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Bits and bobs from projects, modern events, and whatever strangeness comes from my head.

Xilinx Zynq Environment Setup (Pynq Z2 Board)

Setting Up Your Pynq Z2 Dev Environment While the Pynq Z2 development board is marketed as being a Python environment with FPGA hardware accelerators, it is a very capable FPGA development board. Due to the python+accelerator is the main marketing pitch, there isn't a lot of documentation on getting things set up for "standard" Zynq development. [...]

Element Collection and Display Update 2

Shelving the 3D-Printed Shelves My original plan was to 3D print individual shadow boxes for each of the 118 chemical elements, mount LED's in them, and make a truly insane periodic table of elements display….with real elements. Well, I'm still collecting elements, BUT, the 3D printed part is out for the time being. Something about six [...]

Element Collection + Display Update

Element Collection + Display Update Gotta say, the collection is simultaneously the easiest thing ever and the largest pain in the rear. On one hand, you can purchase just about every element in pure or semi-pure states for $10-40 for a few grams. On the other hand, some are stupidly hard to get or can potentially [...]

Element Collection And Display

If you've ever met me in person, you'll know that I'm a chemistry buff. You'll also know that I'm a hoarder collector who is always in search of something new to start. Well, here we go - I'm starting an element collection. Inspired by some of the interesting displays shown on YouTube channels like Periodic Videos, I figured I'd [...]

Upgrading a K40 Laser Cutter, Part 2: Power Limiting and Precision Upgrades

Want to increase the life of your K40's laser tube? How about more precise power control? Start here! While the K40 laser cutter (aka an eBay/Alibaba laser cutter) is branded as a 40 watts, it really isn't. For reasons I won't go into in this article, it is closer to a 30W laser in practice. Unfortunately for us, pushing [...]

Upgrading a K40 Laser Cutter, Part 1: Control Board Upgrade

Get yourself a new laser cutter? Plug it in just to find out that it either doesn't work or do what you thought it should? Let's upgrade it! One of the simplest things you can do to improve the capabilities of your cheap, Chinese laser cutter, sometimes known as a K40, is to upgrade the electronics. The control board [...]

Current Element Progress

Green = Own,
Cyan = Own trace amounts,
Pink= Own compound,
Dark Red = Can’t obtain

Last updated 06/21/2020

H He
Li Be B C N O F Ne
Na Mg Al Si P S Cl Ar
K Ca Sc Ti V Cr Mn Fe Co Ni Cu Zn Ga Ge As Se Br Kr
Rb Sr Y Zr Nb Mo Tc Ru Rh Pd Ag Cd In Sn Sb Te I Xe
Cs Ba La Hf Ta W Re Os Ir Pt Au Hg Tl Pb Bi Po At Rn
Fr Ra Ac Rf Db Sg Bh Hs Mt Ds Rg Cn Nh Fl Mc Lv Ts Og
Ce Pr Nd Pm Sm Eu Gd Tb Dy Ho Er Tm Yb Lu
Th Pa U Np Pu Am Cm Bk Cf Es Fm Md No Lr

Micro Updates

For things that don’t deserve a blog post 😉

7 months ago

Learned a bit of HTML to generate a color-coded periodic table of elements for the website. Green are the ones I own in pure forms, cyan are ones I own in trace amounts, pink/magenta the ones I own ... See more

10 months ago

Wrote a quick post on the glass blowing attempts I've done:

View Larger Image Element Collection + Display Update Element Collection + Display Update Gotta say, the collection is simultaneously the easiest thing ever and the largest pain in the rear. On one ... See more

10 months ago

With a shipment of radium-painted watch hands, I get three elements in one. #Radium decays to #Radon which decays to #Polonium (then lead, bismuth, etc). Like my plutonium sample, the only way I'll ... See more

10 months ago

Tried some glass blowing to protect element samples this morning. It went okay.... I used paper as a heat indicator. Of the eight or so attempts, only half survived. I think I'm going to need a more ... See more