A garden note to begin with.
I have been happy with those “poo pots” for starting plants in. However, one oddity this week. Went up to the garden to water only to discover that an animal had dug out a couple of them and had taken a bite out of the container.
I suspect a rodent family member (squirrel?) as the smell of compressed cow poo might appeal to them. Could have been a skunk, possum, or who knows.
So if you use these pots, be sure and bury them so nothing of pot material is above ground.
Since I reset a few and then added a heavy spritz of crushed (bulk) red chili peppers around the plants, no more issues.
Plans for a “Dream to Done” 3D shop project have been pushed back a week – which I’ll explain in a sec.
But here’s my review of “Bed Weld” from Amazon if you’re thinking about using what’s essentially a thermal parting compound to make FDM plastic printing a joy:
“Since I do a fair bit of 3D printing covered on both my urbansurvival and ultra-make websites, here are two hacks we love!
When I am doing a SUPER high quality print, I find the applicator on the top of the BedWeld leaves too rough a finish when dried – even on a heated glass bed.
So the answer (YMMV) is to apply a bit less than normal of the BedWeld (I apply normal amount but leave a 20 mm border around edges of the bed of a CR3 or 20-30 MM uncovered on a CR-10).
Hack Specifics: Before the BedWeld dries, like right away – I pour on a teaspoon (or a tad more) of 70% isopropyl alcohol.
Next take a cheap fingernail file and quickly use the wide part of the brush to mix the alcohol with the Bed Weld.
Technically this slightly thins the BedWeld so that it will “settle” more evenly. You push the excess out to the edges as desired, covering the whole bed. It’s like adding a bit of thinner to varnish for the DDG final ultra- glossy finish. Takes out the applicator marks (which I think of as brush strokes, if you follow).
Using this, you get a super-smooth first layer and it will be easy to remove the print and the bottom layer will look perfect (if you have your filament temps dialed perfectly – a long discussion but keep a notebook with filament brands and temps).
The second hack is when you are in a hurry to get onto the next print, a spritz of electronic circuit cooler spray can (especially if you’re running modest rafting) will cause the new print to pop off super-easily from the ultra-smooth Bed Weld prepped bed.
Using this method, I recoat a bit more often (every or every-other print). But the first layer? OMG yeah!
And sure, don’t be an idiot: Those drying alky fumes are flammable. A little common sense, please.
But after running several bed types, the flatness of the thick boro-glass PLUS Bed Weld plus some drops of isopropyl to remove “applicator tracks” and another minute or two drying time, gives me really incredibly good results.
The longer you heat the bed (Bed Weld likes 60C even for PLA, more 75C on ABS) the more even adhesion.
Great product: 3D Printer Adhesive Glue Bed Weld Original, Strong Grip Reduces Warping for ABS, ASA, PLA, and PETG Filament on Heated Build Plates. Toss in a jug of isopropyl but remember it’s flammable when using this hack.
We will need to pass on our usual “hands-on project” orientation this morning. For the simple reason I got sidetracked Saturday.
Sure enough, there was a fine project. Zero-clearance table saw insert process map and build. Would have made a great article. Maybe next week.
But the facts of life don’t always allow free-running goal achievement.
Elaine’s laptop decided to bite the dust. No big deal – it’s 10 years old and maybe more like 12 or 14. The usual efforts (new battery, fresh CMOS battery, memory resets, swapped memory cards…there’s more) didn’t budge it.
About here, I decided to replace it with my own laptop. I do virtually all meaningful work on an aging desktop but it handles the load just fine.
Setting up my laptop for her was a bit of a learning curve. Basics are no problem. Unfortunately, though, with her laptop down, I had no way to recover her email password from our Internet provider. The one we call (with no love in our voices) Century Late. (She can’t remember, neither can I…)
Seems they (CenLate) have changed their tech help line number – so it’s not what’s on their web site. And unlike a fast-mover in tech space (AWS fer instance) the *alleged* telephone company can’t get a password reset by email to save their souls. So not until Monday.
I knew four years ago that it would come to this. That was when my last “customer disappointment” appeared. “Sorry Mr. Ure, we can’t get the system to accept your “secret question” or “secret answers.”
They’re still a CenturyLate.
Doing computer work didn’t slow me to a halt. There was still some material moved around with the tractor. But with a coupled of inches of rain just fallen here, the ground is soft. Driving tractors on rain soaked earth is not something good for driver, tractor, or the soil itself. Compaction of high clay soils is avoided.
A few more plants went into the garden. A 3D print was finished on the smaller printer. Peoplenomics rolled out on time thanks to a 4:30 AM wakeup call.
By the time I decided to jot down this note, it was 4 PM Saturday.
I was stewing over my lack of accomplishment for the day and decided the best course to rectify things would be taking a day of from writing and devote the whole day today planning, action, and invention. Starting at 6 AM.
A Bias to Action is one of the most valuable things a person can have, next to an innate curiosity and the skill to learn any new subject in short-order.
But before Action you need a Vision and Plan. And, as natural companion, lots of “invention.” Like the old engineering flow chart says: “Insert Magic Here.”
Vision’s simple enough: You close your eyes and “put yourself in the future” with whatever the project is that holds your attention. See it all done PERFECTLY. Every detail is savored, improved, delighted-in. Then, when you open your eyes, the planning falls into place. You simply arrange waking world to the vision.
Since you’ve already “seen” what the perfect finished outcome is, what’s left is often less than gathering tools and materials and getting after it. Next is how to shortcut the work and now you’re a productive monster.
Where “Invention” comes into play is when you’re not crystal on what the “perfect vision is.” The “insert magic” part.
I’ve written a lot about this on the Peoplenomics site over the years. Check the Archives. TRIZ, says Wikipedia…
“…is “a problem-solving, analysis and forecasting tool derived from the study of patterns of invention in the global patent literature”. It was developed by the Soviet inventor and science-fiction author Genrich Altshuller (1926-1998) and his colleagues, beginning in 1946. In English the name is typically rendered as “the theory of inventive problem solving“, and occasionally goes by the English acronym TIPS.”
Ah – nearly another Asimov type?
There are only 37 processes to invention: make something faster, slower, larger, smaller, do it before, or after, make it heavier, re-dimension it…. Well, you know the list. (Or, really should!)
How to learn the art: And Suddenly the Inventor Appeared: TRIZ, the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving. Some paperbacks do have $40 bucks worth of content to them.
When the Outcomes Change
As I think I’d mentioned, son George II was planning to come down here and sample life outside the PNW for a while. Write a book, reroof the shop….(which would have paid well).
But, his priorities have changed (at least likely so, more on this coming). He’s eyeing a potential offer of a full time Covid-Warrior job with a local health department. He’d done an amazing job on Covid incident response teams and sometimes cream rises to the top.
Thing is: He thinks his cred and rep are there (near Wenatchee, WA), not here.
Since we won’t have his additional labor handy, projects backing up here have to be reconsidered, re-planned, directions adjusted. In fact, the whole future of “Uretopia” may have to be re-imagined.
Today is a real “pseudo-day off” while I tend to many of the checklist items not completed Saturday due to Chance blowing things up.
We’ll be back tomorrow morning, regardless of Murphy’s Law (and anything that can go wrong) after the “What is not yet” (future) has been set back in its proper place.
In flying a marginal IFR approach, today is what can be thought of as a “go-round.” When touchdown comes off the table, power is added and we rethink where the safest landing is and how to improve on the next pass.
In life – as in flying – the safest course is often to ensure you can see the successful vision with crystal clarity. Takes thinking and a change of plans when clouds are moving around.
Which they will. Both of a five-mile final, or in life generally.
Write when you get rich, (and tell Murphy I’m pissed!)