Catching up with Fiftystatebanana

Because my life is undergoing such a radical transformation, I will simply offer a list of characteristics. This site used to be for:

unhinged rants, ultramarathon training and trending topics, essays on injustice and art, a smattering of oil painting, poetry, recipes, and music interests.

Now, well, this website is still Stuff About Things, but those Things and Stuff imply very, very different vectors.

2011-2015 Characteristics

  • Ultramarathon reports, essays and photography
  • Poetry
  • Recipes
  • Music
  • Oil painting
  • Rants
  • Heroes and heroines
  • Tactile art in clay and bananas
  • Found and manipulated art
  • Social commentary
  • Concerts attended: 1, Oneohtrix Point Never at The Warhol Museum


  • Oil painting
  • Digital art
  • Drones
  • Robotics and physics
  • Rants
  • Music
  • Heroes and heroines
  • Poetry
  • Dream destination: Osaka

Running is gone. I replaced the hours I put into running with hours spent studying robotics and applications.

School attending:  Cal U of PA

Places published 2015-2017:

  • Pa Bridges, a monthly magazine based in California, Pa
  • blog, a data links and UAS tech company based in Israel
  • Falcon Photo and Oils is where I collect footage and writing. AKT test for commercial drone pilot PIC/ instructor passed April 2017, good to May 2019

Awards: Related to studies

  • NASA Space grant, focus on drone tech applications and fundamentals of flight, 2016-2017
  • Work-study through burrough of Belle Vernon, PA to develop a distracted driving program designed to lower fatality and injury
  • Work-study, Cal U, technical studies, focus in robotics, 2017

Change in lifestyle:

  • Almost zero income, sadly, down by $10ks
  • Hours of sleep per night: 4
  • Kids: 2
  • Freelancing IT and drone services
  • New creative outlets: one hour acoustic guitar daily with app trainers, IoT research, prototyping a bio-delivery and rescue drone.
  • Concerts attended, 1, Sun o))) at the Rex Theatre in Pittsburgh
  • Old career vs new career: Environmental Services Management vs. Mechatronics Technical Services
  • Weirdest gig: Joined a local craft fair to hawk robotic services. My reasons were simple.

New software familiarity:

  • Siemens Step 7
  • Multisim
  • Autodesk
  • C/C++
  • Python
  • Cuda (barely)
  • Python
  • Powershell
  • Tensorflow ( barely)
  • Gimp
  • Unity (barely)
  • Visual C++
  • Arduino
  • RobotC
  • Putty
  • Vex
  • Roborealm
  • To learn: Keras, Torche, Rust, Java, Tensorflow, Betaflight

Target career: DARPA through AAC, then to Lockheed Martin through USGS or Dept. of Transportation, never retire and tinker at Moog. I used my 20s for retirement when I was able to truly enjoy debauched  and cavalier adventures.

Nothing fancy.

Community involvement: Volunteer BYSA sports photography, Future Pilots League volunteer, BotsIQ volunteer

All my life is focused towards UUV remote communication systems. Ultimate application is for exoplanet exploration. I hope you visit to see how I progress.

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