Archives: Jeremy Cook

2017 Goals and 2016 Results

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First of all, thanks for reading, and/or following my exploits in whatever form they take. Hopefully you’ll see me around the Internet or wherever even more in 2017, so be sure to say ‘hello!’

If you’ve been following this blog or my work for a while, you may have noticed that I try to do a yearly update post on results and goals. I think it’s healthy to reflect once in a while about where I’ve succeeded and failed, and what I actually want to do writing-wise next year. This year is a little different, as “creating content” is now my full-time job since March, so I certainly have an advantage over 2016 Jeremy. That being said, here is where I stand right now:

2016 Results:

Per the last post like this, my goals were:

  • 4000 Total Followers on Twitter: I’m nowhere near this, at 1982 on my main @JeremySCook handle, and 915 on @DIYTripods (which isn’t really that active). 2897 isn’t bad, though nowhere near that goal. Still, it’s been a useful tool for contacting people and having them reach me, so I suppose that’s fine.
  • Write for 7 Customers, at least 1 of which I haven’t written for before: I wrote for Atmel, Makezine, Wired UK, and Popular Science, which I’ve done work for before. Additionally, Read more »

New Stickers!

Stickers!

If you saw me at the Orlando Maker Faire earlier this year, I hope you picked up one of my stickers or magnets. Perhaps it’s prominently displayed on your car window, or perhaps the sticker is slowly making its way to the giant garbage patch somewhere in the Pacific. Either way, besides a few on my ‘fridge and others that I’m sure are floating around my office somewhere, they are gone!!

Not to fear though, I just received a new and improved shippment of stickers from StickerMule, this time in glorious black and…clear. That’s right, these stickers, once stuck to you notebook computer, car, bathroom stall, or trash can, show up as black with clear space around them. This creates kind of a subtle look, allowing you to promote my DIY/robotic agenda, while still fitting in with your peers. Really the best of both worlds.

How Can I Get One?

Well, I’m glad you asked. It’s quite simple actually, just email me at [email protected], or contact me through Twitter, and I will send you one, along with a personally written note saying something like “stickers.”**

Obviously I’m a little biased, but I think they look awesome. Once you have them, I’d love to see pics of where you ended up using them, but that is totally optional!

Various notes and such

*I’ve ordered several things from StickerMule now, each time with excellent results. If you want to make your own stickers (buttons, magnets, etc.), use this link for a $10 credit. I get a $10 credit as well, so obviously I have some ulterior motive. The stickers honestly have always turned out great, and delivery was very fast.

**If you don’t live in the US, I may or may not be able to send you the stickers. Postage costs can be high, and, if I’m really being honest, I hate having to go to the post office. Feel free to ask though. Also, at some point in the future this “contest” may end. I may run out of stickers or simply become (yes, become) lazy, so consider this offer to run out at some indeterminate point in the future, and be subject to my whims in the present.

Endurance DIY Laser Engraver Review

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a laser cutter and/or engraver for quite a while, and I finally obtained a unit from Endurance Lasers. You can see the video below, but I have a few more thoughts on the matter, a few of which I didn’t really go over, so hopefully this article will be informative as well.

Edit 12/19/2016: It was pointed out to me that the laser itself is made by robots everywhere (L-Cheapo Mk 2), and that it’s capable of cutting acrylic using the Z-axis, though at 2.1 watts, it will take a while. Also, the logic board is a prototype.

If you’d rather just watch the video, check it out below:

First Impressions

So in the video, Read more »