Posted by Tony Padegimas on December 30, 2015
So last I posted, I waxed optimistic about how the damage control phase of my life might be over, and I might be able to actually make forward progress with my life in general and creative projects in particular.
Then my Father-in-law died (from long standing illness) and my Mother-in-law moved into our house literally the next day. This was not a contingency we had seriously prepared for. It just happened. There is all manner of ranting and whining that could follow that revelation, but that is not what I keep this blog for. The relevant information is that I have been forced back into damage control, at least in regards to the day-to-day functioning of my home and family.
Conversely, things are actually starting to look up at work. We have made dramatic improvements to our infrastructure, and I am starting to take on a role that involves more than doing the same thing I’ve done for twenty years.
Rhino Staging, where I serve as Technical Director, values their privacy (in what we refer to internally as the Doctrine of Pointless Secrecy), but I think can safely release a few details:
- Our new warehouse (easily 3x the size of our old rented facility) and our new office space (easily twice the size as the old) are now finally at the same address for the first time in ten years: 125 W Julie Ave in Tempe
- I spent a week in Middleton, Wisconsin learning how to install ETC Prodigy and Vortek motorized rigging systems and
- I am the guy who organizes training for Rhino Tempe – at least by default.
- I am also the Warehouse Manager of this big new thing – at least until I can train ,my replacement. I don’t mind running a warehouse, but it’s my third stint in that role – so it fails the “something I can’t do in my sleep” test.
The warehouse move is in progress – I’ll note later what we learn from that.
Meanwhile, the Christmas tree is still up, so a few notes on gifts:
- If you make the mead in February, it will be well over its’ bottle shock by Christmas.
- Relatedly, drinkers are easier to shop for than non-drinkers.
- Buy gifts for your kids first. The other adults in your life will cope.
- Seriously, outside of the very poor, most American adults have more crap than they need or can store anyways. Get them something consumable or expendable, or replace something that’s broken. Shiny new things are for the kids.
My new year’s resolution is for this to be less autobiographical and more informational, but it is a personal blog, so some context is in order on occasion. My other is to try and keep these under 500 words, so in our space remaining:
Ranker’s collection of Weird and Funny Toilets – because its been a while since we’ve visited one of our recurring topics. Completely devoid of location or other relevant details, and likely NSFW.
An excellent guide to Tumblr, posted here because it’s too true just to link to once of FB (or Tumblr for that matter).
And finally, this year’s 11 reasons for hope.
Now you know.
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Posted by Tony Padegimas on September 17, 2015
This is the second day in a row here in Phoenix where the high temperature did not exceed 100 deg F. The worst is finally over, and I think I can start thinking in terms of progress rather than damage control.
So there’s some good news in my life:
I finally bottled last year’s mead.
24 bottles of mead on the … oh never mind.
If you can’t read it, I call the batch “Haboob” – the Arabic term for a dust storm that has somehow replaced the previous term for dust storm in these parts, which was “dust storm”.
Mead made be better for us than we thought, according to this article from Modern Notion.
And I have signed an honest-to-God book deal for a work of fiction. The Beanstalk and Beyond was accepted by New Link Publishers, and imprint Mystic Publishing. The terms were fairly low-ball, but they’re fairly new at this, as am I. So I have added a page just for that project, and cleaned up this website because we’re back to being an author’s site now.
Yeah – I buried the lead beneath the mead. Before you chide me, I do no have an editorial deadline yet, much less a release date. I’ll start pushing heavy when I have something to push.
Now you know.
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Posted by Tony Padegimas on September 10, 2015
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Posted by Tony Padegimas on June 12, 2015
Longtime followers of this blog might remember that we chronicle the antics of our flexible friends the octopi from time to time.
This is one of those times:
The octopus is apparently using the coconut shell as some sort of portable shelter. Draw your own conclusions.
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Posted by Tony Padegimas on December 19, 2014
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Posted by Tony Padegimas on November 21, 2014
We have decided to learn Blender not because it is easy, but because it is hard. Also, it is free, and established past the point where it will not suddenly vanish.
It is not, however, well documented. We’ll dump sone links in that regard in a moment.
The hard part of 3D printing does not seem to be the printing. That can be an annoying technical challenge, but I am a technician by trade, so undeterred by that. The hard part – the value-added part – is turning an idea into a useful digital file. There are many applications that can do this, but we have chosen Blender because it is
Anyhoo – here’s where that process is starting:
That site warns:
Blender is not the kind of software you can launch into and grope about until you find your way. It’s not like exploring an unfamiliar city. It’s more like flying a spaceship. If you hop into the pilot’s seat without knowing the fundamentals, you’ll be lucky to ever get off the ground, and it’d take a miracle for you to reach your destination safely.
I’ll update on this subject once I’ve plowed through this.
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Posted by Tony Padegimas on November 18, 2014
I’m looking into getting a 3D printer for reasons, and this is the link dump for that research. Not constructed for public consumption, but you are welcome to come in (in the same way that my storage room is not fit for company, but if you want to poke around while I have it open…)
Today we’re looking at software requirements.
A very basic FAQ site.
and their list of software.
Wikipedia – because I’m not being graded for this assignment:
Now for some shopping around:
So 2-3 grand for the top name brand models.
Wirde on how SLA beats FFF except when you want to actually buy the thing:
Same model FFF (filament layering) on left. SLA on right.
So let me explain real quick. There are two basic consumer-level 3D printing technology approaches. One is the FFF approach which adds layers of melted filament – essentially a highly precise glue gun. This is fast and cheap but with real limits on the resolution. This is waht most of the consumer level printers use.
The other approach is laser or even photemetric reduction of resin, where lasers, or even specific light melts a volume of resin. This is more expensive, both for the printers and the resin but the results are far superior.
An example of a good laser/resin printer:
(this is a kit – remember, off-the-shelf does not exist yet.)
A review of a highly rated FFF printer for similar money:
So if I’m willing to learn Blender, I can do what I want for $2k, or $2.5 k comfortably.
Now you know.
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