Jan 09

(Late) Friday Post: and the winner is! Also Monoprice Maker Architect 3D Printer

Hey All!

The winner of the Raspberry Pi Zero giveaway is Aaron!  Congratulations!  I will be emailing you later tonight!

Onto other news.  This has been a hell of a week.  Had a small health scare with my grandmother, so we drove 200 miles yesterday to visit her.  We spent the night and drove back home today.  Hence the late post.  Shes doing better, so phew! 😀

This week I implemented a cool video encoding queuing system using Redis and Django.  The module I used is called Django-RQ, and it makes it super simple to convert your functions into queue-able objects using the @Job decorator.

This Tuesday is my birthday! Woo!  I turn 32.  I’m content.  I also start classes that night.  Yay lol.  I bought this as a gift for myself:

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It’s a Monoprice Maker Architect 3D Printer for $300.  It’s a major upgrade compared to my Micro, but it takes a lot more to get it going.  I’ve had it for two days and I’ve finally got most of the settings dialed in.

When I went to visit my Grandma I took along my Kinect sensor and used Skanect to scan her, so I was able to quickly print out a very low poly version of her as a bust.

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The Skanect free version limits exports to only 5000 polygons.  Once I upgrade I can export at full resolution.

Have a good week / weekend all.

Thanks for reading.  I really appreciate it.

-Shea

Jan 11

Friday Post: Happy Birthday To Me!!

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

Happy Birthday To Me

Tomorrow is my birthday.  I am looking forward to celebrating with a ton of friends.  I feel like the past year has been amazing to me.  Great job, great coworkers, great fiancee, great projects, everything is going great 😉

I am looking forward to what this year is going to bring me.

Monoprice IPS Monitors

CES ended this week, and with it came a lot of announcements.  Monoprice, the amazing company that brings you 99cent HDMI cables, is coming out with their own branded 27″ IPS Monitor. The monitor uses the same panels that Apple and Dell uses, and has a resolution of 2560×1440.  For less than $400!  I’m saving my pennies for this monitor.

Python for Kids

(Full Disclosure: I’m currently technically reviewing a different book from No Starch Press)

At PyCon 2012 I met up with No Starch Press.  They were showing off their new book, “Python for Kids”.  This week a review copy came in the mail.  I have only skimmed through it, but I am liking what I see.  Don’t let the title deceive you, while it is written in a large and easy to read format, the book is aimed at everyone.  I hope to have a full review in the coming weeks.

PiMAME

PiMAME 0.4 is coming VERY soon.  I’m shooting for late Sunday, depending on how hungover I am after my birthday party.  I posted on Reddit and the Raspberry Pi forums that I am looking for help.  If anyone is interested in helping out on the project, send me an email, a comment, a contact-me message, smoke signal, etc.  Just let me know.

That’s all for this week!

Have a great weekend.

-Shea