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Sean McBeth
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+Unofficial Cardboard​ sent me a nice Google Cardboard 2.0+ (the plus means they've added a few features) to review.

I like it a lot. The large lenses are great and the addition of the IPD adjuster is a very welcome change. The rocker button works great. The addition of the blinders on the sides, and how they fold into the box is really good. And the rubber gripper pad is very obviously making the entire setup much more secure. This is the quintessential version of Google Cardboard, in my mind.
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A simple refrigerator pickle recipe. I know I promised this over a year ago, but I just remembered to measure everything for the first time.

Almost everyone has everything they need in their house to make these already.

Acquire 2 small mason jars. I think they are 16 fl oz in size. Three cucumbers will fit in each. Lids and lid inserts are typically separate. If you have left over lid inserts, make sure they aren't rusted underneath. Throw them out if and get new ones if they are. They don't literally have to be mason jars, they could be any ol' container with an air tight seal that won't melt when boiling hot water is poured into them, but mason jars are classic.

Pour 1 and 1/4 cup each of white wine vinegar and water in a pot. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of kosher salt. Don't bother buying special pickling salt, it's just a finer grain because it "dissolves better", but we'll be boiling the water, so it won't be hard to dissolve the salt. Bring to a low simmer and add whatever seasonings you want. I like dill, caraway, and oregano. Some people also like mustard seed. Add them in to the water whenever you like. If you're using dry seasonings, use about two tablespoons each of the seasonings you want. It might seem like a lot. If you're using fresh, use 1 tbsp. Let it simmer slowly while you cut the cucumbers.

Get 5 or 6 mini cucumbers. Like these guys: http://www.lakesideproduce.com/images/minicucumber6pack.jpg. They are sweeter and make for better pickles. They usually come 6 to a pack, so you'll use them all. Slice them up however you want. The thicker you slice, the more cucumbery they will taste. The thinner, the more pickley. We'll basically be blanching the cucumber, so too thin and it will cook the cucumber completely, which we do not. You know what pickle slices look like. Fill the mason jars to the brim with the slice cucumber.

BONUS ROUND: peal a whole head of garlic and add it in with the cucumber. You can also try purple onion, shallots, carrots (slice them thinner than the cucumbers), or really any firm root vegetable. Potatoes probably won't work.

In the time that it took you to slice the cucumbers, the pickling brine should be ready. Pour it through a mesh strainer into a pitcher, then pour it into the tops of each of the jars of cucumbers.

Seal up the jars of cucumbers. The jars will be quite hot, so be careful. Let them sit out for about ten minutes, or don't, then put them in the refrigerator. It doesn't really matter. I just said that because that's what I just did while I wrote this message.

Wait a day and eat them. They are high in sodium but otherwise, since we didn't completely cook the vegetables, they retain most of their nutritional value.
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You'd probably have to reheat the brine. Just put the jar in the microwave until the brine boils, then put the spears in the jar and close it up tight.

But if you're going to go through the effort of cutting up your own cucumbers, you might as well make you're own brine. It tastes a lot better, too.
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The Washington DC Metroplitan area has the highest concentration of people with experience and knowledge in the the Virtual and Augmented Reality software and hardware than anywhere else! Join us as we help to make this a REALITY for everyone!
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The hardware for my #DIY haptic glove is done. Just need to make a new #VR demo for it.
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That will be a welcome addition. Very makey.
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My wife and I found a tick in our house after a hiking trip a week ago. We knew the area we were hiking had elevated tick activity, and observed fairly ideal tick conditions while we were there. I suspect it fell off of our bag or clothes, because we made a very thorough check in the shower and combed our hair with fine-toothed combs.The University of Rhode Island runs a very nice site called TickEncounter that helps in identify different types o...
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This is the hangout to go with my livestreaming coding session here: https://www.livecoding.tv/seanmcbeth/
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Been a lot of interest today in the DIY haptic glove here at National Maker Faire.
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Tomorrow myself and a few friends from DCVR (  www.meetup.com/Virtual-Reality-DCVR ) will be demoing and recruiting at The Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol hill !
Demonstrations start at 5pm right after the panel discussions ( https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capitol-hill-maker-faire-panel-discussions-registration-16872376733 ) and go on until 8pm. Friday and Saturday you will find us at the First Annual National Maker Faire at UDC (http://nationalmakerfaire.com/) From 11am to 7pm!
 Sunday, we will probably sleep.
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YEEeeessssssss!
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Preview of a new project. I have mini vibrating disk motors embedded in the fabric of the gloves under the first bone of each finger. I cut a slit near the end of the finger, then poked a hole a little further down through which to feed the wires, but not big enough for the whole motor, thereby making a small pocket.

The wires feed between the fingers to the back of the glove, where they will be wired up to a small Arduino with motion sensing and Bluetooth connectivity. The Arduino will receive signals from a PC to activate the motors, and will send the motion values back to the PC.

With all this, I'm going to make a haptic glove, a device that will let you "feel" objects in virtual reality.
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Well......I guess, what with your wife being all busy with writing that new book and all, it does sort of make sense....but you might want add a reservoir....
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Education
  • Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
    Computer Science, 2002 - 2005
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Inveterate hobbyist, portensible software engineer, ostensible photographer, and Instigator for hive76
Bragging rights
Built an articulating dummy that I set on fire for a movie special effect. Built a two-player game of Tetris that opponents play by arm wrestling. Built a simulacrum petri dish with 100 "bristle bots". Made ferrofluid from scratch, including the iron-oxide. Made paint pigments from scratch. Taught kids how to beat each other up. Fought Hitler in 1776.
Work
Occupation
Software Engineer, General Man of Handiness
Employment
  • Freelance Technical Consulting
    Principal, 2012 - present
  • Hive76
    Instigator, 2011 - 2012
  • BuLogics, Inc
    Senior Programmer, 2011 - 2012
  • GeoDecisions
    Programmer, 2005 - 2006
  • Global Data Consultants, LLC
    Senior Programmer, 2007 - 2009
  • XL Group
    Senior Programmer, 2009 - 2010
  • HomeNet Auto
    Senior Programmer, 2011 - 2011
  • Hive76
    Events Coordinator, 2010 - 2011
  • Hive76
    Book Keeper, 2011 - 2011
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Currently
Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Previously
Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - Augsburg, Germany - Daytona, Florida, USA - Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA - Greencastle, Pennsylvania, USA - Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, USA - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA
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Just Write, Dammit - Google Groups
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Just Write, Dammit. This is the general-purpose discussion group for "Just Write, Dammit!", a loving experiment in writing-first, editing-se

Photoshop Touch for phone
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Bring the fun and creative possibilities of Adobe® Photoshop® software to your phone with Adobe Photoshop Touch for phone.Transform your ima

JBox2D: Java Physics Engine
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JBox2D is a close Java port of Erin Catto's excellent C++ Box2D physics engine. Check out the demos to see what it can do. This project

Paper Plate Skeleton
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I am not normally susceptible to cute, but I gotta admit, this skeleton door decorator made from cleverly-cut paper plates and bits of yarn

Thinking Space
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Create visual thought maps that help organize and plan your activities and ideas Thinking Space is a Mind Mapping application for Android.

Audio Video Game
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Sean McBeth of Philadelphia's Hive76 hackerspace built this audio-based video game: