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Print a Black Cat

It’s getting close to Halloween. What could be more appropriate than to 3D print a witch’s black cat. I had black ABS plastic loaded for another project so grabbed the file for this cat and let ‘er rip. Takes about an hour and a half at the speed I use, but I don’t have to do anything but watch.

Not really a skilled craft as far as I am concerned, but it is fun to make things so easily and let it run as I am doing something more creative. My eight year old granddaughter likes a new “thing” to play with the next time she comes over…




Ramblin’ Dan’s Store On the Move

After a nice run in the cloud with Amazon Web Service (AWS), Ramblin’ Dan’s Store (RDS) is moving to a new host and new store software. The monthly fees, although low by cloud based standards, were a burden in the overhead costs. That’s the primary reason. Also the commercial based store software required a good bit of maintenance or at least the creators did their best to make it look that way.

The store did work well enough and the look of it was professional. The store is going back onto a shared server environment. With the low volume of RDS the difference in performance will not be evident.

The changeover is immediate as the AWS system suddenly starting to report that it was being hacked and perhaps spoofed. Logging into the administrator section wasn’t even possible. This error has not occurred before. I decided I wasn’t going to deal with AWS and its complexities. I am sure anything on AWS is a prime target for the international hackers.

This attack has forced the change. I was going to wait a bit longer but not now. The store will be rebuilt from scratch on a new platform, so there will be time involved to get back up to speed and all bugs squashed. Please bear with the conversion and down time. Wish me a least a little luck. 🙂

The Spirit of Hand Tools

Hand Tools

From the perspective of an artist, working with hand tools provides a direct connection between an idea of form developed in the brain and the expression of that form in a tangible creation produced through muscle control. Using this concept, the bare hands are also considered a tool.

The topic here is hand tools but extending the idea a bit further, any part of the human anatomy can be a tool. For example, a finger nail can be a scraper.

There is a distinct dividing of hand tools between powered and non-powered. The importance of this division is often a subject of debate concerning […] Continue reading » The Spirit of Hand Tools

Windows 10 Goof

Windows 10 did a huge update on this computer two days ago. But not one of those patch and go corrections that usually happen. Not this time. My computer was out of service for more than an hour with several self-induced shutdowns and restarts. I was expecting a major update as there has been news of one coming.

Microsoft dumped this one on me unannounced. A really good OS provider would garner a little more respect from this user with a notice that the update was major and would require several hours’ downtime. It’s simply good manners.

Fortunately, there is a Linux box setting right next to […] Continue reading » Windows 10 Goof

Model Railroading Hobby

A hobby interest that has been in my blood since my age was in the single digits. My parents bought me an American Flyer (brand) train set at that age. I still have that train set today. I like it because it had two rails rather than the non-prototype 3 rail (and larger size) popular Lionel (brand) train sets of that era.

Much later I discovered it is considered “S” scale and gage. That was after becoming more interested in trains as a hobby rather than just a toy.

A permanent train table was set up in my bedroom with the American Flyer train set always on […] Continue reading » Model Railroading Hobby