Board Games

These are games that we own and play.

Picture Title  
Azul Fun game for people who aren’t into games, easy to explain and short
Bananagrams Good for restaurants
BANG! Difficult to explain, leaves people sitting around after they’re killed
Betrayal at House on the Hill Easy to get started, but difficult if a new player is the traitor
Carcassonne Big Box  
Codenames Works well with large, non-gammer groups, a very social game
Cover Your Assets  
Hive A more basic equivalent to chess, not much room for expansion
Paperback Great word game
Settlers of Catan Classic
Settlers of Catan, Cities and Knights  
Settlers of Catan, Traders and Barbarians  
Seven Wonders  
Seven Wonders Duel Definitely the way to go for a two player game
Seven Wonders Duel: Pantheon A minor expansion, ok-ish
Starfarers Of Catan  
Swish Good for restaurants, and probably the most intense mind game in this list
Wingspan Fun, but hard to teach

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The Red9 Startup Story

Red9 Logo

Most startups fail. Red9 was one of those, and this is that story.

I want to share a story about three years of my life. Three years trying to create something where there was nothing before, from the ground up, and with a small team of enthusiastic and passionate people. We set out to quantify the athlete and help them perform better. By the end, we realized that our approach was ineffective, and we could not create the company that we wanted.

SCAD mockup on surfboard

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OpenSCAD Thumbnailer for Gnome

OpenSCAD thumbnailer example

If you’re a heavy user of OpenSCAD then you’ll eventually get to the point where you have folders full of .scad files, with no idea what they are. Here’s how to make a thumbnailer that will automatically generate a preview image that will display .scad files in Nautilus.

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Introducing Pilothouse - A Robotic Sailboat

Over the past 6 months I’ve been working on developing an open source robotic sailboat called Pilothouse.

The goal of Pilothouse is to make an open source robotic sailboat that can autonomously navigate and sail itself long distances, and to prove that this can be done using the latest web technology: Node.js.

Pilothouse has a number of awesome features, including:

  1. Robotic sailing, with 100% all natural renewable energy.
  2. WiFi based monitoring with remote GUI.
  3. Full Ubuntu Linux environment onboard.
  4. Advanced sensors, including the latest GPS and MEMS.
  5. Potential for expansion into a fully autonomous ocean going science vessel.
  6. Javascript Node.js based control system.
  7. Open source software (GitHub).

At this time, this project is just starting to get into autonomous control. Here’s the first sail, with autonomous sail control and manual RC rudder.

As part of the Pilothouse project the base station displays all relevant boat state information, sent over WiFi.

The boat transmits the current state over WiFi, which is received by a long range USB WiFi antenna on the laptop. No software besides a web browser is needed.

This project was inspired by my volunteer work with Diane at RoboSail, an awesome project to teach kids programming through robotic sailboats.

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