This post is mostly housekeeping to push the Hire me! post down the page. I was hired by VTProDesign in October 2021 as their Senior Electrical Engineer. We’re and experiential entertainment company that does both temporary activations and permanent installs. One of the first projects I worked on was the Stranger Things pop-up store. I’ve now been there a year and it’s been a blast.
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My name is Eliot Phillips and I’m looking for engineering work. I’ve got 15 years experience building and writing about custom hardware. In the last few years the work I’ve done has run the gamut of simple prototypes to full production items for public consumption. I tend to focus on the electrical engineering aspects of projects, but I have a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. I enjoy getting into interesting projects on the ground floor and collaborating with others to steer them towards success.
How I’ve been spending my time
Two Bit Circus closed its doors due to COVID-19 in mid-March and laid off all salaried staff a week later. I’ve interviewed with a couple engineering firms in the meantime; they mostly see me as a resource for building quick-turn physical prototypes… in person. If you’d like to work with me, check out my resume and portfolio. I’ve been quite busy and thought I’d share what I’ve been working on even if it’s not my traditional style of projects. Continue reading
Eliot Phillips Resume
Senior Electrical Engineer
Los Angeles, CA
Another year older. The photo above is from a sign painting workshop I took from Bryan Yonki last month. This month I’m participating in the UC’s Victory Garden program while I work on purchasing the house next to the Art Park. I still live in Highland Park and work for Two Bit Circus. Our retail space is a year and a half old now and gets more popular every weekend. My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in February. In the last year, we threw two successful, small warehouse parties. That was a nice experience because up to this point we’ve done larger things outdoors and far out of town. I’m still regularly board gaming with at a weekly meetup with Dave, Pinguino, and Craig, usually for campaign style games, and then I still host a fortnightly game night at work. I started bouldering at LA Boulders last fall after meeting a couple people who described how much they enjoyed the problem solving. I spend about 4 hours a week on it and really enjoy it. This summer I plan on headed back to Space Camp and ToorCamp. The Adidas LED jacket was my favorite project from last year and I’m glad I got to share it with so many people.
I’m spending the day in our local art park, La Tierra De La Culebra in Highland Park. The label Leaving Records has been hosting free music events there every other Saturday. This is the seventeenth one and the crowd is about 60 people. It’s a mix of ambient, jazz, and beat scene music artists. Continue reading
Hey, I’m 37. We’re only a few months away from Two Bit Circus launching our micro amusement park in downtown Los Angeles. I’m still in Highland Park and participating in regular programming at our local art park La Tierra De La Culebra. Our weekly Hacker Drinkup recently celebrated it’s 500th event. I’m running a board game night multiple times a month. It’s also been five years since I owned a car. My birthday was fun mostly for adding another pier photo in the style of Dark City.
Another year, another couple posts. I’m still working for Two Bit Circus doing any sort of engineering they can throw at me. We’ll be building a permanent facility in downtown LA this year. I live in Highland Park in my coworker’s four-plex. The photo above is from a birthday BBQ in the art park across the street. My friends had lasercut a pair of brass knuckles that can hold a beer can.
I turned 35 this year and I only got this post up two months late so far. I’m still living in Highland Park, CA and it’s amazing. There’s a little art park across the street we’re cleaning up and we’ll be showing a movie in it tonight. I still work at Two Bit Circus and I spent my birthday doing an install at Dave and Buster’s in Milipitas which is what my spoooooky photo is from.
I’m older than I was a year ago! I’m now a full-time engineer at Two Bit Circus who I’ve been working with since last Summer. I still don’t own a motor vehicle. Last month I moved to Highland Park. My coworker lives in a 4-plex that he owns and I rent one of the 1 bedroom units. It’s a great spot and only a few blocks from the train station. I moved Hacker Drinkup with me. We’ve got a diverse regular group of people and no one lives in the same neighborhood. I’ve been better in the last year about posting projects here but it looks like I need to catch up again. In a few days, this blog, which gave me my career path, will turn 10 years old.