• 15 Over-the-Top Funny Chinese Words

    As a learner of Mandarin Chinese, I often come across words or phrases that just sound plain funny when translated to English.

    If you think about it though, most languages have words that sound a little strange when you examine their meaning. For example, people might give you a strange look if you said you were going to use your “far voice” to call the bank about a “dead pledge”. But if you talk like a normie, nobody will bat an eye when use your telephone to ring up the bank about a mortgage.…

  • Internet LEDs!

    Hey, it’s our one reader! In case you didn’t know, I have moved my articles to makerws.com and JJ Pryor is focusing on Medium for now (he needs his beer money).

    This week on Maker WS, I show you what powers my cool internet LEDs. You can play with them here. The guide has a little bit of everything: dev boards, Python, Raspberry Pi, WordPress, MySQL, and more.

    Keep checking back at TLG for updates on our new projects!…

  • Refactor! Another Look at the Arduino OBS Recording Sign

    Usually, when I start a new project I have dreams of polished, well-documented code tested for every edge case. But with a deadline quickly approaching, I often fall into the old familiar three-step routine. Google. Ctrl-c. Ctrl-v.

    That was the case with my recording sign for OBS from my recent article.

    As I was putting that article together, I notice that the Arduino code was heckin’ long. And when I was going through code for my Fakey Fakey, I realized that I could make a few small changes to the recording sign code to make it a lot shorter.…

  • Fakey Fakey! An Arduino-Based DIY Makey Makey

    When I was introduced to Makey Makey at a workshop hosted by a friend of mine last year, I saw great potential to spice up my English lessons. Then I saw the price tag.

    After a little research, I found this great instructable about how to make your own Makey Makey using an Arduino Leonardo. Besides the cost of the Leo, you can make a device that emulates most of the Makey Makey’s functions for a couple of bucks!

    I made one and it worked OK, but I found a way to make it better.…

  • A DIY Remote Control Arduino Recording Sign for OBS!

    A little rough around the edges, but it gets the job done!

    In the lesson I teach this semester, I have 50 minutes to take a group of around 14 fourth-graders that I haven’t seen since last semester and produce a video of them making a weather forecast. Due to the layout of the room, last year when I taught this lesson I was constantly running from the control section of our green screen studio to the recording area. So, this year I decided to make a remote controller.…

  • Adding a PCIe SSD to a Non-Fusion Late 2014 Mac Mini — A Guide

    Recently, I found out some of my web pages didn’t look so great on Apple devices, so I picked up a late 2014 Mac Mini so I could have a device running Safari natively. Unfortunately, after upgrading it to the latest version of macOS, it was almost too sluggish to use. So started a long, misguided journey to carry out one of the few upgrades available for this particular model of the Mini — adding a PCIe SSD.

    Note that had I done a little more research before starting this adventure, I could have avoided a bunch of headaches.…