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I like simple. If simple is boring, I'm boring. On the other hand, if simple designs, processes, and ideas interest you, that's what I'm offering. I specialize in if I can do it, you can too. And simply at that. Complex may be do-able. Not arguing that. It's just not what I have to offer. I'm a self professed geek / nerd. Got lots to share. Stay tuned. I'll help where I can.

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  • Introduction to 3D Modeling and 3D Printing

    OpenSCAD and FreeCAD are more desirable where precision is key.OpenSCAD more a programming tool. FreeCAD more a conventional tool in that regard.They both, also have their respective learning curves - in different, not cross compatible directions based on their respective methods.Blender has added the measureit addon to help with precision modeling as well as blueprint type output. They are also (thank you) working on tweaking the user interface customed to the type of modeling you're doing (interested in doing): Animation, 3D Printing, Cartooning, etc.To Fusion's credit, like "Blender" (name already taken), they're trying to merge different styles of design under one roof so to speak. And doing a decent job of it.Challenges, not just for Autodesk or Blender is that, given...

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    OpenSCAD and FreeCAD are more desirable where precision is key.OpenSCAD more a programming tool. FreeCAD more a conventional tool in that regard.They both, also have their respective learning curves - in different, not cross compatible directions based on their respective methods.Blender has added the measureit addon to help with precision modeling as well as blueprint type output. They are also (thank you) working on tweaking the user interface customed to the type of modeling you're doing (interested in doing): Animation, 3D Printing, Cartooning, etc.To Fusion's credit, like "Blender" (name already taken), they're trying to merge different styles of design under one roof so to speak. And doing a decent job of it.Challenges, not just for Autodesk or Blender is that, given the intrusion of 3D printing into the market, what they have done and been good for is not enough going forward.The animator (or cartoonist) doesn't have to have an airtight manifold. The 3D printer isn't as concerned with proper rigging. Although proper "rigging" (design) may be a factor in multi-piece interlocking, transformer type models or models made using gears.NO one software can adequately meet such diverse needs anymore than a sound system adequately plays classical, opera, rock, and techno funk.Understanding this, allows me to appreciate the benefits of both Fusion as well as Blender, as well as their limitations, and where possible to fill the gap using OpenSCAD or FreeCAD and knowing that I can port from Inkscape to OpenSCAD, or from OpenSCAD to FreeCAD or from either OpenSCAD or FreeCAD to Blender and am equally free to import from Blender (or Fusion360 or Sketchup) via common model formats means I'm not bound by the limitations.Interoperability is key.

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  • Introduction to 3D Modeling and 3D Printing

    The only problem I have with Autodesk based tutorials is that NONE of their software works in Linux.Not 123D (which I think has been replaced by Fusion360) not Fusion360.Not a knock against the software. It may be GREAT software.That I'll never use, as it doesn't run in Linux

    My alternative goto software is Blender. It's not perfect. NO software is.Not everyone who's using Linux based software is using it simply because they think it's the best.I like Blender. It does a lot, but, first and foremost, it works. Unlike Autodesk software which doesn't on Linux.I say all this, in general, to suggest, that tutorials on 3D modeling and Printing work best when covering general principles that apply to almost all 3D modeling software or cross platform software (that at best includes Linux) - this example, not always.

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  • unkerjay commented on edmark's instructable Blooms: Phi-Based Strobe Animated Sculptures8 months ago
    Blooms:  Phi-Based Strobe Animated Sculptures

    Your videos inspired this:http://elfnor.com/bloom-spheres-in-sverchok.htmlAnd, animated, using Blender.

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  • unkerjay commented on unkerjay's instructable Blender - Cube Star 4 Cov. Library1 year ago
    Blender - Cube Star 4 Cov. Library

    If you're interested in Code you might like this:From: BlenderArtistsIdentifying and Selecting specific vertices:https://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?41...My attempt at creating the Cube Star using Blender Python.One more way to arrive at the same point and yet again illustrating the power of Blender.Most of it was done using the Info Panel and the Text Editor in Blender.The Info Panel: (#4)Blender Python Scripting - 6 TricksBlender Python Introduction to ScriptingCopy and Paste the Code (from BlenderArtists) into the Text Editor, Click "Run Script".Enjoy.

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  • unkerjay commented on boompjes 's instructable Make yourself anonymous on the web!1 year ago
    Make yourself anonymous on the web!

    If anyone's interested, these are some REALLY good documentaries on the subject:"We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks"http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1824254/CitizenFour (Oscar Winner) - Snowden:https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/feb/23/edwar...and"We are Legion: The story of the Hacktivists:http://wearelegionthedocumentary.com/

    I would also add unless you're working FOR the government or law enforcement or national intelligence, defense, security THEN you can probably achieve a HIGH level of anonymity and privacy.Seemed to work well for Snowden and Manning in what they were able to do, to get away with, without question. Although I suspect that's changed a WHOLE lot since.

    Just did a quick lookup and, unless I'm wrong "DARPA" net - "Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency" "darpa.mil" one of the founders of the internet is government is it not?Tor, is a government project.Attempting to achieve anonymity and privacy FROM goverment inside a government designed system using tools designed by the government, Isn't this a little like asking a thief to secure your holdings?To me, it compares to the frustration of trying to conduct searches through for profit systems. Their first and foremost interest isn't the accuracy or relevancy of your search as much as the profit that makes their continued existence possible.And on the other hand, there's the government ensuring that "sensitive" information, as defined by the gov...

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    Just did a quick lookup and, unless I'm wrong "DARPA" net - "Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency" "darpa.mil" one of the founders of the internet is government is it not?Tor, is a government project.Attempting to achieve anonymity and privacy FROM goverment inside a government designed system using tools designed by the government, Isn't this a little like asking a thief to secure your holdings?To me, it compares to the frustration of trying to conduct searches through for profit systems. Their first and foremost interest isn't the accuracy or relevancy of your search as much as the profit that makes their continued existence possible.And on the other hand, there's the government ensuring that "sensitive" information, as defined by the government isn't leaked into the public domain (see: Snowden, Chelsea Manning, et.al). Right up there with banks in bed with investors and for profit prisons.Exactly whose interests are being represented?It boils down, in degree, to who's watching the watchers?Government doesn't always have My interests in mind, neither does the "freemarket", "representatives" seem to be most beholden to contributors.Begs for me, the question of, where exactly is "independent" "objective" oversight?And I would guess the best answer is, perhaps, the legal system. Not those who enact the laws, but, those who interpret them.Seems, given these shortcomings, we have a right to use the means and methods available for our anonymity and privacy.And, for all the resources available to thwart our efforts, the BEST solution?Unplug.It's exceptionally inconvenient, but, both private and anonymous. Far more than that which is gained from within the system.

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  • unkerjay commented on boompjes 's instructable Make yourself anonymous on the web!1 year ago
    Make yourself anonymous on the web!

    The commentary of the movie "RED" (former CIA consultant) is enlightening."Don't use a cell phone to commit a crime", it's traceable. He didn't mention brand or method (text, voice, throwaway). He simply said "don't".What they want to keep secure, they don't write down, they compartmentalize to just those who need to know and ONLY what they need to know.And "disinformation" is their friend.I might also add, for the Americans here, the 4th Amendment""You have the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure..." has NOT been amended to include:"unless you have nothing to hide".And the Miranda rights:"ANYTHING you say can can and will be used against you in a court of law"Does not implicitly or explicitly ...

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    The commentary of the movie "RED" (former CIA consultant) is enlightening."Don't use a cell phone to commit a crime", it's traceable. He didn't mention brand or method (text, voice, throwaway). He simply said "don't".What they want to keep secure, they don't write down, they compartmentalize to just those who need to know and ONLY what they need to know.And "disinformation" is their friend.I might also add, for the Americans here, the 4th Amendment""You have the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure..." has NOT been amended to include:"unless you have nothing to hide".And the Miranda rights:"ANYTHING you say can can and will be used against you in a court of law"Does not implicitly or explicitly mean,used to ":exonerate" you.Don't talk to the Police:To be clear here, I am not advocating crime. I AM saying that EVEN if you are innocent and can prove it. The deck is not stacked in your favor.Justice is all about facts as determined by the "allowable" evidence, a case presented by attorneys who want to win, in a court of law, as (in some cases - not always) as determined by "a jury of your peers". Often by people who are elected to office who often tend to see "justice" through the perspective of the next election or their political bias (or both) as well as the demands of the public (in elections). Who lock people up in for profit prisons and do so often out of a bloodthirsty demand for "toughness" on crime.This (in America) is the system in which we seek anonymity and privacy.Every new threat is a new fear by which the wheels of surveillance can be stoked and the freedoms we'd like to think are "guaranteed" by law can be dialed back.Certainly we want to feel "safe and secure".At what price?It's a NECESSARY balancing act.

    Throttling also happens if you use "watch online" sites or software like Kodi / XBMC OR Tor. The presumption being, if WE can't see what you're up to, you must be up to no good.The plus is (to a degree - think Snowden / NSA / "stuxnet" - "Zero Day - Movie) (read "paranoia) - flows both ways) anonymity.The downside is the extent to which access is compromised as a result.Course, those who throttle, ALSO do it simply to boost profits by promising to deliver at a higher price what could easily be delivered for less or the same price as current service, but, where's the "profit" in that?

    The commentary of the movie "RED" (former CIA consultant) is enlightening."Don't use a cell phone to commit a crime", it's traceable. He didn't mention brand or method (text, voice, throwaway). He simply said "don't".What they want to keep secure, they don't write down, they compartmentalize to just those who need to know and ONLY what they need to know.And "disinformation" is their friend.I might also add, for the Americans here, the 4th Amendment""You have the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure..." has NOT been amended to include:"unless you have nothing to hide".And the Miranda rights:"ANYTHING you say can can and will be used against you in a court of law"Does not implicitly or explicitly ...

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    The commentary of the movie "RED" (former CIA consultant) is enlightening."Don't use a cell phone to commit a crime", it's traceable. He didn't mention brand or method (text, voice, throwaway). He simply said "don't".What they want to keep secure, they don't write down, they compartmentalize to just those who need to know and ONLY what they need to know.And "disinformation" is their friend.I might also add, for the Americans here, the 4th Amendment""You have the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure..." has NOT been amended to include:"unless you have nothing to hide".And the Miranda rights:"ANYTHING you say can can and will be used against you in a court of law"Does not implicitly or explicitly mean,used to ":exonerate" you.Don't talk to the Police:To be clear here, I am not advocating crime. I AM saying that EVEN if you are innocent and can prove it. The deck is not stacked in your favor.Justice is all about facts as determined by the "allowable" evidence, a case presented by attorneys who want to win, in a court of law, as (in some cases - not always) as determined by "a jury of your peers". Often by people who are elected to office who often tend to see "justice" through the perspective of the next election or their political bias (or both) as well as the demands of the public (in elections). Who lock people up in for profit prisons and do so often out of a bloodthirsty demand for "toughness" on crime.This (in America) is the system in which we seek anonymity and privacy.Every new threat is a new fear by which the wheels of surveillance can be stoked and the freedoms we'd like to think are "guaranteed" by law can be dialed back.Certainly we want to feel "safe and secure".At what price?It's a NECESSARY balancing act.

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