This is bloody hilarious

A friend of ours was going through her dad’s hilarity and knick-knack box, and found this old practical joke.

(Everybody’s dad has a drawer of stuff. My dad’s mainly had coins and tokens, one from a place called “The Stork Club” which sounds expensive.)

Anyhoo… The idea here was that you talked into the little microphone/speaker, then you were supposed to “press button firmly” – but the “button” concealed an inverted thumbtack that would impale your finger, much to the delight of the other drunken fools in the room. Probably there would usually be someone so drunk, they would say “Oh! Let me try!”

Flicko the very bad light switch

You have to decide. Lie in the dark with Flicko, or flick his snotty red nose to make the lights come on?

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing filament

I got a fresh bin model from Thingiverse, must be something wrong with my Cura settings, it wants to print a brick instead of a bin. Last time it looked like a Kit-kat bar.

My son has Cura on his laptop and it wants to print a ball of yarn. I think it’s because he lets the cat hang out in his room.

Maybe our Bibo 3D printer needs a firmware update? Worth trying I guess.

There’s something wrong with my Kit-kat.

I was trying to 3D print a funky little bin, with those bars on the SIDE, but it kept printing layer after layer. I got tired of waiting for it to start in on the walls. The result was something you might find behind an old vending machine.

Dimensional shame in 3D printing.

Here’s my first attempt to make stackable bins to fit in the vertical file cubbyholes that my dad built into this fine secretary desk.

You see I left the brim on so it won’t rattle around in there. Somehow my measurements didn’t translate to the actual file for printing. All of these cubbies are precisely 60mm wide, thanks to my dad’s usual attention to detail. So I can’t very well have crappy bins of various widths rattling around in there.

It would be nice to be able to stack them. So Version Two will be 60mm, without brim. It will have thick, uniform walls for stacking; and also much longer, might as well use the space available. Stay tuned!

DOG SMUGGLING!

What is this mutt doing in the trunk of my car?? The answer may surprise you!

OK, not too surprising. I was putting some stuff in the trunk, and he leaped in. Maybe before we got him at the pound, some earlier doggie daddy would sneak him into the drive-in movies. Probably Air Bud, or Milo and Otis.

By the way, I made him get out of there before we left. It probably gets uncomfortable back there, and you can’t hang your head out the window.

3D Print PLUS Magic Marker

I tried printing this replacement keyboard key that features a microphone, finally got a good consistency by turning the heat down a bit. However, the microphone was hard to see because it’s the same color/material as the body of the key.

So I hit the surface with my trusty magic marker, now the microphone really pops.

Still, it looks odd. I have ordered some black filament and plan to contrast that with red marker, or maybe white appliance scratch repair paint if it hasn’t dried up. Stay tuned!

A poll for the ladies

I think it’s the lady on the upper right. She can’t be bothered with having a period, and makes her husband do it.

3D Print resembles Overdone Grilled Cheese

I was puzzled by the odd “puddle” base and the bubbly texture when we printed this substitute keyboard key. Then, I realized that it reminds me of the time I cooked a grilled cheese sandwich too hot and wound up with a similar situation.

UPDATE: I am new at this! The puddle base is called a “brim” and helps the object you are printing adhere to the glass for that crucial first layer. I printed one at 195 today and it turned out solid looking, unfortunately the microphone symbol on top of the key is hard to see. Perhaps I should print a “blank” key and then laser-engrave the top.

THE PUP geocache could use some “Deep Woods OFF”.

We recently found a geocache called “THE PUP” in Lake Stevens- in some lovely woods behind the senior center.

Teresa found a safety cone for her walking stick. The cache was on a a winding trail where it wasn’t always clear if you were on the trail or a side path. Couple that with the trees throwing off the GPS signal, it took a while to find. I was 50 feet away when Teresa let out a whoop.

If it was easier to find, and if the mosquitos weren’t so aggressive, THE PUP would get a “favorite” from us, because of the nice trail and safe location.