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This article (like many before it) claims that a person riding a bicycle is the most efficient method of locomotion among machines and animals. But, I suspect that they're not counting the energy it took to gather the resources, build, and maintain the road. (yes, I'm aware of mountain bikes)
bikebiz.com/peloton-riding-is-

Luckily, it's only a $30 mistake. The other board on my bench is irreplaceable yet necessary so I feel weirdly lucky.

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This may be the coolest open hardware phone. Kits are available and I'm super tempted.
youtu.be/uV1C-41tq64

I'm pretty happy with this layout for monitoring a long print. provides the webcam stream and I created a local web page that shows it at 100% of the page. On the right is the "GCode View" which renders the current layer and the head position. (the print is a 5x7 Gridfinity "weighted baseplate" using a 1mm nozzle for speed and that bumpy aesthetic)

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I've settled into this layout for on an ultrawide display. I usually open two files: one for parts and one for an assembly. So far it's working well.

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I received a shipment of LCD panels and driver boards which were thankfully not damaged by whatever poked a hole through three layers of cardboard and a thick layer of foam. I ordered a few extra for spare parts and maybe to extend my ultrawide display to the left and right. (I ❤️ pixels)

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My laser cut and bent parts from OSH Cut arrived and I've started printing slices of models from CAD to measure fitment and to test a chonky 1mm nozzle. Also, I rediscovered my fuzzy wrist and head bands which are great for sweat in a shop heated by the CR-10s5.

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In the meantime, I have three weeks without classes to crank on the replica Xerox Alto displays.

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Today was the last shop day of my second quarter in machinists' trade school. I had great fun learning to write gcode, read complex blueprints, and to run CNC mills and lathes. Next quarter I'll be back in the shop as well as in lecture for design theory when using Solidworks and Mastercam. I'm looking forward to comparing them to .

I just realized that I should use the CR-10s5 to print gridfinity parts when it's not printing Alto parts.

In 1986, Xerox sold this $200 hardware-based spellchecker. Yup, you actually plugged this thing into your PC so you didn’t have to use any internal RAM on a spellchecker. You had to pass the keyboard through so it would actually check your spelling as you typed.

Just putting it out there: If you're a non-corporeal intelligence who desires embodiment then let's talk. I'm open for this sort of commission.

A different format would be to equip a space for a limited run near an event that attracts the kind of people who would want to see the show. That would make it less of a hassle to hire more cast and crew.

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After a quick estimate of the complexity of the show I believe that there's a version of it that could be run by two people (one actor, one roadie) as long as the target venues are tech conference stages that already have light, projectors, sound, etc. There's another version that could travel with all of that equipment, but it's orders of magnitude more complex for, I suspect, not much gained over the small kit.

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