So just last week Cindy and I were saying how we were looking forward to the end of hurricane season which officially is November first. Normally weather agencies are all over hurricanes for days if not weeks in advance, well not this one. Out of nowhere, a tropical disturbance that was given next to no chance of amounting to anything is now a 145mph cat 4 hurricane that is poised to hit the Florida panhandle this afternoon.
It’s pretty disconcerting to see just how quickly this all came about and how late in the year the potential is still there for devastation. Of course back in 2005 Hurricane Wilma beat the shit out of us in mid-October as well. Since having gone through two major hurricanes since moving to Florida I can relate to the anxiety and dread people in that area are feeling right now. It’s going to be ugly.
I shot a video last documenting the monster print I completed on the Chiron over the weekend. I still am amazed every time I see the thing.
So I have had interest in having a Generlink installed at the house for quite awhile. It is a device that gets installed onto your electric meter that allows you to plug your generator directly into your house wiring during a power outage and then control the distribution via the fuse box. It will be a HUGE improvement over the extension cord nightmare we have had to deal with in the past.
So I originally called our power company about this option in May. At that time I was told they were out of stock and I should call back in September. So I set a reminder and called almost two weeks ago. AT that time I was told there was noone available in that department currently (huh?) but someone would call me back. Well I called twice over the next 10 days and was told the same thing. The second time I gave the phone rep some attitude, saying I thought it was bizarre that I wanted to pay them for a service but no one could be bothered to call me back.
Well finally yesterday I did get a call back. I was prepared to give the woman shit for such a terrible response time but she immediately disarmed me with her pleasant attitude and friendly demeanor. My install is now scheduled to happen sometime next week. It’s testament to the power of how simply being nice to someone can swing a negative situation into something positive.
I had two of my printers working overnight cranking out Halloween themed models. Having 3D printers is a little like Christmas. You go to sleep with anticipation of what will be waiting for you the next morning. Maybe that is part of why I like it so much.
Cindy is really good at painting the 3D models I create, as you can see.
This weekend we are going to get out to the movies and although I don’t have anything huge on the to do list there will always something worthy of my attention, in my mind.
The last two nights I have spent tending to multiple small issues. Monday night I worked on fixing up the technical difficulties we have had with our EUC livestream the last two episodes. I think I finally have the problems corrected and did some real world testing to verify it. Last night I was working again on in the hobby room, getting some Halloween 3D prints started and recording a one week review of my new monster printer. I just feel like I have so many things I can be doing at any given point in time.
So I received back the results of my second round of blood tests. These were testing thyroid antibodies as well as testosterone level. Once again the tests came back with numbers squarely in the middle of normal range. The only other result I am waiting on is the chest CT which should be soon. If that shows all clear I guess I will just continue to march ahead but try to do so avoiding max exertion scenarios if at all possible. My fatigue and endurance has definitely improved so maybe its just one of the growing list of odd things I will write off to old age.
I got a chance to set up my new massive 3D printer yesterday. In order to make space for it I gave away one of my less massive printers to a buddy at work. The set up and first print went relatively well. I am looking forward to testing out it’s capabilities more thoroughly in the upcoming weeks.
So the other large format 3D printer that I ordered close to a month ago finally was due to arrive yesterday. I saw it was coming via FedEx whom is normally fine with leaving stuff at the door. Well the guy showed up when no one was home and of course this box had a signature requirement. The tag that was left on the door said we could either sign the tag and it would be dropped off the next day or it would be available for pickup after 6:30 PM at the local distribution center. Originally I told Cindy I didn’t mind waiting for it but she seemed into us going and getting it instead.
So that’s what we did, it gave us an excuse for a late day Dunkin Donuts stop and to give Elsa a ride as well. The drive there took less time than expected, we arrived about 6:10, 20 minutes before the time posted on the tag. I went in anyway, hoping the driver may have already returned from his run. My hope was not met, the driver was not back yet, the clerk said I should stop back in after 6:30.
So to waste some more time we drove to a nearby CVS for Cindy to grab a few items we needed. When we returned I wasted more time listening to a podcast, not going back inside until 6:40. I got the news that our driver, Chuck, was not back yet but the clerk said he was expected back soon. I asked if soon meant before 7, the time the customer service office closed. The clerk said yes for sure. Back out to the car I went.
So as I waited another 10-15 minutes in the car. As I did I saw several FedEx trucks returning, I was hoping one of them was Chuck. I finally went back inside about 6:55. I asked the big question, “is Chuck back”? Nope no Chuck but it should be “any minute now”. Well I was too invested now so I just stood in the small office waiting for Chuck to return. Well I guess 15 minutes technically counts as being any minute. Chuck arrived around 7:15, allowing me to finally take possession of the huge box which I will hopefully get to open today.
On the drive home we rolled into a major storm. The pounding rain scared Elsa and didn’t make me feel great either, it was very tough to see the road markings at certain points during the trip. Not only was there rain but very intense and huge lightning. The bolts were fat and stayed visible much longer than normal. The ferocious storm turned our property back into a bog after being dried out for over a week.
Today I am home awaiting the arrival of a DirecTV tech to help me rectify my poor signal on the Sunday Ticket channels. It will be interesting to see what the final resolution is.
So although it seems like I am doing 2-3 videos a week on YouTube there has been a dark hole of videos regarding 3D printing, my third major hobby up there with PEV’s and gaming. The last time I posted anything regarding 3D printing on my channel was around the 4th of July. So last night I thought I would address it in a video. I talked about some of the reasons for the absence, some of which may surprise you. Check it out if you have a few minutes.
Speaking of hobbies, I just got notice that our EUC “podcast” was accepted by iTunes and is now available for consumption on the platform. If you are on the iOS platform you can find the show here.
This morning I had another blood draw. Thankfully it did not require fasting or 10 vials of blood to be drawn (only two). After my follow up visit at the clinic where I mentioned my mom’s history of thyroid issues and inquiring about the possibility of low testosterone numbers, the blood draw was ordered to test for those things. In addition I am supposed to now schedule a chest CT to get a closer look at a small “nodule” in one of my lungs that was seen during the xray. The thought is it is nothing significant but a CT will confirm that.
So my second AnyCubic I3 Mega 3D printer arrived yesterday. My first one has become my favorite printer I own and a workhorse, responsible for the majority of my 3D EUC stand production. I figured grabbing a second allows me to double productivity while giving me a back up if one goes down. Since I already had one, setting up the new one took very little time. Within 30 minutes I had it ready to go and it was printing it’s first EUC stand.
I used the printer addition as motivation to do some overdue reorganizing of the stuff in there, especially the two work benches. A lot of stuff got tossed out or put away. The end result is a much cleaner looking workspace that had me going back to admire several times during the evening.
This morning around 4:45 AM we had another Elsa intestinal incident. This time it was Cindy that felt/heard it coming. She shot out of bed and yelled for Elsa to come outside. Well evidently during the landing on the floor next to the bed some excrement was ejected.
We didn’t bother going back to bed, after cleaning up the aftermath I did some work in the hobby room and also did the legwork to get this week’s live stream converted into a podcast and uploaded/posted. I also received notice last night that the podcast has now officially been accepted on iTunes, meaning you can now listen to the shows on the two major platforms.
My new Meepo electric skateboard showed up yesterday. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great but I did get out on the driveway for 10 or 15 minutes trying it out. Much like my initial experience on the One Wheel, my body is not quite sure how to react although there are definitely some similarities to the One Wheel.
Having a handheld speed controller is an entirely new thing for me. One slip of the thumb dial in either direction could have undesired consequences if you aren’t careful. I set the board to beginner mode which greatly limits the boost and speed which is a good thing for someone like me.
My cross wired foot dominance really needs to be worked on. I still find that I prefer to ride goofy foot where my left foot is back and right is front. However I don’t feel stable enough on my right leg to do things like foot brake. This is something that can be corrected with practice, I just need to put in the time. The same muscles in my right leg that are weak for mounting an EUC from that side are the same ones causing me problems on the board. I am hoping to maybe take the board to the school tonight to get some more training time in.
I also got to fight with my A5 printer, clearing a clog in the hot end which was causing under extrusion. I’ve had a lot of failures trying to correct this issue in the past with other printers but I luckily was able to fix the problem.
So a couple weeks ago I noticed I was missing the rubber axle cover on one of the front tires of the tractor. This rubber boot is used to keep dirt out of the wheel hub area. I can already tell not having one for a couple weeks has been bad as there is a lot of squeaking from that wheel. I ordered a replacement rubber cap but I also was curious if I would be able to 3D print a functional replacement out of flexible filament.
I received the new boot yesterday but instead of installing it I got out my calipers to do some measurements. After sketching up the numbers on a piece of paper I went into Tinkercad to make my 3D model which I then exported, sliced in Cura, copied to a SD card and printed. This weekend I want to do a test fit and see if I need to tweak it at all. Of course I recorded the process, it might be interesting to some to see how the need for a part or object can be totally self fulfilled using this method.
Last night we had a pretty serious storm that dumped a couple inches of rain in a short period of time. This morning there is some minor standing water but we are still staying pretty dry, especially compared to last year. By this time last year I was already pumping standing water out of the chicken area. So far that has not been necessary.
This weekend I have stuff to do around the house just as pretty much every weekend of the last 18 years. it may sound at times like I am complaining about it and in some ways I am. However in the big picture if I didn’t have goals to attain, problems to solve, and issues to address I would go bat shit crazy.
Another gun violence incident yesterday, another round of thoughts and prayers sent out, works great, at accomplishing nothing.
So last night as we were taking the dogs out just before dark I looked at the far side of the freshly rescreened pool cage and saw a dog size tear in it. I instantly knew who the culprit was, Sadie. Sadie has a long history of creating her own exits. When she was young I had to repair the drywall in the front of the house after she tried digging through the wall to get to something she saw outside. I have had her rip through screens on the lanai at least a half dozen times but this one was the most annoying of all since I just spent close to 4K getting the cage redone with high quality polyester screen.
We scolded Sadie loudly although at this point I doubt she knew what it was for. We later confirmed Sadie’s guilt when we caught her on one of the coop cams prancing around the back yard while Cindy was at work. Before bed I haphazardly covered the big tear with some tape to prevent a convenient critter entrance. I contacted the company that did the work to see if they would be able to replace the single panel. If they have no availability I will try to get my hands on some of the high grade screening that was used and do it myself.
Sadie has now lost her right to free access to the pool deck when we are not home, which is a shame since I know she loves to sit out there. However I can’t have her tearing holes whenever she decides there is something in the yard she has to get a closer look at.
I had a 3D printing mishap overnight that resulted in a beach ball pile of filament scattered on the workbench. It happens.
I heard Trumps summit with Kim Jong Un went fantastically terrific. I mean really, really great. I am terrifically, really, really excited that we have such a masterful negotiator handling the situation. This is just fantastic, and great…..