Mike's Blog

Notes to myself, shared with the world. A collection of projects, thoughts, and ideas — mostly about computers.

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Chromium OS on a 2007 MacBook

Chromium OS on a 2007 MacBook

Chromebooks are becoming more popular these days, and their simplicity is something that really appeals to me. I wanted a Chromebook, but not so much that I wanted to spend a lot of money to buy one. At the same time, I had an old 2007 MacBook lying around that was becoming nearly unusable because it was so slow. The version of macOS it was running was outdated, and I didn’t want to spend money on an upgrade for such a slow computer. So… I turned it into a Chromebook!

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How to Learn Vim: Vim Refcard

How to Learn Vim: Vim Refcard

Vim Refcard on Github

I’m a huge fan of reference cards like the one Emacs provides. In fact, I think that a good reference card is probably the best way to learn a new software program. Whether it’s Vim or anything else.

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Make a Useful Budget in Mint

Make a Useful Budget in Mint

Mint.com has always done a great job of showing me where I spent my money last week or last month, but until recently I was never able to figure out how to use it to tell me if I could afford to buy that new pair of shoes. To be really effective, a budget has to easily show me if I can afford to buy something I want.

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Boom Box Aux In Mod

Boom Box Aux In Mod

I wanted to modify an old boom box so it could play my iPod with an auxiliary cable. It turned out really well, and it wasn’t too difficult to complete. Check it out!

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Loft Bed

Loft Bed

When I searched for loft bed plans online, I didn’t find any freely available plans that I liked. I decided to make my own plans for a wooden loft bed, and I’m making these plans available for free. These plans may be used and redistributed freely under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License Creative Commons License.

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SkillsUSA 2008 Nationals

SkillsUSA 2008 Nationals

Nathan Witt and I won the bronze medal at SkillsUSA Nationals for 3D Animation in 2008. The challenge was to create an animation that modeled a given picture of a warehouse and showed something that couldn’t be seen in the original photo. See some of our renderings below.

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Suzuki GSXR

Suzuki GSXR

I created this Suzuki GSXR model using Autodesk Maya as part of the Digital Evolutions 3D modeling & animation program at Smoky Hill High School.

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Senior Demo Reel

Senior Demo Reel

This is my senior demo reel for the Digital Evolutions 3D modeling & animation program at Smoky Hill High School.

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Nissan Skyline

Nissan Skyline

I created this 3D Nissan Skyline model during my junior year in the Digital Evolutions program at Smoky Hill High School.

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