The Cosmopolitan Geek

So once upon a time I had 6 different blogs for various topics. Since I no longer maintain/post on those, I’m going to simply incorporate them into here.

The one blog was titled The Cosmopoitan Geek. Let’s see if WordPress will let me tag the entire import with that.

Two major events happening! Woooo!

Looking for creative AND technical people! (Uijeongbu)

My maker-space has been granted not one but TWO free events to help boost creativity in the world! I am looking for at least 2 or 3 people who want to build or make something, anything, with the promotions we have.

1/ Sugru.(https://sugru.com/) If you haven’t hear of this stuff before, you are seriously missing out. The date for this one is July 12 (potentially July 13)

“sugru is the exciting new self-setting rubber that can be formed by hand. It moulds like play-dough, bonds to almost anything and turns into a strong, flexible silicone rubber overnight.”

This stuff is truly amazing. How about something as practical as bumpers for your iPhone? https://sugru.com/guides/how-to-make-bouncy-sugru-bumpers-for-your-iphone-5

What about a wall mount for your tablet? https://sugru.com/guides/make-an-ipad-wall-mount

Feel free to explore the Sugru site to see what others have done.

Now, for part two :)

2/ August 2013 Build Night with Jameco (Date for this one is not set but it will be late August)

Jameco is en electronics parts retailer. Because I am a Pro Member of Instructables, I have access to these types of events. Here is what’s included with the Jameco event.

“We are partnering with Jameco, a leading electronic components distributor, for our August 2013 build night. Sign up and we will ship you an electronics package that includes:

Standard Timer Single 8-Pin 555 Chip (10)
Resistor Assortment, 540 pieces (1)
Breadboard 3.25×2.125 (4)
Battery Snap, 6 inch (4)
Battery, Super Alkaline, 9V (4)
Grab Bag of Electronics Components (1)
LED Grab Bag – assorted colors and shapes (2)”

So, get your geek on and get in touch with me. I am looking for 2-3 people for this event as well!

These events are FREE. The parts supplied are FREE. The space used is FREE. The ONLY thing needed is to just document what we build, write up a ‘how to’ on it and we post it online for the world to see :) That’s it. Oh, and have a whack of fun while doing so too ;)

The events will be hosted at my maker-space in Uijenongbu, Open Brain House (http://openbrainhouse.com). Please feel free to call/text me at 0104488507, or get in touch me with on KakaoTalk (search userID: DragnDon. Spelling is critical and you cannot find me by phone number because my KakaoTalk is on my Galaxy Tab, not my phone).

Location: Uijeongbu, South Korea

New Endeavours

While I have been playing with technology longer than more kiddies have been around, there are things I still don’t know/never got into.  This includes programming.  Sure, HTML is a type of programming but not in the sense that most current people think when they hear the word.  To this end, I have decided to take up programming.  One of the biggest questions that people like us have is ‘where do I start?’.  Do I start with C++, Python, Java or how about LegoScript(yes, there is such a thing)??

I recall reading somewhere that it really doesn’t matter where you start, so as you start.  I did a cursory search and decided upon Python.   It seemed a reasonable language to learn, nothing to hectic or exotic as far as terms and phrases that are used to both describe and utilized it.

I am currently on my 3rd attempt to learn it.  Why do I say 3rd, well because besides on deciding what to learn, how is just as important.  After a few failed attempts, I am currently following Learn Python The Hard Way website.  Sure python.org has some tutorials, I even found some free PDF’s from O’Reilly Books but so far, this current website is working for me.  Heck, as far as I’m concerned, I have already learned more and better in the last 4 hours than I did in two days with the free books.  Here is a simply program that I wrote, my first :)

# Let's calculate how long it would take for me to get to 10,000 of programming

# represents total # of hours needed
master = 10000

# represents # of hours in a day of study
day = 24
awake = 12
forced = 4
personal = 2

# calculate # of days
mastery = master/day
practical_mastery = master/awake
forced_study = master/forced
interested = master/personal# print results
print "They say that to become a master it takes",master,"hours."
print "Mastery with no sleep would take",mastery,"days with no sleep."
print "Hard Practical Mastery would take",practical_mastery,"days at",awake,"hrs of study per day."
print "Real world, forced study Mastery would take",forced_study,"days at",forced,"hrs of study per day."
print "Personal interest study Mastery would take",interested,"days at",personal,"hrs of study per day."