📚 Got word my copy of @blacklionking73 ‘Blacktop Wasteland’ came in today, but I’m busy priming an undercarriage and can’t go pick it up before Tuesday 😭
TFW you shaved all your hair off and now none of your ball caps fit any more
Grinding, and welding, and priming, and painting…
Even at my worst, I was never the kind of drinker depicted in the lyrics for ‘Out Cold’ so know that what I love about this track is that groove. It’s got a perfect sleaze rock grind that I just cant get enough of.
This is not how I wanted to play with laser blasters #KidneyStones
The pursuit of true Justice is more important than mere Law and Order. Justice is fair and right. Laws are attempts to define what is wrong. Order is only obedience to law. It is the least of American principles. Civil Disobedience, including protests and riots, are valid tools
Weekend Plans : a thick book and some cold beverages
*Westbrook I got from @Yonder Bar - Lemon Cucumber Gose
Your reminder that Ozzie & Harriet’s twin grandsons, Ricky Nelson’s kids, grew up to make a bawdy song about their threesome lifestyle, and it’s the closing credits track for “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”
📷🌸 A sampling of current blooms
Most of the beautiful flowers at my place are due to the previous owners, but these were my addition
Denzel Curry - ‘Bulls on Parade’
2019 cover of ‘Rage Against The Machine’ for Like a Version
White Privilege is that the poorest & least educated white man alive could dress up in a borrowed suit and silently walk down the street - and people will assume he is a businessman.
When a rich, well-educated black man walks same street, many assume instead he is a criminal
Today’s Album : ‘Wake Up!’
John Legend & The Roots
If your response to this unrest is to spit out some lukewarm phrase like “we believe in racial equality” and you do not SPECIFICALLY denounce police brutality, then you are colluding to maintain the status quo. You are part of the problem. #NoJusticeNoPeace #BadApplesSpoil
Upgrading to a compression sleeve with integrated elbow pad costs about $13 per arm, $26 USD for a pair. Could be worth it, if you might get knocked down during outdoor activities.
Did you know you can get a pair of Ace Elbow Pads for about five dollars at WalMart ?
🚀 📷 This is the moment where the Falcon booster rocket had just landed back on the drone ship, and simultaneously Crew Dragon had officially achieved nominal orbit insertion. A new era in space flight!
Self-medicating with old reggae
Lion Youth : Rat A Cut Bottle
I would listen to the heck out of an Electric Six mashup album of RATM covers right now…
Because if I put on actual RATM at this moment in time - there would likely be dark consequences.
Clamp-style 3D Printed face mask with microfiber cloth #NoSew #3Cuts
Reason to stop Karen-ing…
“The Karen meme was first served up on … home to adherents of the men’s movement, where users egged on an angry man whining about an ex-wife named Karen”
Chillin’ on the deck as the storm comes down 📷⛈
Re-watching ‘Henry’s Crime’ and surprised again how well Keanu holds up against Vera Farmiga and James Caan in an excellent mashup of a buddy-crook caper against ‘The Cherry Orchard’
Many people will tell you Kathleen Turner was sexiest in ‘Body Heat’, which is phenomenal (check out the minor role by Ted Danson!) but I find her far more attractive in ‘Romancing The Stone’ - her skin is practically luminous and she is utterly charming. Very underrated movie.
Still mind-boggling that you can get mirror finish out of freaking plastic
If you gained $190,000 USD every DAY for the last 2,000 years you would still have less money than Bezos
$138 B < $143B
(per Forbes real time net worth tracker)
Dear iTunes shuffle, some harpsichord plonking isn’t exactly the way to get the old blood thumping in the morning!
Apologies to JSB, but… it just ain’t.
For some ineffable reason, I was reminded about Dr Cline’s seminar on systemic failure and rewatched it this morning :
1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed
Sometimes I think :
"I would like a new Everclear album"
and then I give ‘Black is the New Black’ another spin (or two) and it’s still just the best of Art’s music (coming from a guy who drove cross-country to listen to ‘Santa Monica’ in situ)
Tryna support The Stack #MasksForDocs #PPE
📷🌹🌱 Reaping the Rose Benefit
The former owners of my place planted these roses I now get to enjoy. I do, more than I expected, so I need to learn to care for them better…
The power of Clorox compels you!
Defense Secretary Mark Esper:
“It has revealed a new dynamic of this virus: that it can be carried by normal, healthy people who have no idea whatsoever”
Our SEC DEF has never heard of Typhoid Mary, STDs, or the DICTIONARY DEFINITION of a communicable disease carrier? 😖🤯🌎🔥
Is Nirvana’s ‘Lithium’ the perfect song for social distancing?
Introverts, Week 4:
I like it, I'm not gonna crack!
Extroverts, Week 4:
I miss you, I'm not gonna crack.
Emos, Week 4:
I love you. I'm not... gonna cRåçK?
’Re-openers’, Week 4:
I KILLED YOU! I'M NOT GONNA CRACK!
It’s important to Gojira that you know - he never left the webcam business; the webcam business left him.
Now, in our hour of need, with a shortage of available webcams, he has come back to prove that HE is still the best dang camera beast in the game! #isight #firewire
Gave my neighbor one of the first face shields I made - she was retired but working P/T at a group home (laid off now) - they returned the favor with a couple hand sewn masks!
Take care of each other, we’re the only help that is coming
Put on Nevermind. “Breed”
Thrash in front of your mirror.
Let Kurt scream at the the unfeeling universe for you .
We’re at the ‘biennial maple sausages deep into the freezer’ point of social distancing #breakfast
📷 🌸 Rain covered rose blossoms after the storm
The last tree to bud out has finally done so. Landscaper wanted me to cut it down when I had the horse apple tree felled, but I remembered this one is still alive, just slowing down.
📷 🤖 Bender is modeling a prototype modification* of Zac’s (Tw: @GimmeBuilds ) DIY Face Shield
*Using Avery Clear Easy View Tab Dividers instead of Fellowes Binding Covers
Chastened by a comment Naomi Wu wrote about Makers discounting sewing… I resisted the urge to get the professional grade industrial computerized sewing machine, and got the cheapest thing that could work
📷 🌳 ☀️ This is my tree y’all. Have a nice day
Y’all know that joke where the bachelor throws some random ingredients together and calls it dinner?
🎵🎸 ‘Never Fade’ by Alice In Chains is part of the reason their Rainier Fog album keeps growing on me, more and more, over time.
🎙🎶 ‘Scrub and Bleach’
And now, your moment of zen #birdfeeder
Wet Wipes Face Mask
- Filter: Wet Wipes (Dried) (2)
- Spacer: Paper Towel
- Mount: Satin Ribbon (Hand Sewn)
- Hairdryer (or Iron) (construction aide)
- Scissors (construction)
- Thread & Needle (construction)
- Filter: Napkins
- Mount: Rubber Bands (Circumferential)
- Option: Improve Fit with Stiff Insulated Wire
Example Hand Sewn “N95 Type” Mask
- Filter: Carbon Sheet (Activated)
- ALSO: Merv 13 (from deconstructed HVAC filter)
- ALSO: Gauze Pad (Maxi Pad)
- ALSO: Cotton (T-Shirt/Leggings)
- CON: Reuse Intended (Partial)
PPE Mask Experiment
I’m dubious of the hand-sewn cloth masks, because of reuse. Seems like disposability is key, which requires cheap materials, and ease of DIY.
2 Thick paper towels (folded) 4 small rubber bands (tied) tape : plastic vs paper?
Any nCov protection is minimal!
OK, it is very clear that today has been one of the worse… #EverywhereTheSigns
Picked up dinner from the taco truck after the gym. Once Covid-19 takes hold these street food micro-businesses are going to get decimated…
Keep these definitions of his favorite words in mind whenever ‘Don the Con’ speaks:
Incredible - Is not to be trusted.
Fantastic - Is not based in reality.
Unbelievable - Can not be believed.
Today’s alternative input device:
Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring
Scroll Ring (versus the usual wheel) changes fingering for scroll. Orbit is more precise than my classic trackball (less inertia than HUGE pool cue sized ball)
(Retrieved from the box of old gear I keep)
Literally clearing out a corner in the basement to move my desk into…
🗳 🇺🇸 Fortunate to receive some assistance in performing my civic duties this #SuperTuesday afternoon from my niece #WeVotedWarren
I loved “Future Foe Scenarios” more but “Lazy Eye” is darn good and the most popular track off the Silver sun Pickups’ debut album “Carnavas” www.youtube.com/watch
Cutting this Lotus `49 F1 model for (hopefully) easier printing… hopefully.
Using OpenSCAD is probably overkill but… #3DP
Bernie lists a handful of vague bullet points for each of six broad ideas he will detail later if he wins
But #Warren has nearly a dozen objectives each documented by as many as a score of specific, actionable, steps she plans to take as soon as she is elected ✅
Robotic Reinforcement #Bender #3DP
Every thing will work better if it is given the proper support. #ParallelLines
Pretty sure this model is not printing well #StrikeFour #3DP
Reuse ♻️ Amazon Padded Envelope (Bubble Wrap Mailer)
Would 100% buy it again #iPod
“3D Printing touches my fantasy” #Oops 😳
Well meaning, once you abstract the language to deduce intent, but among the more problematic mottos of Chinese vendors I have come across… 👀
If progressives think we can just protest a little louder, donate a little more money, and post a few more outraged remarks, we are going to be very disappointed.
The bad guys will be fighting to stay out of jail!
Their supporters are unreflective, undoubting & bloodthirsty
Today could never settle into one shape so I’m mixing the first My Chemical Romance album with the last Rhino Bucket release. 🎶 🔊
Calibrated the Horizontal Expansion Offset in Cura last night, and now the print-in-place hinge from 3DPrintingProfessor’s #PrintABlok project work flawlessly even when printed via fast draft profile
Switched to PETG (Overture White) for this batch of PrintABlok parts.
One of the print-in-place hinges had a fused axle, and did not survive my limbering technique. I will have to reduce the feed rate (as The Professor suggested) for the next batch.
Or build a better printer…
We should all revel that we get to live in this golden age of pop-up toaster naan #HotCarbs
Failed beta block for The 3D Printing Professor’s upcoming #PrintABlok project.
I was twisting it on when it split…
But I used cheap no-name filament on this batch plus my machine is definitely not printing precise tolerances (will slow down and try again)
Investigating where this #3DP model went wrong… 🖨 🚛
Reed Mullin (53), drummer and founder of hardcore punk band ‘CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’ has died.
Last nights pizza party (post-workout) was my anniversary reward for dropping three stones since joining gym 🏔📉🏋🏼♂️
If a pizza has 300 calories per quarter, and a diet app reports 1400 calories remaining in the daily budget, how many fourths of a pizza is about to be devoured? 🍕
There’s a Qdoba around the corner from this Apple store so I can sit and regret my expensive choices over some gringo-safe southwestern /comida/ 🌮
🤑 Payday ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ Progressive Fundraiser Challenge
Pick a neighbor district to your own, and a progressive person to support in an election there, then donate some of your hard-earned funds.
You can be ESPECIALLY impactful to candidates for State & Local roles!
Synchronicity : When the last podcast in your Play Next queue ends the second you put the car in park. 🔊🚙 🛑 🎙
Taal Volcano is swelling, a portion has sunk and the entire volcano island has tilted slightly, indicating a “resupply” of magma or molten rock rising to the surface that presages a powerful eruption Phi Vol CS - Taal
Ref: Penalty: Delay of Purchase
Ref: Player ‘forgot’ wallet at home
Penalty is Repeat round trip with fuel light blinking, and loss of twenty minutes.
Me: Wait, can I use Apple Pay?
Ref: Sir, this is a Speedway
The semi-official theme song of software development 🎵
“It’s so easy… without complexity” -Eagles Of Death Metal
📺 ‘Under the Silver Lake’
I heard a interview with Topher Grace, and what the hell was I thinking?
Andrew Garfield unravels in a surreal Los Angeles following a thread of bizarre mysteries, frequent nudity, & casual sex, in pursuit of the truth about a beautiful stranger.
Maybe Trump isn’t addressing the American people tonight about the war he bumbled us into because Putin hasn’t gotten back to him yet on what he’s allowed to say
TIL: Japanese ‘Pizza Toast’ 🍕
My goodness! ‘Knives Out’ is one delectable detective movie. 🗡
Along with ‘Brick’ this cements my high opinion of Rian Johnson. 📺
Loving the fantastic acting by Ruth Wilson as ‘Mrs Coulter’ in HBO’s new series based on the ‘His Dark Materials’ books (‘Golden Compass’, ‘Subtle Knife’, etc.)
📺 Terrifyingly powerful laser available on eBay for anyone who wants to blind themselves
🎶 “You gotta listen to my words”
Due to ‘War Pigs’ & ‘Killer of Giants’, I often think of Ozzy as anti-war, so I choose to interpret this PPP cover of ‘Crazy Train’ that way in the context of the latest Middle East conflagration…
Dazz Newsome catches 29 yard touchdown pass from Sam Howell 🏈📹
North Carolina dominated Temple 55-13 in the Military Bowl 2019-12-27
The last half hour at sixty is like swimming in treacle after five hours at eighty
📹 🇺🇸 🏈 Jump in for Military Bowl 2019 (UNC vs Temple) @ Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD
Pit stop on King St in Alexandria before continuing on to the hotel
On Christmas morning I used the laser to engrave my newest nephew a name plate, perfect for the barrage of social media photos he will be taking now that he’s home from hospital
Nephew finished 75 Code.org puzzles today and was begging to continue tomorrow when his mum drug him away… He might be hooked ;)
Starting my nephew on Code.org sequencing activity… while I try to clean up the “lab” area
🎶 ‘River’ by Joni Mitchell is a Christmas song, written after a 1970 visit to the family home of her boyfriend, James Taylor, for Christmas in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
“It doesn’t get cold* here, it stays pretty green”
*Compared to Alberta, CA
I am not the merriest christmaser but I do enjoy this Postmodern Jukebox mashup of Wham ‘Last Christmas’ with Andrews Sisters style vocals
Special Credit to Melinda Sullivan whose acting was worth the wait for her tap solo
Brief video of The Engravinator in action …
🎶 Hit Me With Those Laser Beams! Relax Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Engravinating with @TheEngravinator (and LightBurn sw) #PewPew
Trial run at 40% laser power on brown construction paper (just barely visible)
Marvel out here teaching pronunciation in their “Super Hero Adventures” books for the kiddos.
It occurs to me that The Beatles ‘ ‘Revolution’ is the perfect track for today
Finally figured out that I need a USB hub between @TheEngravinator (at least to LightBurn on Mac via C adapter)
On Win 10, the LaserGrbl control software worked occasionally, but LightBurn never would.
Next: Arm The Laser! 😎 ⛔️⛔️✴️
Star Wars Theory: Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker are about replacing the old religion with a new philosophy, a reformed order…
Noir at the Bar night at Yonder Photos: Eryk Pruitt and S.A. Cosby
This abuse of office served to cover up the President’s own repeated misconduct and to seize and control the power of impeachment—and thus to nullify a vital constitutional safeguard vested solely in the House of Representatives.
Donald Trump impeached on 2019-12-10
I got through the motion mechanicals of @TheEngravinator laser system yesterday, so will be picking up with wiring and electronics tonight.
Single serving size pepperoni & cheese pizza
Somebody made the mistake of telling his trainer he has not been as exhausted after gym sessions lately… #StupidGenius 🏋🏼
I remember when… I remember when I lost my mind
🎶 ‘Crazy’ - acoustic cover by Ray Lamontagne
Checking the frame of @TheEngravinator for light leakage with a 99 cent flashlight. #Lasers
Am I ready for this?
Attempting to assemble The Engravinator - a fully open source laser engraver with safety enclosure.
Designed by Maniacal Labs
🎶🥁 I’ll just be over here trying to crawl inside the opening groove to ‘Golden Light’, “STFKR”
So many emails yesterday for stuff I have so little interest in. Beginning the mass unsubscribe…
Using a ‘MikroTik hEX PoE lite’, so I can run some PoE gear. The web UI is all options. Zero user guidance, but total control… I can barely work it out and I did setup & admin of LANs, SANs, and VPNs once upon a time…
Signal boost because Impunity is tantamount to Tyranny
Thankful for the fortune I have had, despite my many mistakes, to have had a pretty good life. We could all of us have been homeless or worse given a different fork in our path #Thanksgiving
Thankful for the affection of my nieces & nephews, who don’t yet know that I’m not as cool as they think I am 😎 #Thanksgiving
🦃🍽 Proto-Cornucopia in Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheet (with Crisco Butter Non-Stick Spray, Silicon Baking May, and Tinfoil)
🦃🍽 For this morning’s art project, I have retained the services of two professional creatives, who gave me much advice on something none of us have tried before… 🖼