Hidden Wireless Charging in my Desk

After getting a set of AirPods this year I thought it would be nice to have wireless charging at my desk. I like using the touch pad on my MacBook pro, so this mouse pad drawer doesn’t get used and I got the idea to embed a charger in it.

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I bought a cheap $10 wireless charger.

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It won’t charge very quick, but it doesn’t have to when I’m sitting there working most of the day. I figured it would be a fun project and the worst that could happen is I fail and I’m out $10. I opened up the case and there wasn’t much to it.

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Then there was only one small screw to remove and the electronics were free.

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I forgot to take any other pictures until I had put everything back together. After pulling up the top of the mouse pad, there was some foam underneath. I traced the electronics and USB cable to make a cut out in the foam. Then I used a chisel to carve out the particle board until there was a deep enough recess. I drilled a few holes for wires and the LED. I had cut the LED off of the circuit board so I could route it to the front of the drawer. I soldered on some wires to connect the LED back to the board, hot glued everything in place, and then used super glue to put the mouse pad top back on. Overall it was an ugly hack job. Over to the right is a picture of the holes and wiring underneath.

Check out this short video of the charging in action.

BTW, the mouse pad drawer has two identical halves, so if I ever decide to use a mouse again (it’s been at least 5 years since I had one), I’m good to go.

The Alfred Emoji Pack

In the past I tried an Alfred workflow for inserting emoji, which was pretty terrible. When I upgraded my computers to Alfred 4 this weekend, I went on a hunt for a real solution and found The Alfred Emoji Pack, which is great because it uses the built-in snippets feature. After you launch Alfred, type your shortcut for Snippets (s in my case), a colon, and some text. It’ll show you suggestions and when you pick one it will be pasted in to whatever app you’re using at the time.

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Where it really becomes powerful is when you turn on Automatically expand snippets by keyword in Alfred.

Odyssey Red Ball Putter

Over a decade ago I had one of the first Odyssey 2-Ball putters and for the last eight years I’ve been putting with an Odyssey White Ice D.A.R.T. Yesterday I picked up this Odyssey Red Ball putter and drove straight to a golf course where I broke 80 for the first time this year.

The Red Ball will help me align everything properly and consistently each time I address a putt. With good speed it will translate to more made putts and lower scores.

I really like how an oversized putter grip gives me more feel. I’d been using a Super Stroke Slim 3.0┬ásince 2015, a Winn Jumbo Lite before that, and I just got done installing a Super Stroke Traxion Tour 3.0 grip on this new putter.

Saturday Workouts

I’m dealing with a calf strain as well as babying my back after a couple of tweaks, so I’m exercising in the garage more than normal. I don’t usually put workouts on this site, but what I came up with today was fun, so I thought I’d share.

The first workout was a pyramid of single arm dumbbell shoulder presses. Start at 5# and do 5 reps on each arm. Add 5# each set, continuing to do 5 reps per arm. Repeat all the way up to 50#. Do a second set with the 50# dumbbell for each arm and then decrease by 5# each set back down to 5#. It ends up being 20 sets for 100 total reps on each arm.

The second workout I did was:

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  • Burpees
  • Dumbbell Box Step Overs (24″, 35# DBs)

Give these a try and let me know what you think.

Be Happy

These Kit Kat ice cream cones will make anyone happy.

What you see in the background is my default page in Chrome, from the Momentum extension. The image and text change daily.

WHOOP 3.0

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I’ve been wearing a WHOOP for almost four months and got the new 3.0 yesterday. The quality of everything is a huge improvement over the 2.0. If you want to track heart rate, sleep, and fitness activity (not steps) I highly recommend getting one.

Tesla Model 3 Range

A lot of people ask how far I can go in my car and it’s a hard question to answer. There are a lot of factors like season (the batteries are a lot less efficient in cold weather), type of miles, heat/AC use, etc. I decided to keep track of my trip up to Rogers City this weekend. When I got in the car the battery had been charged to an estimated 292 miles of range.

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The trip is a total of 156 miles, with 47 of those on the freeway. When I arrived at Mom and Dad’s the battery was down to 101 miles of range.

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So that’s 156 actual miles for 191 estimated miles of range. I have the bigger wheels which are supposed to use 10% of the range, so I’d say that’s pretty good efficiency. Below is the energy consumption over the trip.

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Tesla Brakes Work

Yesterday my heart rate got a little jacked on the drive to Rogers City. It’s awesome that the Model 3 always has a dashcam recording (when you have a USB stick plugged in) and you can save the clips. First, a deer ran across the road.

Of course this happened on the only stretch of highway where the speed limit is 65 mph, so I was cruising along at 70. You can’t really tell from the video, but I had to make a full slam on the brakes and everything on the back seat ended up on the floor.

I shit you not, less than a minute later…

An older woman made a move to pass with seemingly no speed. I saw it coming so I slowed down really early and moved over to the shoulder. The vehicle being passed slowed down quite a bit too and she still didn’t have much room to squeeze in. Fucking idiot!