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3d Printing

For a long time, ever since I heard about it, I have been interested in the idea of  a 3d printer. I feel like one day most people will have some kind of 3d printer in their home. Need a part? Hop online, download a model and print it out.

We’re not there yet, but we are getting closer. Until recently, a 3d printer has been out of my budget range. They have super fancy expensive ones that cost 10′s of thousands of dollars, and the build it yourself ones that’ll cost you a couple thousand. The game has changed though. Through a successful kickstarter funding, a company called Printrbot released a small 3d printer for 400 bucks. It’s not particularly cheap, but it was affordable enough to where I was able to save up and buy one. So I did. It’s called a Printrbot Jr.

Let the fun begin. Let me just say, when you buy one of these things, its not like buying an Epson printer from the store.  It comes in pieces with no assembly instructions. You have to be willing to dive in and get your hands dirty. And you have to be able to tinker. As well designed as the kit is, there are various challenges you’ll run into that you have to find creative ways to solve. Luckily, there is a thriving 3d printing community online.

With the help of forums, youtube videos and other online resources, I was able to piece this thing together and actually get it printing. It was a ton of fun to do, and I am already thinking about my next printer. I feel like I am part of the beginnings of a really cool revolution. The primordial ooze of a Star Trek replicator.

Here are some fun photos of the assembly process.


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On being a new papa

Everything leading up to my baby boys being born sort of gets me ready for what’s coming. Tending to my wife, and meeting her needs is good preparation for taking care of some babies. Even though the boys came early, they seem quite strong and healthy. I am very grateful for that.
It’s interesting watching them grow day by day, you can really see noticeable progress.
The twins are definitely fraternal, they both look very different. Naryan looks like the lighter skinned one, and Satva defiantly has the more Asian inspired genes; we’ll have to see how it all plays out though.
Some babies look funny when they are born. Like little aliens or old men. But Naryan and Satva or the most adorable beautiful things I have ever seen. They are defiantly handsome. I’m trying to say that objectively, but I obviously have some bias.
It’s amazing that they pretty much know exactly what to do, even being premature. Almost from day 1, Satva was wiggling towards the boob, and wanting to suckle. Evonne is also amazing, her milk came in right away. She also knows just what to do, even though these are her first.
In all, I’m very excited to be a papa and look forward to making a good home for these bambinos. I want to raise them well.

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Making a bad adapter good

Making a bad adapter good

Hi,
I have the Baby Jogger City Select Stroller, and 2 chicco car seats with the keyfit 30.

I was very disappointed when I got these. When put together as instructed, they work very poorly. Its wiggly, and requires straps to function. Out of desperation, I’ve come up with a modification to make this work. It requires bending the metal bars, and if you are willing to do it, you’ll be very satisfied with this adapter. Now that I’ve modified it, it works great!

***If you are unwilling to modify this, don’t buy it, you’ll hate it.***
Get a different car seat, and a different adapter. The car seat in the picture on the box of the product is a Maxi Cosi, maybe that one works well without modification!

Shame on baby jogger for releasing a piece of crap for their awesome stroller.

Good luck, I hope this review helps some people.

Step 1. The real problem with this adapter is the foot bar. The bend in it is too shallow. I heated up the corners with a blow torch, shoved a metal rod into the hole to steady it while I bent it up to slightly less than the angle of the head bar. (about 2 inches less when measuring from the top) It may take you several bends to get it right, but once you heat it, it bends easily.

Step 2. If the cosmetics of the thing bothers you (heating it burns off some of the silver paint) then you can sand it and repaint it.

Step 3. When bent to the proper angle, the car seat will fit snuggly into the adapter, you will hear 2 clicks, and it will not wiggle at all.

Step 4. The top of the plastic part of the adapter that fits onto the stroller really bothered me because it looks like something is supposed to fit onto it, but nothing does. So I cut it off and sanded it smooth. Now it looks much better.

Step 5. Marvel at your genius as you snap your car seats in and out of these things like you were supposed to be able to do from the very start. You’d think for the $60 you pay for this thing it would actually work!

I realize my description of the process may sound vague to some people, but I’ll watch this post, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask, I’d be happy to help you out!

 

 

 


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Chicken Cooping

After watching a disturbing PETA video about the living conditions of chickens at egg farms, my wife and I decided maybe we would get some chickens. Lots of animals are mistreated in this world, and I suppose, mostly there is nothing much you can do about it, as an individual. Yet perhaps through this post, I might inspire someone else to keep chickens of there own, and in their turn, inspire someone else. I’m not saying everyone should keep chickens, but if enough of us tried to make a difference, in our own ways, perhaps the world would be better off.

So if you get some chickens, you need to keep them somewhere. I looked into ready built coops, and they started around $600. My wife convinced me to try and build my own, and I took the challenge. This is the result.

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Vegetarian

Why don’t you eat meat pappa? I can hear the question, and I better have a good answer. Here it is:
I don’t want to kill something if I don’t need to. I live and survive just fine without killing animals. If I were stuck on an island and the only way to survive was to hunt, then I would eat meat. But as it stands, in our modern age and agrarian society, meat is just not necessary for survival. Why should I take a life unnecessarily? Why should I contribute to the slaughtering of living creatures just for my personal pleasure? I understand that meat is necessary for some people and some cultures. But as for me, I can do without.

I may write more on this later.


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Epoxy Flooring

Epoxy Flooring

I recently finished my garage floor with a professional epoxy coating. I did a diamond pattern and it turned out very nicely. We’ll see if it lasts!

The brand I used is called U-Coat-It. The white took a lot of coats (4 total) so I’m glad I got lots of extra. The black went on extra thick, it only needed 1 coat.

As per the instructions, basically, I cleaned the floor, and got up any grease. Wetted the floor and applied the white base coat. It came out really thin, so I applied another coat about an hour later. Then I fixed the cracks in the concrete. Then 6 hours later I went over it again with the top coat of white. I could still see my patches etc so I ended up doing a 4th coat of white with my extra materials. About 15 hours later, I double taped the whole floor. The white was completely dry, so the tape wouldn’t hurt it. Once the tape was down, it was easy to apply the black. Then let it dry for 12 hours and removed the tape; DONE!

The end result is a smooth floor, easy cleanup and looks nice.

Pics of how I did it:


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Joshua Tree

If you’ve never been, Joshua Tree is worth a visit. It’s located in high deserts of Southern California and is in fact a National Park. The best times to go are the Spring and early Summer, as well as in Fall. Winter is too cold and Summer is too hot. You can go for a day visit, or camp out in their campgrounds. Amenities include chemical toilet bathrooms and trash bins, which when it comes to camping, is all you need really.

One of the more interesting things to do in Joshua Tree is hiking. There are plenty of trails to walk, complete with signage and guide posts. This past weekend I hiked Barker Dam and Wall Street, 2 of the more popular hikes.

Other things to do include: Rock scrambling. Basically just jumping around on rocks for fun. The geology here is amazing, and jumbo rocks are everywhere.

Rock climbing. There are a lot of climbers who bring all of their gear, and plenty of rock cliffs to challenge you.

Driving tours. Especially if you have a 4×4. there are dirt roads that lead deep into the desert. Get a tour brochure and drive the Geology Tour to discover how the rocks formed and when. Or drive the Queen Valley Road to find abandoned gold mines and adventure.

As far as weather goes, I find it best to hike and climb in the morning and evenings. Around 11 the heat can bear down on you, so it’s best to retreat to some shade for a quiet siesta (nap). Also, this is a good time to do the driving tours, since you’ll be sitting in an air conditioned vehicle. The heat begins to subside around 2 or 3. Then it’s more hiking!

Astronomers and sky hobbyists are also attracted to Joshua Tree because of the amazing night time view. Deep in the desert you are far away from the city glow, and on a moonless night you can see every star in the sky. Planets and galaxies are visible with the naked eye and meteors burn into the night sky every minute. Satellites are also easy to see. As you gaze upwards into the heavens, you’ll see the awesome cosmos as seen by you’re great ancestors, a view you just can’t get in the city.

Keep in mind that Joshua Tree is a desert. Bring plenty of water and sun screen. Enjoy campfires and wildlife but be careful not to mar the beauty you are witnessing with litter and destructive behaviors. Be kind and courteous to your fellow planet dwellers and always leave it cleaner than you found it.

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San Gabriel Mountains

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We discovered this awesome place to hike/camp/picnic and its really close to Orange County (45 minute driver for us). It’s called the San Gabriel Mountains off of Azusa/the 39. Just take the 57N till hits the 210 West, exit Azusa/39 and head on up the mountain. You have to stop and get a day pass at the ranger station, cost is $5. There are awesome hikes, waterfalls, a river to jump in and places to camp, and even a 7 mile paved trail for beginners. See you there!

PS. Watch out for poison oak, this is what it looks like:

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Links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Gabriel_Mountains

Map:

San Gabriel Canyon Rd


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3d Printing

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On being a new papa

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Chicken Cooping

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Vegetarian

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Epoxy Flooring

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Joshua Tree

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