Hello Pumping Station One!
I also really enjoy microcontrollers. I as many enthusiasts started on the PIC18F. Powerhouse of a thing. I played around with Arduinos and then started using MSP430s. Now I have been playing with the ESP8266. Fantastic little thing with built in WiFi. I made these little power strip things with it that I use for home automation:
The one above uses solid state relays and a Sparkfun board loaded with the ESP8266 and housed in a Radio Shack project box.
This one is much thinner and smaller. It uses traditional mechanical relays and a custom 3D printed enclosure. Also using an ESP8266 except this time a NodeMCU.
I use Amazon Dash buttons with a 3D printed wall plate as light switches:
I made all of this because existing home automation stuff requires an expensive hub. Everything I made uses WiFi. I started using a parallel port connected to solid state relays controlled with one of my first C programs, then X10 back in the day. X10 sucks because of the necessity to run a phase coupler and reliability. But it is cheap.
I also enjoy working on cars. I tear into almost any project. I have a 1969 Mustang Grande with a 351 Windsor, but I haven't done much with it sadly since I don't have the space for it. I am also a BMW fanatic.
Oh, and also my wife and I have moved on to making a Baby. Here are some progress pictures :)
She is now 2 weeks old. One of the first things I made with my CNC was a changing table adapter for an Ikea dresser:
Anyway, if you see me and have any questions, project ideas or just want to say hello, I should be around!