<p>Day 28: The Stable Marriage Problem</p>

Day 28: The Stable Marriage Problem

<p>Day 27: Python Excel Work</p>

Day 27: Python Excel Work

At work I’ve been doing a lot with Python when I can.

<p>Day 26: Baking Bread!</p>

Day 26: Baking Bread!

So, this past weekend - I baked bread! It didn’t turn out the best, burnt a little bit in the oven.. but I did it! I’ve been wanting to bake bread for a while. My mom gave me a the Sono Baking Company cookbook a while ago, and I read all the way through it last week and found so many recipes that I want to bake… I feel like in a second life I would have been a baker. I love baking - I love the small parts that come together. I love the order and organization. And I love eating what you make at the end!

<p>Day 25: New Years Resolutions</p>

Day 25: New Years Resolutions

So many months after I started this project I feel the need to finish it - it’s been very busy these past few months with work, events, the holidays… With the new year I feel inspired to build some cool stuff and learn some new skills.

<p>Day 24: Mini Pecan Pies for Thanksgiving</p>

Day 24: Mini Pecan Pies for Thanksgiving

Wanted to get a quick post out there since it’s been a while. Over Thanksgiving I helped out with baking some of the pies for our meal, and decided instead of doing a full pecan pie that we should try to do minis! We used a recipe from the Food Network for the filling, and used a premade crust. I used a large goblet wine glass that my parents have to cut circles in the pie crust, then placed them in the bottom of a muffin tin to shape them into little pies.

<p>Day 23: Amadeus Hack@1050</p>

Day 23: Amadeus Hack@1050

One of the more interesting events I went to was last weekend (the weekend of the 8th) - I went with a bunch of friends to Amadeus Hack@1050, a hackathon in Waltham hosted by Amadeus.

<p>Day 22: Working through Django</p>

Day 22: Working through Django

It’s been confusing working through Django and sifting through the tutorials, but I think that I’m starting to get the hang of it!

<p>Day 21: Starting a Web App in Django</p>

Day 21: Starting a Web App in Django

I’m currently working on making a web app using Django, which is a Python web framework for rapid development.

<p>Day 20: Mini Apple Pies</p>

Day 20: Mini Apple Pies

<p>Day 19: Love to Program</p>

Day 19: Love to Program

I’ve been feeling an unfamiliar sensation lately. I felt it when I was in college, but since I’ve left the academic setting I haven’t felt it in a while. I feel excited about programming! I think that although I haven’t been blogging every night, I’ve really been enjoying working on my programming skills outside (and sometimes inside) of work.

<p>Day 18: Playing With Processing</p>

Day 18: Playing With Processing

Tonight I played around a bit with Processing, which is a programming language used mostly for electronic arts and design.

<p>Day 17: Apple Oatmeal Muffins</p>

Day 17: Apple Oatmeal Muffins

I still have so many apples! Today I baked a dozen apple oatmeal muffins. I found the recipe online, but switched a few things up based on what I had in my kitchen.

<p>Day 16: Apple Pie Crumble Bars</p>

Day 16: Apple Pie Crumble Bars

Tonight I wanted to make something with the apples that I picked yesterday. I wanted to save making apple pie for another night, so I found a recipe for Apple Pie Crumble Bars online. You can find the original recipe here.

<p>Day 15: Apple Picking</p>

Day 15: Apple Picking

<p>Day 14: MIT Mini Maker Faire</p>

Day 14: MIT Mini Maker Faire

I don’t have posts for the past two days - I’ve been really busy and don’t have anything to really write about for those days. I think to fix this I’ll write two extra blog posts at the end of my 30 days, so in total there will still be 30 posts, just over a little more than 30 days.

<p>Day 13: Python at Work</p>

Day 13: Python at Work

Yesterday and today at work have been exciting because I’ve been working on a project that is really interesting! We needed to find all combinations of a list of 62 terms and do some formatting to be able to create output files that we could use in our scripts later on.

<p>Day 12: BosGGD</p>

Day 12: BosGGD

Tonight was one of my favorite nights of the month - Boston Girl Geek Dinner! Every month there’s a night at a different tech company in Boston for female geeks to get together. I’ve been going every month since I moved to Boston a year ago (except for the past two months unfortunately).

<p>Day 11: Keyboard</p>

Day 11: Keyboard

I don’t have too much to talk about tonight, other than that I played on my keyboard. I have a Yamaha YPT 230 which I love and now that I live in an apartment with better storage I can actually keep it with me! My friend Rachel and I jammed before she left, and tonight I wanted to play.

<p>Day 10: Infinity Scarf</p>

Day 10: Infinity Scarf

Today I found a project that I had started last winter/spring, but never finished. I was working on a black circle scarf that I finished today.

<p>Day 9: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies</p>

Day 9: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love this recipe - I made it for the first time last fall after I found it randomly online. It’s so easy - there are only 3 ingredients:

<p>Day 8: Red Sox Game!</p>

Day 8: Red Sox Game!

Tonight some of my friends and I went to Fenway after work, and got to see the Yankees play the Sox. I’ve been to Fenway once before when I was in high school, but I’ve been living in Boston for a year and I have wanted to go to one as a local.

<p>Day 7: Photos on Flickr</p>

Day 7: Photos on Flickr

I set up a flickr account yesterday, and added photos from my trip to Europe this summer! I also added other albums with examples of photos I’ve taken. I want to take some more photos because I love photography, so maybe one of these days I’ll add a new album.

<p>Day 6: Knit Hat</p>

Day 6: Knit Hat

Today was exhausting, so I’m just going to write about the hat that I made a few weeks ago since I don’t have the time or energy to work on anything tonight but I want to keep up my blog posts about projects!

<p>Day 5: More Python </p>

Day 5: More Python

Tonight I’ve been teaching myself more about Python and the many things it can do. The first thing I worked on was just writing a quick linked list program to reacquainted with the language and the data structure. I got it working with just a few glances at stack overflow, mostly because I haven’t looked at it in a long time.

<p>Day 4: Revisiting CS Topics</p>

Day 4: Revisiting CS Topics

I think in general it’s just really good for me to get back in the zone and get my brain working and thinking like a software engineer, regardless of if/when I get into the field. I’ve been googling a lot of resources to try to get back in the swing of Big O and other Computer Science topics that I haven’t looked at in a long time.

<p>Day 3: Little Robot Friend</p>

Day 3: Little Robot Friend

Today I attempted to put together my Little Robot Friend that I backed on Kickstarter a few months ago. I chose to get Spikey, the Robot Friend with spiky hair.

<p>Day 2: Banana Bread!</p>

Day 2: Banana Bread!

Today I made my first ever loaf of banana bread from scratch. I bought bananas on Monday, and then realized after they started getting old that I have everything else to make it.

<p>Day 1: Leap and Mutt</p>

Day 1: Leap and Mutt

Maybe having day one on a Friday wasn’t the best idea since I have had only a few hours to work on something, BUT I feel really good and excited to even just work on the small things I’ve done tonight.

Do Something Every Day

Do Something Every Day

I returned from a 10 day trip to Europe two weeks ago, and the vacation really made me see things in a fresh perspective. Readjusting to being back at work was rough, especially when I felt like the determination that I came back to the US with was gone.

Exporting Wordpress posts for compatibility with Dropplets blogging platform
  • Written by Claudia D'Adamo
  • December 29th, 2013
  • About Programming

Exporting Wordpress posts for compatibility with Dropplets blogging platform

I recently found Dropplets, which is a neat blogging platform that allows you to simply copy and paste files onto any server. Using Dropplets allowed me to host my blog on my own domain as opposed to hosting it on Wordpress. It has a clean file structure that makes it easy to customize and update on your own server. All I have to do is add Markdown files to the posts directory that is created for you, and they’re up on the page as long as they’re published.

When kids enter...

When kids enter...

When kids enter a makerspace in a school, their frame of reference should shift from finding the right answer to asking the right question.

First Time Making an Infinity Scarf!

First Time Making an Infinity Scarf!

Recently, I’ve been working on a lot of blankets. It’s been a really easy way to remember how to crochet and knit. I’ve created a few granny square blankets and I just finished a simple knit blanket. Nothing too fancy. With all of those projects completed, I bought some really nice Baby Alpaca yarn and set off determined to make a circle scarf.

iOS App - The Blood Type Diet
  • Written by Claudia D'Adamo
  • May 22nd, 2013
  • About Programming

iOS App - The Blood Type Diet

For my senior seminar project, I chose to create an iOS app. I created an app similar to the existing app that my parents have for their company. I wanted to try to do a redesign to see what I could do, and I also had never written anything in Objective-C before, so learning that syntax was another goal.

Another Set of Thank You Notes
  • Written by Claudia D'Adamo
  • May 22nd, 2013
  • About Paper Craft

Another Set of Thank You Notes

On Saturday, I graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. I can’t believe it’s over! I wanted to write thank you notes for my professors, advisors and friends, and I wanted to make them really personalized. So, I took some nice paper that I had (some of it seen in my papercraft Maker Corps box project) and designed a few thank you cards to show and tell them how much I appreciate their support throughout these years.

Trip to Franklin Mill Store!

Trip to Franklin Mill Store!

Today I had the pleasure of going to the Franklin Mill Store in Franklin, MA. The store is huge, and they have the most amazing selection of fabrics, yarns and tools.

Makey Makey Simon Says

Makey Makey Simon Says

For the Makey Makey project for Maker Corps, I decided to create something that allows you to play Simon Says online! Instead of clicking the colors, I remapped the buttons of the Makey Makey (directions here: https://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/388) to allow me to click on R, G, B or Y.

Re-learning knitting

Re-learning knitting

I haven’t knit (knitted?) in a long time, and after the FiberSpace’s open house last week I decided to relearn! I bought some nice green yarn from Michael’s, got started and it came back really quickly. Soon I’m going to try to purl again, but for right now the regular stitches are working fine.

ArtBot

ArtBot

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Burglar Alarm
  • Written by Claudia D'Adamo
  • April 18th, 2013
  • About Circuits

Burglar Alarm

In circuits class, we built a Burglar Alarm kit. This was my first time soldering as well, which was so much fun! The burglar alarm we created will beep when either 1.) two of the wires are connected or 2.) two of the other wires come apart. It was pretty cool!

cowDuck Poster

cowDuck Poster

A bunch of my friends in the Computer Science department at Wheaton were accepted to present their poster on their iOS app they developed, called cowDuck. I helped them make their poster for the conference.

Paper Boxes
  • Written by Claudia D'Adamo
  • April 18th, 2013
  • About Paper Craft

Paper Boxes

Our second assignment for Maker Corps was to “make stuff” so I decided to do some paper craft with really nice looking paper I had bought a while ago.

Squishy Circuits

Squishy Circuits

For the first assignment for Maker Corps was to use Squishy Circuits to build something. I created a stop light (although it doesn’t really look like one) that blinks green, red and yellow. I’m hoping that I can make the dough from the directions that they gave us so that I can make it look a lot more like a real traffic light. I used Play-Doh as the conductive dough, and hooked up an Arduino to control the LEDs.

iPhone case

iPhone case

I just made an image for the back of an iPhone case that I customized on Uncommon, which had images of my interests on the back! I can’t wait for it to come in! Check out that infinite loop program in there!

Sound-Activated LED’s

Sound-Activated LED’s

Custom made Thank You Notes
  • Written by Claudia D'Adamo
  • January 20th, 2013
  • About Paper Craft

Custom made Thank You Notes

I created thank you cards for my Christmas presents this year! They’re about 4"x6", with linoleum block lettering. I’m currently working on designing the envelope!

Initial Design for Hard Drive Shelving Unit

Initial Design for Hard Drive Shelving Unit

I designed a shelving unit for external hard drives, initially which could hold 4 separate hard drives in one unit. The designs were created to be printed on our lab’s Makerbot Replicator, but the conversion from SketchUp files to the Makerbot hasn’t worked perfectly yet. More prints and edits will hopefully fix it and it should be doable.

The Link Marketing Materials

The Link Marketing Materials

I’ve designed business cards for The Link, which is the project I work on marketing for in the SAIL office at Wheaton. We’re giving out carabiners to increase involvement, so I decided to make cards to staple onto the carabiner bags with information. There are three different cards:

WHALE Logo Linoleum Cut

WHALE Logo Linoleum Cut

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SGA² Postcards and Publicity Materials

SGA² Postcards and Publicity Materials

The Student Government Association just released their new initiative, called SGA², for which I created the publicity materials.

Branding Project

Branding Project

Our assignment was to create a fictional store in New York City, and to create all branding material for it. I created a Coffee House called Chatty Coffee (playing off of ’Chatty Kathy’).

Explosive Type Book Cover

Explosive Type Book Cover

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First Round SWAMI Logo

First Round SWAMI Logo

Highline Photography

Highline Photography

       

Linoleum Block Cuts

Linoleum Block Cuts

 

3D Modeling and Printing
  • Written by Claudia D'Adamo
  • August 24th, 2012
  • About 3D Printing

3D Modeling and Printing

While in the lab, I modeled one of the buildings on our campus. It’s not as detailed as it could be yet, but it’s my first real project using Google SketchUp. We sent it to our 3D printer and printed a version in yellow.

Scout Concert Posters

Scout Concert Posters

My good friend Scout asked me to make a few posters for her upcoming shows..

Type Image Assignment

Type Image Assignment

Black/White Text Square

Black/White Text Square

WheaTalks 3/26/12

WheaTalks 3/26/12

Won a competition to present a lecture in March titled “Agents, Avatars and User Interaction."

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CIPSE Publicity Materials

CIPSE Publicity Materials

Wyatt Photography 3/14/12

Wyatt Photography 3/14/12

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