Does Your Pandora Click?

When I pause music in Pandora, it makes a clicking sound about 70% of the time. I contacted support and they think I’m crazy. It only now bothers me because I am often listening to quieter music while wearing headphones.

Does this happen on your computer? Hit play, then hit pause a few times. Then write a short comment!

I’m using Chrome and Windows 7 on a Lenovo T530 laptop. The click happens through my speakers as well as headphones.

My Friend’s Shop

Hey, this video for Megabots took place at American Steel, my friends’ shop (Sheet Metal Alchemist and Minor Catastrophe among others)! That’s Michael’s car at 0:27! I saw the American Megabot chilling at the end of Bay 4 a couple weeks ago. It’s pretty sweet.

Oh to be famous on the internets. Well, at least I keep good company.

The Engineer Accelerator

Malcolm is a good friend of mine and has been working on this project for a year or so. He is teaching new engineers how to actually make it in the professional world. He’s starting to accept students. Check it out.


The Engineer Accelerator August 2015

The Engineer Accelerator is your entry point into the electrical engineering profession. It will introduce you to essential skills you will need as a in your career. It will give you the chance to begin developing your professional network and a portfolio of work. It will give you experience in producing professional level work at the pace required by industry.

The course will consist of two parts. The first part is focused on solidifying the skills that are the foundation of your professional career. Topics include:

Task Duration Estimation and Progress Monitoring
Working with Teams and Managers
The Hardware Development Process
Design by Documentation
The second part is focused on exploring the Hardware Development Process in detail. A selection of some of the topics that will be covered are listed below:

Product Definition
Architectural and Physical Design Constraints
Sourcing and BOM Management
Managing the Manufacturing Process
Schematic and Layout Design Guidelines
Black Box and White Box Testing
Each of these topics will be introduced in a seminar and lab. Then there will be be an opportunity for practice them through an ongoing project. The project will build up to a design review and demo at the end of the class. In addition to course work there will be optional field trips and other events that will give you a inside look at how the industry as it really works.

This course will run in August 2015 in Bay Area and is targeted to engineers who are in their last two years of college through their first two years of work. It assumes a background in electrical engineering such as a BS in Electrical Engineering or equivalent, or independent electronics project work. For students who are not local to the Bay Area remote options are available. If you are interested fill out the contact form at

Niece Julia and Noni Visit

We did so much when my niece and mom were here in Berkeley last week


Cafe Leila for Breakfast

Obligatory smiles in the car!
Shopping for a UC Berkeley hoodie

Julia picked up some local clothing with everyone’s help.


A bit large on Julia

Apparently, some Berkeleyans are larger than others ;-)

The Museum of Paleontology at UC Berkeley!

Julia discovered that hidden in the center of campus, UC Berkeley has a Museum of Paleontology! There was a T-Rex, pterodactyl above us and the most studious triceratops. Julia and I noticed the triceratops just outside the library. We made a point to step inside the library to hear and feel what that serious science library was like. It was pretty intense.


The Greek Theater

The Greek Theater!


Cheeseboard pizza was so much fun! You can see the live music over their shoulders! Hanging out, eating the most amazing pizza with family was just great.


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At the Airbnb just a block from the house.




Julia had heard fables about In-N-Out Burger. They are all true!

Afterward, we went to The Crucible and American Steel Studios to check out the giant art in progress!



Crepevine and Philz Coffee happened with smiles.


The Tilden Park Steam Trains were simply magical!



Julia was given a going away present by Patricia, the Airbnb owner.




Goodbyes after 4th Street shopping and Tacubaya.




Also in there we stopped for the Grizzly Peak Boulevard view, Berkeley Farmers Market


The Art of Burning Man!

My favorite Burning Man still photographer is putting out a stupendous book of Burning Man art. You can get a look at some of the images and buy the book at It’s being put out by Taschen which is like “the” art book publisher.

One groovy thing is that two pieces I helped on are in the promotional video :-).

Organ Donor

After watching this 90 second video, I registered to become an organ donor.

I registered here: I told them they can have anything except my heart and they can’t use me for “research”, which is (I assume) mostly being a cadaver for med school.

Thanks to Jim Fourniadis and Paula Peters for pointing me to it.