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Review: The Maker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

The inevitable zombie apocalypse will be upon us sooner than we think. Many of us think about what weapons we’ll use to battle them when it happens, and sometimes think about where we might hold up to defend ourselves from them, but what happens after that? How will we communicate with other survivors? Where will we get electricity? Luckily Simon Monk thought about these things and put them in The Maker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse for us to have at the ready when the time comes.

2013 Geek, Tech and Social Media Book Gift Guide

Each year when I make a gift guide, I look at books that would make good gifts and find that if I put books on the list, I wouldn’t have room for anything else, so I just make a separate list of books that would make good holiday gifts. From tech to social media to graphic novels, there are always so many good books to read.

Arduino and LEGO Projects – My Book Is Finally Available!

For the better part of the last year, I have been building, wiring, coding and writing projects for my first book. After all the months put in to the creation of the book, I am proud to say that my first book, Arduino and LEGO Projects is now available from Apress Books!

2010 Geek and Tech Gift Guide

It’s that time of year where people are seeking that perfect gift for the people in their lives. Since there are so many people who don’t quite know what their friends like or aren’t sure what to buy. So as a techie and a geek, here are my suggestions for the geek in your life.

Lego Green Lantern Power Battery

As a fan of Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern, when I was seeking ideas of things to build, it was only natural to build the Green Lantern power battery that Hal Jordan uses to power the ring with which he battles evil and foes such as the Sinestro Corp. Of course, it wouldn’t be worth building if I couldn’t power the ring like Hal, so the inspiration was born.


Earlier this summer, I was trying to think of some new ideas to build for the upcoming BrickFair. At the same time, I was watching the new series of Doctor Who and the two ideas came together. An amalgam of the Doctor’s time travel device and the Lego bricks with a technological twist was the goal.

Lego and the Arduino Microcontroller

In the 10 years of Lego robotics, it has come a long way. From the original RCX to the modern NXT, the things that can be created from these kit have become, far more advanced. Creating everything from walking robots to Great Ball Contraptions, people have created some amazing things, but what happens when people want to create beyond the limitations of the Lego Mindstorms?

I Will Be Speaking At BrickFair This Weekend

This coming weekend is BrickFair, the largest Lego fan festival in the United States. People come not only from all over the country, but all over the world to view and discuss Lego sculptures with fellow enthusiasts and to view creations of every shape and size that are on display. This Friday, in addition to displaying some of my own creations this weekend, I will also be speaking.

The Lego Skull

DSC01337 Originally uploaded by JustJon For Halloween 2007, I created a Lego skull to display at the Palisades Center Lego Store Community Window that we of the New York Brick Artists (aka Sick Brick) control and display our creations in. The skull is built completely with Lego, the LEDs behind trans black bricks and controlled […]