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Shane Trent
I love to solve problems!
I love to solve problems!
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Roasting Coffee with a Hot Air Poppcorn Popper
There are many methods of roasting coffee yourself. In fact,  roasting your own coffee on an as needed basis using a stove, oven or fire to was common until relatively recently. Today one of the fastest and easiest methods of roasting coffee is using a hot-...
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Research Links on Weight Loss, Nutrition and Fasting
I began researching weight loss approaches and fasting in particular in early 2017. Here are some links for the sources that I found most informative. I hope you find them helpful. Dietary restriction with and without caloric restriction for healthy aging h...
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12V Cellphone and GPS Socket for 6V Positive Ground Studebaker
The Car Sam (my Step-Father) has a 1952 Studebaker Champion that he has restored. During one of our too infrequent visits he was showing me his latest work when I noticed a small 12V battery (like you would find in a UPS or alarm system) in the trunk with a...
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Substitue Battery Charger for Generac Generator
Generator Starter Battery Charger Problems  My wife's parents have a 15kW Generac generator that has a problem keeping the starting battery charged. After charging the battery the weekly auto-start would work for a month or two and then fail to start. The u...
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Creating a Stencil from a Bitmap Image
I began searching online for a Minecraft stencil when my son (5th grade) had a school assignment to find a way to earn money to donate to the Make a Wish Foundation. He wanted to use bleach to stencil tee-shirts with MineCraft artwork to sell to his friends...
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Building a USB Charger Cable for Your FLL Robot's LEGO EV3 or NXT Battery
Diagnosing the performance of a robot when programming missions for a FIRST LEGO League  challenge is always interesting. You think about tire slippage, did the robot move too far before a turn or should it turn a little more? Another variable that can come...
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First Lego League Jr. - Teaching Agile Engineering With Legos
First Lego League Jr is a non-competitive Lego based program for kids in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Each year a challenge topic is announced and each team decides on an idea to address the topic problem and they build model with at least one simple mac...
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Lego EV3 Minimal Proportional Line Follower
The Lego EV3 development platform offers a great opportunity to learn about sensors, feedback and control systems. This system allows us to build a working line following program by adding only 4 blocks! We will walk through how to write and understand this...
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Diagnostics: But Everything is the Same, Almost.
Here is how asking the right questions and looking for what changed can help you diagnosis a system issue. I had recently joined company that design and builds industrial test systems and their largest client had just outfitted a new test lab with 20 of our...
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