User:Mrcity

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My day job is at the "makerspace" at Capital One Auto/Home Finance as a software developer & QA guy. One of my public-facing projects at COF is a revamp of Capital One Auto Navigator, featuring some compelling new tools & views to help you shop for a new or used car; the rest of my projects are usually small components & investigations for things that eventually other teams scale up. My previous job was as a test automation developer & toolsmith for Hewlett-Packard on their OneView, Superdome 2, and Superdome X products for enterprise data centers, focusing on various aspects of firmware including manageability & system firmware (basically UEFI BIOS) testing.

My spare time consists of working/playing on pinball machines with the VECTOR committee, selling LEDgoes while exploring other microcontroller projects, planning Meetups for various groups I'm responsible for, stock & options trading, and dinking around on musical instruments (drum set & marimba, occasionally piano, plus some other odd pieces). Someday I will get back into mobile development, and resume other projects in the pipeline. My HAM Radio call sign is KF5NQM; I was licensed as a General on 11/30/2011 at DMS.

I've been a member of DMS officially since Sep. 2011, shortly after they moved to the Ladybird Ln location.

News

11/2/2016 - I wrote the LED lighting effects for an art project at Tech Week DFW's "Surround Sound" event at the Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum. Nick Sainz, Darcy Neal, and Stacy contributed to various other aspects of the project.

10/27/2016 - I hacked the ROM of the Bally/Midway arcade game "Tapper", replacing Budweiser logos with Community Beer, for a recruiting event at work.

10/1/2016 - Stacy & I did a virtually impromptu talk on the creation of the Giant NES Controller at Retropalooza IV in Arlington.

9/10/2016 - Stacy & I exhibited our Yukon pinball machine at the IFPA "Tournament of the EMs". I took 2nd place overall in the tournament!

7/8/2016 - My Giant NES Controller made at the Dallas Makerspace took the front page of Instructables!

3/15/2016 - I returned from a long hiatus from musical performance by becoming the drummer for the Capital One Garage Band.

1/28/2016 - I got certified to use the CNC table router in the Woodshop.

12/14/2015 - King Pin is out. I finished the head unit and decided to move the cabinet to my house for the time being.

8/6/2015 - Gold Wings is out; King Pin is in. VECTOR members are starting to corner the market on King Pin games. :-P

8/4/2015 - Kickstarter fulfillment for LEDgoes/BriteBlox is finally complete!!! Now that our backers are happy, you can buy them for [nearly] immediate delivery at Grand St.

7/11/2015 - I won 2nd place among 12 teams in a very special work-sponsored hackathon in San Francisco!

2/2/2015 - I got a new job!

1/10/2015 - Stacy & I bought Gold Wings, a pinball game made by Gottlieb Premier in 1986. It is our first pinball game, and we are restoring it at DMS with help from the Vector Committee.

2/22/2014 - Jeff Fox and I won "Best M2M App" for SpeechPipe at AT&T's M2X Hackathon @ the AT&T Foundry in Plano.

2/16/2014 - The DMS Board of Directors named me the Chairman of the DMS Civic Hacking Committee.

11/12/2013 - I founded and became a managing member of OpenBrite, LLC with Stacy Wylie.

10/4/2013 - I organized a group of DMS volunteers to present at the Perot Museum's Social Science night devoted to sound. We presented DecorreLab, non-Newtonian fluids, and an electronic sound effects generator made from a "Makey Makey" with various fruits and other items capable of being used as resistive touch sensors.

9/10/2013 - My Kickstarter project successfully funded!

8/11/2013 - Stacy & I launched a Kickstarter!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/558452768/ledgoes

LEDgoes is a modular LED matrix capable of displaying text or animations using simple control software, and controllable over several standard interfaces including USB and Bluetooth. I teamed up with the folks at Makertronic to handle order fulfillment & shipping, and the whole thing is being assembled & programmed here in Dallas.

10/7/2012 - I got married to fellow DMS member Stacy Devino. Disclaimer: We did not meet at DMS. :-P

12/4/2011 - Owtsee, an open-data-driven city guide for Chicago, won 3rd place at the Apps For Metro Chicago contest!

Gold Wings

Gold Wings, complete with tacky backglass artwork (which has since been replaced)

Gold Wings was Stacy and I's pinball machine in the VECTOR area at Dallas Makerspace from 1/11/15 to 8/6/15.

During its time, it was played several hundred times with several notable high scores which would have accounted for 5 of the top 8 top scores for Gold Wings on pinside.com (as of summer 2015) if members would actually choose to log them there. The best high score observed at DMS on this machine was 90,996,890 by JAY on or around April 30, 2015. The all-time world high score officially known for Gold Wings is over 160,000,000 by a fellow named Jim Killy probably in the 1980s or early '90s.

Things I've used at DMS

  • Oscilloscope
  • PCB Mill (the old one that got messed up)
  • 3D printer
  • Table saw
  • MIG Welder
  • Sandblaster
  • Parts washer
  • CNC table router
  • Hand router
  • Laser cutter

Groups I'm occasionally spotted in

  • Civic Hacking Committee (Chairman 2/2014 - ??)
  • DFW Perl Mongers
  • Amateur Radio Club
  • Vector (arcade games)

As such, I'm into open civic data hacking initiatives, and am happy to lend my scripting expertise (Perl, Python, and JavScript) to data scraping & aggregating for the sake of making resources, tools, & activities more obvious to all Netizens.

Websites

http://goshtastic.blogspot.com - My technical blog
http://www.stev-o.us - Game shows & a smidgeon of Arduino
http://www.one-dollar.us - Random Web & mobile dev projects
http://www.owtsee.com - Open Data city guide for 3 major cities & growing
http://www.dfwdines.com - Map & guide for DFW Restaurant Week 2013, 8/12-9/2/13 (thanks to Mike Eber for letting me use the domain)
http://www.openbrite.com - The website for my side venture http://www.t3amaw3s0m3.com - Non-business things Stacy & I do together

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