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Mike Parks
Works at Green Shoe Garage
Attended Johns Hopkins University,
Lives in Maryland
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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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have byte, will code: these are the ramblings of a geek cowboy
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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. Most importantly, I get to be a dad to an amazing kid.

I also do a podcast and blog 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 
  • Promoting the Maker Movement and various Open Source initiatives 
  • Advocating for the digital rights of individuals everywhere

Stay Quirky!  Keep it STEAMy!
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Engineer
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Listen and Learn. Licensed Nerfherder.
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  • Green Shoe Garage
    Owner, 2009 - present
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Maryland
Previously
Great Neck, New York - San Diego, California - Key West, Florida

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"50 Shades of Microsoft" | Gears of Resistance Ep. 7 is ready for download! #OSHW

http://gearsofresistance.com/2015/05/50-shades-of-microsoft/
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Here's a fun project using the STM Nucleo, a Bluetooth module and stepper motor.  This is an Android controlled laser point designed to give your pet some exercise.  Get the instructions, schematics, and BOM over here:

http://www.mouser.com/applications/buddybot-stepper-motor-project
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A scared person knows when to be quiet. A smart person knows when to talk.  A wise person knows when each is appropriate. 
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Introducing BuddyBot!  A fun project using the STM Nucleo, a Bluetooth module and stepper motor.  This is an Android controlled laser point designed to give your pet some exercise.  Take a look and would appreciate some feedback!

1) What features will you add to the BuddyBot when you build your own?  For example, adding a second stepper/servo to give the BuddyBot vertical motion too.

2) How are the instructions?  Too much, too little?  How would you improve them to make it flow better?

http://www.mouser.com/applications/buddybot-stepper-motor-project/

Thanks in advance for the thoughtful, constructive critiques!
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Comcast loses lawsuit to prevent municipal broadband, now will offer 2Gbps in same town.  #WhyWeNeedCompetition

http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/04/30/comcast-brings-fiber-to-city-that-it-sued-7-years-ago-to-stop-fiber-rollout/
Comcast offers 2Gbps in Chattanooga, where it lost bid to squash competition.
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A Call To Arms:  Stratasys Attempting To Kill Home 3D Printer Market  How you can fight back! http://makezine.com/2015/04/30/really-3d-printer/
Our good friend Michael Weinberg haw written us to let us all know about one of the current fights to keep 3D printing free and open. Read below and add your voice to the current issue. The Time is Now to Help to Unlock 3D Printers The Copyright Office needs …
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Great tips!
 
Expect your creations to need some TLC, and pack a #wearables  repair kit for maximum in-the-field joy! Supplies mentioned:

https://learn.adafruit.com/wearables-repair-kit
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If only more CEOs had this vision, what a better world we would have.  Can't be done for every job, but for the ones that can be done from home, they should be.  Work is what you do, not where you do it!
 
What are the consequences of ending flexible working? Find out: http://virg.in/JlPkN #readbyrichard
Two years ago, Yahoo employees received a memo informing them of a new policy that meant anyone who worked from home would now be expected to relocate to the office. But has the policy worked and what difference has it made to the staff and the company?
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I heard his speech. I know I would love it. For me, in property management, flexibility seems to be when I want work I get all the free time in the world but when I want free time every frigging thing under the sun that can break, breaks. 
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Help raise funds to let #military service members join a #makerspace !!! $1, $5, $10 or just reshare, thanks!

http://www.gofundme.com/paxspacemilitary
PaxSpace is a Makerspace located in Southern Maryland, which is also home to Naval Air Station Patuxent River. There are many military members that proudly serve our country who call St. Mary's County a "home away from home". Many of these service members have great of ideas for projects and pro...
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Looks cool!
 
Just released Visuino - Visual Development for Arduino Beta 25:
http://www.visuino.com

This is a major release!
- Added NeoPixel support, and demos.
- Added color components.
- Added Random Generators.
- Added a number of converters.
- There are also some major updates in the Visuino code generator itself.
- Added packet unpacker, although not fully functional yet.
- Added initial support for shields.
And much more!

#Visuino #Arduino
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Tesla Home Batteries Are Here!!!  

http://geekdad.com/2015/05/tesla-home-batteries/
It's not been a very well-kept secret that Elon Musk and Tesla have been working on home batteries, but last night Tesla officially announced the Powerwall. Continue reading →
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If anyone has the motivation, money, and balls to do it, it's him. He fascinates me. Storage has been the weakest link and since everything needs power today I hope he makes it happen. 
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Microsoft and Arduino: new partnership announced today

http://blog.arduino.cc/2015/04/30/microsoft-and-arduino-new-partnership/
It's a special day for the Makers' community. Massimo Banzi is in San Francisco attending Build Conference, the biggest developer event of the calendar year for Microsoft and today Microsoft is announcing a strong partnership with Arduino: Windows 10 is in fact the world's first Arduino ...
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