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Today, we honor Sandy, the most curious guinea pig I knew, my closest friend for many, many years. She passed away early this morning, circling around once to check on the other pigs, then nestling herself into her favorite little spot one last time.

I’ll always miss the way you’d try and figure out anything. The way you notice everyone coming and demand to boop their nose. The way you’d always remind me that my left shoulder will always be your perch.

Sleep well, my beloved piggie.

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If you make a piece of software, and people are required to use that piece of software in order to, say, pay for their housing or groceries or pay back a loan, you are on the hook to make sure that software works for _every single person_ who needs to use it.

All of them.

Every screen reader user. Every person with muscle issues who can't use a mouse. Everyone who doesn't speak English. Everyone with three first names, or no last name. Everyone who is Irish or Jewish and has a ' in their name. Everyone with slow internet.

EVERY person.

"Oh we don't have the resources to do that!" Great. Then you don't have the resources to make and sell that kind of software. Pack up and go home.

Listening to Apocalyptic Love again tonight - and remembering the time I first heard it. A musical group I was traveling with rented a bus for transport, and the bus company sent us a party bus instead since they were out of anything else.

So we had a lil' party on the way up and one of my friends started playing Anastasia. Been one of my audio test tracks ever since.

Finally fixed my broken comments on my blog and moved to selfhosted Commento. I jumped on Commento when it was new and free but totally forgot about it for...years...and it's been sitting on my site broken since lol.

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New bracket printed and installed. Not my cleanest print but not bad.

The old one was literally being held together by its paper backing >.<

Oh yeah, other reason for this goal: like I said above....the acrylic's cracking and breaking apart on me. Boo.

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My silly endgame goal with this frankendelta is to learn enough CAD to design a set of parts to make it fully-RepRappable in a sense. :) (That is, to replace parts ship-of-Theseus style until most-to-all of the parts are either printable or available off-the-shelf.)

The base printer is an EZT T1 with some weird MKS Gen L clone board and a handful of cracked acrylic pieces. I also swapped the extruder/effector/hotend with a printed mount, E3D Lite6, and a $10 Titan clone, since those failed on mine. Would be neat to have a set of files and a BoM for "here, convert any EZT T1 into a better printer." I also half wonder if some of the pieces could be simplified - after all, we are no longer bound by the limitations of an acrylic flatpack.

The big things I'd need to redesign:
- Upper triangular panel
- Filament holder
- Pulley brackets (already done, one broke on me)
- Limit switch mounts
- Base triangular panel (probably best to break into smaller prints)
- Motor mounts and lower structural pieces

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Frankendelta printer update: Klipper is klipping along smoothly. BLTouch is connected, delta calibration complete. Still a bit of skew on the XY dimensions, and the extruder calibration is a big ol' guesstimate right now, but we're printing ok Benchies!

Next to do:
- Dial in a solid first layer
- Design replacement mounts for the limit's cracked and threatening to fall off
- Calibrate pressure advance

@linear so your talk about klipper a while back reminded me that my franken-delta-printer's been packed away for a while...thought i'd pull it out again and convert it over from repetier.

holy cow klipper's good!

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did you know? you can ask me to search for files on your computer!

i might not find them, or i might not want to do it

but you can ask :blobcat:

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I'm simultaneously impressed and scared: apparently I can type 68wpm...on my *phone.*

Albeit with an atrocious 86% accuracy.

Not replacing my proper keyboard anytime soon,

Last night's dive brought me to, of all things, Smidget's PIU freestyling videos.

I love finding little old pockets of the Internet.

Still kicking myself all this time later that I didn't get tickets when dodie came through my area on her last tour. :(

Tonight's lesson: Whole Foods' pasta is good quality but not starchy enough for a good aglio e olio. Garofalo pasta fared much better.

Public announcement, mandated by the Rules 

I lost the Game.

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idea: flowchart-oriented technical support wiki

kinda like a support forum, but instead of being oriented for threads containing posts, you ask a question, and replies come like flowchart blocks where you respond to spin it off in a direction

and then if someone else has the same question but a different cause, they can branch it off wherever their problem starts to differ

blocks can be edited, annotated with sources, marked out of date, etc. with the idea being that what starts as a forum-post like "i have this problem please help" grows into a living document for solving that problem

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Wii U devkit ODE, called the "MION", takes the cake for the most cursed shipping protocol abuse I've seen for a little while
I'm not 100% on this, but it seems to tunnel *BSD sockets* over SCSI vendor commands/ATAPI
yes. BSD sockets over SATA.

Fwahaha, I'm not sure whether to be proud or ashamed of this. While testing multistream RTP feeds with Janus, I've ended up rolling together an 1195-character-long ffmpeg command. It's ridiculously long hahaha

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