Book Review — How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

The classic HTWF&IP by Dale Carnegie was an interesting read. A lot of the suggestions are pretty timeless and obvious advice along the lines of, actually be interested in what the person you’re talking to is saying, offer compliments when appropriate, make sure to be sincere when doing so, do your best to be pleasant … Read more

Book Review – Reinvent Yourself by James Altucher

This was a really enjoyable read. I was a little put off with the format at first, which is basically the author recounting various interviews he’s done for his podcast and a smattering of profiles on people he admires or has studied. After reading a few though, his analysis and commentary on the interviews became … Read more

I started a travel vlog!

So I’m currently in Chiang Mai, Thailand and loving it so far! I decided to start a travel vlog to share a little bit of the experience. I’m currently in Chiang Mai at least through March, but I considering going down to Ko Samui or Ko Phangen in April after I renew my visa for … Read more

Compiling OpenCV on Windows 8.1

I’m setting up the latest OpenCV version from source since the Caffe dependency version installed doesn’t have some tools I want to add to my vision processing pipeline. I started with grabbing the latest version from github git clone Then I used the CMake GUI. Visual Studios 12 appears to be the latest buildchain … Read more

Setting Up Caffe on Windows 8.1

It took a fair bit of fussing with CMake, but I’ve successfully compiled Caffe from the Berkeley Vision and Learning Center. There does appear to still be an issue with a psudorandom generator in one of the linked libraries that will probably impair training new nets, but I can currently run existing models and compare … Read more

The Color Changing LED Top Hat is Here!

I’m proud to announce my first product launch! The color changing top hat is poised to become the must have fashion accessory for 2016. It’s bright, it’s colorful and and it’s fun! Ready to be a star? You’re gonna go full spectrum supernova with this hat. Check it out at! Enough marketing for a … Read more

First Interface Board Rev0.1

So it’s taken a few months but, I’ve managed to finish the first revision and received PCBs for the first interface board I mentioned in my previous post. Can’t wait to start assembling. As for the design, there were a couple manufacturability issues that came up during the layout. The electrode array connector was the biggest pain point. Trying … Read more

Hello World

Greetings fellow netizens and welcome to my first blog post! My name is Raleigh Illgen and I hope to provide the webz/world at large with some useful OC. I’m an engineer by trade and usually hacking on embedded circuits and code during the day. My intent for this website is to be a catalog of personal projects and armchair computer science … Read more