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Nintendo 64 Joystick pinout for Arduino

Pinout

I've been learning electronics and playing with an Arduino lately and realized I had a spare Nintendo 64 joystick. A fun challeng for a beginner like me to figure out how it works, and use it with an arduino!

Long way

So, I haven't had time to post in a few months. Why? The fun of moving across the country and a career change! As of June I am now a resident of Santa Clara, California, and an employee of Hewlett Packard! Specifically, I work for Pronq - an HP-spawned "startup" where I'm a front-end engineer. In other words, I still take designs and turn them into living & breathing website pages or html prototypes.

I drove across the country to get my car here, and I took a ton of pictures on the way. I'll post these eventually.

Coda 2, Git, and Drupal

Coda 2 (Previously, just Coda) has been my "daily driver" suite for web development for around 4 years now. It's an absolutely wonderful editor by Panic, and well worth the price tag in my opinion. It has an editor, (s)ftp client, git client, terminal, mysql database manager, and a whole lot more all in one package. 

My workflow when developing a Drupal-based website is usually something like this:

Kennedy Space Center

  • Lucky Shot!

    A gull dive-bombing to catch a fish, at the moment of impact. Took quite a few trys to capture this!

  • Another Crawler

    Another one of NASA's land crawlers, hiding inside.

  • Space Shuttle Atlantis

    The retired Space Shuttle Atlantis. 'Murica!

  • Lightning Towers

    3 lightning towers designed to direct bolts away from the launch pad that they surround.

  • Motor Closeup

    The business end of this rocket looks more like a tangled mess of tubes and wires, but its a very advanced and complicated machine.

Last November, I had the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, while visiting relatives living in the area.

RIT KGCOE Website

This was actually a project I completed about a year ago, but we decided to revisit it to update the site and add responsive features - try the site on a smartphone, it's excellent!

The layout was designed in house and I did 100% of the development work as usual. The old layout dated back to 2002, so it was obvious this site needed a refresh! It's amazing how much different the web looks, now. 

Innovative Learning Institute

The Innovative Learning Institute at RIT ias a very new department, under the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies branch. The layout is very similar to the CMS website, and was also designed by Dumbwaiter Design.

As of Jan 1 2014, we're still waiting on final approval to make the new site live!

Oktoberfest 2013

  • Whiteface Lodge

    Deck of the Whiteface Lodge, at the foot of Little Whiteface and Whiteface mountains

  • Locking horns
  • Looking down

    Halfway up the mountain, looking down.

  • Yodelers

    A group of 3 yodelers and their alphorns, these instruments were traditionally used for communicating mountaintop to mountaintop in the past.

  • Ticket

    My "Cannon" and my ticket.

Every October, the ski resort at Whiteface Mountain has a small Oktoberfest. Traditional German music, food, beer, and demonstrations are featured, and many local vendors come to show off their homemade crafts.

This is the first time I've gone in many years, and the first time I went being older than 21! It's a ton of fun and is definitely worth checking out if you're in the area during the skiing offseason.

RIT Center for Multidisciplinary Studies Website

The CMS Website was created for RIT's Center for Multidisciplenary Studies, and was graphically designed by Dumbwaiter Design and developed by myself. It's based on Drupal to allow the CMS staff to easily create and post content to the website.

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