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  • New FreeNAS Host

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    For the longest time I’ve had FreeNAS virtualized on my Proxmox host. This is not recommended; I had to do some wonky configurations to pass the disks through to the guest VM, which meant they never really showed up well in the Proxmox UI and made it hard to figure out which disks were assigned to what. It was also a software raid6 made up of some random 3-4TB disks I had handy. I’ve been stockpiling some new disks for a proper build for a while now, and recently stumbled across a good deall on an R320 to complete the build.

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  • Creating a blog with Jekyll and hosting it on S3 with a custom domain

    A while back I shut down my blog. It was a simple wordpress site hosted using one of the free marketplace AMIs on EC2. It was a terribly ineffecient way to host ($12.50/month), but I did it and it worked. A friend and past coworker of mine, hammackj, mentioned a while back that he used Jekyll for building his blog as a static site; This was around the time my wife and I had our first kid, and between that and the everyday challenges of life I haven’t had time to test it out. But now I do.

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  • More Miniatures on the D7

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    Monprice started reselling the Wanhao resin. I’m stil getting it dialed in, but these turned out incredible. I had to reprint the skeletons because the first run didn’t adhere to the build plate. All models courtesy of mz4250.

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  • Home Network Install

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    My wife designed a beautiful house for my in-laws now that they’re back in the States. It has a beautiful open floor plan, and is stretched out to maximize the view of the property to the back of the house. With a large house, however, comes the potential for wifi dead zones. I spent some time designing a bulletproof home network, and this weekend finally installing it now that the house is finished.

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  • How to Train Your Dragon

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    We were finally able to get everyone together to play, and it was epic! One of the other members of the group printed out the terrain. A lucky teleport straight to the treasure made Raegar miss the dragon’s breath weapon that downed two of the party, and we were eventually able to kill the beast without losing anyone.

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  • Red Dragon for our DnD Campaign

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    When all you have is red resin, might as well print a red dragon. My DM asked for this piece for us to fight in our upcoming session. Again, props to mz4250. It took a lot of careful positioning with MeshMixer to get everything to fit on one plate, but I did it. Total print time was about 4h.

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  • First Miniatures on the D7

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    I finished calibrating the D7 and found some more prints from mz4250.

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  • New Printer - Wanhao D7

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    Wanhao recently came out with an affordable resin based printer, the Wanhao Duplicator 7. Although my FDM printer is great for project boxes, or large models, it’s not well suited to printing my 22mm DnD miniatures; it’s limited in X/Y resolution by the size of my nozzle (0.2mm). The D7, however, has the XY resolution of the size of one pixel on its 4K screen (.05mm) and is perfect for this kind of work. Here’s a very uninspiring video of when I first hooked it up.

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  • Printed Architecture Seal

    I’m increcibly proud of my wife. After 6 years of schooling and three additional years of studying and taking the 7 licensing exams, my wife is now a registered Architect in the state of TX. We’re having a small get together with friends to celebrate, and I printed out her stamp to put on top of the cake. This is exported from the actual CAD that makes up her digital seal (hence the blocky letters).

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  • Bought a Server Rack

    Today is my wife’s birthday, and I… bought a server rack.

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  • Architecture Print Trial

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    My wife is a residential architect. Here’s a test print of one of her Sketchup models printed at no particular scale.

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  • Maker Select Enclosure Part 3

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    I printed out some risers for the upper Lack table. There’s lots of options available on Thingiverse, but I made my own using OnShape since I already had the plexi cut to size.

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  • Maker Select Enclosure Part 2

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    I had my printer taken completely apart on our dining room table end of February, when my wife went into labor a month early. This meant I had to wrap up my printer rebuild while trying to take care of a newborn and in-between family coming to visit.

    I ordered:

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  • Maker Select Enclosure

    I picked up some IKEA Lack Tables to start to put together an enclosure for my Maker Select V2.1, as well as a Daylight LED Strip.

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  • Simple Home Networking Setup

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    I put together this simple cabinet to clean up our networking gear in the laundry room. It’s based off one of the 15” deep BESTA cabinets from IKEA. I found some cheap 6” DIY rails I found on amazon, shimmed with some scraps of wood I had in the garage.

    The cables all run out the top of the cabinet through a Toilet Flange, which is attached to a 4” pipe into the attic. It must not be hideous, because the wife is happy!

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  • First Run of DnD Miniatures

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    With the mods installed, I spent some time calibrating the printer to print out some DnD miniatures (again, courtesy of mz4250.)

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  • I Made a Dice Box

    I found this cool chest at Hobby Lobby while my wife was shopping for some other crafty items. A little bit of maroon felt and some contact adhesive makes a pretty snazzy dice box. Raegar is entombed in crystal now so he can’t be squished, and his cage nests nicely into my traveling case. Total cost was ~$10.

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  • Maker Select First Mods

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    Home from Christmas. I’ve set the printer up in my office on top of a TV stand that I’ve had since I was a kid. It’s not ideal (the size is right, but one of the corners curls up about 1.5” at the tip making the frame of the printer try and twist itself out of perpendicular.) I immediately put a bunch of stuff on order:

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  • Foray into 3D Printing

    I received a Maker Select v2.1 for Christmas! This is a rebrand of the Wanhao Duplicator i3. There’s a great community built around modding this line of printers:

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  • Raegar is Dead

    In my haste to get ready for this week’s session, I managed to set my briefcase right on our faithful elf. He failed his strength save, and could not withstand the 10d6 bludeoning damage. Crap.

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  • DnD Miniature from Hero Forge

    My group’s campaign is getting pretty serious, so a couple of us ordered miniatures from Hero Forge. I opted for their Premium Plastic ($30). The detail looks incredible! Don’t get the base plastic, even though it’s $10 cheaper; the mini you’ll get will be brittle and the detail will be awful. This is Raegar, the Eladrin Hunter.

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  • Painted my DnD Dice

    I picked up some dice from GameScience. The clear smoke looks incredible, but it’s really hard to read the numbers. It’s nothing some cheap paint pens can’t fix!

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  • C5 Corvette Fuel Pump Repair and Sound Dampening

    I wrapped up a project on my car back in November, replacing the interior as well as installing some insulation to help with interior noise. Boy what a difference it made! You used to have to yell to be able to hear each other when driving on the freeway; now it’s still not as quiet as an economy car, but you can at least have a conversation at a normal level.

    Today I tackled another common C5 problem: a plugged jet siphon pump in the passenger side fuel tank. The corvette has an interesting fuel system. There are actually two tanks, connected by a crossover pipe at the top (to transfer fuel to the second tank during fueling.) The passenger side tank drains first, followed by the driver’s side. This is accomplished by an electric pump on the driver’s side, and a mechanical venturi pump on the passenger’s.

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  • C5 Corvette Restoration Project part 6

    Everything is back together. The interior feels like a brand new car, and now that I have a garage to keep it in it will stay that way.

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  • C5 Corvette Restoration Project part 5

    This post will cover a few of the tasks I took care of while getting things back together. At this point, the interior is fully insulated, the carpet and interior paneling is put back in place, and everything is looking great. There were just a few more things to go before calling it complete.

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  • C5 Corvette Restoration Project part 4

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    With the carpet put back down on the interior, it was time to tackle another common C5 problem: rocking seats. The track system for the seats is equipped with two synthetic washers that hold the nut-block static to the seat itself, while letting it move up and down the leadscrew. These disintegrate over time, giving you around 1/4” play in either direction, which feels like an awful lot when you brake and your seat slides forward.

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  • C5 Corvette Restoration Project part 3

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    I got up early today and started in the trunk. It was a lot harder working in the cramped space, and there were a lot more edges, but another 6 hours down and it’s done. You can see what a mess the spray adhesive makes. It comes out like a thin line of silly-string.

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  • C5 Corvette Restoration Project part 2

    I got a lot done today. Pretty much the whole front cab, minus the doors. One whole roll of foil tape down, 2 cans of 3M extra duty spray adhesive. It really feels like things are coming together.

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  • C5 Corvette Restoration Project part 1

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    I love my car. It’s a 2001 Corvette Convertible that I’ve had since 2008, and after 5 years of apartment living, a leaky top, and the typical issues that pop up in a 10+ year old car with over 150k miles, it’s in rough shape. I bought it with 40k miles after it served a few years as a lease car for a small time rapper in Houston. The inside smelled like smoke, there was beer spilled on just about every surface on the interior, and during cleaning I found drug paraphernalia under some of the dash panels. It’s long overdue to try and get her back in decent shape.

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  • C5 Corvette HUD Fix

    Ever so slowly, over the past few months my HUD has been sinking into the dash. It finally got to the point that I would have to press my face almost against the windshield to be able to see anything, so I took advantage of the cool weather and fixed it.

    This is a common problem with the C5 corvette, and there’s a good writeup on the common cause and how to fix it on the Corvette Forum. I love that site, by the way. Tons of info, technical and not, a great community, and an awesome source to find peoples take-off parts.

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