Author Archives: Nathan Shapiro

Made my first circuit

So cracking out the Arduino was pretty exciting. The manual walks you through step by step in a very clear style. First task is to load a sketch that lets the onboard LED blink at a different rate.


Next task is to make a circuit with some blinking lights and switches.


It arrived …and it was awesome.

So the Arduino starter kit showed up today. Like a kid at xmas it was all I could to to keep from ripping all the little packages open inside and excitedly going through the contents. Instead I exercised some modicum of self restraint and decided to catalogue for you the contents of the kit, as well as take inventory.


Blog Reboot. Playing with Arduino

This blog has been down for a while so I thought i’d give it a re-boot.

I have over the last year or so taken a job in the robotics industry.  As such I”m going to be spending much more time here posting about my endevours into robotics, conferences, papers, new technologies etc.

I’ll start with my latest venture into the world of Arduino.

For those of you who are unaware of what Arduino is, its a open source chipset used for automation projects.  It comes with a language that is very much like C++.

Alot of the robotics I program/ work with and design for pharma industry are built on C# languages and have a different kind of purpose.

As such this should prove to be a fun forum to report on and display various ardunio projects I am currently building for my own hobby.



Welcome Ryan Shelby “Fictionism” To the Alchemist

Everyone.  We have a new author, Ryan Shelby who will be joining our team and providing you with some interseting posts.  His credentials are below:

Ryan Shelby
Ph.D in Cognitive Science (UCSC)
B.S. In Cognitive Science (UCSD)

Ryan designs UIs and herds cats at FileMaker, Inc. He has studied epistemic priming, distributed cognition, and statistical modeling. His dissertation spent 5 weeks at the top of the New York Times’ bestsellers chart. He occasionally teaches classes in statistics, perception, and exaggeration.