Feb 11 2021
~30 hours, but it’s done. Need to post-process it tomorrow. It’s a large water bottle holder for a BMW i3.
Jan 20 2021
I got a new 3D printer for Christmas. It’s a standard Ender 3 and I’m loving it. Sure and Ender 3 Pro or Ender 3 V2 would be better, but so far I’ve had next to no issues with it.
I find it strangely therapeutic watching it print. Below is a time-lapse for my longest print, 15 hours or so.
Sep 14 2020
Brother-in-law, youngest nephew, and I went to Cuyuna over labor day weekend. It was awesome. I managed to fall because I went into a turn to fast and in a panic, I locked up the front wheel. Just some scrapes, bruises, damaged pride, a bent rear brake rotor, and rear pads full of the red dirt up there. I’ve already replaced the pads & rotor because they were trashed due to the dirt. I have yet to wash off my bike, but I will one of these days. I think the skills part was my favorite part of the ride, even though I did mage to go down one of the landing ramps on the jump line on my front tire due to a bad bounce. Oh well, can’t wait to do it again. Maybe next year I’ll even remember my cheap action cam. I am also happy to say that my derailleur adjustment held up so I am more confident doing it in the future.
Sep 2 2020
Last night I bit the bullet and adjust the derailleur on my bike so I could shift to all 11 gears without issues. Took me a while to do, but I’m happy I did it. One issue I ran into is that I pulled my wheel off to put some electrical tap on the chainstay since the factory protector was chewed up. When I put the wheel back on I had to re-adjust it. Kinda pissed me off to have to do it, but it wasn’t as bad as the first time.
Jul 16 2020
Well, the Roav Smart Charger F2 was a bust, as was the F3. They worked fine for streaming music, but not for calls. The next attempt is the Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset. Hopefully, it works well. Won’t be able to stream music but at least I’ll be able to talk while driving.
Jul 7 2020
I just got a Roav SmartCharge F2 for my car since a mounting kit for the Bluetooth stereo I have is a nice $200 (damn Driver Information Center built into the factory radio). Although not perfect, it does work and at least in my car people can hear me fine talking over it so that is nice. The main complaint I have is that the audio quality isn’t perfect, but it does fine for what I need so I’m happy with it.
Mar 18 2020
So, when it comes to the Coronavirus Pandemic there are only two things that scare/worry me right now. The are me getting it and passing it on to my youngest as he has immune system issues due to getting RSV at 5 weeks old and the other (and bigger concern to me) is how as a country we are responding to this. I mean, we have 4 rolls of TP left at home and we cannot find any to buy, anywhere
Feb 25 2020
I bought a 2007 Pontiac G6 GT to replace the Impreza. It isn’t perfect, but it doesn’t have leaking head gaskets so that is a plus. The boys love the sunroof too.
I have embarked on a task to reduce the amount of space used on the home server. To do this I am taking all movies & TV shows stored on it that are above a certain size (not sure the cutoff yet) and re-encoding them to H265 files using the video card on my desktop. So far I’ve saved at least 1TB of space. It will make backing up my server much easier on my crappy connection.
Jan 2 2020
Over my 4 day winter staycation the head gaskets in my car went out. So I have a few options
At this point I am leaning towards the used engine, and getting rid of it after tax time. I really don’t want to end up paying way more for a car than I should for option 4 anymore. Option 1 is just to damned expensive and option 2 has the chance of a mistake or picking a bad machine shop 🙁