First Departure – Day Three

Yesterday I went to our old mall to pick up some more clothes. She always helped me pick things out. I can never tell if anything looks good.  Was going to go to a movie but didn’t find anything worth watching. She didn’t like going to movies as much as I did but we always had fun.

In wal-mart I just ended up wandering around for a while. Didnt have anything to do or anywhere to be.

I seem to bounce between being in a daze or completely focused into something.

Today has been going pretty well. Work is keeping me busy which has helped. I need to find somewhere to live and eventually move everything.

Lunch I passed by one of her favorite downtown restaurants. I remember parking her car near and my phone dying. She was impressed I knew her number by memory to call from the restaurant phone.

She would probably hate my new job even more then the old. At this point the schedule is so up in the air. She would never like the uncertainty.

First Departure – Day two

She wanted to see me on my first day of work. I wish she could have been here. I took a picture so maybe some day she can see.

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I hate posting selfies.

It is weird to think that I am alone, I didn’t lose my girlfriend, I lost my best friend.

I can’t imagine how she feels living in the home we built together. Everything would remind me of her. At least here I am away from it all and it is easier to ignore those reminders.

Who will be my forever partner in LoL? It is more enjoyable with a friend. The victories aren’t as sweet alone.

I keep getting thoughts about what I will tell her of my first day. I know she wanted to hear about it. It has been a good day and has gone by fast. Most of the day was taken up by setting up my computer. And it is a good one! I was so worried I would have to buy a new one for myself.

Starmade – minecraft innn SPAAACCEE

After watching some of the Yogcast videos previewing a very early version of StarMade I decided to check it out for myself.

The initial run was pretty fun but I died pretty early and couldn’t figure out how to start a new world. It looks like it will be a pretty awesome game but for now I will be playing more Space Engineers instead. Can’t wait for more of the features to be polished.

The build system is awesome, very easy to use and build. I also love all the worlds you can visit and fly around in.

Once I re-install and get a new world made I’ll be sure to update my findings.

First Departure – Day One

She won’t be there to pick me up at the airport.
I promised to write her a letter, and I will.
I didn’t make the bed for her when I left.
I hope she is alright. That she has support for her now.
I want to cry. To let the pain out. But I can’t.

Day one has been a weird mix of conflicted feelings. Both about our relationship and about moving in general. It is weird to think that I have left that home, that life, my girl all behind. It still feels like it always does when I leave. That I will be back soon once work is done. I am not sure why but it hit me the most right when the plane started moving away from the gate. That this is more or less forever. A one way ticket.

I hate seeing her in pain. This was the most pain I have ever in my life caused another human being. I have lived my entire life up to this point trying to serve others, to ease their pain even if it increases mine. This has all been against my very being. I think that is what is most confusing right now, that I am acting opposite my life purpose.

Modding Minecraft – ForgeGradle setup and github

For a while now I have been thinking of creating a mod for minecraft. Something based around The Matrix’s construct. Some of the ideas had seemed a little far fetched but after seeing iChun’s Sync mod I really think it could be fun.

So first things first, I dived into setting up the latest version of Forge/MCP etc to start modding minecraft. With the latest version of minecraft (1.7) Forge and MCP have gone through a large overhaul. The new way of downloading and setting up everything is handled through Gradle. I had set up a Forge environment on an older edition but never really got around to doing much more then some basic tutorials. I am currently in a remote area for work and as such have a very slow internet connection. I started the install process but quickly got an error after it had downloaded a few things. I tried again but still got an “overlappingFIleLockException”. I searched the forums and google to no avail. I assumed something got messed up with whatever it was downloading but couldn’t seem to find or refresh it. Gradle caches what it downloads and there are no commands to clear it from the “gradlew.bat” file.  I tried rebooting, getting a new version of java, deleting the gradle folder and redownloading. Every time I got the same error. I finally came across the “-g” command that will allow you to specify a new folder for the cache. This worked for me.  Everything downloaded and installed (after a very long time).

After poking around the example file I decided to setup a github repo for my new mod. I have already used github and github for windows  before and had that already setup. I was however getting confused on how to get all my code (which is inside all the forge stuff) without changing the namespace or repo to one or the other (I wanted different names). I eventually decided to put all the gradle/forge stuff into the repo folder and use .gitignore to ignore everything but the folder my mod will be in.

Hope this helps anyone that came across the same problems as me.

3D printer build – Z axis test

I got the last few pieces in for the vertical axis. Here is a quick video of me testing the movement. I might need to re-drill those top blocks as the alignment might be slightly off. Either way I am really excited how well it is coming along and hopefully Ill get a few days to work on it in the next couple weeks to get the gantry in.

3D printer build – z axis construction

So after a couple month hiatus I finally got back to working on my 3d printer. For Xmas my girlfriend gave me an awesome work bench which I will post a review about later. So after putting that together I sat down to add in my vertical (z) axis.
Originally the plan was to add in more blocks in the corner to allow a threaded rod to run the length. After cutting some blocks out I realized they wouldn’t fit. So instead I took the older/current ones off and added an extra hole on them.
These length wise rods would hold and allow adjustment of the stepper motors that control the vertical axis. I made the height line up so the flat wood piece would rest on top of the stepper motor when the motor sat level with the surface the printer is on.
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Above is the blocks with all appropriate holes for the stepper motor, linear rod, and length wise threaded rod.
One thing I had been thinking abut was how to add the stepper and vertical control rod together. I finally came up with drilling a small block first with the size of the stepper motor shaft then drilling part way with the bigger control rod size. I would then add in some polymorph (awesome stuff) and while it was still hot, push in both shafts/rods. This appears to have worked really well but we will see how it holds up under use.
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Still have all the electrical and some small support stuff to take care of before I can test it out. Super excited to get this working!
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3D Printer Build – Initial design and thoughts

For a while I have been looking at building my own 3d printer. I think this will be a great project that will challenge me and be fun while also being a great help to projects down the line. I have decided that I want to build the whole thing from scratch if possible then use it to produce parts to upgrade it. For the most part this decision was made because I felt like I wouldn’t be really designing and building it if I was using others plans and parts. This isn’t to say I haven’t looked at pictures of others and taken thoughts from it. It is one thing to reverse engineer something and another to just buy/use plans. I will therefore try not to buy anything 3d printer specific (like hot ends or their parts) but try to build them out of other off the shelf parts.

I have decided to use what seems to be the most common setup for the 3 axis of movement: The bed will move in one axis and the hot end will move for the other horizontal axis and the vertical one. It will be similar to the RepRap Prusa. RepRap has been an incredible source of knowledge. My main difference is I will not be using 3d printed parts in the original design.

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I also stumbled upon a guy in Germany who built his initial printer with wood and drawer slides. He did it because it was hard to source the parts in his area of the world. I will be self imposing this.

Anyways, I look forward to getting this project underway. I already have most of the parts to build the guide frame (precision rods, threaded rods, etc) that I got from McMaster-Carr. These are probably way overkill for what is needed but I got them at a good price and it is nice to know that I have guaranteed straight rods to start out with.