Sufi Nawaz

I build stuff

Weekend Hack: Put a Raspberry Pi in Lego 4200 Grand Prix Racer

Posted by in DIY, Hobbies, Technology

This weekend, my roommate and I put a Raspberry Pi Zero W in Lego 42000 Grand Prix Racer. Sadly, we had to remove the signature piston engine to fit an actual Lego motor, but the outcome was quite satisfactory. Items used: Lego 42000 Power Functions 8293 Raspberry Pi Zero W Jackery Bar Pocket-sized 6000mAh Ultra Compact Portable Charger Adafruit DC & Stepper Motor HAT for Raspberry Pi – Mini Kit Miscellaneous lego pieces to fit motor to steering wheel 30RPM Geared DC Motor 8Bitdo NES30 Bluetooth Controller

Road trip across the United States: Part I

Posted by in Travel

On July 2nd, 2016, two of my friends and I set out on a journey from Vienna, VA to take on a bucket list item that I’d long waited for – to do a cross-country road trip across this fine country. We were soon accompanied by a 4th compadre who flew in from SFO to meet us in Chicago. This blog entry is aimed at documenting this road trip and hopefully accurately depicting the chain of events that made this journey an awesome experience for all of us. Our tentative…read more

Food for thought

Posted by in Personal

That is the most familiar face in my life. That face represents my father’s. That face represents my mother’s. I recognize the brown eyes, through which I’ve seen many things in life – both good and bad, beautiful and ugly and things that left me breathless and things that left me in disgust. I recognize those lips and the tongue that touches them. I can see the mouth that facilitates the voice coming out of me, through which I’ve said things that mattered, things that altered my life and not…read more

Happy Father’s Day!

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He’s a man who, amongst other things, would not skip the “t” while pronouncing┬áChevrolet. He walks with a limp and still moves ever so gracefully to keep up with me. He’s got the smile of a young kid, who not only smiles with his lips, but rather with his entire face as to shed light of joy to the people around him. He doesn’t hear completely well and neither does he have a 20/20 vision, but he sees good in people and what this man has is a heart of…read more