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Mike Parks
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Attended Johns Hopkins University,
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Listen and Learn. Licensed Nerfherder.
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  • Green Shoe Garage
    Owner, 2009 - present
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professional engineer. aspiring maker.
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Hello, World!  My name is Mike and I am engineer.  During the day I ply my trade for the US Navy.  On the side I run Green Shoe Garage, a small electronics design business and technology consultancy.  When I am not tinkering away in the lab you can find me can find me geocaching, dabbling in digital doodling and photography, playing games, sharing ideas at my local makerspacegazing up at the stars or surfing the amateur radio frequencies (N1HNP). Most importantly, I get to be a dad to an amazing kid.

I produce the S.T.E.A.M. Power Podcast that covers a wide range of quirky STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) topics. It also serves as an advocacy platform several initiatives including:
  • STEAM education at all ages
  • Raising public awareness of the positive impact STEAM has on our daily lives 
  • Advocating for the digital rights of individuals everywhere
I also produce Gears of Resistance which is a podcast dedicated to Open Source Hardware news, DIY electronics tips and tricks, and advice on running a business built on OSHW.

Lastly, if you aren't tired of my ramblings by now you can check out my personal blog and the blog posts I write for Mouser Electronics' Bench Talk Blog.

My final pieces of advice: If you want to change the world, you must learn to embrace failure.
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Half decent human being.
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Education
  • Johns Hopkins University,
    M.S. Systems Engineering, 2007 - 2009
  • University Of Maryland Baltimore County,
    B.S. Computer Engineering, 2001 - 2003
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy,
    Logistics and Intermodal Transportation, 1999 - 2000

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Scientists are holding a news conference Thursday (Feb. 11) at 10:30 a.m. EST (1530 GMT) at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to discuss the search for gravitational waves.
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Google VR gets real...
It would build VR support directly into Android, too.
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Google's Project Skybender is similar to Project Loon: it aims to beam internet from up above. Instead of using balloons, though, it will use drones.
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The Innovation Act is the best patent troll-killing bill yet. Last year, it flew through the House but was stalled in the Senate. This year, it's back. Tell your representative to pass this strong patent reform legislation.
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We’ve all wondered why we have to pay a confusingly large fee to rent a remarkably shitty cable box. There’s no other choice! But if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gets its way, the days of being forced to fork over fees for set-top boxes will soon be over.
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I +'d this bc of the cat photo. However, maybe the FCC is trying to keep the middle class happy with cheap entertainment....something like the reason why the Roman emperors had Circuses with gladiators to placate the masses...
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It's simple economics and the laws of supply and demand.

Why did college degrees become important?  Because it used to be that a high school diploma was the pinnacle of education.  Then "everyone" started getting a diploma.  So college degrees became the new pinnacle.  But now "everyone" has a degree, thus saturating the market.  So while it is important to become educated and develop skills, that should never have been automatically equated with going to college.  In short, the pendulum swung to far to university education and the market is now self-correcting.  Actual employable skills are where it's at.
BIG employers are going cold on university degrees, leaving students and jobseekers to wonder
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During Alphabet’s earnings call last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai spent several minutes talking about virtual reality, saying that Google Cardboard, the company’s low-cost approach to VR, was “only the first step” towards much broader goals in the space. Now, a report from the Financial Times claims that Google’s next step is closer than we thought.
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new #OSHW project coming...
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Medical Wearables: A Product Designer Perspective Part 1
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Six Ignorant Senators Want To Slow Down High-Speed Internet
Last year the FCC had us all rejoicing when it upped the minimum requirements for broadband from 4Mbps to 25Mbps. It means that many internet service providers can no longer classify their service as broadband. So while it didn’t instantly improve speeds, it did shame ISPs and cost them in tax breaks and grants that come with this classification.
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Amateur Space Exploration: CubeSats - Industry Tap
www.industrytap.com

Space exploration by ordinary people, once thought of as a remote possibility, is now becoming a reality thanks to CubeSats.

Who exactly is Agent 1 and 2?
thesquidblogs.blogspot.com

I know a lot of people have this question, Who exactly is Agent 1 and 2? well, now you can find out. Theres a possibility that it could be t

BuddyBot - Android Apps on Google Play
market.android.com

Pets need exercise! Lasers are fun! Robots are even cooler! Put them all together and you got yourself a BuddyBot! This app lets you control

Embedded Engineers: 10 Skills You Need Now | EE Times
www.eetimes.com

From open-source software to developing apps, industry professionals urge embedded engineers to get out of their comfort zone and acquire ne

Twitch
www.twitch.tv

Twitch is the world's leading video platform and community for gamers.

PaxSpace Inc - Google Groups
groups.google.com

Late night, Nick Clark, VP, 4:21 PM. MM, Steven Hess, 1:48 PM. Vote for our new logo! Nick Clark, VP, 1:12 PM. RE: [PaxSpace, Inc] Re: shop

Forums | PaxSpace, Inc
paxspace.org

Home · About PaxSpace · Benefits · Location · Current Spaces and Equipment · Contact Us · Blog · Classes · Instructors Wanted · Intro to 3D

Learn Python Web Programming - Start Web Programming with Python|Udemy
www.udemy.com

Learning Web Programming with Python. An Essential Course for any Web Developer. Start Python web programming today

Papilio In The Sky, I Can Fly Twice As High - STEAM Power Podcast
steampowerpodcast.com

S.T.E.A.M. Power Podcast #43 31 May 2014 Google Neural Networks and Data Center Energy Efficiency | White Paper Smartphone Compass Used To M

Report: Google Wants to Become a Wireless Carrier
gizmodo.com

Google bosses are dreaming about adding wireless service to the search giant's menu of offerings. A couple of unnamed sources "who have disc

Google for Veterans and Families
plus.google.com

Connecting Google and the military veteran community

VetNet HQ
plus.google.com

A career service for those who've served

Here's what Apple's first hacked-together iPhone looked like, and other ...
www.tuaw.com

Yesterday we told you the Wall Street Journal posted its interview with one of the original iPhone engineers about the creation of the iPhon

Google's Bold Plan to Overthrow Amazon as King of the Cloud | Wired Ente...
www.wired.com

Much like Amazon and Microsoft, Google has long offered cloud services that let outsiders run software on its infrastructure, so that they n

Making Sense of Data - Course
datasense.withgoogle.com

Making Sense of Data. Do you work with surveys, demographic information, evaluation data, test scores, or observation data? Are you interest

Netflix's Reed Hastings calls out weak net neutrality rules, 'reluctantl...
www.engadget.com

Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix has finally chimed in with his own statement about net neutrality and the deal his company struck with Com

Mouser Electronics
plus.google.com

The Newest Products for Your Newest Designs™

Have physicists finally detected gravitational waves?
space.io9.com

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has news so big it announced that it would announce something. The press conference will str

Southern Maryland's premiere Makerspace! Great place to work on a wide variety of projects from woodworking to metalwork, electronics, and software. Even launch a business! Access to 3D printers and CNC router is fantastic! Lots of smart people to learn from as well.
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reviewed 4 months ago
Absolutely fantastic BBQ. Love the Meal Ticket concept and the staff is terrific. Music is great too. This is a restaurant you just have to check out if you're staying in DC.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Absolutely loved this hotel. Great location, super friendly staff, quiet for being in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Easy to walk to museums and great restaurants. Air conditioner could act a little wonky but nothing too impossible. Will be looking for an excuse to stay here again!
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Wife and I ate while staying in the city. The food is top notch. Don't let the prices freak you out, the idea is to share a plate ... and take some home for lunch and dinner and lunch again! Great Italian food, fantastic casual atmosphere.
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