Aktiv-schaum

Someday this stuff will be the new Solo Cup Jazz Pattern.

Also I have in my hands an Open Repeater Project controller to be set up to run a machine in Redding, and it seems I’m fully allowed to put a dumb macro on it that makes it say “TRI-COLOR FOAMING WAX”. What have you fools done 😀

Up the hill again…

There’s a company working to install a DMR repeater as part of their network up on one of our sites now. They chose a good time to do it – we have dry weather today, and a 20% chance of light precipitation tomorrow…. much better than the last time I was up at this site when it was unrelentingly moist, cold, and slippery mud was infesting everything. Yes, it was indeed nasty enough to necessitate the word moist, that’s how offensive it was. Now it’s just beautiful, and with the clear sunny sky I can see two of the other sites I work on from here… the one with the wind farm is showingly only little patches of snow and should be accessible again, and it’s starting to melt off of Shasta Bally over there.

 

I know the tall snow capped one at right is Shasta Bally – I can see our tower up there. One of the other peaks visible is Shoemaker Bally and I’m not sure which one is which.

This is beautiful sailing weather. Go hit the lake! 🙂

Tower crew at work. They just mounted the transmit antenna for their MotoTRBO Capacity Plus repeater up there next to that weird arm with the IP camera on it.

Speaking of which—

We do not know whose camera that is.

It just kind of appeared when one of the tenants was working on the site.

They did not ask us to reduce transmitter power to drop RF exposure levels to within controlled exposure limits.

The way I look at this lately…. if some fool’s gonna go do work without asking for a power reduction, they DESERVED to be warmed up a bit. 😉

JUST ASK ME FOR A POWER REDUCTION! I don’t bite….. particularly hard.

For that matter, if the camera they did not ask us for permission to install starts malfunctioning due to the RF output of the DMR repeater— welllllllll guess whose fault that is for putting it there. Bwahahaha. I’m turning into the freaking BOFH, aren’t I?

Be sure to water and fertilize your LDF4 lines so they can go into full bloom!

Am I asking too much??

Sometimes I like having advance notice if I’m about to get several hellish marathon workdays in a row. You know, more than 8 hours ahead of time is nice.

But that’s not how it works when dealing with crazy shit up a mountain.

Image only abstractly related.

How to stir the pot with bad statistics

This one TV station keeps posting news stories about InSANeLy HiGh gAs PriCeS!!!LOL to Facebook and it stirs people up.

Each time they’re going on about $5+ gas.

Each time, they are using a Chevron station somewhere as an example, and I’m guessing they’re using one near the rental car return at LAX.

You know…. That One Station That’s Always A Couple Dollars High.

Here’s an example from the comments:

It is also worth noting that Chevron is usually more expensive than other brands.

Yeah, uh….

No

Catposting loudly

Please note, and be entirely unsurprised by, the fact that the yellow and red thing at right is an enormous Pikachu

sneaky girl who cannot be found

Six months ago, we adopted Cassie and those have been six incredibly happy months filled with lots of purrs, kitty cuddles, and general cuteness.

Oh, and tortie toes.

The Forbidden Object

I’ve been at odds for over a week with a small plastic object that apparently has, encoded in its folds, some devilish conflict with the laws of physics and sacred geometry of the universe

that

makes

it

ENTIRELY

unprintable.

It’s not even that tricky, it’sjust a little box for an r/c receiver, but so far I’ve tried it on two different printers and every time it just curls into a ball of fail.

First layer on blue tape… OK! Looking good, this one’s gonna be perfect aaand

Blaaaarrrggghhh

Ok fine let’s try with the bed hotter, looking good so far, hey wait STEPPER DRIVER ERROR JET PIPE OVERHEAT DUMPING CORE

one cooling duct and blower for the Trigorilla board later

What the deuce? Now the skirt lifts and I get all sorts of unhappy noises from the extruder??

It was about at this point that I grabbed the top of the effector and shook it very gently and it rocked about like a pendulum. I looked and saw that all three linear guides on the towers were not moving, so I grabbed my hex keys and started going around to all the bolts. I found a couple loose by about a whole turn. Now there’s a peculiar offset so I ran the DELTA_CALIBRATE again…

Will I ever get the FORBIDDEN CURSED OBJECT to print? Stay tuned for either a post of blissful success or me giving up and printing it ass over teakettle on breakaway supports.