This weekend is Star Wars Celebrations! While I’m not able to go, for the past week I’ve been helping Free Play Florida finish their 10 foot Star Wars arcade cabinet for the convention. This thing is awesome! And MASSIVE!
To those who may not have guessed, I am not a big Trump supporter. I am a Bernie Sanders fan. I am an independent progressive who thinks science and technology are the way forward.
This week the Republicans tried to bring their Trumpcare bill to the House which would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), and… they failed. One thing I noticed in the GOPs marketing is that they kept touting this new site called readthebill.gop. It’s a slick site, showing off their failed bill and how great it will be, but what really intrigued me was the top level domain: .gop.
I wanted to know more about this. My google-fu led me to www.join.gop which incredibly enough allows you to search and register for domain names under the GOP brand. WTF?!
OK, naturally I tried donaldtrump.gop and various others, but they were all unavailable. But of course, the GOP must have disabled anything that says anything negative about themselves….right?
Well here we go. And it’s only $20.16. Surely they wont let it through.
Ok, so I bought it, but surely someone must confirm these orders manually right?
Yeah, someone’s looking at it and this will be bounced back.
Not much to report on this week. I was having issues with really bad stringing on my prints from my SeeMeCNC ERIS 3D printer. On fully enclosed prints, it’s been great, but on anything with overhangs or open spaces, the stringing has been incredibly bad.
I use Simplify3D as my slicer, and it’s been worth every penny. This past week I get fed up with making the adjustments myself, so I emailed Simplify my settings file, pictures of the issues, and within a day they sent me back a new settings file, for a printer they don’t even officially support, and it’s now working 100% better.
Prints are more dimensionally accurate and I have almost zero stringing!
CURA and Slic3r are really good free open source slicers, but it’s been totally worthwhile to pay for Simplify!
I also bought ANOTHER new 3D Printer, which should arrive in a week or two, and I’m excited to see it in action. I will be doing a review of it so be on the look out!
Got some great news. My wife didn’t actually break her foot. We went to a orthopedist who specializes in feet injuries, and he says it’s only a MAJOR sprain. She’s still in pain, but at least it is a lot less serious. The brace only needs to be worn during the day, she can walk around again, and best of all she can drive and go to work.
Baby is also doing well. We are in the third trimester and he is kicking up a storm!
Also, open source software is amazing, and I am so proud to be able to make software that is open. My campaign donation software is now being used in a city council race! This is not an endorsement, but Scott Casey is using it for his race: https://www.scottcaseycitycouncil.com/
It’s so weird to realize it was my birthday, and it passed by this year with little fanfare from me. Knowing I’m having a baby in less than 3 months kinda takes your mind off those things. What is on my mind is my wife broke her foot this week and I am now taking care of my pregnant immobilized love. Luckily the baby is perfectly fine. I feel so bad for my wife. I have broken both arms, and both legs (at separate times), and I can tell you this is no walk in the park.
Everything is still being worked on, just going slow and steady.
Have a good weekend everyone. Stay safe out there.
Happy New Year! Less than 99 days till the baby is due. I’m building stuff for the nursery, getting stuff ready. Feels more like demolition because it was our game / media room and most of the week was spent moving stuff out.
I installed my first ceiling fan today! Feels good, feels accomplished.
I am also working on a homemade DDR pad for Stepmania. It’s still not great on the Pi2/Pi3. I can get it running at 30FPS, but the audio is too choppy. I want to try to offload the audio to a USB sound card and just output it via HDMI, but I don’t know if that will help.
Found an awesome Mario mushroom power up beanie. This kid is going to be a geek 😀
The PiPlay Advance board is coming along! I am super happy with it and it’s almost ready to release!
I have some exciting news. I’ve been wanting to announce this for a while now, but tonight is the night. I am running for Florida’s House of Representatives District 49 as a No Party Affiliation candidate.
The Bernie Sanders campaign has resonated very closely with me. I believe that honest, transparent individuals can make a difference. I believe that everyone deserves healthcare, an education, and that with technology, we can provide those resources.
BUT, what I’m more excited to show off is a very early prototype of a project a coworker and I are working on!
It’s a Raspberry Pi Zero powered portable gaming system styled after the Nintendo GameBoy Advance using an SPI TFT and some other little cool things.
This is the first PCB I’ve ever helped design, and I placed the order for it this week. Boards shipped today, which means they will get here between 8 and 40 days. Argh, the waiting sucks!
On another note, Pokken Tournament came out today for the Wii U. It’s a really cool Tekken inspired Pokemon fighting game and so far I am loving it! My Nintendo Network ID is SSilver2k2 so if you want to fight, add me 😀
I also picked up some really cool Nintendo retro consoles this week.
This is the Sharp Famicom Twin. It is the Japanese version of the NES (Famicom) and the Famicom Disk System combined into one unit. I also picked up the Family BASIC addon which allows you to do rudimentary programs in BASIC (HuBASIC) for the NES. BASIC programs can be saved and loaded off of a cassette tape player, or loaded from any audio player.