Raising Awesome

Welcome to the Raising Awesome Website. We are a 10+ year father and son Maker team. Here you can find all our projects from various contests, magazines, and Youtube channels. Check out our daily tips and highlights just below.

When Connor was 5, he thought it would be cool for us to make an R2D2. Little did we know it would change the trajectory of both our lives for the next 12 years. We went on to a journey to learn all Maker skills. Although, as his dad, I brought to the table years of programming and practical experience working on my cars and homes, I learned along with him on electronics and metal working. Our journey continued through his teen years. He has now launched to college majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Along the way, we learned 3D printing, how to solder, how to weld, how to design with Autodesk Fusion 360, and on and on. The projects covered home maintenance and construction, mechatronics, IoT, and automative repair. We also matched our projects to life principles to help illuminate the best person he could become.

We consider our time on these projects very well spent. It gave him insights and a life plan for the world ahead. The result is a great repository for new parents to take on such a journey with their children. Or, at the least, it's a great site to find great Maker projects and learn to become a jack of all trades (which is way better than just a master of one).

Tip of the Day: When sanding, don't use your fingers directly on the sand paper. Get a sanding block or sponge. Your fingers will cause grooving or gauging of any glazing putty or filler you put down. I only use my fingers at grooves that are near the size of my finger like on a hood. A block or sponge will ensure your sanding is even.
Highlight of the Day: Humingbird Metal Art - I love to see such awesome talent. There are a lot of variations of this on pinterest. It would be a great project someday.


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Raising Awesome Maker Blogs

These are general blogs to help you do what we do - and help us remember what we did to do it again.

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Our Maker Projects

Here is the index of our mechatronic and programming projects published across the web and various media.

Request Headers

ASP.Net Core 5-Showing All Request Headers

Sometimes you need to see the stuff that is being sent behind the scenes in the Request Headers. These are text variables passed as part of the header of the hyper text transfer protocol (aka HTTP).

Laser Etcher

Setting Up an Amazon Web Server circa 2021

This is a head-to-toe instructions on how to set up your own free web server hosted on Amazon Web Services running on .Net Core 5.

Spider Stream

Streaming to YouTube on a Raspberry Pi

After miles of research we finally found the one-liner it takes to stream one's Raspberry Pi to YouTube.

Ad Hoc Pi Wifi

Ad Hoc WiFi Raspberry Pi UI

People love their phones. So, if you can have the user interface (UI) of your Maker project be their phone, do it. It also makes your project less expensive and with less parts to troubleshoot and maintain. This guide takes you through setting up the Pi as an ad hoc Wi Fi module so one can connecct. It then provides a simple web server example to serve as the interface.

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ASP.Net Core 5-Getting the User's IP Address

Now that ASP.Net Core can run on Linux - often it is running under a reverse proxy from a web server like Apache. So, the default references to a users IP return the local IP of the Apache server. This makes for a very hard Google to figure out. Luckily, we nailed it, finally.

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PC Game Pass Fix

If you are having trouble getting PC games to consistently work with Microsoft Game Pass Ultimate, this might be the trick.

Blog Stream - A Diary of What We are Up To...

2024/04/07
The folks at Super Clean® offered a few of their popular products for testing. This blog tests them in common DIY garage applications.
2024/01/07
We were looking for a way to provide a little anonymity to our videos so co-workers wouldn't find our alter egos doing our crazy passion Maker projects. We thought we'd do some research on Deepfake. It basically shattered our view of the movie industry. Any person can be deaged or made to look more fit in minutes - in real time! This blog covers the free offerings of this very cool tech.
2024/01/06
As a kid watching NASCAR, air tools always were the coolest. People even say the reason they can't work on today's cars is because they don't have "expensive" air tools. This blog reflects on 40 years of wrenching and how air tools did or didn't help.
2023/12/28
I started working on cars prior to the information age boom. I picked up the practice of adding anti-seize to my fasteners, but I wondered why the manufacturer didn't. Could it mean I would have a problem literally down the road?
2023/07/08
So, you just got through priming over old paint and now are terrified by how bad it looks. Don't worry - it will be great. Read on.
2023/07/04
When you search on the web about early retirement, financial sites will lead you to think that you can't get your 401K or traditional IRA until 59 1/2. Simply not true. Read on.
2023/05/01
I've been using Javascript since Netscape Navigator. Over the years, I'd learn new platforms that come along. It never clicked as to why bother with them beyond JQUERY. It finally clicked for me.
2023/04/30
I wanted to see just how fast you can make a full development framework for an enterprise web application if you didn't have to go through corporate red tape. So, I created a free tier and found out the truth.
2022/12/10
We've honed in on Microsoft's .Net Razor and Blazor pages as our go-to web app engine. Although when read out loud, it's simple to set up multiple sites under one IP address, but it is very hard to remember. This blog serves as a memory jogger on how to do so.
2022/12/04
Our refrigerator started to make a thumping sound that final resulted in lack of cooling for both the fridge and freezer side. This blog covers how we fixed it.
2022/11/13
SMD components are now so cheap, its like they are free. They allow one to make a super small PCB for their inventions and projects. This blog covers my tips for making the transition to SMD components and the reasons why to do so.
2022/10/16
We are building a drone from the ground up, the Rawpter (aka Raising Awesome Copter). The goal is to learn every detail on quad copter tech and autonomous flight. So, we are building it from the ground up with the exception of motors and the ESCs. Everything else to get it in the air is uniquely our own built with our CNC, 3D printer, and Autodesk Fusion 360.
2022/09/05
Sparkfun made an excellent comparison of various GPS modules. Although very much dated, it gave a really good education as well. I added it here just for future reference.
2022/08/03
We researched all over the internet to see if MDF was as good as wood for an electric guitar. The consensus was no. But, we elected to use it to hone in our design - the results amazed us!
2022/07/31
I bought a very good charger on Amazon. It being super versatile, I needed to research the best settings for it for our various batteries. The table below summarizes our battery inventory. We'll grow the info as our battery collection grows.
2022/07/25
A very versatile CNC for wood, metal and laser milling, carving, and etching.
2022/07/23
With today's energy needs across the globe, industrial steam trap health has never been more important. This project provides a stream trap monitoring system under $100 that will save THOUSANDS per year and lower Carbon Emissions!
2022/07/16
Unknowingly, I built a CNC with Shapeko stats. So, a little googling and I found a good source for feedrate settings to use with Autodesk Fusion 360 to generate GCode.
2022/07/15
With 10W (2 laser) Designs on the market, those smaller, non mirrored, no tube designs are cutting faster. I went on a quest to see just how fast I could cut poster board. However, I quickly hit a wall.
2022/07/15
If you want to show up in search engines, Google and Bing have a site where you can describe your website. This basically registers with them for web crawling your content to make searches easier.
2022/07/13
Our first adventure with acrylic wasn't too impressive, but we did end with a really cool pickguard for our replica of Eddie's guitar from Stranger Things 4.
2022/07/09
After a lifetime of fly tying, Jess Miller perfected a bass catching streamer. We share his secret design to the world here.
2022/07/09
The Arduino IDE has many boards defined for exploration of their dev boards. However, to make your own custom SoC product, you will eventually want to design a very lean board with your own ARM Firmware. This blog will get you started.
2022/07/08
The nice folks at Wiznet sent a contest solicitation. They offered to send us a module for entering, so we thought we'd take a look. We found a very fast and useful wifi component for our future boards!
2022/07/02
With mobile phones in everyone's hands these days, single page apps seem to now be the logical approach to Web App development. This guide will show my approach to an elegant single page app that runs great on the largest of desktop monitors to the smallest of headless devices.
2022/07/02
For security purposes, .Net will prevent web pages from posting a form to a different domain and page. Sometimes, you want to do this, though, for development or for centralizing code.
2022/06/30
This guide shows one how to set up SQLite3 for the first time for use with .Net applications under Linux.
2022/06/30
Sometimes it's relaxing to kick back on the couch with a laptop and get your thoughts out on your projects. So, I made a blog editor to do so.
2022/06/26
We liked our real life smart home lights so much, we made a framework for our dollhouse.
2022/06/22
Our first exploration into the world of CNC. We built a light weight, portable Jumbo Laser Etcher (3' x 3').

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2024/04/07
Page: SuperClean
Question: Is the product/chemical purple?
Answer: No. It appears to shoot clear and then foams to a white color.

2024/01/07
Page: DeepFace1_7_24
Question: Why do people refer to it as Deepface instead of Deep Fake?
Answer: Deepfake is actually a good generalization for any image segmentation that is swapped. The word "deep" comes from Deep Learning. Fake, of course, means that the result is a fake image or sequence of images render as a faked video. Although the Python Library that popular deepfake face videos is called DeepFace, there is nothing stopping open-source coders from making a "DeepAbs", "DeepBiceps", "DeepFighterJet" app as well that could be used to take lesser specimens of each and make them look awesome. The movie industry is in fact transforming daily to this approach. They are even deepfaking overtop of CGI rendered scene elements to give that final touch of realism. In sum, Deepfake is the general term and Deepface is specific to face swapping.

2023/12/23
Page: mdfGuitar_08_03_2022
Question: What CNC did you use to do this?
Answer: The CNC is one we built. Check out our projects page or you can visit this page for the build summary: https://www.instructables.com/Bigtime-Basement-Build-CNC-for-Laser-and-Wood-Proj/

2023/12/09
Page: mdfGuitar_08_03_2022
Question: How thick was the MDF?
Answer: We measured my Ibanez to get a reference thickness. I then used three layers of MDF to achieve it. I believe it was 1/4, 1/4, and 3/4.

2023/07/27
Page: batteryCharging7312022
Question: Can I charge a 11.1 battery with a 9.4 charger
Answer: No, not on its own without additional circuitry to boost the voltage above 11.1V. Your charge source needs to be at a voltage that is higher than the batteries minimum voltage. A 11.1V LiPo has a minimum safe drai of 9.6V. So, 9.4V will not help you. Also, for LiPo's you really should use a smart charger or you will risk puffing out the plastic and smoking up your house. Smart chargers typically give you a good range of voltages and battery types to charge.

2023/01/04
Page: DollhouseLights
Question: I am trying to figure out how to do exactly this for my huge 1:24 scale apartment building project. I want to install ceiling lighting in all the apartments, offices and stores that can be individually controlled from an app. I have NO idea what I am doing. I WILL actually need around 60/65 lights, so it sounds like what you did would be perfect. Any chance you have a tutorial of how you set this up? I would be more than willing to pay for a detailed guide or something.
Answer: Hello. Sorry I hadn't got back to you sooner! I'll be glad to send you a board that I designed and had made at PCBWay. They give you 10 of them with each order - 9 more than I needed (lol). Use the "Contact Us" link in the upper right to zap me an email.

2022/10/16
Page: rawpter10_16_22
Question: Is it cheaper to buy the frame or build it?
Answer: It's definitely cheaper to buy it, unfortunately. But, we wanted to develop the feel for quadcopter design which, for us, comes from hands on experimentation. So, we did a combination of 3D printing and CNC to make a frame from acrylic and PLA.

2022/09/05
Page: GPSSelection
Question: What are you going to use the GPS for?
Answer: We are building our first FPV drone. We thought it would be good if it could return on its own when the battery hits a certain range. We'll have it go up to the max ceiling and then head back to the start point.

2022/08/03
Page: mdfGuitar_08_03_2022
Question: Is the neck MDF?
Answer: No - it is maple. We bought it for $50 on Amazon actually. It had no tuners, but had an installed truss rod, frets, and dots. Almost too good to be true. If you zoom in to the tuners, you'll see where we laser etched our own logo.

2022/07/03
Question: What did you use to build this website?
Answer: VS Code, which is a text editor with all kinds of bells and whistles for code formatting and connecting to remote locations. The site was written from scratch and could have just as well been written with Windows Notepad. lol

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