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#1 Oct 04 2013 at 3:47 PM Rating: Excellent
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I'll keep it short because I'm tired and annoyed.

First, I spent all day playing detective trying to track down an awol soldier just out of basic training. Nothing like talking to a weeping mother trying to find their kid to send them to jail.

Next, I'm being deployed to New Jersey for a while. My first reaction was to ask them about Afghanistan instead, but apparently they're full up there. Their range crew is being deployed themselves, so some of us who took those classes are being moved in.

I also got stung by a bee. **** little bastard, the **** was it even doing in the city? Bees don't belong in the city!

So weekend plans, go. Mine is to not kill some people. And to pack and get ready for five days a week in such a wonderful state as New Jersey. Bleh.

Edited, Oct 4th 2013 5:48pm by lolgaxe
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I'll keep it short because I'm tired and annoyed.

First, I spent all day playing detective trying to track down an awol soldier just out of basic training. Nothing like talking to a weeping mother trying to find their kid to send them to jail.

Next, I'm being deployed to New Jersey for a while. My first reaction was to ask them about Afghanistan instead, but apparently they're full up there. Their range crew is being deployed themselves, so some of us who took those classes are being moved in.

I also got stung by a bee. **** little bastard, the **** was it even doing in the city? Bees don't belong in the city!

So weekend plans, go. Mine is to not kill some people. And to pack and get ready for five days a week in such a wonderful state as New Jersey. Bleh.

Edited, Oct 4th 2013 5:48pm by lolgaxe


I'm guessing he'd go AWOL because he's being sent overseas? Yeah, I don't envy you that duty.

NJ's not THAT bad. Smiley: frown Though Dix is sort of in the middle of nowhere (if that's where you're headed)... If you ever relocated there, I'm pretty sure there's a good chance my brother would be one of your daughter's teachers. The irony there is that you'd be closer to my work than I am. Smiley: lol

As for the bee thing, there are some rooftop apiaries in the city. Were you near Union Sq. park? One of the buildings adjacent to it has one.
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It's autumn, bees run around everywhere desperately looking for something to sting. It's like a last fling before they die an icy death in a month or two, assuming they live through the sting that is. Even then it's gotta be a better way to go you figure?

This is the first weekend in a while I'm not doing anything. No crazy relatives, no road trips, etc. Good times, I'm sure the wife will come up with something to fill the time, but until then I'm free.

Yay. Smiley: yippee

Also, I was listening to this (see below) last night, and my daughter came by the computer and said she liked my music. I suppose she really is related to me. Smiley: lol

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Sorry to hear about your move, Lolgaxe, since I assume it'll be a disruption on your personal life. Obviously you knew what the job was when you took it and NJ has fewer IEDs per sq mile than some other places but still sucks.

Not much going on here tomorrow but Sunday we're planning on taking the little guy to the Lincoln Park Zoo in the city. Never been before, I've always gone to Brookfield Zoo in the suburbs but we're trying something new. They just did a major renovation there within the last six years so I assume it's still fairly snazzy.
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Should find out if the other guy went AWOL because he was the one who was going to be sent to Jersey before you? On the plus side, if you do end up killing people in New Jersey, you get a humanitarian relief medal!

No major plans this weekend. I'm hopeing we finally will stop having record levels of rain long enough for me to mow my lawn, which threatens to take over the house. Other than that, my project for the weekend is more work on getting the CNC up and running, as well as more 3D printing stuff. I've been working on designing a new end clamp design that should be much more accurate. if it works as well as I hope, it may be retrofitable to a few thousand 3D printers in the mendelmax family, which would be cool. Next up i get to try and figure out how heat set plastic inserts actually work

It looks like that so far:
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I'm going to Bahstan Sunday on the train. Hope the weather holds.
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lolgaxe wrote:

First, I spent all day playing detective trying to track down an awol soldier just out of basic training. Nothing like talking to a weeping mother trying to find their kid to send them to jail.

Did you find him?
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No real plans for this weekend, since we're sick and broke, but I'm gonna try and get the kayak out on the river Sunday since the weather should still be nice.
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Spent yesterday at Web Afternoon Atlanta. 14 speakers in 6 hours, talking about web design. Two of them graduated from my high school and remembered me, which was cool too. (Class before mine so I don't have to feel quite so loser-ish being in the audience and not speaking in front of them.)

Today is getting in some sunshine-outdoor time before the hurricane hits tomorrow, and then I've nothing on my plate for the next three weeks, And that is nice.

lolgaxe you have my permission to shoot any cans of sunless tanning spray and sun oil you see.
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Today: soccer. Tomorrow: soccer. In between: installing carpet in the new tv room and taking the kids to a local farm to get cider donuts and sit in tractors.

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Well, the weather wasn't so nice. It was gray and blah. So I paddled out in the river and had lunch on an island.
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Got hit with a Typhoon... Got off duty because of it..
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#13 Oct 07 2013 at 6:18 AM Rating: Good
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Got hit with a Typhoon... Got off duty because of it..

Are you in China?

Today's sucking pretty bad so far.
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Today's sucking pretty bad so far.
It's a Monday, what did you expect?
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Today's sucking pretty bad so far.
It's a Monday, what did you expect?

Aaaaaand I've got a tornado warning. Joy!
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Pretty storms?
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I... think I do, too? (Yup, both my work county and my home county).

NJ gets them a lot, but the actual number of tornadoes we see is quite small (average of 3 a year). But I think the worst we've had in the past 70 years at least are injuries, no deaths.
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I've never seen one. I live in a ridiculously safe place as far as natural disasters go.
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I haven't, either.

Our biggest risk are, shockingly, noreasters and hurricanes. Flooding can be an issue too.

But isn't flooding a big issue in the Netherlands?
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But isn't flooding a big issue in the Netherlands?
They've engineered away the hazard.


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We just deal with lots of rain and the occasional exploding mountain while we wait for "the big one" to come and kill us all.
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I haven't, either.

Our biggest risk are, shockingly, noreasters and hurricanes. Flooding can be an issue too.

But isn't flooding a big issue in the Netherlands?
There was a possibility of **** breaking in 1995 and some villages flooded but there was only material damage, the **** were strengthened and raised after that, the ones on weaker soil are also checked yearly. The last major disaster was in 1953 which were the reason to start building the delta works which protect the vulnerable southwest of the country and are engineered to withstand storms that happen once every 10,000 years (it's declared one of the seven wonders of the modern world by the American society of civil engineers).

Basically, the Dutch have been fighting the sea for the past 400 years and we've gotten pretty good at it.






I also live about 60 meters above sea level so even a catastrophic flood wouldn't be any threat to me.
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His Excellency Aethien wrote:
The last major disaster was in 1953 which were the reason to start building the delta works which protect the vulnerable southwest of the country and are engineered to withstand storms that happen once every 10,000 years
What is it with you guys and your forward thinking? We're lucky if we can get people to consider providing protection against a once-every-100-year event.
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The first lakes were dried in the late 1500's in the Netherlands and significant parts of our country are below sea level and/or reclaimed from the sea. I think several hundred years of fighting water in it's various forms and the visible results of that in every part of our country has made it plenty clear that this is a long term thing, very long term.
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Today's sucking pretty bad so far.
Yeah, I actually had to work today. Smiley: motz

From Trenton last night I saw a bumper sticker that said "I am for children," which I misread as "I aim for children" which I at least enjoyed.
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Elinda wrote:
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Are you in China?

Today's sucking pretty bad so far.


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The last major disaster was in 1953 which were the reason to start building the delta works which protect the vulnerable southwest of the country and are engineered to withstand storms that happen once every 10,000 years
What is it with you guys and your forward thinking? We're lucky if we can get people to consider providing protection against a once-every-100-year event.

Especially now that they're happening every other year or so.
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Today's sucking pretty bad so far.
Yeah, I actually had to work today. Smiley: motz

From Trenton last night I saw a bumper sticker that said "I am for children," which I misread as "I aim for children" which I at least enjoyed.


Oh, well, Trenton sucks. And don't go to Camden.
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On the off chance anyone was wondering what I've been working on with the 3d printer instead of printing new toys and trinkets, It's this: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:164054

My own design, seems to be an improvment so far, and now I can get back to making toys and trinkits. I still need to 3d print a batcoin to make the world currency market implode.
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On the off chance anyone was wondering what I've been working on with the 3d printer instead of printing new toys and trinkets, It's this: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:164054

My own design, seems to be an improvment so far, and now I can get back to making toys and trinkits. I still need to 3d print a batcoin to make the world currency market implode.


Wait, you're using your 3D printer to make parts for other 3D printers?
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I'm using my 3d printer to make better parts for my 3d printer, increasing it's resolution and improving the quality of parts I can make, bringing it ever closer to the self replicating death machine we all are waiting for.
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It's self-replicating! Quick, nuke it!
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If you can make better parts for it that cheaply/easily, it begs the question why the manufacturer was shipping it with such shitty parts to begin with.
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The printer is a somewhat older design based on a type called the Mendelmax, which is how I was able to aquire it as cheaply as I did. There are probably about 1,000 of them in the world, and maybe another 20,000 compatable printers worldwide. It's not a huge community, and many people have moved on to newer designs. Even then, there are very few people that are willing / able to design objects in 3D of that complexity. it's one thing to make a toy with a few parts. The more parts you fit together, the more things you have to take into account on design and placement, especially when you have existing constraints. . I can't afford one of the newer designs, so i decided to retrofit this one up to include all the features of newer designs. I suspect they didn't do something like this initially because it's really difficult to fit what I fit in the space available without compromising structure. The origional parts weren't bad. Mine are just more accurate. Cost isn't the issue, it's ability and need.

The ao-10x series of printers have an interesiting design evolution on that particular x axis area. At first they had a single leadscrew nut and both bearings were on the top clamp. Someone noticed that there was 20mm worth of unused space below the x axis and extended the clamp down and moved the bearing lower. Simple change, instant print improvement for everyone, and not thought up by the company. The company then released an entirely new design called the TAZ which has a spring on the side to absorb the angular motion, but the whole printer assembly was much larger than the ao-10x series and a different configuration entirely. I took that concept, redesigned it to fit their older style printers, added a few improvements to remove the z axis hysterisis from my CNC knowledge, and 10 prototypes later and $30 worth of plastic, I ended up with parts that work better than stock.

Thats the cool thing about 3d printers. Anyone with an idea and a bit of skill can do a brain dump of their idea directly into reality as a solid object, and aside from the cost of the printer itself which isn't inconsiderable, it's fairly inexpensive to do so.

I like to think i'm pretty good at the whole 3d modeling and design bit too for what it's worth.
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This is now also this week's Friday thread because the title is still accurate.

9 hours of work and I'm neither done for the day nor did I get anywhere near as far in the project I need to have done before Monday as I'd hoped.
Some days **** just doesn't go as smoothly as you want and everything is just a little off. Blegh.
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#36 Oct 11 2013 at 12:30 PM Rating: Excellent
I only got got about 10 words into that second paragraph before I fell asleep.

I do think 3d printers are really cool though. Smiley: nod

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Today I had a meetings in a place which I will heretofore refer to as "Endless food village" or "Reverse Africa". The people we were meeting with seemed to have a obsession with takeout. I really don't know how they get any work done. I've had roughly 7 different meals in the few hours I've been here. it's like they have someone who's job it is to randomly dial restaurants and have them deliver to various rooms. I don't know if this is just their hospitality or if this is just normal here. There is also no ryme or reason to the orders, 10 Am? Great time for some braised pork. 10:35 Thai basil salad and spring rolls.

So far:
Thai food
Potato pizza
Squash soup
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Various smoked meats
Very spicy Cantonese food
BBQ Tofu/Tomatoe pastries(wtf)
Chicken satay
Gazpacho
Cherry cheesecake
Grilled turkey.

We get like 1/3 into a topic and then "hey (random food) is here, anyone want some?" The people here act like this is normal. I am confused.
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I had a half day's worth of work, and my son had a half day of school, and it's really nice out...but the wife has a migraine and I have to go grocery shopping. Guess kayaking will have to wait till (tomorrow morning or Monday).
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The printer is a somewhat older design based on a type called the Mendelmax, which is how I was able to aquire it as cheaply as I did. There are probably about 1,000 of them in the world, and maybe another 20,000 compatable printers worldwide.

Serious question: Does it have an existing workable SolidWorks driver?
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Parfaits are delicious, shut up.


And it's only me and one other person left at work now. I got in early, and I'm so tempted to just peace out equally early, but my boss is away and I just KNOW she's going to call for me the moment I leave.
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The printer is a somewhat older design based on a type called the Mendelmax, which is how I was able to aquire it as cheaply as I did. There are probably about 1,000 of them in the world, and maybe another 20,000 compatable printers worldwide.

Serious question: Does it have an existing workable SolidWorks driver?


Kind of. I haven't had a chance to play with Solidworks itself, so I don't know if it has a direct print interface built into it. If it does, and if thats what you are asking about, I'm guessing that no one has ported a module for the specific RAMPS controller I am using, but you could attach pretty much any 4 axis driver platform to this printer and it would work, so if there was one that was compatable with solidworks, it would just be a matter of swapping out the controller and firmware. RAMPS 1.4 is Airduno based, so you can pretty much make it take any input if you can get the program to see the printer in the first place. You could probably swap it with a Gecko controller, though you would have to adapt the thermocouple interface to something, probably the Z probe inputs. RAMPS and the newer RAMBO derivitives are currently the most popular 3D printer controllers outside the big multi thousand dollar units.

I use the excellent and free Repetier host for the actual driving of the stepper motors with it curently http://www.repetier.com/ which can work with gcode, stl, obj, or nc files directly. Solidworks can save nativly to a stl file, so worst case scenario you could save as .stl, drop it into repetier and slice it into layers, and print from inside repetier without any additional cost. Just an extra step of labor. I use Autodesk inventor for my design work, supplementing with autocad as needed. Inventor can import just about everything, even older solidworks .sldprt models and output them to .stl. Or the reverse for that matter, so it's easy and effective to get a solidworks model to print, it just may take an extra step.

edit: i'm told someone made a makerbot 2 and a soliddoodle port for solidworks. both those printers use RAMPS based controllers, so it may actually nativly print.

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Update: Parfaits. Apparently they exist outside of European rom coms.
Parfaits are delicious, shut up.
They're okay, but I don't think I'd go out of my way for one.

Have you ever met a person, you say, "Let's get some parfait," they say, "Hell no, I don't like no parfait"? Parfaits are delicious!
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#45 Oct 11 2013 at 5:02 PM Rating: Excellent
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If you already ate one, you have a parfait accompli

(thats the pun that got me banned from luxembourg for life!)
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#46 Oct 12 2013 at 10:45 PM Rating: Decent
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Paddled out to the island in the middle of the river with the five year old in my lap; we need a two-seat kayak for next year. I'm thinking inflatable.
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we all know liberals are well adjusted american citizens who only want what's best for society. While conservatives are evil money grubbing scum who only want to sh*t on the little man and rob the world of its resources.
#47 Oct 13 2013 at 7:34 AM Rating: Good
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Get a canoe.
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#48 Oct 13 2013 at 7:38 AM Rating: Good
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Build a bridge.
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#49 Oct 13 2013 at 7:47 AM Rating: Good
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Buy a submarine.
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#50 Oct 13 2013 at 1:14 PM Rating: Decent
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Elinda wrote:
Get a canoe.

I actually prefer kayaks as the Hudson can get rough and choppy at times, with wind, speedboats, the yacht club nearby and cargo ships heading up and downriver.
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