Mario theme Cornhole set

April 20th, 2017 | Posted by tonyscha in Personal - (0 Comments)

A little delayed on the post, but we built a cornhole set, followed one of the many online guides. As you can see, we painted it Mario themed, overall I think it turned out really good!


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I received a raspberry pi 2 for valentines day, so I set off on a new project. I found a Bentley Compu-vision at good will. Used this as the case for my original raspberry pi, usb hub, usb hard drive, and new raspberry pi 2.

2014 running miles

January 3rd, 2015 | Posted by tonyscha in Personal - (0 Comments)

Wow, what a year 2014 has been for running for me.

I have keep track of my miles per month over the last several year, you can see the last 3 below. I finished 2014 with 216 runs with a total distance of 1,360 miles.



Ice Age 50k registration

December 14th, 2014 | Posted by tonyscha in Fitiness | Personal | Running - (0 Comments)

Just registered for my first 50k (31 miles) ultra marathon…. nervous, check, excited, check, ready to train, check! Only 145 days until Ice Age Trail 50 race day!

Chicago Marathon

October 14th, 2014 | Posted by tonyscha in Fitiness | Personal | Running - (0 Comments)

Been a while since I posted, but I finished the Chicago Marathon this last weekend in 4:13:49. My wife made a video, so make sure to take a look.

Des Moines Marathon

November 1st, 2013 | Posted by tonyscha in Fitiness | Personal | Running - (0 Comments)

Finished my first marathon in 4 hours, 40 minutes, and 37 seconds.

Before the race ready to go!

Me pushing through at mile 26, almost to the finish

Official results



The training took dedication, but overall the experience was fun. Now I just need to figure out what to do next year.


August 11th, 2013 | Posted by tonyscha in Personal | Raspberry Pi | Technology - (1 Comments)

I have been working on my raspberry pi for a little while now, but finally completed the case for the project. I was originally going to use a pico-itx case I acquired, but with the layout of the raspberry pi board, it just didn’t work out. When I was looking online, I noticed some of the DIY plexiglass projects that I really liked. Due to the layout of my entertainment center and that is when I decided I was going to make my “FlatPi” project. One of the other things that bothered me with some of the cases I have seen is you are almost always required to use a USB Hub, so people create beautiful cases for just the pi, but then have a wiring nightmare when they add their hub. My goal was to make it all in one.

Required Parts

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Pluggable Technologies USB Hub
  • 8×10 Plexiglass / Lexan .093 (2 pieces)
  • USB Cables (Monoprice is your friend)
  • Screws ( I used 1 1/4″ screws)
  • Spaces between boards ( I found some at the local hardware store)


First time mounting the boards to the lexan.

Working on the case

Got the Pi and USB Hub mounted.

The screws I used were from PC builds. I drilled small holes that would allow me to use the screws and make new thread in the plexi glass. Its not shock proof, but it holds the Pi and Hub in place.

I had to make some countersunk holes where I mounted the hub due to the solder leads. I was having problems getting the hub to sit parallel with the plexi glass, once I drilled those holes I was able to get it to sit parallel.

Took a few pictures to show the layout I chose for the boards. Back side the FlatPi.

Bottom side of the FlatPi.

Front side of the FlatPi.

I listed USB cables above, I did buy 1.5ft cables to reduce the cable management. Plus you can’t go wrong with monoprice when cables are less then a dollar.

The top cable is the power core (USB to USB Micro)

The bottom cable is the hub connector, the hub did come with a cable, but it was 6ft long, so the 1.5ft cable worked out well.

The middle cable is the USB Hub power connector

Backside of the Flatpi.


Wanted to show how much light the Pi/Hub produced.

This is the side that sit against the wall, but here is the lights.

Same picture just with the flash on.

Due to limited space, I wanted this to mount vertically, here is where I am going to install it in my entertainment center.



August 3rd, 2013 | Posted by tonyscha in Personal - (0 Comments)

I had the opportunity to attend Black Hat 2013, so while in Vegas, I took a few pictures, thought I would share.

First picture, always the most important, registration area of Caesars Palace.



Harley Davidson Cafe, BBQ wasn’t that good.

Biggest chain link flag I have ever seen!


Pool at Caesars Palace


Customized Room keys, awesome!


I found Alan from the Hangover!


View from hotel room

Bunch of pictures from Caesar’s Forum Shops







Random beerfest sign, of course I had to stop and take a picture.





Eiffel tower, Vegas style

Creep clown sign at Circus Circus



Wedding Chapel from the movie Hangover.

Gold and Silver Pawn aka Pawn stars




A store for just M&Ms, are you kidding me?








Um…. watch out for mountain goats!


Hoover dam photos
















360 view from the hoover dam

Protestors at the Cosmopolitan.

Protestors and law enforcement with horses!





My only food picture… Fat Burger!



Stone Art Street Performer

Ballagio Water Show


August 3rd, 2013 | Posted by tonyscha in Personal | Running - (0 Comments)


Raw material, I did make one trace on the rubber as you can see in the picture.

The bottom piece is the top of the sole, while the top rubber piece is the bottom of the soul.

Tracing out my footprint from paper onto the rubber using a pen.

My first try at tying my new huaraches.

Found a video online that provides a slip on/off method, going to try this out for my first run


Another running post

June 2nd, 2013 | Posted by tonyscha in Fitiness | Personal | Running - (0 Comments)

So… Warning this is just another running post. Over the last few weeks I have been pretty busy regards to running. Back on May 18th, I finished my third half marathon in 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 50 seconds which is a new personal best. My goal was to finish with a pace under 10 minutes per mile, which I did with a pace of 9:52. I have been building up my miles and averaged a couple 30 miles per week, even hit a new monthly record of 117 during May. While a 117 miles during a month is what some people do a week, its been a huge accomplishment for me.

I wanted to talk about my new shoes, previously I have been using Vibram Five Fingers Bikilas, but I picked up some new balance minimus MR00 shoes before the half marathon, but I didn’t get them broken in before the half, so I couldn’t use them. Since them I have added some miles to them, and even a long run and I have to admit, I really like them. If you are looking for zero drop minimalistic shoe, I would recommend the minimus. I attached a picture below.

Me running!

My Medal

My new shoes.