A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not why ships are built

September 2nd, 2017

Just a good thought.

Story of His Life

July 30th, 2017

This is a brief story about John, a young man from Cleveland, Ohio: John was only 17. He never thought much about what life was going to be a few years from then. His main preoccupation was to finish high school and get into a decent college. He sometimes dreamed of becoming a successful entrepreneur, but those thoughts were quickly dismissed for the future. Education comes first, he was often reminded. Four years later he was standing at the graduate […]

Unbrick the Eachine Lizard 95 – How To Reach The Boot Pin

June 29th, 2017

Today I bricked this little drone by flashing the wrong firmware (whoops)! Turns out that the correct board to choose when flashing a new firmware is “OMNIBUS“. Oh well, good opportunity to learn how to take this thing apart. Unplug the camera plug from the side by gently pulling the cable out. Optionally also remove the props (I didn’t) to have more maneuvering space later on. 2. Set the drone on its back, and remove the 8 screws circled below […]

How to Write a CGAL Polyhedron to PLY (or any other format)

April 18th, 2017

I ended up having to read the CGAL source code to figure this one out. There you go. You’re welcome.

How To Be Happier: Start Noticing

December 21st, 2016

It’s been a while since I last wrote. Life has been busy. I think I reached an important inner discovery a few weeks ago and wanted to share it. It’s kind of silly to think that the things that I’m about to write have been discovered over and over again, generation over generation, and that while time advances forward, human nature changes very little. We rediscover the same old truths about ourselves. I left the nomadic way in search of greater happiness. […]

How To Mount a GoPro on a Syma X5C

March 21st, 2016

It is indeed possible to mount a GoPro on a Syma X5C. It is however, not ideal, since the Syma X5C is a toy and its payload capacity is limited. But if you’re like me and you like to push the limits of your hardware, this is not going to stop you from trying, is it? 🙂 I used a GoPro Hero3+, but the process should be similar for other models. 1. Reduce the Weight The Syma can’t pull much weight. […]

Why I’m Leaving The Nomadic Lifestyle (for a bit)

May 27th, 2015

Traveling, seeing new places, no ties, no schedules. Being a digital nomad and being in control of my time has shown me what freedom really means. Living a minimalist lifestyle has shown me that I can happily live with less, using the bare essentials and sustain my living expenses on a mere $35 / day. I could keep on doing this forever. Why I’m Leaving The Nomadic Lifestyle I have never been happier. But as I approach the one year anniversary of this […]

Use Your Kindle as an External Monitor (well, almost)

April 21st, 2015

You can share a terminal session using your Kindle, which means you can use it as an external monitor for text-only applications. You won’t be able to do much web browsing or design work beside ASCII art, but if you’re a coder or a sysadmin, I’m sure this is not really going to bother you. Here’s a brief list of steps required to get this hack working. Jailbreak your Kindle. Install a Terminal application on it so that you can open […]

Why Weekends Don’t Feel The Same Anymore (In a Good Way)

March 8th, 2015

I’ve been unconsciously experiencing this feeling for a while now, but I haven’t had time to put it into words until yesterday. So I wrote a note and promised myself to write a post about this. When we’re caught in the cycles of society, we live for the weekend. When it’s Tuesday morning and a huge pile of work stares us in the face, we zoom out and wish it was already Saturday. Then when it’s Sunday night, we wish that we […]

Velcro + Phone = Hands-Free GPS

February 28th, 2015

Have you ever searched for directions on your phone while driving? You probably know how tricky it gets to drive with one hand on the phone. Here’s my hack for the day. It’s a little ugly and it obscures part of the audio player LCD, but I don’t usually read what’s on the LCD anyway. Make sure to check your state/country laws before doing it, as it might not be allowed. Also make sure you place the soft side of […]