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Dogmatic Pyrrhonist (Tiktaalik Dreaming)
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Sub species of Pan troglodyte with significant morphological variation from recently deviated common ancestor
Sub species of Pan troglodyte with significant morphological variation from recently deviated common ancestor

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This is my espresso portafilter training bracket. Nothing fancy, just an out of the way storage for idiots like me that have too many of them.
It's designed for the rocket 58mm, so fits those lugs, but seeing those are pretty standard for 58mm, is guess it would work fine for pretty much any 58mm portafilter with two lugs. I checked, and it's fine for the sunbeam cafe series, which is 58mm, but definitely not industry standard.
I had an earlier version of this printed in PLA, but between the much more serious printing "texture" and me using a weaker double sided tape, it only stayed up a few days before drooping. A bit of sanding should get me a second then. Then some more little holding bracket thingies.
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11/12/2017
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So, I've been away from normality for a bit now. I came home tonight after the increasingly normalized drive from the up the coast, a bit zombied (again, becoming normalized). I was eager to check up on the new little kitten beast. He worried me this morning by not trying to savage me. But, he's back to normal now. :D He must have just had a busy night running about protecting us from those ghosts.
Waiting for me at home was also my latest Shapeways' delivery. I'll need to detail the portafilter bracket in some other post, but it should add a bit of organizing to my kitchen espresso area.
The order had my first 1:72 scale rocket engine prints in frosted detail plastic. My prior printing was HP Nylon and 1:48. More interesting is that this time I have two, in the same scale. The German WWII (Aggregate)A-4 AKA V-2, and the post war Redstone A-6. Eventually I want to get a series of these showing the evolution of rocket engines. The A-6 is fairly clearly evolved from the A-4, but I'll need a few steps in between the A-6 and something like the F-1.
Also, now that I'm doing some models that aren't porcelain cups, I feel there's nothing holding me back from doing a NERVA.
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My mother in law has just passed away. She was a really strong woman in so many ways. Quirky, sure. But also down the earth, and had her head screwed on right. She will be missed.
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Shapeways have started their one day sale. 10% off and free shipping until midnight "PST" which turns out to be GMT+8 (insert rant about Internet sites not using GMT here).
So, regardless of if you're interested in my (fairly narrow market) items, or some other thing from Shapeways, it would seem now is the time.
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27/11/2017
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So, considering Shapeways have free shipping for the moment, I'm going to spam some family with Rocket engine cups. One already in the works is a new size aimed at my dad, who also has the coffee snob bug. He's a fan of long blacks in traditional sizes (aka, not giant American sizes). So, aiming for a 120mL cup, going the Rocketdyne F-1, because, as my dad, he's actually older than me, so I'm guessing he's more a Saturn V person than a Shuttle person. Although he may also be a "don't care" person. Never had a rocket discussion with him as far as I recall.
My younger brother is a Latte type person, again, a coffee snob (it may run in the family). His husband is the same, so that's 2 cups in the 220mL range, but I'm not sure if I should be aiming at F-1 or RS-25. Thankfully there's 2. So one of each seems a plan. He's also in Canada, so the free shipping means less, which leads to less of a rush.
No word yet on coffee cup sizes for my sister. Considering her husband, son, and daughter, and my memory of their interests, I should probably ask what sort of coffee my nephew drinks.

I have a question about cloth simulations. I'm trying to animate a piece of cloth held between two anchoring arms, when the arms are moving (folding the piece of cloth).
I am to be fine getting cloth sim to work when it's pinned. And adding one arm as an armature swings the cloth, but things go to pot when I add the second armature.
Really, the question is, am I even on the right track using armatures to move the edges of my cloth (using weight paint or pined vertex groups)? I couldn't think of another way to arrange that.

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Wooo! Sale!
Someone bought a 1:72 scale A-4 engine model. Thankfully the same person who asked about 1:72 scale. $0.58 in my Shapeways account. So rich right now. :D
There's now 2 mini rocket engines available. I intend to extend that until I can order a few at once to make the shipping cost less than the cost of the products.
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14/11/2017
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A quick Pluto/Charon visit in SSRSS.
I've been testing my Space Opera bits in light of some upcoming changes to RoverDude's Alcubierre drive mod (which is a dependency for the warp drive). And, also testing the warp drive in 1.3, which, to be honest, I suspect I didn't really do before.
So, a quick jaunt out to Pluto and back.
I have the "warp bubble seems to always be there invisibly affecting aero and collision with the ground + water" problems solved by fixing up layers and tags. The bubble is a bit less visible, so I may decrease the transparency at some time to counter that. But, otherwise seems sane now.
The surface attached reaction wheel parts are working now. As is the "Zero Point Radiator". Which is just an absurdly effective radiator that eats a lot of EC. That's my basic balance mechanism for Space Opera. Make it eat lots of EC. :D
Anyway, views of RSS's pluto, in SSRSS sizes. Out at the edge of known space, where the reavers are.
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13/11/2017
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