ben lowery

A new place for random stuff

2013 Dec 2nd

For a while, I’ve wanted b19y.com, so I finally got off my butt and made it happen. It’s a pretty simple tumblr setup that I plan on using a bit like I used this site. Twitter++ as it were.

Linkage: November 4th, 2013 to November 25th, 2013

2013 Nov 26th
Luigi Prina: The Ships That Sail Through The Clouds | Blinking City
This is beautiful- Luigi Prina: The Ships That Sail Through The Clouds via @blinkincity
Versioning in a repo
I've been pondering the right way to deal with version stamping in a source repo. Please comment on the gist. :)
The Ox on Vimeo
@blowery Not sure you've seen this but
Security of Infrastructure Secrets
new blog post: Security of Infrastructure Secrets
Selo/Shevel Gallery to close after 31 years in downtown Ann Arbor | MLive.com
RT @annarbornews: Selo/Shevel Gallery to close after 31 years in downtown Ann Arbor

Linkage: September 11th, 2013 to November 3rd, 2013

2013 Nov 4th
Untitled (http://reiddraper.com/writing-simple-check/)
I wrote about some of the differences between implementing QuickCheck in Clojure and Haskell: #simple-check
DevTools 3min – YouTube
. @campd's excellent DevTools video, 3min: via @YouTube
Twitter / jaythrash: Need a MBP stand? All you need …
Need a MBP stand? All you need is about $3 in PVC parts…
My gif workflow
One of the best screencapture to gif workflows by none other than @slexaxton
How I fixed an anonymous infinite loop in jsbin
How I fixed an *anonymous* infinite loop in @js_bin: #node #gdb

Linkage: August 15th, 2013 to August 29th, 2013

2013 Aug 30th
Adrienne @ Manchester High School
I'm at Manchester High School (Manchester, MI)
ECMAScript Internationalization API – Generated Content by David Storey
The new JavaScript internationalization library is very exciting:
Rob Conery | Web development with Ruby on Rails, Node, and Whatever Bleeds. Co-owner/Founder of Tekpub, Creator of This Developer’s Life
Javascript Frameworks Are Amazing and Nobody is Happy
XKCD Plots in Matplotlib: Going the Whole Way
matplotlib has an "xkcd" plotting style! This is big #python #pylab
The final Blimpy Burger: ‘All good things come to an end’
Check out the final Blimpy Burger: 'All good things come to an end'

Wiring Your House

2013 Aug 10th

I’ve always respected electricians and found the work fascinating, but never really sat down and learned all the ins and outs of how my short-lived electrical engineering education applied to my actual abode. I understand how an outlet works and how electricity flows, but close to nothing about code or safe practices when wiring, or any of the little things that any practicing electrician knows.

I recently purchased a new bandsaw, which has a 220V motor and needs a new 20A dedicated circuit. I’ve wanted to add outlets in my little basement wood shop, so I figured as long as I needed to add the one outlet, I might as well have an electrician add a subpanel and isolate the shop entirely. That way, if I want to add more outlets or hang better lights or need another 220 in the future, I have a dedicated panel to work from. Not knowing what to look for in a panel or how it was supposed to be wired, or what I could actually do, I started doing some research.

Dyami recommended a book, Wiring a House 4th Edition (For Pros By Pros), and I now recommend it too. It’s a very good overview of all of the general wiring you’ll find in a house, with explanations of the basic code requirements for each part. It does refer to the NEC code for actual guidelines on things like wire gauge, but in general, it’s fairly self sufficient, and easy to read.

Definitely pick it up if you have any wiring projects coming up, or want to know what to look for when looking at a possible house to buy.

disclaimer: If you purchase the book via these links, I get a small cut from Amazon for the link. It really is an excellent book, but in no way makes you a licensed electrician. But it will help you know if you’re dealing with someone reputable.