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

3D Printers: What is not seen on TV

If you have turned on the TV or gone online once in the last five years, you have no doubt heard about 3D printing. It is the new tech fad that has swept the world and it makes a lot of promises. Need a new pair of shoes? Print them! Need a new liver? Duh! Print it! Need a space [...]

Facebook’s DeepText AI and Why You Should Care

DeepText Facebook announced that they are introducing a new AI (artificial intelligence) algorithm that will be able to read your posts as well as a human. Their goal in doing this is to provide better understand the intentions of your posts and then use that information to create better targeted ads and services. Say for example you post "I am [...]

What is Magic Leap and How Does it Work?!?

If you've been on the internet today, you know exactly what the "Magic Leap" is...or rather, you know what it does - it is a set of VR glasses with something a little extra special. It places virtual objects in front of you in such a way that your eyes have to focus forward or backward in order to see [...]

Stop Knocking The Boards

In recent years, the number of hobby microcontroller options has exploded exponentially. We went from a handful of (expensive) PIC and AVR boards to the Arduino family, the Teensy, Raspberry Pi line, Beaglebone, Particle family, the famous ESP8266, and endless other rather powerful and inexpensive consumer boards. What ties all of these together is for most projects, it doesn't truly [...]

Salt And Vinegar Flavored Carpet and Kitchen Floors

One of the things that tickles me to no end are the "healthy living" and "life hack" websites telling you that if you mix vinegar and baking soda, you get some magical mixture capable of cleaning even the worse gremlins out of your house. Kind of makes sense, right? Vinegar is a great cleaning agent. Baking soda is a great [...]

Patriot Act 2.0

If you have been following the news, you've likely heard about the federal government trying to force Apple to break into an encrypted phone at which Apple refuses. This has brought into the public eye the debate about encryption and a new fervor in our legislative bodies to ban strong encryption. I want to point out something extraordinarily important - [...]

Current Element Progress

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

Last updated 03/16/2020

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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
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Micro Updates

For things that don’t deserve a blog post πŸ˜‰

3 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

6 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

6 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

6 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