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5th-Jul-2018 12:21 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Reading FB today, pets were all running away from the fireworks. My strange cat : Watching out the window at all the cool things in the sky. Micah is a bit of an outlier.
4th-Jul-2018 07:35 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Gotta love that every time someone says they're going to come help out with something they bail at the 11th hour.
3rd-Jul-2018 11:24 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
McDonald's I'm all for experimenting and the scientific method, but these new Quarter Pounders ... yay for fresh beef, but they don't taste even remotely the same, can we end the experiment now and have real Quarter Pounders back before I start crying?
3rd-Jul-2018 10:00 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Last night I got out my glow-rods (ceiling/wall fishing rods) and drilled a hole next to my projector. I managed to get the rod 15 feet (it just BARELY reached) to the laundry room and after two failed attempts (and some colorful metaphors) managed to pull HDMI, network and twine between the ceiling-mounted projector and the laundry room (my distribution point). I can now use my PS/3 with my projector. It'll be better when I find my controllers :P
30th-Jun-2018 12:43 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Flexion Extruder, thanks for helping me get the right part to complete my extruder, now both of my printers are rocking your awesome hardware.!
29th-Jun-2018 05:08 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Now that a minor heart attack at work is resolved, and no damage was done, I would like to say... AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
28th-Jun-2018 08:32 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
As tasty as dinner was ... it did not sit well, blarg. No more stewed tomato and ground turkey surprise for me.
25th-Jun-2018 10:06 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Is anyone I know a CDL A or B around Mchenry IL, Columbus OH, Dallas TX or Houston TX? My work is looking for some drivers.
24th-Jun-2018 01:25 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
I should NEVER be allowed to go to Microcenter without adult supervision.
20th-Jun-2018 01:57 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
OK!! Enough of this "unfriend me if you voted for Trump" or wishing members of political party X dead, or treating any other human being as being lesser for any reason. This is not how problems get solved, this is how rifts between people start out small and grow huge. Go find someone you disagree with, buy them a beverage and sit and talk to them. You know what you'll find out? They made their decisions, take their actions, for important reasons to them, things maybe you don't understand because of your situation in life. Maybe they changed their mind, maybe they still think there's hope, maybe they only agree with a portion of the actions going on, or are hoping for a specific outcome. The majority of people are not idiots, they may not be aware, may not understand, may be misinformed, or may be focused on fixing a different problem than you're focused on. Find out, understand their perspective and how they got there, share your perspective (calmly) and own that it's your opinion, not fact, not gospel, just the thoughts of one human being, focused on the issues important to you because of your life experiences. If you're not holding out your hand to someone you disagree with, it's not making things better, it's making them worse. All you end up doing is hating people over a single issue, without taking any time to understand them. I've seen the world doing that my entire life, it hasn't worked so far, try something new!
18th-Jun-2018 07:14 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
New glass, PEI, a better extruder, and some solid state relays, and this second 3D printer will get some nice upgrades.
17th-Jun-2018 12:02 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Last nights rain I think made some of my mortar not stick on the firepit. It's also got 6 inches of water in it too.
16th-Jun-2018 11:44 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Do I know anyone who does residential HVAC work? My computer room gets super-hot while the rest of the house is cold, and I think it's because the return vent is near the floor, I'm thinking adding one to the ceiling would help, with some kind of seasonal diverter or something.
16th-Jun-2018 01:24 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
I think I found a good projector for my home theater https://ift.tt/2ynpIc2
16th-Jun-2018 01:37 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Sorry about the rain I was told you had to keep concrete wet while it was setting
15th-Jun-2018 10:33 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Looking at buying a solder reflow oven, or a new projector. Maybe both, any recommendations for low-cost but quality versions of either?
15th-Jun-2018 10:25 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
How can you tell "full-on Canadian hate?" They don't say sorry before saying they dislike Trump.
14th-Jun-2018 02:56 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
The irony of getting a "Share this coke with ..." and it's a friend's dead name. Um, maybe not.
13th-Jun-2018 09:49 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Hey Waffle House, "Ihob" is focusing themselves out of the breakfast market, now's your time to take Illinois by storm!!!! Please!?
12th-Jun-2018 04:02 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
How about Ihop or Ihob or wtf they want to call themselves, why not Ihos ... Internation House of "Sorry, our bad, we'll improve our food" That's a better reason to eat there IMHO. The majority of the ones that have closed around here did so because they were poorly managed, had inconstant food,a and employees who .... were clearly not treated well. Fix that, not a letter.
12th-Jun-2018 09:37 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Free idea to some company who wants it: Lithium Batteries are readily available, and us 3D printing folks have proven that you can print adapters to run one brand's tool off of another's battery. Someone please please come up with reasonably priced universal batteries based around an open-source connector? I'd love to be able to buy just one brand of battery and run all my tools on it.
10th-Jun-2018 09:59 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Public service announcement to companies who think they're clever: 1) If after 2 months, you're still sending "Hurry up, your $15 dollar off offer ends tomorrow" emails or your "%75 discount ends soon". Not going to buy your shit. 2) If your software offers a paid feature of auto-updating itself, not going to buy your crap. This is 2018, auto-updating should just happen, it's not a Premium Feature. 3) If you offer trial software that has the paid feature of "Saving your work", not going to buy your garbage. 4) If you offer me a $25 Amazon gift card to increase my bill by $50 or more monthly, sorry to say it's NOT going to happen. Now, can we stop playing stupid games and just set reasonable prices and sell working software please?
9th-Jun-2018 12:40 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Best part of owning my own place, and watching TV shows alone. When the bad guy gets his, I can yell as loud as I want.
8th-Jun-2018 01:18 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
2018 version of Rickrolling ... send links to Amazon, Ebay, and Facebook searches about embarrassing things, so that they end up on your friend's interest lists forever.
6th-Jun-2018 09:26 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
I just built 9 : 6-36v -> 5v 3A regulators on a PCB I designed. It's odd soldering surface mount components I can place by hand. Stress tested one with a potential 18A draw, probably got 5-6A out of it before it overheated and shutdown. Put a piece of copper on top of the regulator, and it happily took it and after a few min the inductor got hot enough to start smoking. It's still working just fine, great regulation, 5.04v
1st-Jun-2018 02:04 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
(copied from a Friend) I'm here if you need to talk. Always here, right? I'd like to see five of my friends post this message (no sharing) to show you are always there if someone needs to talk.
1st-Jun-2018 11:42 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
I swear, MoviePass's customer "support" is going to be the thing that makes me start drinking.
31st-May-2018 10:17 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Garfield without Garfield was funny, let's have Rosanne without Rosanne. Just her reaction to it alone should be good for a chuckle.
29th-May-2018 04:32 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
@instacart I'll make a deal with you! Add Round Lake Beach's Aldi's to your service, and I'll let you keep the $15 promo.
29th-May-2018 09:35 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Anyone free this weekend to help me figure out how to build a fire pit in my backyard so I can get rid of the pile of bricks so I can mow my yard?
18th-May-2018 08:18 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
My hand is still sore from trying to figure out how to sweat copper pipe last night. It's not QUITE a burn, but it's not not a burn. Fast reflexes! I think I got it, haven't pressure tested the pipe yet though.
18th-May-2018 12:31 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Success, Power meter interface talks to Linux, I can now read very cryptic XML data out of it. Next step to write a nice little Java wrapper for the device, an incorporate that into my home automation software. I'm using a Rainforest EMU-2 device by the way. VERY nice device, lots of information, just technical in format.
16th-May-2018 04:20 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Yanny vs Laurel .... I listened enough I can switch it between the two in my head at will now. That's cool.
14th-May-2018 12:42 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
The Cat Genie demanded it's once yearly sacrifice of my dignity by clogging up. It's working perfectly again, but .... there are some things that can't be unseen.
13th-May-2018 02:38 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Hooray, I got an EMU-2 smart meter interface, which lets me (and my computer) read the power-usage directly from my meter. Boo, ComEd takes up to 5 days to connect the device to my meter. Hopefully it's quicker than that and I can start monitoring how much different things like dryer, AC, catbox, etc take to run. I already know the computer's usage from my UPS.
9th-May-2018 02:31 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Anyone know how to work with fireplace mortar? Want to come over sometime and help me finish my fire-pit so we can burn things in my backyard?
6th-May-2018 01:53 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
It was a productive evening ... I just got my 110' movie screen hung in the basement, it's nicer than I expected it to be (it was ~$50 on Yugster). Also found my cable box, and a box of wires to hook up the TV/Stereo downstairs. Pretty soon I can hook up my cable and Slingbox and watch cable anywhere in the house. And if I can find my projector, on the big-screen too.
12th-Apr-2018 07:26 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Anyone free over the next week or so who can help me move a work bench from one garage to another?
8th-Apr-2018 02:45 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Micah's new hobby (he's my cat) ... jumping in bed when I get up in the middle of the night to go to the washroom, and then refusing to leave my side of the bed. On the other hand, he continues to bring to me his little glitter-ball all the time. So, we'll call it even.
3rd-Apr-2018 11:26 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Today's revelation : If you spend more time embarrassing someone for not knowing something than it would to teach them what they don't know, YOU are the problem.
1st-Apr-2018 12:09 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
I'm starting to feel a little bit like Tony Stark
31st-Mar-2018 12:47 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Bakers, remember on Easter, if someone says "He is risen!" the correct answer is "e has risen indeed!" not "Well, then punch him down, and put him back for a second rise."
30th-Mar-2018 08:09 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Yep, confirmed, PEI is the solution to 3D printing on my machine, I've got a print going using most of the print-volume of my machine, and it's got almost perfect adhesion (one corner came loose where supports are being printed, but it's ok, or I'd hot-melt glue it back down.
30th-Mar-2018 09:13 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
The new Borosilocate glass with a PEI layer on top of it is printing exceptionally well, I highly recommend it.
28th-Mar-2018 08:28 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Hey ALDI USA and Instacart your page says that you two work together, how come we don't have delivery from out in Round Lake Beach yet? Soon? Please, the combination would be amazing!!!
22nd-Mar-2018 07:32 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
So, the PCBs I designed and ordered on 3-19 are at my front door on 3-22 all the way from China. This is living in the future!
22nd-Mar-2018 02:13 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
I sneeze at work and the room goes silent except for voices far off saying "Bless you".
21st-Mar-2018 09:11 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
I can't wait till this season of Walking Dead is over, this has been the least interesting season, I'm just watching hoping Negan dies spectacularly.
21st-Mar-2018 01:10 pm - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
Here's a fun question for everyone, what's THE WORST tasting thing you have ever tasted? For me it's ATF4 transmission fluid, it was an accident.
21st-Mar-2018 12:34 am - from Mark Balliet's Facebook
How can a doctor decide that something is improving or not on the first visit ever that I've ever seen him? Especially after he asks, and I explain how it HAD been and how it HAS improved.
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