Friday, May 25, 2018

They're talking about me again!

The cynical side of me knows that interviews are just a way to drive traffic to their blog or web site. But the ego driven side of me loves it when I get to take center stage so much that I just don't care.

Check it out, inov3D did an interview with me! You can find out about my humble origins and worst reviews. And while you're there, why not check out inov3Ds other great content, like their E180 review. They seem to be having better luck with theirs than I had with my two.

I've made a YouTube playlist for my BAMF2018 videos as well as other greate BAMF2018 coverage that are in my subscriptions feed. Let me know if I missed anything and I'll add it.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

More Cool People at Bay Area Maker Faire 2018 video

I kind of stumbled upon the 3 questions I used for these interviews, but upon reflection, I think they're pretty good questions. One makes you think about the past, one makes you think about the future, and one makes you laugh and sets up something to chain them all together. Seriously, though, a lot of people laughed at that question. They were expecting something different, I think.

I know a lot of people interviewing these people probably expected me to give them more time to plug their projects, and I get that. Maybe that's what the audience wants to see, too. But for me it was more about the people. I hope I didn't disappoint anyone by focusing on them instead of their booths But you know me, I gotta be me.

In this video I interview:


There's more coming from Maker Fair, but that will be next week, as the next part is a little bit of how to, and a lot of "SO COOL!" Seriously, I said that so many times in the next video. Something to look forward to.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Bay Area Maker Fair 2018 part 2 - The Cool People video

When I started, I was only going to have 2 videos. So I broke the travelogue and interviews into two. But once I finished editing all the interviews I had a video that was more than 30 minutes, so I decided that the interviews would be in two videos. So at this point I'm up to 4 videos out of #BAMF2018.

If I were doing this right I would have put a big hitter at the start of this video, then sprinkled in some smaller players, then hit it with another big hitter about 3/4 through to keep people watching, then sprinkled in some smaller players. The problem with this is that, while the analytics and metrics tell one story, to me there are no small players. I don't want to rank these people, because they're all amazing, and I'm a fan of them all.

I kind of like that the only order these interviews are in is whatever order I ran into them. And that will continue with the next video as well.

At the time of writing, I haven't started editing the last part yet, what was supposed to be the second video when this all started, so I have no idea if this series will end at par 4 or if it will continue to part 5 and beyond. But I think that's illustrative of just how vast and overwhelming BAMF can be.

In this video I interviewed:


All cool people you should stalk online. Like I do.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Long Journey to Bay Area Maker Faire - Part 1 Video

The original plan was to take and make 2 videos from my Bay Area Maker Faire journey, one for each of the days I was there. The first was going to be a little travelogue followed by interviews with the people that I met there. I was technically going to fudge things already because some of the interviews happened on day 1 and some happened on day 2. I guess that's part of the reason why, when I got to this point in the editing process I decided it was enough and I was just going with the trip itself in this one. So Part 2 will be the interviews, and part 3 will be the projects.

In other words, if you didn't like this one, it's okay, I got 2 more parts to redeem myself with, and so far part 2 is shaping up to be pretty good.

Monday, May 21, 2018

The age of the Low Poly Dinos is soon!

It's time to start the hype! The Low Poly Dino Kickstarter is coming soon. Kid friendly, whimsical, low-poly dinosaur models for your 3D printer. Designed to print without supports and print with low or no infill. Perfect as a test print or just for fun with gentle angles to minimize sharp edges so they're suitable for all ages.

How many 3D models will be included in this kickstarter? The success of this campaign will determine how many dinosaurs will be modeled. The more it raises, the larger the rewards will be. For your support you will not only receive the 3D dinosaur models developed in this campaign, but you will have a vote in what the next dinosaur will be as the campaign progresses.

My YouTube channel is in need of a major infusion to stay up-to-date, which is what this kickstarter is raising funds for. Funds raised in this campaign will go towards:

  • Upgraded AV equipment
  • Better lighting in current recording area
  • Upgrade to current recording area
  • Rebuilding recording area into a high tech mini recording studio
  • Taking it off the grid with solar power
  • Aperture panels for instant reconfiguration

To what degree these upgrades will be acted upon will depend on what this campaign raises. So whether you just like awesome 3D models or want to support what I do on YouTube, your contribution to this kickstarter will be greatly appreciated.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Thinking about 3D Printing Food while unboxing the M3D Video

Yes, I have a grotesque thing on my lip. It'll be gone by this weekend.

I am honestly amused by the idea of an astronaut getting so tired of Taco Bell that they decide to step out and see if they can find an In 'n Out. In space. Between planets. Because there'd be nothing to step out too, is what I'm saying. They'd be so tired of Taco Bell that they'd open the door and step out and end the mission, all over a lack of variety in their diet. I mean, I don't even have to go to the fart joke to be amused by the idea of Taco Bell being the only thing to eat on a long haul space flight. Of course, if you have to, there is the fart joke as well. Because Taco Bell will make you fart. There you go.

I will, of course, have more to say about the M3D as I continue to work with it, but lemme sum up my thoughts right now by saying that, compared to the Monprice Select mini, the MP Select is cheaper, bigger, heated bed, solid metal, and doesn't need to be in the same room as your computer. On the other hand, the M3D has very low power consumption, is calibrated well, and M3D provides a number of upgrades that can make this a formidable 3D printer. The base unit that I have is nothing exciting, but I'm excited about where this printer can go, especially with an Octoprint with Wavefront Touch Screen and battery pack added to it.

My biggest gripe right now is with their ABS-r filament. When someone tells you they've got ABS-r filament, what do you think it is? I thought it was ABS with a little something extra. Ho ho, no so! It is PETG with a little something extra. It's an ABS "R"eplacement. That's kinda misleading, in my opinion, but it does explain why it wouldn't smooth with acetone.

Their support was quick to point out that the under-print-bed feed system for their filament is considered legacy, because it was just a bad idea. Which leaves a nice space inside for storing, I don't know, cookies? Or maybe the spare nozzle they sent. That probably a better idea than cookies. But, they don't ship with an external feed solution. If I were them, I'd bundle a 3D model, like a recommended first print, that was that feed solution and encourage people away from the internal feed system as fast as possible. That's what I printed, though it took me 2 tries, because printing over USB is never a good idea, but was my only option until I reset the machine and upgraded the firmware.

Which brings up another suggestion. The first time the slicer runs, it should say "Is this a new printer? Hold on while I update and calibrate it, this may take a while." Honestly, people are used to day 1 updates that this wouldn't feel any different. In fact it might even feel cutting edge.

Monday, May 14, 2018

My last day as a substitute teacher and my first Maker Fair

So, first things first, thanks to the makerspace where I'm now full time, I'll be going to the Bay Area Maker Fair this weekend. I'll be there Friday and Saturday and I'll have a pocket full of maker coins to pass out, so if you see me, don't be afraid to say "Hi" and get one. I've got something for you.

(PS, the cream colored ones glow in the dark.)

Friday last week was momentous for me. It marked the last day I would supliment my income with substitute teaching, since (did I mention?) I am now full time working at the makerspace.

This was made particularly poetic because I started teaching more than a decade ago in a 7th grade classroom (before a career detour to software development), and this classroom that it ended in was also 7th grade math. 7th grade math is without a doubt the worst. 7th grade sucks. They're too young to be grown up, but not young enough to be a child any more, and no one, especially themselves, have any idea who they are. But on top of that we're adding letters to our numbers and expecting them to keep up with it. This is the bookends of my teaching career.
I actually taught in this same classroom the week before, on Star Wars Day, and took the opportunity to make a drawing on their whiteboard of the Death Star surrounded by rebel and imperial ships joined by some non-Star Wars space ships as well. When I returned it was still there, so I added a few more references and a key to explain them.

If I were more of an artist, I'd love to do this sort of thing in full color, though with a slightly different layout as I'd probably have the X-Com ship landed on the surface and the squad moving out. Maybe replace the death star with the Sinistar, but in the same capacity, and just pack it with cross-overs. Throw in some Space 1999, Interstella 5555, Star Control, Flash Gordon (both Buster Crabbe and Sam Jones), and whatever else I can think of.

Sorry, I may have gotten a bit carried away in my head, there.